- Ho smesso
di fumare. Vivro' una settimana in più, e in quella settimana
piovera' a dirotto. (W.Allen)
instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our
neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it
becomes the property of all." -- Voltaire
- Il patriottismo
è l'ultimo rifugio del farabutto. -- Dr. Samuel Johnson
sul filo è vita. Tutto il resto è attesa. -- All
difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless,
whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty and democracy?" -- Mahatma Mohandas
- No crime
is so great as daring to excel. --Winston Churchill
roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." -- Robert Frost
not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
has to multiply thoughts to the point where there aren't enough
policemen to control them." -- Stanislaw J.Lec
was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense
of humor to console him for what he is." -- Sir Francis Bacon
men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other
liberty is secure." -- William E. Hocking
- To the
world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty
quits the horizon." -- Thomas Paine
only real security for social well-being is the free exercise
of mens minds." -- Harold J. Laski
propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level,
that even the most stupid of those toward whom it is directed
will understand it... Through clever and constant application
of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and
also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort
of life as paradise." -- Adolf Hitler
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
-- Aldous Huxley
more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."
-- Dr. Joseph Mengele
man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender
our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to
restore our belief in our own guidance." -- Henry Miller
is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained
only by someone who is detached. --Simone
- All human
actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature,
compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. -- Aristotle
last stage but one of every civilisation, is characterised by
the forced political unification of its constituent parts, into
a single greater whole." -- Arnold J. Toynbee
individualism, the Fascist conception is for the State ... Liberalism
denied the State in the interests of the particular individual;
Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual."
-- Benito Mussolini
himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign."
-- John Stuart Mill
republican governments, men are all equal; equal they are also
in despotic governments: in the former, because they are everything;
in the latter, because they are nothing." -- Charles-Louis
de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders
itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
-- John Adams
grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting
our ideals. --Samuel
is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between
the disastrous and the unpalatable." -- John Kenneth Galbraith
man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a
new master once in a term of years." -- Lysander Spooner
then, in the centralizing, pattern-making, absolutist shape which
we have given to it is, it is clear, the time of tyranny's incubation."
-- Bertrand de Jouvenel
highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs
its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction
of another is somewhat of a dead thing." -- Saint Thomas
birds can fly, only humans can argue.
Argument is the affirmation of our being.
It is the principal instrument of human intercourse.
Without argument the species would perish.
As a subtle suggestion, it is the means by which we aid another.
As a warning, it steers us from danger.
As exposition, it teaches.
As an expression of creativity, it is the gift of ourselves.
As a protest, it struggles for justice.
As a reasoned dialogue, it resolves disputes.
As an assertion of self, it engenders respect.
As an entreaty of love, it expresses our devotion.
As a plea, it generates mercy.
As charismatic oration it moves multitudes and changes history.
We must argue -- to help, to warn, to lead, to love, to create,
to learn, to enjoy justice, to be." -- Gerry Spence
mania for giving the Government power to meddle with the private
affairs of cities or citizens is likely to cause endless trouble,
through the rivaly of schools and creeds that are anxious to obtain
official recognition, and there is great danger that our people
will lose our independence of thought and action which is the
cause of much of our greatness, and sink into the helplessness
of the Frenchman or German who expects his government to feed
him when hungry, clothe him when naked, to prescribe when his
child may be born and when he may die, and, in time, to regulate
every act of humanity from the cradle to the tomb, including the
manner in which he may seek future admission to paradise."
-- Mark Twain
by a benign religion, professed, indeed, and practiced in various
forms, yet all of them inculcating honesty, truth, temperance,
gratitude, and the love of man, acknowledging and adoring an overruling
which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the
happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter --
with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a
happy and a prosperous people?
Still one thing more... a wise and frugal Government, which shall
restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise
free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close
the circle of our felicities." -- Thomas Jefferson
must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what
to have for dinner." -- James Bovard
will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though
it does big things badly, does small things badly, too."
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve
to get it good and hard." -- H. L. Mencken
is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought
necessary." -- Robert Louis Stevenson
have been told I was on the road to hell, but I had no idea it
was just a mile down the road with a Dome on it." -- Abraham
ain't no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all." -- Davy
In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their
hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocketsthat they cannot
separately plunder a third." -- Ambrose Bierce
government is the only vessel known to leak from the top."
-- James Reston
proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I
could be just as proud for half the money." -- Arthur Godfrey
secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that,
you've got it made." -- Groucho Marx
contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity
is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself
up by the handle." -- Sir Winston Churchill