They talked a lot.
When men of action cease to believe in a cause, they believe only in action.
Lies are what the world lives on.
A country that gets strong off its weak
Broken men are blind to what they should see.
The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourself.
It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
In our dash to defeat evil, we had only given it a wider field in which to run its own wretched course
Catfarmer has her own module of quotes here.
[Society’s] offspring, its sick conscience — a living reminder of all the hidden crimes we commit when we close ranks to live among each other .
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
The American people have “the morale of an army on the march.”
The difference between theism and non-theism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us … From this point of view, theism is an addiction. We’re all addicted to hope … Non-theism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves … In a non-theistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning.
They don’t know themselves and they don’t want anyone else to know.
On official ignorance among the intellectual classes
(on state crimes: death tolls, etc.)
There is nothing that is private property by nature.
One of the greatest tragedies in human history was the hi-jacking of morality by religion.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
When I walk upon this land, this South Africa, I have a gathering feeling of walking on black faces.
Obstinate egotism … is a hallmark of human interaction with the environment.
We think that we know what we are doing. We have always thought so. We never seem to acknowledge that we are wrong in the past, and so might be wrong in the future. Instead, each generation writes off earlier errors as the result of bad thinking by inferior minds — and then confidently embarks on fresh errors of its own.
We are one of only three species on our planet that can claim to be self-aware, yet self-delusion may be a more significant characteristic of our kind.
I am as much for consent as any man; but where shall I find consent?