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The integrative tendencies of the individual operate through the mechanisms of empathy, sympathy, projection, introjection, identification, worship- all of which make him feel that he is a part of some larger entity which transcends the boundaries of the individual self. This psychological urge to belong, to participate, to commune is as primary and real as its opposite. The all-important question is the nature of that higher entity of which the individual feels himself a part.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating groups of potato-washers meet non-washers, and the two groups watch each other's strange behavior with apparent bewilderment. But unlike the inhabitants of Lilliput, who fought holy crusades over the question at which end to break the egg, the potato-washing monkeys do not go to war with the non-washers, because the poor creatures have no language which would enable them to declare washing a diving commandment and eating unwashed potatoes a deadly heresy.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...one of the tests of a theory is that, once grasped, it appears self-evident.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Progress cannot be organized.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The avowed aim of all utopian movements is to put an end to history and to establish a final and permanent calm.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Historical knowledge is indispensable for those who want to build a better world.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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There is in the universe something for the description and analysis of which the natural sciences cannot contribute anything. There are events beyond the range of those events that the procedures of the natural sciences are fit to observe and describe. There is human action.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The methods of the natural sciences cannot be applied to human behavior because this behavior...lacks the peculiarity that characterizes events in the field of the natural sciences, viz., regularity.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Scientific research sooner or later, but inevitably, encounters something ultimately given that it cannot trace back to something else of which it would appear as the regular or necessary derivative. Scientific progress consists in pushing further back this ultimately given.

Ludwig von Mises 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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[They say] "We do not know how this is, but we know that God can do it." You poor fools! God can make a cow out of a tree, but has He ever done so? Therefore show some reason why a thing is so, or cease to hold that it is so.

William Of Conches Quotes

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We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?.

Madame Dorothé Deluzy Quotes

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The real death of America will come when everyone is alike.

James T. Ellison Quotes

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Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.

Orville Dewey Quotes

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Take your work seriously, but never yourself.

Dame Margot Fonteyn Quotes

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Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.

Brendan Gill Quotes

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Quite often the social doctors become part of the disease.

Eric Hoffer 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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You can shoot the tiger, or stay out of his way, but you cannot pronounce him a vegetarian.

Richard Mitchell 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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Civilized ages inherit the human nature which was victorious in barbarous ages, and that nature is, in many respects, not at all suited to civilized circumstances.

Walter Bagehot Quotes

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You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass. A touch here, a push there, and you bring back the reign of Saturn.

John Buchan Quotes

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Barbarian invasions would be superfluous: we are our own Huns.

Bertrand De Jouvenal Quotes

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The process of evolution may be described as differentiation of structure and integration of function. The more differentiated and specialized the parts, the more elaborate co-ordination is needed to create a well-balanced whole. The ultimate criterion of the value of a functional whole is the degree of its internal harmony or integratedness, whether the "functional whole" is a biological species or a civilization or an individual. A whole is defined by the pattern of relations between its parts, not by the sum of its parts; and a civilization is not defined by the sum of its science, technology, art and social organization, but by the total pattern which they form, and the degree of harmonious integration in that pattern.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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When grubbing for necessities man is still an animal. He becomes uniquely human when he reaches out for the superfluous and extravagant.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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