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If...the machine of government...is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. 

--Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. 

--Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. 

--Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. 

--Henry David Thoreau

For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you're lucky to find one who's hacking at the roots.

--Henry David Thoreau

The future is history.

--Twelve Monkeys

As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.

--Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)

I know I am among civilized men because they are fighting so savagely.

--Voltaire (1694-1778)

In times when the government imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also the prison. 

--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

--Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. 

--Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Life is too short to be kissing frogs, much less to be kissing the asses of frogs.

 -- G.E. Nordell

 

Always do right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest.

 -- Mark Twain, (1835-1910) 

There can be no joy of life without joy of work. 

 -- Thomas Aquinas

 

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. 

 -- D.H. Lawrence

 

You have to learn to see. If you can appreciate what has quality and what is worthless in art, you will appreciate it in people.

 -- Adele Block-Bauer [1881-1925]

 

A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside of us.
 
-- Franz Kafka      

 

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political. 

--Ignazio Silone, author (1900-1978)

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men. 

--Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. 

--Charles Darwin, (1809-1882) [The Descent of Man]

Category: Aphorisms | Added by: Ктулху (18.05.2011)
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