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The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human nature. The mob and the intellectuals derived from it the vision of a Golden Age which would arrive without fail once the noble human race could act according to its whims.

Jakob Burckhardt Quotes

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Man differs from the animal only by a little; most men throw that little away.

Mencius Quotes

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No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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Delay is ever fatal to those who are prepared.

Lucan Quotes

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Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all other philosophers are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set the above their betters.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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No one in this world, so far as I know- and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me- has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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Nature abhors a moron.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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Every failure teaches a man something, to wit, that he will probably fail again.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone- that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous...The great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.

H.L. Mencken Quotes

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Against stupidity the very gods fight in vain.

Friedrich von Schiller Quotes

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The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty.

Jesse Bennett Quotes

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General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming.

William Bolitho Quotes

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Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe.

Charles Davenport Quotes

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Every man...should periodically be compelled to listen to opinions which are infuriating to him. To hear nothing but what is pleasing to one is to make a pillow of the mind.

St. John Ervine Quotes

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Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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There arises from a bad and inapt formation of words, a wonderful obstruction to the mind.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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It is easier to show the disorder that must accompany reform than the order that should follow it.

Frederic Bastiat Quotes

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He who allows oppression shares the crime.

Erasmus Darwin Quotes

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The strongest man upon Earth is he who stands most alone.

Henrik Ibsen Quotes

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Under normal conditions the research scientist is not an innovator but a solver of puzzles, and the puzzles upon which he concentrates are just those which he believes can be both stated and solved within the existing scientific tradition.

Thomas Kuhn Quotes

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Deeds of violence in our society are performed largely by those trying to establish their self-esteem, to defend their self-image, and to demonstrate that they, too, are significant.

Rollo May Quotes

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There is no truth sure enough to justify persecution.

John Milton Quotes

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