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Quote Left To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are. Quote Right
Quote Left The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself. Quote Right
Quote Left The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind -- the mind of a fighter -- in which the virtues of tribal cohesion and fierceness and infantile credulity and malleability are paramount. Thus every new beginning recapitulates in some degree man's first beginning. Quote Right
Quote Left There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other. Quote Right
Quote Left There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his. Quote Right
Quote Left In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Quote Right
Quote Left A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed. Quote Right
Quote Left People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them. Quote Right
Quote Left One might equate growing up with a mistrust of words. A mature person trusts his eyes more than his ears. Irrationality often manifests itself in upholding the word against the evidence of the eyes. Children, savages and true believers remember far less what they have seen than what they have heard. Quote Right
Quote Left To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance. Quote Right
Quote Left The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop. Quote Right
Quote Left Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake. Quote Right
Quote Left A man by himself is in bad company. Quote Right
Quote Left The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves. Quote Right
Quote Left Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. Quote Right
Quote Left A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor. Quote Right
Quote Left Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. Quote Right
Quote Left Animals often strike us as passionate machines. Quote Right
Quote Left It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men. Quote Right
Quote Left The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything. Quote Right
Quote Left A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority. Quote Right
Quote Left Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. Quote Right
Quote Left Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Quote Right
Quote Left We find it hard to apply the knowledge of ourselves to our judgment of others. The fact that we are never of one kind, that we never love without reservations and never hate with all our being cannot prevent us from seeing others as wholly black or white. Quote Right
Quote Left Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. Quote Right
Quote Left People unfit for freedom - who cannot do much with it - are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a 'have' type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a 'have not' type of self. Quote Right
Quote Left The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist. Quote Right
Quote Left A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. Quote Right
Quote Left The greatest weariness comes from work not done. Quote Right
Quote Left The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person. Quote Right