“Conscience -- the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”
“Self-respect--the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”
“We must respect the other fellow's religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”
“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
“Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.”
“The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda - a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make 'good' citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.”
“The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology.”
“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.”
“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”
“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”
“The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.”
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”
“The average man does not want to be free, he simply wants to be safe.”
“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”
“The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.”
“The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable.”
“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
“The objection to Puritans is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think.”
“The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.”
“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”
“Government today is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer any citizens in the world there are only subjects. They work day in and day out for their masters they are bound to die for their masters at call. Out of this working and dying they tend to get less and less.”
“Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood.”
“Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.”
“Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- teach.”
“Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.”
“For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”
“Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.”
“You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”
This is old news about now, but we think it needs to stay out there as long as possible, as it speaks volumes of the quality of individual holding important positions within the mainstream media.
"Takes out" of course being a euphemism for murders.
Thanks Jimmy, that there is what I would call some serious forward looking thinking.
Wherein, Mr. Stalin perfectly makes the case for gun control.
“In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.”
“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”
“Those who cast their vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
“The only real power comes out of a long rifle.”
Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”
“When there's a person, there's a problem. When there's no person, there's no problem.
“Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem.”
“The Pope! How many divisions has he got?”
“Quantity has a quality all its own.”
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
“Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I'll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind.”
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
“I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!”
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it;"
“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages.”
“We know what we are, but not what we may be.”
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.”
“If you love and get hurt, love more. If you love more and hurt more, love even more."
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever, One foot in sea and one on shore, To one thing constant never.”
“Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.”
“In time we hate that which we often fear.”
If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”
“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
“The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.”
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
A thoroughly underrated notion.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know for a fact that you would lie if you were in his place. H.L. Mencken
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln
Who lies for you will lie against you. Bosnian Proverb
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. Thomas Carlyle
A half truth is a whole lie. Yiddish Proverb
A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie. Charles Edward Montague
Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies soon grow color-blind. Austin O'Malley
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. William Blake
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold. Aristotle
The most dangerous untruths are truths moderately distorted. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie: A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby. George Herbert
With lies you may get ahead in the world - but you can never go back. Russian proverb
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. Josh Billings
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. Edgar J. Mohn
When you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback. Bill Copeland
Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it. Mark Twain
A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. Unknown
I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid. John Gotti
Truth fears no questions. Unknown
There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously. Thomas Sowell
I don't mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy. Samuel Butler
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill
If you want to ruin the truth, stretch it. Unknown
The truth is more important than the facts. Frank Lloyd Wright
Like all valuable commodities, truth is often counterfeited. James Cardinal Gibbons
Respect for the truth is an acquired taste. Mark Van Doren
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain
Always telling the truth is no doubt better than always lying, although equally pathological. Robert Brault
People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty. Richard J. Needham
There is always a way to be honest without being brutal. Arthur Dobrin
Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half. Unknown
When truth is divided, errors multiply. Eli Siegel
Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some people. Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. Slovenian Proverb
Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up. Unknown
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. Adlai Stevenson
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Brault
The truth needs so little rehearsal. Barbara Kingsolver
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks. Lin Yutang
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. Saki
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. Mark Twain
Someday a computer will give a wrong answer to spare someone's feelings, and man will have invented artificial intelligence. Robert Brault
It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. Jerome K. Jerome
It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen. Homer Simpson
A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.
Don't ever become a pessimist... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun, and neither can stop the march of events.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
I don't see how an article of clothing can be indecent. A person, yes.
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Never insult anyone by accident.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.
No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.
One man's "magic" is another man's engineering.
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
They didn't want it good, they wanted it Wednesday.
To be matter-of-fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy - and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere.
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to this idea.
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.