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Life Is What You Make of It <- Fosdick

Fosdick is one of our favorite quote-makers.

Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick, On Being a Real Person (1943)

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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Philosophy, sentience


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Free Will and Responsibility <- P.J. O'Rourke

P.J. O'Rourke, replete with cigar and obnoxiously confident grinOne of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on.

And when you do find somebody, it’s remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver’s license.

P. J. O’Rourke, Rolling Stone Magazine, November 1989

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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in Humor, Politics, sentience


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Character is the Cure to Government

Ralph Waldo Emerson camioHence the less government we have the better–the fewer laws and the less confided power.

The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual; the appearance of the principal to supersede the proxy; the appearance of the wise man; of whom the existing government is, it must be owned, but a shabby imitation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Politics (1844)

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Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Politics


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Freedom is Responsibility

Gadsden-flag-largeWhoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.

— Max Stirner
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Posted by on August 14, 2009 in Politics


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