We try to equalize before the others have scored.Danny (Robert Dennio) Blanchflower: 1958 Explaining his tactics as captain of Northern Ireland. Quoted in Colin Jarman The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).
Those who attempt to level never equalize.Edmund Burke: 1790 Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Through the lens of the Jock/Nerd Theory of History, the welfare state doesn’t look like a serious effort to "equalize outcomes." It looks more like a serious effort to block the "revenge of the nerds"—to keep them from using their financial success to unseat the jocks on every dimension of social status.bryan caplan: Redistribution: Blocking the Revenge of the Nerds? (June 21, 2007)
That is not the dream. That is a perversion of the dream. We are the people of the civil rights movement. We are the ones that must stand for civil and equal rights. Equal rights. Justice. Equal justice . Not special justice, not social justice, but equal justice. We are the inheritors and the protectors of the civil rights movement. They are perverting it. They're perverting it, and they're doing it intentionally. And they're selling us a line of global nonsense. There's equal stuff in Venezuela. There's equal stuff in Cuba. It's a lie . It's a lie . Only God can equalize. Only God, and I got news for you, gang, he's about to. And we are gonna be first on the receiving end.glenn beck: The Glenn Beck Program, Premiere Radio Networks, 24 May 2010 "Beck attacks Sharpton: "We are the inheritors and the protectors of the civil rights movement. They are perverting it"", Media Matters for America, 24 May 2010 Response to Al Sharpton saying to President Obama, "The dream was not to put one black family in the White House. The dream was to make everything equal in everybody's house."
To draw around the whole nation the strength of the General Government, as a barrier against foreign foes,… to equalize and moderate the public contributions, that while the requisite services are invited by due renumeration, nothing beyond this may exist to attract the attention of our citizens from the pursuits of useful industry, nor unjustly to burthen those who continue in those pursuits these are functions of the General Government on which you have a right to call.President Thomas Jefferson, letter to Amos Marsh, November 20, 1801, reported in ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, p. 293 (1903).