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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.

--Kofi-Annan

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.

--Confucius

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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