"When they call the slightest spending reductions 'painful', we will say 'If government spending prevents pain, why are we suffering so much of it?' And 'If you want to experience real pain, just stay on the track we are on.'"
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Mitch Daniels on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Mitch Daniels on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Mitch Daniels on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Mitch Daniels on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Mitch Daniels on Mark Twain
"Starting a new retirement plan for those below a certain age is something tens of millions of Americans have already been through at work."
"No enterprise, small or large, public or private, can remain self-governing, let alone successful, so deeply in hock to others as we are about to be."
"The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity."
"All great enterprises have a pearl of faith at their core, and this must be ours: that Americans are still a people born to liberty. That they retain the capacity for self-government. That, addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy."
"We Hoosiers hold to some quaint notions. Some might say we 'cling' to them, though not out of fear or ignorance. We believe in paying our bills. We have kept our state in the black throughout the recent unpleasantness, while cutting rather than raising taxes, by practicing an old tribal ritual - we spend less money than we take in."