Quotes

MEDLEY OF QUOTES

[These quotes are offered here under the name of the author and are not organized under a particular topic. One will agree with some, but likely not all. Each has the potential to make one think and that is the purpose in the offering. More will be added in time.]

James  Louis Petigru

On the eve of South Carolina’s withdrawal from the Union South Carolinian, James L. Petigru said that his state was:

“…too small to be an [independent] republic and too large to be an insane asylum.”

Unknown:     — A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

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Eric Hoffer – Migrate worker, longshoreman, philosopher, writer.

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There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people: we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.

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When you automate an industry you modernize it; when you automate a life you primitivize it.

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Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

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That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.

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The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. It is the freedom to refrain, withdraw and abstain which makes a totalitarian regime impossible.

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Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.

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You can discover what your enemy fears by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

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Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives.

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A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.

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The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.

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There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.

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A heresy can only spring from a system that is full of vigor.

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Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.

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Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

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Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.

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But perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the fruits of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it. Woe to the weak when they are preyed upon by the weak. The self-hatred of the weak is likewise an instance of their hatred of weakness.

Thomas Paine – Writer

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

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An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

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Any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be true.

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Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.

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Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.

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He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

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It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

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It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

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It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.

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It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes.

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Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.

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One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.

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Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law.

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Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.

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The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy.

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The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.

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The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.

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There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking to humanity and to every idea we have of moral justice.

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What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.

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When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.

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When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

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Time makes more converts than reason.

James Dobson – Psychologist, minister

My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.

Jerry Falwell – Minister

If I were president of the United States I would include Muslims in my presidency.

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If you’re not a born-again Christian you’re a failure as a human being.

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It is God’s planet – and he’s taking care of it. And I don’t believe that anything we do will raise or lower the temperature one point.

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Textbooks are Soviet propaganda.

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The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.

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Aids is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for a society that tolerates homosexuals.

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God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.

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Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.

Pat Robertson – Lawyer, politician, minister

Is there in all the history of human folly a greater fool than a clergyman in politics?

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Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.

Kahlil Gibran – Writer, philosopher, poet

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in a desert.

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Are you a religious leader, weaving for your body a gown out of the ignorance of the people, fashioning a crown out of the simplicity of their hearts and pretending to hate the devil merely to live upon his income.

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I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon the dew drop.

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Where can I find a man governed by reason instead of habits and urges?

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If reward is the goal of religion, if patriotism serves self-interest, and if education is pursued for advancement, then I would prefer to be a non-believer, a non-patriot, and a humbly ignorant man.

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He brings disaster upon his nation who never sows a seed, or lays a brick, or weaves a garment, but makes politics his occupation.

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Inhibitions and religions prohibitions do more harm than anarchy.

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Chastity of the body may be miserliness of the spirit.

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Strength and tolerance are partners.

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By adornment one acknowledges his ugliness.

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

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All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

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An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.

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But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love; let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Winston S. Churchill – British Prime Minister, Politician

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

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The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

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Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others.

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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

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This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.

Mark Twain – American humorist—writer.

But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it the most?

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Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

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Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

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Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

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Go to heaven for climate, Hell for company.

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I didn’t attend the funeral but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

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It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

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Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

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Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.

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Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.

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Often it seems a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.

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There are lies, damned lies and statistics.

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The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.

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Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this except that it ain’t so.

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When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.

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A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

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All generalizations are false, including this one.

Harry S. Truman – US President

A politician is a man who understands government.  A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years.

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Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.

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A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.

Doris Kearns Goodwin – Historian

That is what leadership is about: staking out your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.

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The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.

Robert Green Ingersoll – Lawyer

Anger is the wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.

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Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.

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Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.

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I am the inferior to any man whose rights I trample under foot.

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I will not attack your doctrines nor your creeds if they accord liberty to me. If they hold thought to be dangerous – if they aver that doubt is a crime, then I attack them one and all, because they enslave the minds of men.

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Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grow.

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If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.

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Surely there is grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depth; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought.

R. D. Laing – Psychologist

Insanity – a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

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Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.

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We are all in a post hypnotic trance induced in early infancy.

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We live in a moment of history when change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.

James  Madison – President

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

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And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.

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Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.

Bill Maher – Comedian

This has been a learning experience for me. I also thought that privacy was something we were granted in the Constitution. I have learned from this when in fact the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution.

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We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion…. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justifies crazies.

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We need more people speaking out. This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers. It’s overrun with sheep and conformists.

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I think flying planes into a building was a faith based initiative.

Albert Camus – Philosopher

Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

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After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

George H.W. Bush – President

I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.

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It is no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or the other.

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Please don’t ask me to do that which I’ve just said I’m not going to do, because you’re burning up time. The meter is running through the sand on you, and I am now filibustering.

George W. Bush – President

Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us.

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For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible – and no one can doubt the word of America.

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Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.

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Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East… The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before the New Age begins.

Bill O’ Reilly –  Journalist

If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it’s clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again.

Theodore Roosevelt – President

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

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Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

Rosa Parks – Activist

All I was doing was trying to get home from work.

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It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn’t feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.

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