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The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather “What can I and my compatriots do through government” to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom? And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect? Freedom is a rare and delicate plant. Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp.

–Milton Friedman

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“If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise
in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only
then will truth, prevail over fanaticism.”

— Thomas Jefferson

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Vain are the thousand creeds That move men’s hearts: unutterably vain;

Worthless as withered weeds, Or idle froth amid the boundless main, To waken doubt in one Holding so fast by Thine infinity;

So surely anchored on The stedfast rock of immortality.

–Emily Brontë

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People always leave traces.

No person is without a shadow.

You forget what you want to remember

and remember what you would prefer to forget.

— Graffiti on buildings in New York City

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Full face veil is never acceptable in an open society and doesn’t suit the social contract. Citizenship comes with rights AND responsibilities in the public sphere: responsibility and (full, equal) participation can not be had (literally) without being recognizable…The (full-face) veil functions to limit female citizenship to the absolute minimum: women in face veil remain fully anonymous and are a non-presence in the public domain…

— Semira Dallali

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The law has good reason. What if everyone decided to wear a full facial covering: like everyone wearing full ski masks walking down the street. How safe would you feel?

— Mary Alice Westadt

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“To vest a few fallible men — prosecutors, judges, jurors — with vast powers
of literary or artistic censorship, to convert them into what J.S. Mill called
the “moral police” is to make them despotic arbiters of literary products… If
one day they ban mediocre books as obscene, another day they may do otherwise
to a work of a genius. Originality, not too plentiful, should be cherished, not
stifled. An author’s imagination may be cramped if he must write with an eye on
prosecutors or juries…”
— Jerome D. Frank

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Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

One would rather see the world run by men who set their hearts on toys but are accessible to pity, than by men animated by lofty ideals whose dedication makes them ruthless.

In the chemistry of man’s soul, almost all noble attributes — courage, honor, hope, faith, duty, loyalty, etc. — can be transmuted into ruthlessness.

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.

–Eric Hoffer

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No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

–Amelia Earhart

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“Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can
arrest the present tendency toward statism… A really efficient totalitarian
state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and
their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be
coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task
assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda,
newspaper editors and schoolteachers.”

— Aldous Huxley