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I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.

Dalai Lama Quotes

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Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.

Groucho Marx Quotes , Source: Groucho and Me (ch. 26)

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Human civilization is not something achieved against nature; it is rather the outcome of the working of the innate qualities of man.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The philosophy called individualism is a philosophy of social cooperation and the progressive intensification of the social nexus.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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...the cosmology of a given age is not the result of unilinear, "scientific" development, but rather the most striking, imaginative symbol of its mentality- the projection of its conflicts, prejudice and specific ways of double-think onto the graceful sky.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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The criterion of truth is that it works even if nobody is prepared to acknowledge it.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The anointed don't like to talk about painful trade-offs. They like to talk about happy "solutions" that get rid of the whole problem- at least in their imagination.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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...each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Cultures contain many cues and inducements to dissuade the individual from approaching ultimate limits, in much the same way that a special warning strip of land around the edge of a baseball field lets a player know that he is about to run into a concrete wall when he is preoccupied with catching the ball. The wider that strip of land and the more sensitive the player is to the changing composition of the ground under his feet as he pursues the ball, the more effective the warning. Romanticizing or lionizing as "individualistic" those people who disregard social cues and inducements increases the danger of head-on collisions with inherent social limits. Decrying various forms of social disapproval is in effect narrowing the warning strip.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The demands of unbounded individualism need to be weighed in the light of inherent social constraints which can only change their form but cannot be eliminated without eliminating civilization.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Mutation is random; natural selection is the very opposite of random.

Richard Dawkins Quotes

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Without an element of the obscene there can be no true and deep aesthetic or moral conception of life...It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene they could never have dared to be great.

Havelock Ellis Quotes

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Where intellectuals have played a role in history, it has not been so much by whispering words of advice into the ears of political overlords as by contributing to the vast and powerful currents of conceptions and misconceptions that sweep human action along.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Much of what sophisticates loftily refer to as the "complexity" of the real world is in fact the inconsistency in their own minds.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Almost everyone who has read history in a more than casual manner knows that when the great figure of God appears in a controversy, the shooting cannot be far off.

Stewart H. Holbrook Quotes

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In strategy the longest way round is often the shortest way there- a direct approach to the object exhausts the attacker and hardens the resistance by compression, whereas an indirect approach loosens the defender's hold by upsetting his balance.

B.h. Liddell Hart Quotes

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Facts do not "speak for themselves." They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Fundamentalist religion is the most pervasive vision of central planning, though many fundamentalists may oppose human central planning as a usurpation or "playing God." This is consistent with the fundamentalist vision of an unconstrained God and a highly constrained man.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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It's amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Organizational progress parallels that in science and technology, permitting ultimate simplicity through intermediate complexity.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Morality, like other inputs into the social process, follows the law of diminishing returns- meaning ultimately, negative returns. People can be too moral.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Unbounded morality ultimately becomes counterproductive even in terms of the same moral principles being sought. The law of diminishing returns applies to morality.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Eagles soar, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.

Elf Sternberg Quotes

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You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.

Charles Kuralt Quotes

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