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Quote of the Day

A man is none the less a slave
because he is allowed to choose
a new master once in a term of years.

— Lysander Spooner

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If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket
would be elected swineherd every time,
no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.

— Orson Scott Card

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And because it may be too great a temptation to human frailty, apt to grasp at power, for the same persons, who have the power of making laws, to have also in their hands the power to execute them, whereby they may exempt themselves from obedience to the laws they make, and suit the law, both in its making, and execution, to their own private advantage, and thereby come to have a distinct interest from the rest of the community, contrary to the end of society and government: therefore in well ordered commonwealths, where the good of the whole is so considered, as it ought, the legislative power is put into the hands of divers persons, who duly assembled, have by themselves, or jointly with others, a power to make laws, which when they have done, being separated again, they are themselves subject to the laws they have made; which is a new and near tie upon them, to take care, that they make them for the public good.
— John Locke

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Elections, especially of representatives and counselors, should be annual, there not being in the whole circle of the sciences a maxim more infallible than this, “where annual elections end, there slavery begins”. These great men … should be (chosen) once a year—Like bubbles on the sea of matter bourne, they rise, they break, and to the sea return. This will teach them the great political virtues of humility, patience, and moderation, without which every man in power becomes a ravenous beast of prey.

— John Adams

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It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and
any part of the constitution with which they are not in sympathy.

— Alfred E. Smith

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Anyway, I do believe that man is a rope between animal and superman. But the superman I’m thinking of isn’t Nietzsche’s. The real superhuman, man or woman, is the person who’s rid himself of all prejudices, neuroses, and psychoses, who realizes his full potential as a human being, who acts naturally on the basis of gentleness, compassion, and love, who thinks for himself and refuses to follow the herd. That’s the genuine dyed-in-the-wool superman.

— Philip Jose Farmer (“The Dark Design”)

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Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little
of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent
obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children
for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses.

— C. S. Lewis

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A teacher is never a giver of truth — he is a guide,
a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.
A good teacher is merely a catalyst.

— Bruce Lee

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Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

— Andre Gide

Cita del Día

En los países protestantes la gente cree más en su trabajo que en Dios. Por eso trabajan más duro y su influencia en el gobierno y en el Estado es más realista. De otro lado, cuando los países católicos viven tiempos difíciles, la gente se vuelve fatalista y busca a Dios para que le solucione los problemas.

— Wojcieh Jaruzelski