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“The ultimate result of protecting fools from their folly is to fill the planet full of fools.”
— James Russell Lowell

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“Who then is free?

The wise who can command his passions, who fears not want, nor death, nor chains, firmly resisting his appetites and despising the honors of the world, who relies wholly on himself, whose angular points of character have all been rounded off and polished.”


— Horace

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“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”
— John Walter Wayland

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Does history record any case in which the majority was right?

—Robert Heinlein

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“The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me.
They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.
Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them.
Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing.
The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B.
In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.”
— H. L. Mencken

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Whate’er of us lives in the hearts of others Is our truest and profoundest self.
–Johann Gottfried Herder

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“[G]overnment theft of private money and redistribution by a government elite is communism not democracy. … Communism has already been tried for over 70 years, and it doesn’t work because people work to support themselves, not their neighbors. When the rewards are confiscated and redistributed to others, people produce less or stop producing altogether. The quantity of “goods in common” declines until the system finally collapses and everybody is hungry, not just “the poor.” Then totalitarianism steps in to force people to produce (ask the Russians, the Poles, the Estonians).”
— Don Hull

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“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.”
— Frederic Bastiat

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It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
–Arnold Toynbee

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“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few…. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
— James Madison