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All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

Toni Morrison

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To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.

Thomas Paine

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Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

William Shakespeare

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I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.

Stephen Jay Gould

Morrison

Gould

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When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

Socrates

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Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat.

Becca Fitzpatrick

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I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Mark Twain

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Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling.

Miguel de Unamuno

Socrates

de Unamuno

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There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly.

R. Buckminster Fuller

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Do one thing every day that scares you.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

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That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

Aldous Huxley

Fuller

Huxley

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The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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It is not what we profess, but what we practice that gives us integrity.

Francis Bacon

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When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.

Mark Twain

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Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community. Then they were quickly silenced, but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the invasion of the idiots.

Umberto Eco

Galbraith

Eco

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Government is necessary, not because man is naturally bad, but because man is by nature more individualistic than social.

Thomas Hobbes

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Those who fear the facts will forever try to discredit the fact-finders.

Denis Diderot

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Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Giordano Bruno

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Bank robbery is an initiative of amateurs. True professionals establish a bank.

Bertolt Brecht

Hobbes

Brecht

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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Alexandre Dumas fils*

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A wise man proportions his beliefs to the evidence.

David Hume

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No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the greater part of members are poor and miserable.

Adam Smith

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I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

Oscar Wilde

Dumas fils

Wilde

* ‘Fils’ is French for ‘son’ and is the equivalent of ‘Jr.’ in English. ‘Père’ is French for ‘father,’ so Alexandre Dumas, Sr. was known as ‘Alexander Dumas père.’

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The cure for poverty has a name. In fact, it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some say, take them off the animal cycle of reproduction to which nature and some doctrine — religious doctrine — condemns them, and then if you’ll throw in a handful of seeds, perhaps, and some credit, the floor of everything in that village — education, health, and optimism — will increase. Try it in Bangladesh, try it in Bolivia. It works. It works all the time. Name me one religion that stands for that, or ever has.

Christopher Hitchens

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America will never be destroyed from the outside.

Abraham Lincoln

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A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one’s own ignorance.

Niccolò Machiavelli

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Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Hitchens

Cousteau

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Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

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America will never be destroyed from the outside.

Abraham Lincoln

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Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.

Benjamin Franklin

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This above all: to thine own self be true.

William Shakespeare

Cousteau

Shakespeare

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In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.

Adlai Stevenson

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What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life is too short to learn German.

Oscar Wilde

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All generalizations are false, including this one.

Mark Twain

Stevenson
Twain

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I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius, and we’re skeptical.

Arthur C. Clarke

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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo

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I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Puritanism — the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

H. L. Mencken

Clarke
Mencken

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