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Honest Cynicism <– Lillian Hellman


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

— Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes (1939)

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in education, Humor, Philosophy

 

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Dissent is Patriotic <– Mark Twain


It doesn't matter which party is in control, or whether they are "authorities"; if they are wrong, it would be treason not to openly oppose them

The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor.

That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not excuse him: it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does.

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

 
 

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Criticize the President <- Teddy Roosevelt


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The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants.

He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt, “Sedition, Free Press, and Personal Rule“, Kansas City Star (05-07-1918)

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in 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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Deceivers Deny Debate


Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them…

— Dr. Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Provisions of the Last Will and Testament of Dr. James Rush

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in education, Politics

 

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Humor is the Best Defense <- Horace


Quintus Horatius FlaccusWhat stops a man who can laugh from speaking the truth?

Horace, cited in P.J. O’Rourke’s book Parliament of Whores

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2009 in Humor, Politics, sentience

 

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