Health, and that the hunger for tomorrow be a desire to struggle. . .today.
I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden. (On the gallows, England, 1685)
Virtue has never been as respectable as money
The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
I tremble for my country when I consider that God is just.
Much of the conventional obloquy that attaches to his name (Machiavelli) is due to the indignation of hypocrites who hate the frank avowal of evil-doing.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.
There are many humurous things in the world; among them the white man’s notion that he is less savage than other savages.
The worst forms of tyranny,or certainly the most successful ones,are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness,and the fabric of our lives,as not to be perceived as tyranny.
When I give food to the poor,they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
The mind of the most rational among us may be compared to a strong ocean of passionate convictions based upon desire, upon which float perilously a few tiny boats carrying a cargo of scientifically tested beliefs.
A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree of certainty which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure most of the ills from which the world is suffering.
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintian their neutrality.
Posession may not truly be 9/10 of the law, but it does explain 9/10 of the lawyers.
Hey, let’s get serious… God knows what he’s doin’ He wrote this book here An’ the book says: He made us all to be just like Him, So… If we’re dumb… Then God is dumb… (An’ maybe even a little ugly on the side)
How can a rational being be ennobled by anything that is not obtained by its own exertion?
An hour?s listening disclosed the fanatical intolerance of minds sealed against new ideas, new facts, new feelings, new attitudes, new hints at ways to live. They denounced books they had never read, people they had never known, ideas they could never understand, and doctrines whose names they could not pronounce. Communism, instead of making them Read more…
The disadvantage of exclusive attention to a group of abstractions, however well-founded, is that, by the nature of the case, you have abstracted from the remainder of things
Once upon a time there was a magnet, and in its close neighborhood lived some steel filings. One day two or three filings felt a sudden desire to go and visit the magnet, and they began to talk of what a pleasant thing it would be to do. Other filings nearby overheard their conversation, and Read more…
To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing
Any order of phenomena, however complicated, may be studied scientifically provided the rule of proceeding from the simple to the complex is always observed
Works are of value only if they give rise to better ones.
Let no one believe … that the many are so exhausted by activities dictated by the need for earning a living, that freedom of thought is useless to them, or even disturbing. Or that they can best be activated by the diffusion of principles handed down from on high, while their freedom to think and Read more…
From the social point of view, the educational systems are oriented to maintaining the existing social and economic structures instead of transforming them
The magic word before whose power Even the people’s masters cower, Flapping their wigs officiously– Prick up your ears; the word–it is publicity
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men – true nobility is being superior to your former self
Politicians blow hot air across wind chimes and expect the people to hear the national anthem
The most serious threat to democracy is the notion that it has already been achieved
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig
The world’s 358 billionaires … have more assets than the combined incomes of countries representing nearly half — 45 per cent — of the planet’s population
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten
It has been said that the hungry cannot hear. In my experience the exact opposite is true, it is the satisfied that cannot hear
What kind of person to be?, a kind to use people and love things?,or to love people!! and use things?
Give a person a fish, and she eats for a day. Teach her how to fish, and she eats for the rest of her life. I already know how to fish, thank you very much — the problem is, somebody else owns the pond!
The Law locks up the hapless felon who steals the goose from off the common, but lets the greater felon loose who steals the common from the goose
A leader is best When people barely know that he exists, Not so good when people obey and acclaim him, Worst when they despise him. `Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you;’ But of a good leader, who talks little, When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, They will all say, `We Read more…
The task of the human-hearted man is to procure benefits for the world and to eliminate its calamities. Now among all the current calamities of the world, which are the greatest? I say that attacks on small states by large ones, disturbances of small houses by large ones, oppression of the weak by the strong, Read more…
But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people’s liberties, lived Read more…
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have these three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence to practice neither
There are some natures which never grow large enough to speak out and say a bad act is a bad act, until they have inquired into the politics or the nationality of the man who did it
I wanted to see whether or not the great Louis XIV style, which I consider the most beautiful style, could work in a modern building. I didn’t want to buy old columns, because they’re cracked and broken. I waited to have brand-new minted marble columns… I’ve used all onyx. Onyx is a precious stone, many Read more…
The trouble with the rat race is even if you win, you find out you’re still a rat
When a man is running from his boss Who holds the gun that fires cost And people die from being cold Or left alone because they’re old And bombs are dropped on fighting cats And children’s dreams are run with rats If you complain you disappear Just like the lesbians and queers
Right is only in question between equals, and while the strong do what they can, the weak suffer what they must
In America the majority raises very formidable barriers to the liberty of opinion: within these barriers an author may write whatever he pleases, but he will repent it if he ever steps beyond them. Not that he is exposed to the terrors of an auto-da-fe, but he is tormented by the slights and persecutions of Read more…
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people; we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human Read more…
When the world has the Way, Running horses are retired to till the fields. When the world lacks the Way, War-horses are bred in the countryside. No crime is greater than approving of greed, No calamity is greater than discontent, No fault is greater than possessiveness.
That which we are, we are. And if we are to be any better now is the time begin
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the Read more…
There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the small towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know before hand that they would never appear in print…The business of Read more…