The inhabitants of every country, under the civilization of laws, easily civilize together, but governments being yet in an uncivilized state, and almost continually at war, they pervert the abundance which civilized life produces …
The invention of commerce…is the greatest approach towards universal civilization that has yet been made by any means not immediately flowing from moral principles.
If all the Vassar girls were laid end to end … I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.
And man, self-castrated and self-frustrated, flees down the corridors of nightmares, pursued by monstrous machines, overwhelmed by Satanic powers, haunted by vague guilts and terrors all created of his own imagination.
Freedom is a dangerous thing. But it is hardly possible that we are all cowards.
All things are good — wrath, fear, lust, laziness, if they are balanced by strength and intelligence.
Any relationship is like a house with an upstairs: it’s got two stories.
There is only one thing that interests man, it’s man.
Man is always aiming to achieve some goal, and he is always looking for new goals.
Simplicity leads to Complexity leads to Resilience.
Magic: lying as a form of art
When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.
Now, I don’t really expect you to sit still while I explain number theory to you. I am not sure if I could even answer the question if you were to ask me if it mattered at all. One answer would be, “Of course not.” The best answer would be that it has the same importance as God has. Either it is of transcendental concern or it doesn’t matter at all, and which it is to you depends on you.
The possible is richer than the real
I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else. That is the alpha and omega of my argument.
Take me to the Brig. I want to see the real Marines.
Jesus was, after all, a man, and so cannot be fully trusted.
In love the truth is of no importance.
Of course there was always a good excuse. The mind can sell itself anything.
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