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Aphorisms of mistrust

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. 

--William R. Inge (1860-1954)

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. 

--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, (1844-1900)

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. 

--Carl Jung, (1875-1961)

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. 

--Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862)

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

-- Edmund Burke

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

  -- Unknown

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.

-- Helen Keller

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

-- Albert Einstein

When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.

-- Max Lerner

Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.

-- Douglas Adams

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

--Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and author (1884-1962)

When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I've never tried before.

-- Mae West

 To defeat them, first we must understand them.

-- Elie Wiesel

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

--Robert Frost

Not only does the English Language borrow words from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets.

--James Nicoll

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

--Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963)

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. 

--Japanese proverb

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

--Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

--Kurt Vonnegut

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

--Edmund Burke

Cry, "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.

--William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar III.i.270

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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