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Be Ashamed of Achievement <- Nietzsche


Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All too Human

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2010 in Humor, Philosophy, sentience

 

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Accumulation of Public Debts <- Adams


The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.

— John Adams, November 23rd, 1797, First Address to Congress

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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It’s Still Lying


Even if what you say is technically true, if you knowingly leave a false impression, you are a liar

Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating truth.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Liberty is Safer


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick,  The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern (1937)

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Politics

 

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Words are SUPPOSED to Hurt


Words are supposed to hurt. That’s considered a legitimate way of fighting things out.

And what did it replace in the historical scene? It replaced actual violence.

Words are supposed to be free so we CAN actually fight things out, in the battleplace of ideas, so we don’t end up fighting them out in civil wars.

If we try to legitimately ban anything can hurt someone’s feelings, everyone is reduced to silence.

— Greg Lukianoff, head of FIRE, speaking on Stossel (2009)

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2010 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Jefferson, on Socialized Medicine


Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potatoe as an article of food.
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1781-1785)

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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Never Be Offended


Never be offended by an honest opinion:
  • If the person is correct, then you have no room to complain,
  • and if they’re wrong, then it’s irrelevant, no threat anyway.
 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Politics, sentience

 

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