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Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

--Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton), historian (1834-1902)

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

--Paul Ehrlich

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

--Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

We have to choose between a global market driven only by calculations of short-term profit, and one which has a human face.


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. 

-Voltaire (1694-1778)

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.

--Hugo L. Black

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. 

--Voltaire, (1694-1778)

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it.

--Jackie Gleason

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.

--Orville Wright

One cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.

--Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.

--Lord Chesterfield

Without darkness there are no dreams. 

--Karla Kuban

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.

--Lucius Annaeus Seneca, (BCE 3 - 65 CE)

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. 

--Confucius, (c. 551-478 BCE)

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

--Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

--Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity--- romantic love and gunpowder.

--Andre Maurois

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.

--Abraham Lincoln

Whoever degrades another degrades me.

--Walt Whitman

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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