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We must beware of trying to build a society in which nobody counts for anything except a politician or an official, a society where enterprise gains no reward and thrift no privileges.

Winston Churchill Quotes

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In history the way of annihilation is invariably prepared by inward degeneration, by decrease of life. Only then can a shock from outside put an end to the whole.

Jakob Burckhardt Quotes

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For piety lies not in being often seen turning a veiled head to stones, nor in approaching every altar, nor in lying prostrate...before the temples of the gods, nor in sprinkling altars with the blood of beasts...but rather in being able to look upon all things with a mind at peace.

Lucretius Quotes

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Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 ft/sec, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter.

Dave Barry Quotes

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The supreme irony of life is that no one gets out of it alive.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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If there is no struggle there is no progress.

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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The present is saturated with the past and pregnant with the future.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Quotes

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...most scientific problems are far better understood by studying their history than their logic.

Ernst Mayr Quotes

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A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

Abigail Adams Quotes , Source: in a letter to John Adams

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The technique of a mass movement aims to infect people with a malady and then offer the movement as a cure.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.

Milton Friedman Quotes

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Morality, thou deadly bane,Thy tens o' thousands thou has slain!

Robert Burns Quotes

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What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry David Thoreau 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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Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.

Euripides Quotes , Source: Phoemissoe (frag. 809)

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Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding.

B.h. Liddell Hart Quotes

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Positive self-esteem operates as, in effect, the immune system of the consciousness, providing resistance, strength, and a capacity for regeneration. When self-esteem is low, our resilience in the face of life's adversities is diminished. We crumble before vicissitudes that a healthier sense of self could vanquish. We tend to be more influenced by the desire to avoid pain than to experience joy. Negatives have more power over us than positives.

Nathaniel Branden Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Every change in conditions will make necessary some change in the use of resources, in the direction and kind of human activities, in habits and practices. And each change in the actions of those affected in the first instance will require further adjustments that will gradually extend through the whole of society. Every change thus in a sense creates a "problem" for society, even though no single individual perceives it as such; it is gradually "solved" by the establishment of a new overall adjustment.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

Johann Von Goethe Quotes

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In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is never to let them find out.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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Without speculation there is no good and original observation.

Charles Darwin Quotes

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I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every subject), as soon as the facts are shown to be opposed to it.

Charles Darwin Quotes

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