Favorite Quotes, Pt. 1

"Walking on water wasn't built in a day." - Jack Kerouac

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

"Government is not eloquence, it is not reason, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington

"I'm worried about the state of education in America when 51% of the country fails a 1-question multiple-choice test after having 4 years to study." - Anonymous, 2004

"Remember: Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - John Adams

"We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." - Eugene Ionesco

"Today, those who believe that the war on terror requires the sacrifice of our liberties like to argue that 'the Constitution is not a suicide pact.' In a sense, however, the Declaration of Independence was precisely that. By signing Jefferson's text, the signers of the declaration were putting their lives on the line. If the rebel American militias were beaten on the battlefield, their ringleaders could expect to be hanged as traitors. They signed anyway, thereby stating to the world that there is something worth more than life, and that is liberty." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"The ultimate consequence of protecting men from the results of their own folly is to fill the world with fools." - Herbert Spencer

"Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman ... or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo- and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way." - William S. Burroughs

"He does not gain control of her uterus just because she gave him visitation rights to her vagina." - Iva Riddle

"I thought of losing my virginity as a career move." - Madonna

"Sophisticated persons masturbate without compunction. They do it for reasons of health, privacy, thrift and because of the remarkable perfection of invisible partners." - P.J. O'Rourke

"What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness." - Count Leo Tolstoy

"In this business only the bizarre is profitable. The basic components of sex are so mundane: a little heat, a little friction, a little lubrication. One must dress up such cheap raw materials considerably if he hopes to vend them at a high profit. Packaging is everything."  - Trevanian

"To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

"The camera lies 24 times a second." - Brian DePalma

"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." - James Madison (The Federalist Papers #10)

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." - Thomas Jefferson

"The present state of the world is not the proof of philosophy's impotence, but the proof of philosophy's power." - Ayn Rand

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubt. " - Bertrand Russell

"Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true." - Marcel Proust

"You know what 'charm' is? A way of getting the answer 'yes' without having asked a clear question." - Albert Camus

"Question with boldness even the existence of God; because if there be one, He must approve the homage of Reason rather than that of blindfolded Fear." - Thomas Jefferson

"Reason should be destroyed in all Christians." - Martin Luther

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." - Elbert Hubbard

"Property is more than the mere thing which a person owns. It is elementary that it includes the right to acquire, use, and dispose of it." - U.S. Supreme Court, Buchanan v. Warley 245 U.S. 60, 74 (1917)

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross." - Sinclair Lewis, 1935

"Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law." - Thomas Paine

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." -Stephen Roberts

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal

"[I]t was amusing to me, a lot of people just didn't get what I was doing. And that enabled me to do what I was doing even better. A lot of people were very smart and caught on right away - like Mark Kernes. Pretty much from the minute he met me, he knew that I was bad news for the industry and he hated me with a passion because we are so diametrically opposed on the industry. He was able to pick it up right away, though most people didn't pick it up right away." - Luke Ford


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