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Quote Left Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth Quote Right
Quote Left Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one Quote Right
Quote Left Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself Quote Right
Quote Left The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom Quote Right
Quote Left A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin Quote Right
Quote Left For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing Quote Right
Quote Left Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right Quote Right
Quote Left The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism Quote Right
Quote Left The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught Quote Right
Quote Left Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood Quote Right
Quote Left Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them Quote Right
Quote Left The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety Quote Right
Quote Left The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office Quote Right
Quote Left Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good Quote Right
Quote Left Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence Quote Right
Quote Left Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard Quote Right
Quote Left Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution? by Quote Right
Quote Left No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public Quote Right
Quote Left A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers Quote Right
Quote Left Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking Quote Right
Quote Left Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy Quote Right
Quote Left It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place Quote Right
Quote Left Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable Quote Right
Quote Left The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated Quote Right
Quote Left To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason Quote Right