Aphorisms & Quotes

Collected by F. W. Elwell

'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things; Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, Of cabbages and kings, And why the sea is boiling hot, And whether pigs have wings.'

--Lewis Carrol

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If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.

--Thomas Pynchon, writer (b. 1937)

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

-- John Muir

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The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to emotionally comprehend the exponential function.

-- Edward Teller

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We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

--Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809-1882)

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

-- Plutarch

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The 'Trickle-Down' Theory of Economics: The principle that the poor, who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, can be best served by giving the rich bigger meals.

--William Blum

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I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty. I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it.

--Paul Krugman

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I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

-- Galileo Galilei

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When in doubt, do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

--Mark Twain

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If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.

--Thomas Jefferson

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I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

--Frederick Douglass, Former slave, abolitionist, editor, and orator (1817-1895)

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I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

-- Susan B. Anthony

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This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man.

--William Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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For the Zeitgeist of every age is like a sharp east wind which blows through everything. You can find traces of it in all that is done, thought and written, in music and painting, in the flourishing of this or that art: it leaves its mark on everything and everyone.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

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"The marriage between democracy and capitalism is over."

--Slovaj Zizek

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Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

--Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

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I'd like to widen people's awareness of the tremendous timespan lying ahead--for our planet, and for life itself. Most educated people are aware that we're the outcome of nearly 4 billion years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are somehow the culmination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. Six billion years from now, it will not be humans who watch the sun's demise. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae.

--Martin Rees, cosmologist and astrophysicist (b. 1942)

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In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

--Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)

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It is the theory that decides what can be observed.

--Albert Einstein

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It is impossible to live pleasurably without living prudently, honorably, and justly; or to live prudently, honorably, and justly, without living pleasurably.

--Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)

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It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is to be educated.

-Edith Hamilton, educator and writer (1867-1963)

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Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

--Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist (1825-1895)

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If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

--James Madison, (1751-1836)

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For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.

--Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)

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Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings through many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.

--Isaiah Berlin

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There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another.

--Emma Goldman, (1869-1940)

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I react pragmatically. Where the market works, I'm for that. Where the government is necessary, I'm for that. I'm deeply suspicious of somebody who says, "I'm in favor of privatization," or, "I'm deeply in favor of public ownership." I'm in favor of whatever works in the particular case.

--John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

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There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

--Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

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An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.

-- Mark Twain

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A man can do what he wants. But he can’t want what he wants.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

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Choose only one master -- Nature.

--Rembrandt, painter and etcher (1606-1669)

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In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.

--Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)

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I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won.

--Norman Thomas

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What I stand for is what I stand on.

--Wendell Berry, farmer, author (b. 1934)

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The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime.

— Pink Floyd, "Free Four"

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The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

--Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, biologist, author (1941-2002)

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No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.

-Alexis de Tocqueville, (1805-1859)

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University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

--Henry Kissinger

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When the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet.

--Ukrainian proverb

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Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

--James Harvey Robinson

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No two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is – in other words, not a thing, but a think.

--Penelope Fitzgerald, British author

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The family is the nucleus of civilization.

--Will Durant

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Truth never damages a cause that is just.

--Mohandas K. Gandhi

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

--Aldous Huxley

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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

--Douglas Adams

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

--Galileo Galilei,

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It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, English author

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Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

--Samuel Johnson

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In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.

--Eric Hoffer

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Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.

--Sir Claus Moser

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Knowledge tells us that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom prevents us from putting it into a fruit salad.

--Miles Kington

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Chance favors only the prepared mind.

--Louis Pasteur, French scientist

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

--Scott Adams

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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.

--Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

--Michelangelo

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Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.”

--Brian Aldiss,

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A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.

--U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen

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Intellectual ‘work’ is misnamed; it is a pleasure, a dissipation, and is its own highest reward.

--Mark Twain,

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If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it.

--Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

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If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.

--Yogi Berra

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.

--Albert Szent-Györgyi Von Nagyrapolt

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It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

--Yogi Berra

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Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.

-- Mark Twain

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We get the belief in the old age of mankind, the belief, at all times harmful, that we are late survivals, mere epigoni.

--Nietzsche

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Evidence that contradicts the ruling belief system is held to extraordinary standards, while evidence that entrenches it is uncritically accepted.

--Carl Sagan

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The means is the ends in the process of becoming.

- -Mahatma Gandhi

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The only constant is change

--Heraclitus

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Information is the currency of democracy.

--Thomas Jefferson

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There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

--Oscar Levant

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The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

-- Mark Twain

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No witchcraft, no enemy action had silenced the rebirth of new life in this stricken world. The people had done it themselves.

-- Rachel Carson

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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

-- George Orwell

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Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.

--Henri Poincare

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History is a vast early warning system.

--Norman Cousins, (1915-1990)

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It is a dangerous business going out your front door.

--JRR Tolkein

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Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.

--Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

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The most advanced methods of science and rational calculation in the hands of a social system that is at odds with human needs produce nothing but irrationality; the more advanced the science and the more rational the calculations, the more swiftly and calamitously is this irrationality engendered. Like Captain Ahab, the capitalists say, “all my means are sane, my motives and object mad.” 

--Harry Braverman

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Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

--Friedrich Nietzsche, (1844-1900)

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One need not argue a full-blooded materialist position to say that it is capitalism that has given the general character to modern liberal societies. It is capitalist institutions and values--private property, profit-seeking, individualism, consumerism--that color the attitudes and beliefs of the majority of the populations of modern societies.

--Krishan Kumar

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There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.

--Walter Lippman, (1889-1974)

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There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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An artist is a person who does completely useless work, but only according to the majority of the population.

--Gary Moeller

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The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

--Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784)

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To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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Political freedom cannot exist in any land where religion controls the state, and religious freedom cannot exist in any land where the state controls religion.

--Sam Ervin, (1896-1985)

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We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

--Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, (1613-1680)

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As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

--Gore Vidal, (1925- )

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It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.

--Upton Sinclair

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People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or after a hunt.

--Otto von Bismarck, (1815-1898)

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Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.

--Caroline Schoeder

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Nodding the head does not row the boat.

--Irish Proverb

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History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.

-Thurgood Marshall, (1908-1993)

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Insanity in individuals is something rare--but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

--Friedrich Nietzsche, (1844-1900)

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A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.

-Pablo Picasso, (1881-1973)

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In the long run, we're all dead.

--John Maynard Keynes 

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Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.

--Arthur Schopenhauer , philosopher (1788-1860)

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The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief ... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.

--Walter Lippman, (1889-1974)

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For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner ... on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. ... That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.

--Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)

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The living are soft and yielding; the dead are rigid and stiff. Living plants are flexible and tender; the dead are brittle and dry.

--Lao Tzu, (6th century BCE)

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God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.

--Louisa May Alcott

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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

--Seneca

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Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.

--Peter Drucker, (1909-2005)

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These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

--Gilbert Highet, writer (1906-1978)

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Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

--Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790)

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I place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. 

--Charles Darwin, (1809-1882)

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When Democrats open their mouths, they try to say something interesting. If the true thing is obvious and boring, the liberal person will go off and say something original, even if it is completely idiotic. This is how deconstructionism got started.

--David Brooks

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The best writing is rewriting. 

--E. B. White, (1899-1985)

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Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.

--John Adams, (1735-1826)

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We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

--Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)

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The important fact of the present time is not the struggle between capitalism and socialism but the struggle between industrial civilization and humanity.

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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One need not have been Caesar in order to understand Caesar.

--Max Weber, (1978: 5)

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The middle class and working poor are told that what's happening to them is the consequence of Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand." This is a lie. What's happening to them is the direct consequence of corporate activism, intellectual propaganda, the rise of a religious orthodoxy that in its hunger for government subsidies has made an idol of power, and a string of political decisions favoring the powerful and the privileged who bought the political system right out from under us.

--Bill Moyers, 2004

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In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

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In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy. 

--Ivan Illich, priest (1926-2002)

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As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

--Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519)

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If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

--Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (1879-1955)

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The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. 

--Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881)

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I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. 

--Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1882-1945)

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A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

--Joseph Conrad, novelist (1857-1924)

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[T]he job is not to see where ‘Marx was wrong’ so much as to make a fresh application of his theory to the world around us as it is, not as it once was. To borrow a comparison from the field of physics, we need socialist Faradays and Maxwells or if we are lucky, Einsteins and Plancks, not people who confine themselves to knocking Isaac Newton.

--Harry Braverman, (1920-1976)

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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. 

--George Orwell, (1903-1950)

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Liberal education is the pursuit of human excellence, not the pursuit of excellent salaries and excellent forms of polish and sophistication. Liberal education is not even about excellent intellectual achievements. Its goal is more ethical than intellectual: It focuses on the development of individuals as moral agents, and it teaches students how to reflect both analytically and evaluatively on the fact that the choices we make turn us into the persons we become.

--Marshall Gregory

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The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.

--Madame De Stael, (1766-1817)

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You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

--Anne Lamott, (1954- )

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To plan for the future without having a sense of history is like trying to plant cut flowers. 

--David McCullough

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. 

--Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

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In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.

--Rene Descartes, (1596-1650)
 

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If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon. 

--George D. Aiken, (1892-1984)

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When you enjoy loving your neighbor it ceases to be a virtue. 

-Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931)

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A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.

--Leo Rosten, (1908-1997)

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The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts. 

--Edmund Burke, (1729-1797)

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

--Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)

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At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. 

--Friedrich Nietzsche, (1844-1900)

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Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right. 

--Isaac Asimov, (1920-1992)

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In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. 

--Galileo Galilei, (1564-1642)

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People rarely win wars; governments rarely lose them. 

--Arundhati Roy, (1961- )

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Faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets. 

--Arthur C Clarke, (1917- )

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Only the madman is absolutely sure.

--Robert Anton Wilson, novelist (1932-2007)

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The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. 

--Ray Bradbury, (1920- )

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If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

--Noam Chomsky, (1928- )

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Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground. 

--Frederick Douglass, (1817-1895)

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I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty.

--Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)

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Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

--Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

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Some of the worst actors on the international stage can also take advantage of the collective exhaustion and outrage that people feel with official corruption, as we've seen with Islamic extremists who promise purification, but deliver totalitarianism. Endemic corruption opens the door to this kind of movement, and in its wake comes a new set of distortions and betrayals of public trust.

--Barack Obama, Speech at the University of Nairobi, Kenya; Aug 28, 2006.

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The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen.

-Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

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In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. 

--Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)

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If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. 

--John Cleese, (1939- )

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Life without industry is guilt, industry without art is brutality. 

--John Ruskin, (1819-1900)

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Events are in the saddle and tend to ride mankind.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To kill time is not murder, it's suicide. 

-William James, (1842-1910)

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The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. 

--John Steinbeck, (1902-1968)

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The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defense against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad. 

--James Madison, (1751-1836)

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If you give me six lines written by the most honest man, I will find something in them to hang him. 

--Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642)

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To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer. 

--Saadi, (c. 1200 AD)

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Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. 

-Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)

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He that is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

--Thomas Paine, (1737-1809)

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Every man is a volume if you know how to read him. 

--William Ellery Channing, clergyman, reformer (1810-1884)

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If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. 

--Lord Salisbury, British prime minister (1830-1903)

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The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits. 

--Albert Einstein

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Your children need your presence more than your presents. 

--Anonymous

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Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

--James Baldwin

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In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. 

--J. William Fulbright, US Senator (1905-1995)

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Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. 

--Socrates, (469?-399 BCE)

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Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. 

--Virginia Woolf, (1882-1941)

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Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.

--Carl Schurz, revolutionary, statesman and reformer (1829-1906)

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Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.

--Thomas Szasz, (1920- )

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Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. 

--John Ruskin, (1819-1900)

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. 

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state.

-Leo Tolstoy, (1828-1910)

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It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

--Upton Sinclair

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I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. 

-Susan B Anthony, (1820-1906)

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Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. 

--Hanlon's Razor

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One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time. 

--Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)

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Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. 

--George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)

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God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. 

--Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

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When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. 

--William Blake, poet, engraver, and painter (1757-1827)

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Do not be satisfied with the sole quest for economic advantages. Great affluence, in fact, can also generate great poverty.

--John Paul II

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Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them. 

--Philip Dormer Stanhope, statesman and writer (1694-1773)

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When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.

--George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

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Grasp the subject, the words will follow.

--Cato the Elder, (234-149 BCE)

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The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the street, and to steal bread.

--Anatole France

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The past isn't dead.  It isn't even past.

--William Faulkner

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A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government. 

--Edward Abbey, (1927-1989)

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Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

--Michelangelo Buonarroti, (1475-1564)

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I love mankind. It's the people I can't stand.

--Charles Schultz

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Great souls have wills; feeble souls have wishes.

--Chinese Proverb

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Above all, the privately incorporated economy must be made over into a publicly responsible economy. I am aware of the magnitude of this task, but either we take democracy seriously or we do not. This corporate economy, as it is now constituted, is an undemocratic growth within the formal democracy of the United States.

--C. Wright Mills (1958)

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I love my country too much to be a nationalist. 

--Albert Camus, (1913-1960)

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God must have loved the people in power, for he made them so much like their own image of him.

--Kenneth Patchen, (1911-1972)

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Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws. 

--Anonymous

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Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.  It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. 

--William Pitt, (1759-1806)

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The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time. 

-William Butler Yeats, (1865-1939)

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The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. 

--Richard Francis Burton, (1821-1890)

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Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains. 

--Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)

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In the faces of men and women I see God. 

--Walt Whitman, (1819-1892)

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He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. 

--Immanuel Kant, (1724-1804)

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One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter. 

--James Earl Jones, (1931- )

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It must be remembered that necessity is only the mother of invention; socially accumulated knowledge is its father.

--Robert K. Merton, (1910-2003)

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The only gift is giving to the poor; / All else is exchange.

--Thiruvalluvar, (c. 30 BCE)

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Nature uses as little as possible of anything. 

--Johannes Kepler, (1571-1630)

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The great tragedy of science--the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. 

--Thomas Huxley, (1825-1895)

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Lack of money is the root of all evil.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.

--Carl Schurz, revolutionary, statesman and reformer (1829-1906)

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If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. 

--John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963)

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A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. 

--Thomas Mann, (1875-1955)

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Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.

--Ouida [pen name of Marie Louise de la Ramee], novelist (1839-1908)

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So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

-- Peter Drucker

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You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose. 

--Mario M Cuomo, (1932- )

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No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. 

--Niels Bohr, physicist (1885-1962)

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He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. 

--Joseph Joubert, (1754-1824)

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You are never too old to be what you might have been. 

--George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), (1819-1880)

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I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.

--Konrad Lorenz, (1903-1989)

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War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. 

--Ambrose Bierce, (1842-1914)

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To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

--Jorge Luis Borges, (1899-1986)

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If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. 

--Abigail Van Buren, (1918- )

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The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

--William Arthur Ward, (1921-1994)

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I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.

--Marcus Aurelius, philosopher (121-180)

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Substitute damn every time you're inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. 

-Ray Bradbury, (1920- )

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Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.

--W. C. Fields

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Birth is a death sentence for mortals.

--Lonnie Liggitt

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Beware the fury of the patient man. 

--John Dryden, (1631-1700)

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You can have nice things or you can have children.

--Betty J. Elwell, (1927-1997)

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You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.

--H. L. Mencken, (1880-1956)

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We are here to make another world.

--W. Edwards Deming

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The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. 

--Abraham Lincoln

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There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other. 

--Eric Hoffer, (1902-1983)

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Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

--Harry S. Truman, (1884-1972)

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. 

--Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)

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The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance. 

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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War would end if the dead could return.

--Stanley Baldwin, (1867-1947)

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Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.

--Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

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What a strange machine man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out comes sighs, laughter, and dreams. 

--Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)

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Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." 

-- H. L. Mencken

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Hatred--the anger of the weak. 

--Alphonse Daudet, writer (1840-1897)

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When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. 

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and the fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence. 

--Louis Dembitz Brandeis, (1856-1941)

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There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. 

--Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790)

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What I stand for is what I stand on.

--Wendell Berry, (1934- )

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He who has imagination without learning has wings and no feet. 

--Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)

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A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

- -Paul Valery, (1871-1945)

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It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

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The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. 

--Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784)

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It’s interesting to read the archives of Nazi Germany, fascist Japan, the Soviet Union. The leaders are acting from the highest imaginable motives, and probably believed it. It is remarkably easy to come to believe what it is convenient to believe. That’s the secret of being a “responsible intellectual,” someone who serves power abjectly while believing oneself to be an independent thinker.

--Noam Chomsky

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The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on. 

--Joseph Heller, (1923-1999)

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

--William Butler Yeats, (1865-1939)

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A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.

--Lewis H. Lapham, editor and writer (1935- )

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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. 

--Carl Jung, (1875-1961)

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The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

-Harper Lee, (1926- )

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I do not believe that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislature, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.

--Jane Addams

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The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one. 

--George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

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Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't - you're right. 

--Henry Ford

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The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.

--Pearl S. Buck, (1892-1973)

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The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

--Robert Maynard Hutchins, educator (1899-1977)

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A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. 

--Salman Rushdie, (1947- )

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Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights. 

--Henry David Thoreau

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A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. 

--Barnett Cocks

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A teacher who is attempting to teach, without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn, is hammering on a cold iron.

--Horace Mann, (1796-1859)

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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. 

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. 

--James McNeill Whistler, painter (1834-1903)

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Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

--Francis Bacon, (1561-1626)

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The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

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Let the gods avenge themselves.

--Roman law maxim, on blasphemy

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The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border.

--Pablo Casals, (1876-1973)

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As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

--Hannah Arendt

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I have suffered from being misunderstood, but I would have suffered a hell of a lot more if I had been understood. 

--Clarence Darrow, (1857-1938)

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Just as appetite comes by eating so work brings inspiration. 

--Igor Stravinsky, (1882-1971)

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The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.

--Edmund Burke, (1729-1797)

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No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction. 

--Samuel Butler, (1835-1902)

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Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

--Mark Twain

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Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.

--Otto von Bismarck

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The truth is the truth, whether it is told by Agamemnon or the man who keeps his pigs.

--Antonio Machado

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Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

--Albert Einstein

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

--Albert Einstein

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One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

- -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (1749-1832)

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The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.

--James Monroe

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Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

--Oscar Ameringer

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Questions show the mind's range, and answers its subtlety.

--Joseph Joubert, (1754-1824)

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. 

--Greek proverb

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An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. 

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

-Voltaire (1694-1778)

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In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.

--John C. Sawhill (1936-2000)

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Shadow owes its birth to light.

--John Gay, (1685-1732)

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Without valleys there would be no peaks.

--Johnny Carson, (1925-2005)

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The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.

--John Adams

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Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. 

--R. Buckminster Fuller, (1895-1983)

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

--Arthur C. Clarke

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Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. 

--Edward Abbey, (1927-1989)

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Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried

-- Winston Churchill

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Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent.  Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.  The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. 

--Louis Dembitz Brandeis, (1856-1941)

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He who says organization says oligarchy.

--Robert Michels, 1915

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Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

-Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

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The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. 

--Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)

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Reading is seeing by proxy. 

--Herbert Spencer, (1820-1903)

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Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both. 

--John Andrew Holmes

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Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. 

--Pericles, (430 BCE)

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In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. 

--Eric Hoffer, (1902-1983)

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A survey found that the fear of public speaking ranks higher in most people's minds than the fear of death. In other words, at a funeral the average person would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy.

--Jerry Seinfeld

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He who opens a school door, closes a prison. 

--Victor Hugo, (1802-1885)

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If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.

--Thomas Pynchon, (1937- )

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Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.

--Carl Schurz, (1829-1906)

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The world of books is still the world.

--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. 

--Heraclitus, (c. 540-470 BCE)

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A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)

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In Germany they came first for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me--and by that time no one was left to speak up.

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Martin Niemölle (1892-1984)

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Even a lie is a psychic fact. 

--Carl Jung, (1875-1961)

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

--Albert Einstein

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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

--Oscar Wilde

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Science is nothing but perception.

--Plato

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Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.

--Maxim Gorky, author (1868-1936)

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No people can be both ignorant and free.

--Thomas Jefferson

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A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum. 

--Henry Miller, (1891-1980)

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Fatigue is the best pillow.

--Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790)

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It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

--Arthur C. Clarke

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The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

-Stephen Jay Gould, (1941-2002)

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Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.

--Thomas A. Edison

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No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts--for support rather than for illumination.

--Andrew Lang

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I never vote for anyone; I always vote against. 

--W.C. Fields, (1880-1946)

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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

--Plato

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You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

--Jean Jacques Rousseau

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The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.

--Jessamyn West

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It is wrong to encourage a man or a people in evil-doing; it is wrong to aid and abet a national crime simply because it is unpopular not to do so.

- -W. E. B. Du Bois

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It seems like the less a statesman amounts to the more he adores the flag.

--Kin Hubbard, humorist (1868-1930)

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We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. 

--William R. Inge (1860-1954)

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Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. 

--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, (1844-1900)

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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. 

--Carl Jung, (1875-1961)

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I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. 

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

-- Edmund Burke

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The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

  -- Unknown

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Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.

-- Helen Keller

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A person hears only what they understand.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

-- Albert Einstein

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When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.

-- Max Lerner

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Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.

-- Douglas Adams

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Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

--Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and author (1884-1962)

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When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before.

-- Mae West

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 To defeat them, first we must understand them.

-- Elie Wiesel

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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

--Robert Frost

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Not only does the English Language borrow words from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets.

--James Nicoll

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The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

--Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

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The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. 

--Japanese proverb

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If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

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When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

--Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

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The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

--Kurt Vonnegut

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Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

--Edmund Burke

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Cry, "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.

--William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar III.i.270

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I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.

--Blaise Pascal

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We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.

--Steward L. Udall

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Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.

- -Joe Theisman, former quarterback

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A court common to all is swept by no one.

--Chinese Proverb

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Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators. 

--Albert Camus, (1913-1960)

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The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it. 

--Arthur Schopenhauer, (1788-1860)

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If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

--Vince Lombardi

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The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind.  If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

--Albert Einstein

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Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

--Jean Jacques Rousseau

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False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.

--Charles Darwin

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Maybe this world is another planet's Hell. 

--Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

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I sometimes wonder if two thirds of the globe is covered in red carpet.

--Prince Charles

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Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts.

--Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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Religion--freedom--vengeance--what you will, A word's enough to raise mankind to kill.

--Lord Byron, (1788-1824)

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The historical past has a persistent and penetrating influence upon the behavior and ideas of any generation...If we would diagnose our own age we had better do so historically, for history is the essence of human culture and thought.

--Robert A. Nisbet

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Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape. 

--Solon, (c. 638-c558 BCE)

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O wad some Power the giftie gie us / To see oursels as ithers see us!

--Robert Burns, (1759-1796)

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Oh would some power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us.

--Robert Burns, (1759-1796)

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Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite.

--John Kenneth Galbraith

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Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen, even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

--Leonardo Da Vinci, (1452-1519)

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It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. 

--Garrison Keillor, (1942- )

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In science, "fact" can only mean "confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent."  I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.

--Stephen Jay Gould

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Eminent posts make great men greater, and little men less.

--Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696) 

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As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. 

---Albert Schweitzer, (1875-1965)

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I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that.  So are we all.

--James A. Baldwin

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We aim above the mark to hit the mark. 

--Ralph W. Emerson, (1803-1882)

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Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.

--Winston Churchill

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Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. 

--Thomas Babington Macaulay, (1800-1859)

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Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.

--Bill Cosby

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If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down.  But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again.  A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

--Thomas J. Watson

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The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.

--Erich Fromm

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The perfect is the enemy of the good.

-- Voltaire

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Great men do not commit murder. Great nations do not start wars.

--William Jennings Bryan

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We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936

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There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

--Charles Robert Darwin, The Origin of the Species,  (1859)

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Laws, like the spider's web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free.

--Spanish Proverb

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Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

--Isaac Newton, philosopher and mathematician (1642-1727)

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There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

--Benjamin Disraeli

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We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.

--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

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To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.

--Hubert H. Humphrey

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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

--Margaret Thatcher

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We should try to be the parents of our future rather than the offspring of our past.

--Miguel de Unamuno, (1864-1936)

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Politics as battle has given way to politics as spectacle.

--Ronald Steel

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The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.

--James Russell Lowell, (1819-1891)

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Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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Science is the refusal to believe on the basis of hope.

--Carrie P. Snow

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History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents: Carter, Ford and Nixon - See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Evil.

--Bob Dole

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An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.

--Maxwell Planck

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The most violent element in society is ignorance.

--Emma Goldman

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There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.

--Thomas Huxley, biologist and writer (1825-1895)

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The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

--Aldous Huxley

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This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper. 

--T.S. Eliot, (1888-1965)

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The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

--Stephen W. Hawking

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The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

--Albert Einstein

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If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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I am no more humble than my talents require. 

--Oscar Levant, composer (1906-1972)

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The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.

--Henry Havelock Ellis

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Art is made to disturb. Science reassures.

--Georges Braque

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An American can have a Ford in any color so long as its black.

--Henry Ford

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If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. 

--Dwight D. Eisenhower,  (1890-1969)

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He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever. 

--Chinese proverb

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When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. 

--John Muir, (1838-1914)

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If the rich could hire someone else to die for them, the poor would make a wonderful living. 

--Jewish Proverb

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Doubt grows with knowledge.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. 

--Thomas Wolfe, (1900-1938)

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No one has ever become poor by giving. 

-Anne Frank, (1929-1945)

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A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. 

--Charles Evans Hughes, (1862-1948)

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We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

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The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

--Niccolo Machiavelli

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As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life- -so I became a scientist.  This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls. 

--Matt Cartmill, anthropology professor and author (1943- )

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Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. 

--Susan Ertz, author (1894-1985)

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I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

- -James Madison, (1751-1836)

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Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

--Ambrose Bierce

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Just as a cautious businessman avoids tying up all his capital in one concern, so, perhaps, worldly wisdom will advise us not to look for the whole of our satisfaction from a single aspiration.

--Sigmund Freud, (1856-1939)

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Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

--Bill Watterson

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Thus the yeoman work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest.

--Michio Kaku

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When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.

--C.P. Snow, (1905-1980)

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Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. 

--Paulo Freire, educator (1921-1997)

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Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

--Zora Neale Hurston

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There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.

--Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher (1788-1860)

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Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

--Samuel Johnson

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That government is best which governs least.

--Thomas Paine

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…A collective problem, if not recognized as such, always appears a personal problem, and in individual cases may give the impression that something is out of order in the realm of the personal psyche. The personal sphere is indeed disturbed, but such disturbances need not be primary; they may well be secondary, the consequence of an insupportable change in the social atmosphere. The cause of the disturbance is, therefore, not to be sought in the personal surroundings, but rather in the collective situation. Psychotherapy has hitherto taken this matter far too little into account.

--C. G. Jung, (1875-1961)

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Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

--Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton), historian (1834-1902)

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To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

--Paul Ehrlich

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As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.

--Kofi-Annan

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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. 

-Voltaire (1694-1778)

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

--Confucius

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Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.

--Hugo L. Black

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Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. 

--Voltaire, (1694-1778)

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The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it.

--Jackie Gleason

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If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.

--Orville Wright

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One cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.

--Lord Chesterfield

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One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.

--Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer (1917-2008)

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Without darkness there are no dreams. 

--Karla Kuban

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Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

--Lucius Annaeus Seneca, (BCE 3 - 65 CE)

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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. 

--Confucius, (c. 551-478 BCE)

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I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

--Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

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He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

--Leonardo da Vinci

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Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

--Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

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We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--- romantic love and gunpowder.

--Andre Maurois

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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.

--Abraham Lincoln

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Whoever degrades another degrades me.

--Walt Whitman

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Many people hear voices when no-one is there.  Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. 

--Margaret Chittenden

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He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.

--Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)

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As crude a weapon as a cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.

--Rachel Carson

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If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

--Louis D. Brandeis

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If you rest, you rust.

--Helen Hayes

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The computer is a moron.

--Peter F. Drucker

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The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.

--Edward R. Murrow

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The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.

--Stendal (Marie Henri Beyle), (1783-1842) 

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The peculiar malaise of our day is air-conditioned unhappiness, the staleness and stuffiness of machine-made routine.

--Eugene B. Borowitz

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Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.

--John Muir, Naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)

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There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.

--Charles Pierce

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There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.

-Robert Graves, (1895-1985)

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The secret of getting things done is to act!

--Dante Alighieri

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Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

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Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.

--John Perry Barlow

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He's the best physician who knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.

--Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790)

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Only the educated are free.

--Epictetus, philosopher (c. 60-120)

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I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.

--Konrad Lorenz, ethologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)

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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. 

--Charles Darwin, (1809-1882)

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It is always the secure who are humble. 

--G. K. Chesterton, (1874-1936)

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If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. 

--Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)

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We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

--Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.

--Emma Goldman

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Your argument is sound, nothing but sound.

--Benjamin Franklin

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If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

--Vince Lombardi

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Often you must turn your stylus to erase, if you hope to write anything worth a second reading. 

--Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)

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I would rather die standing than live on my knees!

--Emiliano Zapata

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There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

--Douglas Adams

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Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up you get a lot of scum on the top.

--Edward Abbey, (1927-1989) 

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A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

--Barry M. Goldwater

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The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend.

--Byron R. White

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Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.

--Larry Flynt

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In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.

--Robert Green Ingersoll, (1833-1899)

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Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

--Wernher von Braun, (1912-1977)

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Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

--Galileo Galilei, (1564-1642)

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Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy.  Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things within that enormous immensity. 

--Wernher von Braun, rocket engineer (1912-1977)

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If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one--if he had the power--would be justified in silencing mankind. 

--John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist (1806-1873)

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The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. 

--William Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security. 

--Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790)

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The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life. 

--Leo Tolstoy,  (1828-1910)

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Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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I don't hate my enemies. After all, I made 'em.

--Red Skelton, comedian (1913-1997)

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It is the characteristic of the most stringent censorships that they give credibility to the opinions they attack. 

--Voltaire, (1694-1778)

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The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new. 

--Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784)

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The art of prophecy is very difficult -- especially with respect to the future.

-- Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. 

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

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Men have become the tools of their tools. 

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

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Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.

--Thomas H. Huxley

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Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.

--Margaret Mead

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We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies? 

--Edward Young, poet (1683-1765)

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To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart- -and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love. 

--Karl Viktor von Bonstetten, author (1745-1832)

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The worst error of all is to suppose that capitalism is simply an economic system.

--Frenand Braudel

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All persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental.

--Kurt Vonnegut

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Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.

--Henry Kissinger

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A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. 

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (1900-1945)

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A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady. 

--Voltaire (1694-1778)

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A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.

--Michael Pollan, author, journalism professor (b. 1955)

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I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

--Mae West

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I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

--Mohandas Gandhi

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The main thing is to make history, not to write it.

--Otto von Bismarck

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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

--Thomas A. Edison

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Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides. 

--Rita Mae Brown, writer (1944- )

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Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort. 

--Charles Dickens, (1812-1870)

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He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes. 

--Chinese Proverb

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Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.

--John Milton, poet (1608-1674)

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When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. 

-John Ruskin, (1819-1900)

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What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.

--Arnold H. Glasow

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It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. 

--J. Bronowski [The Ascent of Man]

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. 

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. 

--Confucius, (c. 551-478 BCE)

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For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.

--John W. Gardner

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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. 

--Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.

--Karl Marx

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Writing the last page of the first draft is the most enjoyable moment in writing. It's one of the most enjoyable moments in life, period.

--Nicholas Sparks, author (1965- )

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Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

--Arnold H. Glasow

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The wastebasket is a writer's best friend. 

--Isaac Bashevis Singer, (1904-1991)

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Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. 

--E. L. Doctorow, (1931- )

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The highest justification of liberal education is that, by forming free and well-furnished minds, it prepares students to fashion for themselves a good life.

--John Stewart Mill, (1806-1873)

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In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. 

--Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)

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There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. 

--Leo Tolstoy, (1828-1910)

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Oftentimes excusing of a fault / Doth make the fault the worse by th' excuse. 

--William Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money. 

--Arthur Godfrey

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Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work. 

--Anatole France, (1844-1924)

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To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal.

--William James

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A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.

--Arnold Toynbee, historian (1889-1975)

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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

--Groucho Marx

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The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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To be prepared is half the victory.

--Miguel de Cervantes

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[E]xperience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. ... The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

--Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928 case of Olmstead v. United States

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The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

--Dante Alighieri, (1265-1321)

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Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. 

--Anatole France, (1844-1924)

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The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear.

--Thomas H. Huxley

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The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right. 

--Jules Renard, (1864-1910)

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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.

- -G. K. Chesterton

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If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. 

--Carl Sagan, (1934-1996)

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In my humble opinion, non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Many people need desperately to receive this message: "I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don't care about them. You are not alone."

--Kurt Vonnegut

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Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains --- except kill it. 

--Erich Fromm

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The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. 

--Oscar Wilde

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We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount....The world has achieved brilliance without conscience.  Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.

--Omar Bradley, Armistice Day Speech, 1948

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Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason

--Jerry Seinfield

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Some people talk in their sleep.  Lecturers talk while other people sleep.

--Albert Camus

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I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. 

--Galileo Galilei, (1564-1642)

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Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness.

--Simone Weil, philosopher, mystic, activist (1909-1943)

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One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. 

--Rita Mae Brown, (1944- )

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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. 

--William Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. 

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.

--Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)

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If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl.

--Anonymous

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We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.

--Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

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Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. 

--Marilyn vos Savant

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A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. 

--Gloria Steinem, (1934- )

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From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. 

--Arthur Ashe

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If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.  And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

--Alexander Solzhenitsyn, (1918- )

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Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

--Elie Wiesel, (b. 1928)

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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it. 

--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929-1968)

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If privacy is outlawed, only outlaws will have privacy. 

--Phil Zimmermann, cryptographer (1954- )

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Patriotism ruins history.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title. 

--Virginia Woolf, writer (1882-1941)

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I love my country too much to be a nationalist. 

--Albert Camus, (1913-1960)

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Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. 

--Frank William Leahy, (1908-1973)

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A fly that lands on a carabao feels itself to be higher that the carabao.

--Filipino proverb

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Patience is also a form of action. 

--Auguste Rodin, (1840-1917)

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How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.

--Francois de La Rochefoucauld, (1613-1680)

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Every saint has a past and every sinner a future. 

--Oscar Wilde

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We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy. 

--Marcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 BCE)

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When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree.

--William Blake

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If you don't like being alone, you may not like the person you're with.

--Peggy Dugan

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Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood. 

--Carl Gustav Jung, (1875-1961)

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A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be. 

--Abraham Maslow

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A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)

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God protect me from self-interest masquerading as moral principles. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. 

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

--J. Krishnamurti, philosopher (1895-1986)

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I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.

--Michael Pollan

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We started out like Romeo and Juliet but ended in tragedy.

- Milhous van Houten

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All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood. 

--Benjamin Spock, (1903-1998)

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Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake. 

--Viktor Frankl, (1905-1997)

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A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. 

--Theodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919)

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In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place. 

--Mohandas K. Gandhi

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We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. 

--Talmudic Saying

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All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts...

--Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round. 

--James Corbett (Boxer)

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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky, (1821-1881)

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It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good. 

--Marcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 BCE)

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There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.

--Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706)

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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. 

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. 

--Galileo Galilei, (1564-1642)

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A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.

--Robert A. Heinlein, (1907-1988)

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Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.

--Thomas A. Edison

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Gentlemen, progress has never been a bargain.  You've got to pay for it. Sometimes I think there's a man behind a counter who says, "All right, you can have a telephone; but you'll have to give up privacy, the charm of distance.  Madam, you may vote; but at a price; you lose the right to retreat behind a powder-puff or a petticoat.  Mister, you may conquer the air; but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline!

--Henry Drummond, Inherit the Wind

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Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves the much higher consideration.

--Abraham Lincoln, State of the Union, 1861

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Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.

--Ashley Montagu

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The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

--George Orwell, (1903-1950)

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We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

--Edward R. Murrow, (1908-1965)

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Donuts.  Is there anything they can't do?

--Homer J. Simpson

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Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.

--Samuel Butler, (1612-1680)

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Sometimes to remain silent is to lie. 

--Miguel de Unamuno, philosopher (1864-1936)

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Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. 

--George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

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Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. ... One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.

--Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream, Washington DC, Aug 28, 1963.

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Walking is man's best medicine. 

--Hippocrates, (460-377 BC)

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It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away."  How much it expresses!  How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! 

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering. 

--Arthur C Clarke, (1917- )

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Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

--William Strunk, Jr., (1869-1946)

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The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you've got it made. 

--Groucho Marx

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When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. 

--George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950)

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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. 

--Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662)

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Anger as soon as fed is dead- / 'Tis starving makes it fat. 

--Emily Dickinson, (1830-1886)

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It ain't braggin' if you can back it up!

--Dizzy Dean

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While many talk of our agriculture keeping up with population growth, it would be more accurate to say that our population growth has kept up with our agriculture.

--Frank Elwell

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If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason. 

--Isaac Newton

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Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. 

--Andre Gide

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Whoever imagines himself a favorite with God holds others in contempt.

--Robert Green Ingersoll, (1833-1899)

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We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.

--Dwight David Eisenhower, (1890-1969)

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous -- it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. 

--Elizabeth Stone

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If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

--Abraham Lincoln

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An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. 

--Gaius Plinius (c. 61-112 A.D.)

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To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. 

--Abraham Lincoln

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After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one. 

--Cato the Elder, (234-149 BCE)

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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. 

--Kierkegaard

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Walking is also an ambulation of mind.

--Gretel Ehrlich, (1946- )

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My greatest skill has been to want but little.

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

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Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it.

--Henry Thomas Buckle, historian (1821-1862)

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A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it.

--William Penn, Quaker, founder of Pennsylvania (1644-1718)

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If your morals make you dreary, depend on it they are wrong.

--Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, essayist, and poet (1850-1894)

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If you have the same ideas as everybody else but have them one week earlier than everyone else then you will be hailed as a visionary. But if you have them five years earlier you will be named a lunatic.

--Barry Jones, politician, author (1932- )

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Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

--Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)

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Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.

--Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law.

--Louis D. Brandeis, lawyer, judge, and writer (1856-1941)

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Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.

--Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935)

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At times it may be necessary to temporarily accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.

--Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

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I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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As far as I'm concerned, 'whom' is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.

--Calvin Trillin, writer (1935- )

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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

--Abraham Lincoln

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You can always spot a well informed man--his views are the same as yours. 

--Ilka Chase

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A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.

--Eleanor Roosevelt, (1884-1962)

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It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties which make the defense of our nation worthwhile. 

--Earl Warren, (1891-1974)

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When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. 

--Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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The radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babble of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas.

--Aldous Huxley; On Silence; 1946

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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

--Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President (1809-1865)

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The prophet, whether he be theologian or social scientist, is necessarily detached in some degree from the common currents of his age. From this detachment may come also an unrepresentative sense of aloneness, of alienation. However brilliant the searchlight of imagination, the direction of its brilliance is inevitably selective and always subjective to some extent

--Robert A. Nisbet

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People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.

--Christopher Morley, (1890-1957)

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What is done well is done quickly enough. 

--Augustus Caesar

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Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. 

--Samuel Butler

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Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. 

--C. G. Jung (1875-1961)

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In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

--Robert G. Ingersoll, (1833-1899)

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I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

- -Frank Lloyd Wright, (1867-1959)

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Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play. 

--Immanuel Kant

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Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. 

--G. M. Trevelyan

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Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

--Douglas Adams

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The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

--Anatole France, (1844-1924)

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Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. 

--Benjamin Franklin

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I can't go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. 

--Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. 

--Henry Ward Beecher

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When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event. 

--R. Pirsig

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What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. 

--Boris Pasternak

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The whole motivation for any performer is 'Look at me, Ma.'

--Lenny Bruce

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It is a very lonely life that a man leads, who becomes aware of truths before their times.

--Thomas Brackett Reed, politician (1839-1902)

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The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

-- Casey Stengel,

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Classic: a book people praise but don't read. 

-- Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. 

--John Andrew Holmes

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)

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If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.

-Francis Bacon, (1561-1626)

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We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect.  The judgment of the intellect is only part of the truth.

--Carl Gustav Jung

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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

--Sydney J. Harris

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The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

--Albert Einstein, (1879-1955)

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Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. 

--Charles Caleb Colton, (1780-1832)

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The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

--John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)

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Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. 

--E.L. Doctorow, (1931- )

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Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. 

--Elbert Hubbard

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Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

--Henry David Thoreau

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This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. 

--Western Union internal memo, 1876

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A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.

- -Spanish proverb

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Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm But the harm does not interest them. 

--T. S. Eliot

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Is not the core of nature in the heart of man? 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. 

--Moliere

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The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. 

--Eden Phillpotts

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When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it. 

--Clarence Darrow, (1857-1938)

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Let us live to prove that we can cultivate the natural world that is about us, and the intellectual and moral world that is within us, so that we may secure an individual, social and political prosperity, whose course shall be forward, and which, while the earth endures, shall not pass away.

--Abraham Lincoln, February 11, 1861

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Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. 

--Samuel Johnson

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Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. 

--Plato

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There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

--Oscar Levant

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It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.

--Rollo May, (1909-1994)

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There's a fine line between being on the leading edge and being in the lunatic fringe. 

--Frank Armstrong 

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 

--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.

--Agatha Christie

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Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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Never explain--your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyhow. 

--Elbert Hubbard

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A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts. 

--Herbert V. Prochnow

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There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.

--Cyrus Curtis

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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

- -Sir Winston Churchill

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We know what we are, but know not what we may be. 

--Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. 

--Plato, (427-347 BCE)

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Is this true or only clever? 

--Augustine Birrell

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There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect. 

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

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Doust thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. 

--Benjamin Franklin

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Many a man's tongue broke his nose. 

--Seamas MacManus

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The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. 

--John Milton

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The ability to piece together work that will both satisfy and support us is the secret to surviving, even thriving. 

--Wendy Reid Crisp

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It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that. 

--G. H. Hardy

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No wonder nobody comes here--it's too crowded. 

--Yogi Berra

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. 

--George Bernard Shaw

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You know what makes a good loser? Practice.

--Ernest Hemingway

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We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.

--William Somerset Maugham, (1874-1965)

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You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.

--Davy Crockett, conceding 1835 re-election defeat

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A fool and his money are soon elected.

--Will Rogers

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The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

--John Stuart Mill

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Only the educated are free.

--Epictetus

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We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth--the soil and the labourer.

--Karl Marx

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Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.

--Thomas Szasz, (1920- )

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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.

--Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881)

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There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. 

--Alfred Hitchcock, (1899-1980)

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Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

--Lillian Hellman, (1905-1984)

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Let proportion be found not only in numbers and measures, but also in sounds, weights, times, and positions, and what ever force there is.

--Leonardo Da Vinci, (1452-1519)

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More die in the United States of too much food than of too little. 

--John Kenneth Galbraith, (1908- )

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Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it. 

--George Bernard Shaw

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I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. 

--Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1958

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Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf. 

--American Indian Proverb

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What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak.

--George Santayana, (1863-1952)

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Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.

--Joseph Joubert, (1754-1824)

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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.

--George Washington, (1732-1799)

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In democracy it's your vote that counts; In feudalism it's your count that votes.

- Mogens Jallberg

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Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.

--Arthur Schopenhauer, (1788-1860)

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Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.

--Jesse Lee Bennett

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The cruelest lies are often told in silence. 

--Robert Louis Stevenson

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The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously. 

--Samuel Butler

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

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If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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Night fell again. There was war to the south, but our sector was quiet. The battle was over. Our casualties were some thirteen thousand killed--thirteen thousand minds, memories, loves, sensations, worlds, universes--because the human mind is more a universe than the universe itself--and all for a few hundred yards of useless mud. 

--John Fowles [The Magus, 1965]

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What's done to children, they will do to society.

--Karl A. Menninger, (1893-1990)

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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

--H.L. Mencken, (1880-1956)

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Upon this gifted age, in its dark hour

Rains from the sky, a meteoric shower

                        Of facts. . . .

They lie unquestioned, uncombined.

Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill

Is daily spun, but there exists no loom

To weave it into fabric.

--Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best. 

--Henry Van Dyke

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A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it. 

--Alistair Cooke

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Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god. 

--Friedrich Nietzsche

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Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. 

--John F. Kennedy

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The truth is a precious commodity. That's why I use it so sparingly. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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The only thing one can do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. 

--Oscar Wilde

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My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. 

--Indira Gandhi

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In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.

--H. L. Mencken

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Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.

--Isaac Asimov

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If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.

--Omar N. Bradley

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It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder." 

-Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

--Immanuel Kant

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It is not how old you are, but how you are old.

--Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)

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An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. 

--Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)

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Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.

--Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University,1929

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Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once.

--Anonymous

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Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

--Voltaire

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He who laughs, lasts.

--Mary Pettibone Poole

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It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe. 

--Thomas Carlyle

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

--Joseph Addison, (1672-1719)

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Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

--H. Berlioz

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It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. 

--Desiderius Erasmus

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The heart has its reasons that the mind knows nothing of. 

--Blaise Pascal

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I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake. 

--George Bernard Shaw

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In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.

--Robert Lynd

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The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

--Henry Miller, (1891-1980)

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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

--Isaac Asimov

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Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.

--Jeremy Bentham, jurist and philosopher (1748-1832)

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How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?

- Charles De Gaulle

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"Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want."

--Clive Barnes

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No matter how far you've gone down the wrong road, turn back.

--Turkish proverb

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If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.

--Isaac Asimov, (1920-1992)

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If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? 

--Thomas Henry Huxley

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Man is born to live, not to prepare to live. 

--Boris Pasternak

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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. 

--Shakespeare, (1564-1616)

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My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders.

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. 

--Isaac Newton,(1642-1727)

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Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. 

--Martin H. Fischer

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Sometimes you can observe a lot by watching. 

--Yogi Berra

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To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics; for these are the measure of his purpose.

--Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910

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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers. 

--William Penn

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This is my rule of married life: it's better to be happy than to be right. 

--Click & Clack, the Tappet Brothers

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. 

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. 

--Herman Hesse

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I never think of the future.  It comes soon enough. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: "I do not know." 

--Andre Maurois

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The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.

--Walter Lippmann, (1889-1974)

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Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. 

--Seneca

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The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. 

--John Ruskin

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The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. 

--James Bryce

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The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. 

--Chinese Proverb

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They are happy men whose natures sort with their vocations.

--Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

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You can't always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes you'll find what you need. 

--Rolling Stones

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The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away. 

--Tom Waits

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Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence. 

--John Lahr

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There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.

--Edward Bulwer-Lytton, writer (1803-1873)

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Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. 

--Will Rogers

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The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within. 

--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned. 

--Heinrich Heine

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Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.

--Galbraith's Law

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Oh, how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living!

--Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great (382-336 BCE)

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An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy. 

--Benjamin Stolberg

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After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box. 

--Italian Proverb

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It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. 

--C.W. Leadbeater

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Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. 

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. 

--Ben Franklin

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There is more to life than increasing its speed. 

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world. 

--George Dennison Prentice

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Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

--Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

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A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

--Winston Churchill

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The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.

--Theodore H. White

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In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine.

--James William Fulbright

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Genius is eternal patience. 

--Michelangelo

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When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

--Marquis de la Grange

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I'm proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

--Thomas Edison, (1847-1931)

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A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging; it is the skin of living thought and changes from day to day as does the air around us.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

--Jorge Luis Borges

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A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.

--Diogenes, (412-323 BCE)

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He who has a why can endure any how. 

--Friedrich Nietzsche

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Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. 

--Leo Tolstoy

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What if there were no hypothetical situations? 

--Andrew Kohlsmith

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Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop. 

--H. L. Mencken, (1880-1956)

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Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.

-Murray Edelman, professor (1919-2001)

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An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

--Anonymous

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Visits always give pleasure--if not the arrival, the departure.

--Portuguese Proverb

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I'm not at all contemptuous of comforts, but they have their place and it is not first. 

--E. F.  Schumacher

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The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. 

--John Locke

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The way to become boring is to say everything. 

--Voltaire, (1694-1778)

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To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.

--Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

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There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write. 

William Makepeace Thackeray, (1811-1863)

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The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it. 

---Abbie Hoffman

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That wretched alchemist called money can turn a man's heart into a stone!

-Mehmet Murat Ildan, (1965- )

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People only see what they are prepared to see. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. 

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Don't anthropomorphize computers. They don't like it.

--Anonymous

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Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. 

--Sandra Carey

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Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a "necessary evil", it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.

--Sydney J. Harris, journalist (1917-1986)

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A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 

--Margaret Mead

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Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a Zealous one asking what you can do for your country? 

--Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931 [The New Frontier]

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For every major problem in this nation there is a simple solution--and it is wrong.

--H.L. Menken, (1880-1956)

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The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization. 

--Sigmund Freud, (1856-1939)

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Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right. 

--H.L. Mencken, (1880-1956)

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God comes to the hungry in the form of food. 

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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This world is divided roughly into three kinds of nations: those that spend lots of money to keep their weight down; those whose people eat to live; and those whose people don't know where their next meal is coming from.

-David S. Landes, (1924- )

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When a country is governed well, poverty and mean condition are things to be ashamed of.  When a country is governed poorly, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.

--Confucius, Analects, iv, 16

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A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well.  There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living. 

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

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The mind of the superior man is conversant with virtue; the mind of the base man is conversant with gain.

--Confucius, Analects, ix, 13

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Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. 

--Jesse Louis Jackson

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Men seek out retreats for themselves in the country, by the seaside, on the mountains... But all this is unphilosophical to the last degree... when thou canst at a moment's notice retire into thyself. 

--Marcus Aelius Aurelius

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It is not enough to have a good mind.  The main thing is to use it well.

- -Rene Descartes, "Le Discours de la Methode," 1637

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Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. 

--Franklin P. Jones

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Experience is the comb life gives you after you lose your hair. 

--Judith Stearn

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No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne, (1804-1864)

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The concept of culture I espouse, is essentially a semiotic one. Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretative one in search of a meaning.

--Clifford Geertz

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Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.

--Aldous Huxley

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I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes.  It involves Russia. 

--Woody Allen, (1935- )

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

--Anne Bradstreet

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

-Mohandas K. Gandhi, (1869-1948)

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The free-lance writer is the person who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

--Robert Benchley

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Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.

--Joseph Roux, (1834-1886)

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Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels but they live like men.

-Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults. 

--Peter De Vries, (1910-1993)

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It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.

--Tom Stoppard

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"Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."

--Parkinsons' Law

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Peter Principle: an employee within an organization will advance to his or her level of incompetence and remain there.

--Laurence Johnston Peter (1919-1990)

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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)

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Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions.  No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.

 -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has.

--Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace.  The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.

- -Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)

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The big thieves hang the little ones. 

--Czech proverb

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The days of the digital watch are numbered.

--Tom Stoppard

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Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet.

- Mae West

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The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

--Linus Pauling

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I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890-1969)

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We build too many walls and not enough bridges.

--Sir Isaac Newton

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The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.

--Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

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When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.

--Eugene V. Debs

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Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.

--George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950)

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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.

--John Donne

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There is no coming to consciousness without pain.

--Carl Jung, (1875-1961)

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Last week, I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.

--W. C. Fields

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, 

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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

--Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

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Words, like eyeglasses, obscure everything they do not make clear.

- -Joseph Joubert, moralist and essayist (1754-1824)

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Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun. 

--Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

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The true test of a civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops - no, but the kind of man the country turns out. 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882)

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I'm sometimes asked "Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?" I answer: "I am working at the roots." 

--George T. Angell, (1823-1909)

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Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.

- -Arabic saying

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Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.

- -John Stuart Mill, (1806-1873)

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Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right. 

--H.L. Mencken, (1880-1956)

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Hot lead can be almost as effective coming from a linotype as from a firearm.

-John O'Hara, (1905-1970)

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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward.  They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (1749-1832)

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Beulah, peel me a grape.

--Mae West

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More than any other time in history, mankind now faces a crossroads.  One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.  The other, to total extinction.  Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

--Woody Allen

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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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This above all: to thine own self be true, \ And it must follow, as the night the day, \ Thou canst not then be false to any man.

--William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616)

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Some people with great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.

--Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. 

--Pablo Picasso, (1881-1973)

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Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either. 

-Gore Vidal, (1925- )

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Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

--Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.

--Maureen Murphy

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We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away. 

--Plutarch, biographer (c. 46-120)

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I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.

--Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

-Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

-Isaac Asimov, (1920-1992)

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To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. 

--Theodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919)

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The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

- David Friedman

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Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid. 

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts. 

--George Matthew Adams

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An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

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"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less." 

--Lewis Carroll

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Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it. 

--Anne O'Hare McCormick

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Avarice, envy, pride, / Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all / On Fire. 

--Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) [The Divine Comedy]

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Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

--Aldous Huxley

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In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is.

--Chuck Reid

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To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Wherever one looks in the world of human organization, collective responsibility brings a lowering of moral standards.

--Freeman Dyson

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Neurotics build castles in the air; psychotics live in them.

--Anonymous

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Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.

--Anonymous

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Nature does nothing uselessly. 

--Aristotle (384-322 BCE)

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The accumulation of gadgets hides these meanings: those who use these devices do not understand them; those who invent them do not understand much else.

 --C. Wright Mills

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May you live in interesting times.

--Ancient Chinese Curse

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We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach.

--Bertrand Russell, (1872-1970)

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A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.

--Samuel Johnson

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The true calling of sociology is to contribute to the self-understanding of society rather than to its manipulated improvement.

--Martin Bulmer

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What you cannot enforce, do not command.

--Sophocles, dramatist (495?-406 BCE)

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Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing; 
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;  
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,  
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence. 

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (1807-1882)

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I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. 

--Gloria Steinem (1934- )

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I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., (1922-2008 )

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To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.

--Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)

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It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. 

--Robert Southey (1774-1843)

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If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants. 

-Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

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Nothing is more humbling than to look with a strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and articulated and striped with the same care and imagination as a zebra. Apparently it does not occur to nature whether or not a creature is within our range of vision, and the suspicion arises that even the zebra was not designed for our benefit.

--Rudolf Arnheim, (1904-2007)

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Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

--Clarence Darrow, lawyer and author (1857-1938)

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If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons. 

--James Thurber (1894-1961)

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Adults are obsolete children. 

--Dr. Seuss, (1904-1991)

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We are not retreating--we are advancing in another direction. 

--General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

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God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.

--Swedish proverb

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You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive. 

--James Baldwin, (1924-1987)

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All sunshine makes a desert. 

--Arabic proverb

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I do not rule Russia; ten thousand clerks do.

--Czar Nicholas I

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Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.

--Seneca

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Very few established institutions, governments and constitutions ... are ever destroyed by their enemies until they have been corrupted and weakened by their friends.

--Walter Lippman, (1889-1974)

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Every form of refuge has its price.

--The Eagles

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Put not your trust in princes

--Lord Stafford, 1641

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Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.

--Arthur Koestler, (1905-1983)

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Man is not a creature of circumstances.  Circumstances are creatures of men.

--Benjamin Disraeli

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The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep.

--Woody Allen

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In a classroom the teacher ought to be trying to show others how one man thinks--and at the same time reveal what a fine feeling he gets when he does it well.

--C. Wright Mills, 1959

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Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.

--Robert Frost

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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. 

--Elie Wiesel, (1928- )

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Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

--Edward R. Murrow, (1908-1965)

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Don't be so humble, you're not that great.

--Golda Meir

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Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

--Ambrose Bierce

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If every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would  be a tissue of disconnected accidents.

--Leo Tolstoy

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The newer people of this modern age are more eager to amass than to realize.

--Rabindranath Tagore

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There are risks and costs to action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

--John F. Kennedy

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We have met the enemy and he is us.

--Pogo (Walt Kelly, cartoonist, 1913-1973)

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Between two evils I always pick the one I never tried before.

--Mae West

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The forces that affect our lives, the influences that mold and shape us, are often like whispers in a distant room, teasingly indistinct, apprehended only with difficulty.

--Charles Dickens

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Language is not neutral. It is not merely a vehicle which carries ideas.  It is itself a shaper of ideas. 

--Dale Spender, (1943- )

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Don't worry about avoiding temptation... as you grow older, it will avoid you.

--Winston Churchill

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History is the study of the world's crime.

--Voltaire (1694-1778)

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I am free of all prejudices.  I hate everyone equally.

--W. C. Fields

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The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true. 

--James Branch Cabell, (1879-1958)

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The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Whatever you do will be insignificant.  But it is very important that you do it.

--Gandhi

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The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.

--Aldous Huxley

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The palest ink is better than the best memory.

- -Chinese proverb

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It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. 

--Moliere, (1622-1673)

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You see things and you say 'why?" But I dream things that never were and I say 'why not?'

--George Bernard Shaw

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Social research of any kind is advanced by ideas, it is only disciplined by fact.

--C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination, 1959

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People at present think that five sons are not too many and each son also has five sons...Therefore people are more and wealth is less; they work hard and receive little.

--Han Fei-Tzu, 500 B.C.

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I believe that what may be called classic social analysis is a definable and usable set of traditions; that its essential feature is the concern with historical social structures; and that its problems are of direct relevance to urgent public issues and insistent human troubles.

--C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination, 1959

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Eschew Obfuscation.

--Anonymous              

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Once, the governing human metaphor was pastoral or agricultural, and it clarified, and so preserved in human care, the natural cycles of birth, growth, death, and decay.  But modern humanity's governing metaphor is that of the machine.  Having placed ourselves in charge of creation, we began to mechanize both the creation itself and our conception of it.  We began to see the whole creation merely as raw material, to be transformed by machines into a manufactured Paradise.

--Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther."

--Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770-1827)

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In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. 

-Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519)

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Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

--Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

--Otto von Bismarck

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The exploitive mind characteristically puts itself in charge of the future. The future is a time that cannot conceivably be reached except by industrial progress and economic growth.

--Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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The essential ingredient of politics is timing.

--Pierre Elliott Trudeau

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History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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What is history but a fable agreed upon?

--Napoleon Bonaparte

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There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.

--J. Robert Oppenheimer

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People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

--James A. Baldwin

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Reality is just a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.

--Robin Williams

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When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked for forgiveness.

--Emo Philips, (1956- )

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But then it must be asked if we can remove cultural value from one part of our lives without destroying it also in the other parts.  Can we justify secrecy, lying, and burglary in our so-called intelligence organizations and yet preserve openness, honesty, and devotion to principle in the rest of our government?  Can we subsidize mayhem in the military establishment and yet have peace, order, and respect for human life in the city streets?  Can we degrade all forms of essential work and yet expect arts and graces to flourish on weekends?

--Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

--Alexis de Tocqueville

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The law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

--Mohandes Gandhi

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There's two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.

--Enrico Fermi

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Modes of production establish constraints with which humanity must come to terms, and the constraints of the industrial mode of production are peculiarly demanding...Industrial production...confronts men with machines that embody "imperatives" if they are to be used at all, and these imperatives lead easily to the organization of work, of life, even of thought, in ways that accommodate men to machines rather than the much more difficult alternative.

--Robert Heilbroner, The Human Prospect

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During the past century the successive advances in technology have been accompanied by corresponding advances in organization. Complicated machinery has had to be matched by complicated social arrangements, designed to work as smoothly and efficiently as the new instruments of production.

--Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

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To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

--Albert Einstein

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No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.

--Jacob Bronowski

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History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.

--Malcom X

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For some time now ecologists have been documenting the principle that "you can't do one thing"--which means that in a natural system whatever affects one thing ultimately affects everything.  Everything in the creation is related to everything else and dependent on everything else.  The creation is one; it is a uni-verse, a whole, the parts of which are all "turned into one."

--Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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A society that defines immediate productivity and efficiency as ultimate value, that judges all by these standards, cannot afford concern for tradition, environment, or wider social concern.

--Anonymous

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It is impossible to mechanize production without mechanizing consumption, impossible to to make machines of soil, plants, and animals without making machines also of people.

--Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.

--Moses ben Maimon, philosopher (1135-1204)

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If human values are removed from production, how can they be preserved in consumption?  How can we value our lives if we devalue them in making a living?

--Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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In our considerations of the future, we must expect a great deal of continuity with our past.

--Frank W. Elwell

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My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast. 

--Miguel de Unamuno, (1864-1936)

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Within the realm of social conduct one finds factual regularities, that is, courses of action which, with a typically identical meaning, are repeated by the actors or simultaneously occur among numerous actors.  It is with such types of conduct that sociology is concerned, in contrast to history, which is interested in the causal connections of important, i.e., fateful, single events.

--Max Weber, 1921

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A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (1900-1945)

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There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.

--Marcel Proust, novelist (1871-1922)

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It is not too much to say that in the extreme development the chance to reason of most men is destroyed, as rationality increases and its locus, its control, is moved from the individual to the big-scale organization. There is then rationality without reason.  Such rationality is not commensurate with freedom but the destroyer of it.

--C. Wright Mills, 1959

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It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness

--Karl Marx, 1859

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This whole process of rationalization in the factory and elsewhere, and especially in the bureaucratic state machine, parallels the centralization of the material implements of organization in the hands of the master. Thus, discipline inexorably takes over ever larger areas as the satisfaction of political and economic needs is increasingly rationalized. This universal phenomenon more and more restricts the importance of charisma and of individually differentiated conduct.

--Max Weber, 1921

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No machinery in the world functions so precisely as this apparatus of men and, moreover, so cheaply. . .. Rational calculation . . . reduces every worker to a cog in this bureaucratic machine and, seeing himself in this light, he will merely ask how to transform himself into a somewhat bigger cog. . . . The passion for bureaucratization drives us to despair.

--Max Weber, 1921

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To this extent increasing bureaucratization is a function of the increasing possession of goods used for consumption, and of an increasingly sophisticated technique for fashioning external life--a technique which corresponds to the opportunities provided by such wealth.

--Max Weber

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Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right. 

--Igor Stravinsky, (1882-1971)

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One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.

--William Feather,  (1889-1981)

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The decisive reason for the advance of bureaucratic organization has always been its purely technical superiority over any other kind of organization. The fully developed bureaucratic mechanism compares with other organizations exactly as does the machine with the non-mechanical modes of organization.

--Max Weber

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In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.

--Lee Iacocca, (1924- )

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No one knows who will live in this cage in the future, or whether at the end of this tremendous development entirely new prophets will arise, or there will be a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals or, if neither, mechanized petrification embellished with a sort of convulsive self-importance. For of the last stage of this cultural development, it might well be truly said: 'Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has obtained a level of civilization never before achieved.

--Max Weber, 1904

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That population cannot increase without the means of subsistence is a proposition so evident that it needs no illustration. That population does invariably increase where there are the means of subsistence, the history of every people that have ever existed will abundantly prove. And that the superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice, the ample portion of these too bitter ingredients in the cup of human life and the continuance of the physical causes that seem to have produced them bear too convincing a testimony. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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The voluntary actions of men may originate in their opinions, but these opinions will be very differently modified in creatures compounded of a rational faculty and corporal propensities from what they would be in beings wholly intellectual. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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The first great awakeners of the mind seem to be the wants of the body… They are the first stimulants that rouse the brain of infant man into sentient activity, and such seems to be the sluggishness of original matter that unless by a peculiar course of excitements other wants, equally powerful, are generated, these stimulants seem, even afterwards, to be necessary to continue that activity which they first awakened. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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The powers of selection, combination, and transmutation, which every seed shews, are truly miraculous. Who can imagine that these wonderful faculties are contained in these little bits of matter? 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1789

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Necessity has been with great truth called the mother of invention. Some of the noblest exertions of the human mind have been set in motion by the necessity of satisfying the wants of the body.

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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The principal objects which human punishments have in view are undoubtedly restraint and example; restraint, or removal, of an individual member whose vicious habits are likely to be prejudicial to the society; and example, which by expressing the sense of the community with regard to a particular crime, and by associating more nearly and visibly crime and punishment, holds out a moral motive to dissuade others from the commission of it. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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If the proportion between the natural increase of population and food which I have given be in any degree near the truth, it will appear, on the contrary, that the period when the number of men surpass their means of subsistence has long since arrived, and that this necessity oscillation, this constantly subsisting cause of periodical misery, has existed ever since we have had any histories of mankind, does exist at present, and will for ever continue to exist, unless some decided change take place in the physical constitution of our nature. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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The proper office of benevolence is to soften the partial evils arising from self-love, but it can never be substituted in its place. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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But if we proceed without a thorough knowledge and accurate comprehension of the nature, extent, and magnitude of the difficulties we have to encounter, or if we unwisely direct our efforts towards an object in which we cannot hope for success, we shall not only exhaust our strength in fruitless exertions and remain at as great a distance as ever from the summit of our wishes, but we shall be perpetually crushed by the recoil of this rock of Sisyphus. 

--T. Robert Malthus, 1798

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Who says organization, says oligarchy.

--Robert Michels, 1915

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Paranoia runs deep.

--Buffalo Springfield

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The interests of an economically dominant class never stand naked.  They are enshrouded in the flag, fortified by the law, protected by the police, nurtured by the media, taught by the schools, and blessed by the church.

--Michael Parenti, 1978

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The welfare-state government is not itself the initiator of most production within the economy.  The corporations do that.  However, that same government is increasingly charged with arranging the preconditions for profitable production.  Its funds, its power, its political survival, depend on private sector performance.  So do the jobs of most workers.  The state's interest in perpetuating its own rule is thus, in economic fact, identified with the health of the capitalist economy.

--Michael Harrington, 1976

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A high level of bureaucratic rationality and of technology does not mean a high level of either individual or social intelligence.  From the first you cannot infer the second.  For social, technological, or bureaucratic rationality is not merely a grand summation of the individual will and capacity to reason.  The very chance to acquire that will and that capacity seems in fact often to be decreased by it.

--C. Wright Mills, 1959

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For under a stationary (or even a slow growing capitalism), continued efforts of the lower and middle classes to improve their positions can be met only by diminishing the absolute incomes of the upper echelons of society.

--Robert Heilbroner, 1980

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There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.

--Ogden Nash, (1902-1971)

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It [the state] can, as long as production is expanding, increase the absolute living standards of the masses; it cannot change the basic structure of inequality, for that is essential to the accumulation of capital--that is, to the survival and perpetuation of the system itself.

--Michael Harrington, 1976

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One capitalist always kills many.

--Karl Marx, 1867

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Therapeutic forms of social control, by softening or eliminating the adversary relation between subordinates and superiors, make it more and more difficult for citizens to defend themselves against the state or for workers to resist the demands of the corporation.

--Christopher Lasch, 1979

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Because by definition they lack any sense of mutuality or wholeness, our specializations subsist on conflict with one another.  The rule is never to cooperate, but rather to follow one's own interest as far as possible.  Checks and balances are all applied externally, by opposition, never by self-restraint.  Labor, management, the military, the government, etc., never forbear until their excesses arouse enough opposition to force them to do so.  The food of the whole of Creation, the world and all its creatures together, is never a consideration because it is never thought of; our culture now simply lacks the means for thinking of it.

--Wendell Berry, 1977

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It is not the number of victims or the degree of cruelty that is distinctive; it is the fact that the acts committed and the acts that nobody protests are split from the consciousness of men in an uncanny, even a schizophrenic manner.  The atrocities of our time are done by men as "functions" of social machinery--men possessed by an abstracted view that hides from them the human beings who are their victims and, as well, their own humanity.  They are inhuman acts because they are impersonal.  They are not sadistic but merely businesslike; they are not aggressive but merely efficient; they are not emotional at all but technically clean-cut.

--C. Wright Mills, 1958

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Easy reading is damned hard writing. 

-Nathaniel Hawthorne, (1804-1864)

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I don't hate my enemies. After all, I made 'em.

--Red Skelton, (1913-1997)

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Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.

--William Dement

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There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.

--John Kenneth Galbraith

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Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs. 

--Henry Miller, (1891-1980)

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Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.

--Jack Lemmon

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The practical, divorced from the disciplines of value, tends to be defined by the immediate interests of the practitioner, and so becomes destructive of value, practical and otherwise.

--Wendell Berry, 1977

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I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.

 --Mark Twain (1835-1910)

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Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed.

--Henrik Ibsen, playwright (1828-1906)

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Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast. 

--Peter Drucker (1909- )

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. 

--Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

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Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth. 

-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

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A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a target. 

--Angie Papadakis

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Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

- -Amelia Burr

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A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. 

--Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

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The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen. 

--Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

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Little strokes, fell great oaks. 

--Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910) 

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The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt, (1882-1945)

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Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? 

--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-) [Bluebeard, 1987]

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Once you label me you negate me.

--Soren Kierkegaard, (1813-1855)

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I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it. 

--Voltaire (1694-1778)

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By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. 

--Socrates

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Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears,
your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.

--Winston Churchill

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Remember the difference between a boss and a leader; a boss says, 'Go!' A leader says, 'Let's go!'

- E. M. Kelly

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To govern is to serve, not to rule.

-- Seneca

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Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them.

--Winston Churchill

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A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.

--Lao Tzu

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Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone
feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people
feel centered and that gives their work meaning.

-- Warren Bennis

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Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without
the strategy.

-- General Norman Schwarzkopf

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The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone
that go with it.

-Elaine Agather

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Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from that of their social environment. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. 

--Indira Gandhi

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in a new way. 

--Will Rogers, American humorist (1879-1935)

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Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.

--Will Rogers

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I would rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the one who sold it. 

--Will Rogers

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God is subtle, but he is not malicious. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.

--Charles A. Beard, historian (1874-1948)

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Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Work to become, not to acquire. 

--Elbert Hubbard

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To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. 

-- Elbert Hubbard

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I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. 

--Elbert Hubbard

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. 

--Abraham Lincoln

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The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne, (1804-1864)

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And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. 

--Abraham Lincoln

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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. 

--Abraham Lincoln

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Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be. 

--Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)

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I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

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Let him that would move the world, first move himself. 

--Socrates

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The worst of all deceptions is self-deception. 

--Plato

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There is no fundamental difference between man and the lower animals in their mental faculties... The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery. 

-Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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He who allows oppression, shares the crime. 

--Erasmus Darwin

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If...the machine of government...is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. 

--Henry David Thoreau

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. 

--Henry David Thoreau

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Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. 

--Henry David Thoreau

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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. 

--Henry David Thoreau

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For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you're lucky to find one who's hacking at the roots.

--Henry David Thoreau

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The future is history.

--Twelve Monkeys

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As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.

--Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

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I know I am among civilized men because they are fighting so savagely.

--Voltaire (1694-1778)

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In times when the government imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also the prison. 

--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

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The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. 

--Andrew S. Tanenbaum

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Life is too short to be kissing frogs, much less to be kissing the asses of frogs.

 -- G.E. Nordell

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Always do right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest.

 -- Mark Twain, (1835-1910) 

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There can be no joy of life without joy of work. 

 -- Thomas Aquinas

 

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Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. 

 -- D.H. Lawrence

 

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You have to learn to see. If you can appreciate what has quality and what is worthless in art, you will appreciate it in people.

 -- Adele Block-Bauer [1881-1925]

 

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A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside of us.
 -- Franz Kafka      

 

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Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political. 

--Ignazio Silone, author (1900-1978)

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The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men. 

--Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

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Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. 

--Charles Darwin, (1809-1882) [The Descent of Man]

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Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it. 

--Erich Fromm

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Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. 

--Henry J. Kaiser

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On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog. 

--Cartoon in The New Yorker

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The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons. 

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It often shows an excellent command of language to say nothing. 

--Karol Newlin

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Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers. 

--William Penn

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Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. 

--Voltaire

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Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. 

--Leonardo da Vinci

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We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. 

--John Webster

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I care not for a man's religion whose dog or cat are not the better for it. 

--Abraham Lincoln

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The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: "I do not know." 

--Andre Maurois

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Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. 

--Seneca

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The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. 

--John Ruskin

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The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything--and it works. 

--William Strong

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The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for. 

--Dostoyevsky

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Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption. 

--John Stuart Mill

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Humor is just another defense against the universe. 

--Mel Brooks

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He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end. 

--Harry Emerson Fosdick

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The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. 

--Emile Zola

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Dilbert Principle: The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management. 

--Scott Adams

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It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man. 

--Albert Schweitzer

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The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. 

--John Kenneth Galbraith

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To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace. 

--Marcus Tullius Cicero, (106-43 BCE)

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Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. 

--John G. Diefenbaker

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Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me. 

--Sigmund Freud

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I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself. 

--Jose Ortega Y Gasset [Meditations on Quixote] (1883-1955)

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It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. 

--Giordano Bruno

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. 

--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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There is no right way to do wrong.

--Anonymous

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The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. 

--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive. 

--Samuel Goldwyn

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Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. 

--Dandemis

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Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. 

--Ambrose Redmoon

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You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. 

--Mary Pickford

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Why is it when we talk to God we're praying -- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic? 

--Lily Tomlin

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The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract. 

--Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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It is bad luck to be superstitious. 

--Andrew Mathis

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The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all. 

--Elbert Hubbard

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The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change. 

--Carl Rogers

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Love your enemies.  It will make them crazy.

--Anonymous

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Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do in order to achieve what they want to achieve. 

--Tom Landry

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A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. 

--Paul Valery

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If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason. 

--Isaac Newton

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When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event. 

--R. Pirsig

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Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. 

--Andre Gide

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What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. 

--Boris Pasternak

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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. 

--Derek Bok, President, Harvard University

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous -- it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. 

--Elizabeth Stone

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All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. 

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. 

--Gaius Plinius (c. 61-112 A.D.)

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Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive. 

--Robert Pirsig 

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Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit. 

--R.E. Shay

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A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts. 

--Herbert V. Prochnow

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If today is the first day of the rest of your life, what was yesterday?

--Anonymous

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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. 

--Kierkegaard

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You can always spot a well informed man - his views are the same as yours. 

--Ilka Chase

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When you starve with a tiger, the tiger starves last. 

--Griffin's Thought

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In truth you owe naught to any man. You owe all to all men. 

--Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) 

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A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. 

--D. Elton Trueblood

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Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. 

--James Dean

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Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you. 

--Nicholai Velimirovic

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Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

--Anonymous

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When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. 

--Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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There're 2 possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. 

--Fermi

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It's all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. 

--Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

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Journalism is merely history's first draft. 

--Geoffrey C. Ward

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What is done well is done quickly enough. 

--Augustus Caesar

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The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. 

--Linus Pauling

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Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.

--Aldous Huxley

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. 

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. 

--Samuel Butler

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Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. 

--Kin Hubbard

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Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. 

--C. G. Jung (1875-1961)

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Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. 

--Admiral Hyman Rickover

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It is not necessarily true that averaging the averages of different populations gives the average of the combined population. 

--Simpson's Paradox

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It is better to be roughly right than to be precisely wrong. 

--John Maynard Keynes

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. 

--Mark Twain, (1835-1910)

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What we see depends on mainly what we look for. 

--John Lubbock

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We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases. 

--Goethe (1749-1832)

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It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? 

--Henry David Thoreau

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And the fox said to the little prince: men have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. 

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. 

--Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

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Access to power must be confined to those who are not in love with it. 

--Plato

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Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. 

--Will Rogers

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Persistent people begin their success where others end in failures. 

--Edward Eggleston

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Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. 

--Jonathan Kozol

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Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die. 

--Amelia Burr

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What a man says drunk he has thought sober. 

--Flemish proverb

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If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him. 

--Robert Louis Stevenson

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The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. 

--Voltaire (1694-1778)

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. 

--Henry David Thoreau

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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. 

--Saul Bellow

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Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. 

--John Charles Salak

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. 

--Marie Curie

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It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. 

--H. L. Mencken, (1880-1956)

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It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell. 

--William Tecumseh Sherman, (1820-1891)

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The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. 

--John Adams, (1735-1826)

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A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason. 

--Thomas Carlyle, (1795-1881)

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 

-George Santayana, (1863-1952)

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. 

--Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

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Blessed is he who has learned to laugh at himself, for he shall never cease to be entertained. 

--John Powell

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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. 

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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The best lack all conviction, while the worst / 
Are full of passionate intensity.

--William Butler Yeats [The Second Coming]

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. 

--Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

--Anatole France

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The world, we are told, was made especially for man--a presumption not supported by all the facts... Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?

--John Muir, Naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)

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To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.

-- Otto von Bismarck

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The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for. 

--Dostoyevsky

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Humor is just another defense against the universe. 

--Mel Brooks

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Whenever you fall, pick something up. 

--Oswald Avery

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A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. 

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Technology...the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it. 

--Max Frisch

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The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men. 

--Emile Zola

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It is man's sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man. 

--Albert Schweitzer

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The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. 

--John Kenneth Galbraith

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Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. 

--Robert Frost

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How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?

--Anonymous

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Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice 

--George Jackson

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Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. 

--John G. Diefenbaker

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I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself. 

--Jose Ortega Y Gasset [Meditations on Quixote] (1883-1955)

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It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. 

--Giordano Bruno

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. 

--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. 

--Dandemis

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The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people. 

--Lucille S. Harper

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The way up and the way down are the same. 

--Dostoevsky

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The mind of the bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract. 

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

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No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

-- Carl Sagan

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There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.

-- G.K. Chesterton

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

- -Aldous Huxley

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The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.

- -Salvador Dali

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I fear nothing, I hope for nothing, I am free.

- -Nikos Kazantzakis

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Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

-- John Steinbeck

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The satiated man and the hungry one do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.

-- Rumi

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It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

-- Miguel de Cervantes

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There is a field beyond all notions of right and wrong. Come, meet me there.

- -Rumi

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To find a person who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.

- -Robert Brault

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If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time looking for him further.

- -Mahatma Gandhi

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Fine minds are seldom fine souls.

-- Jean Paul Richter

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.

-- Bertrand Russell

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

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A leader is a dealer in hope.

-- Napoleon Bonaparte

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To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'

-- Lao-tsu

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President means chief servant.

--- Mahatma Gandhi

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Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.

-- Winston Churchill

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To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

-- Theodore Roosevelt

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High sentiments always win in the end, The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.

-- George Orwell

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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

-- Peter F. Drucker

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Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers.

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.

-- Lyndon Baines Johnson

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Americans have different ways of saying things. They say "elevator," we say "lift"...they say "President," we say "stupid psychopathic git."

-- Alexai Sayle

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President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN to wage war, and I'm thinking, well, hell, he didn't need the approval of the American voters to become president either.

-- David Letterman

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Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

-- Douglas Adams

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THE TOP REGRETABLE QUOTES OF ALL TIME
The following is a list of statements made many years ago by experts in their fields.

“With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.” – Business Week, August 2, 1968

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“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable.  It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” – Albert Einstein, 1932

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“The phonograph has no commercial value at all.” – Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s

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“If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.” – W. C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954

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“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist-“ – Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864

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“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” – Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905

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“I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.” – The San Francisco Examiner, rejecting a submission by Rudyard Kipling in 1889

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“Just so-so in center field.” – New York Daily News after the premiere of Willie Mays, 1951

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“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” – Gary Cooper, on declining the lead role in Gone with the Wind

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“You better get secretarial work or get married.” – Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe in 1944

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"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home." Kenneth Olsen, President and founder of Digital Equiptment Corporation, in 1977

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"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French Military Strategist and Future World War 1 Commander, in 1911

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"(Man will never reach the Moon) regardless of all future scientific advances." Dr Lee De Forest, inventor of the Audion Tube and Father of Radio, in 1926

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"(Television) won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox in 1946

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"We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." Decca Records rejecting the Beatles, in 1962

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"For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect." Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles Surgeon, as quoted in Newsweek, November 18, 1969

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"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Western Union internal memo, in 1876

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"The Earth is the center of the Universe." Ptolemy, the great Egyptian astronomer, in the second century

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"Nothing of importance happened today." Written by King George III of England on July 4, 1776

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See also:

The Gospel According to St. Titleist...

Political Views

Bartleby

Quotations Page

JJ's Collection of Quotes and Aphorisms

Aphorisms Galore

Bill Lee's Fabulous Quotes Pages

Dying words of famous people

Great Aviation Quotes

Great Sports Quotes

Oneliners and proverbs

Projekt Bartleby

Quoteland

Starting Page's selection of the best quotation sites

The Quotation Ring - Linking together great quotation sites

Psycho-philosophical aphorisms.