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There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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Any man who inflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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The human race is divided into two sharply differentiated and mutually antagonistic classes, almost two genera- a small minority that plays with ideas and is capable of taking them in, and a vast majority that finds them painful, and is thus arrayed against them, and against all who have traffic with them. The intellectual heritage of the race belongs to the minority, and to the minority only. The majority has no more to do with it than it has to do with ecclesiastic politics on Mars. In so far as that heritage is apprehended, it is viewed with enmity. But in the main it is not apprehended at all.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company.

Seneca Quotes

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Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men. Every valuable thing that has been added to the store of man's possessions has been derided by them when it was new, and destroyed by them when they had the power. They have fought every new truth ever heard of, and they have killed every truth-seeker who got into their hands.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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The psychologists and the metaphysicians wrangle endlessly over the nature of the thinking process in man, but no matter how violently they differ otherwise they all agree that it has little to do with logic and is not much conditioned by overt facts.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.

Golda Meir Quotes

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A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.

Umberto Eco Quotes

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Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.

Lord Chesterfield Quotes

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Habits... the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction. You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way -- by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

Juliene Berk Quotes

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The more deeply the path is etched, the more it is used, and the more it is used, the more deeply it etched.

Jo Coudert Quotes

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Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.

Tryon Edwards Quotes

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I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property.

Norman O. Brown Quotes

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Any young person who has studied Heidegger; or seen Ionesco's 'plays'; or listened to the 'music' of John Cage; or looked at Andy Warhol's 'paintings'- has experienced that feeling of incredulous puzzlement: But this is nonsense! Can I really be expected to take this seriously?In fact, of course, it is necessary for it to be nonsense; if it made sense, it could be evaluated. The essence of modern intellectual snobbery is the 'emperor's new cloths' approach. Teachers, critics, our self-appointed intellectual elite, make it quite clear to us that if we cannot see the superlative nature of this 'art'- why, it merely shows our ignorance, our lack of sophistication and insight. Of course, they go beyond the storybook emperor's tailors, who dressed their victim in nothing and called it fine garments. The modern tailors dress the emperor in garbage.

Ron Merrill Quotes

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...we are entitled to make almost any reasonable assumption, but should resist making conclusions until evidence requires that we do so.

Steve Allen Quotes

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To take an unequivocal stand, it seems to me, is of greater heuristic value and far more likely to stimulate constructive criticism than to evade the issue.

Ernst Mayr Quotes

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When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him.

Hindu Proverb Quotes

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There is only one step from fanaticism to barbarism.

Denis Diderot Quotes

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A man is never more his single separate self than when he sets out on a journey.

John Dos Passos Quotes

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He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great.

John Ruskin Quotes

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Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars.

Heraclitus Quotes

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...definitions are temporary verbalizations of concepts, and concepts- particularly difficult concepts- are usually revised repeatedly as our knowledge and understanding grows.

Ernst Mayr Quotes

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New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.

John Locke Quotes

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Violence arises not out of superfluity of power but out of powerlessness.

Rollo May Quotes

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Responsibility and danger do not tend to free or stimulate the average person's mind- rather the contrary; but wherever they do liberate an individual's judgement and confidence we can be sure that we are in the presence of exceptional ability.

Carl Von Clausewitz Quotes

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