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“Being willing to spend money taken from other people does mpt mean that a person is compassionate.”
Connor Boyack

“More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the thirteen colonies… White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire decades after blacks were freed in the United States.”
Thomas Sowell

“I interpret the Constitution as law… It’s not up to me to update it.”
Justice Amy Coney Barrett

“Your lifespan will be recorded as two dates separated by a dash. You can — indeed, you must — write your own life story on that dash.”
David A. Woodbury

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

“To be free is not to have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to surpass the given towards an open future; the existence of others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the condition of my own freedom. I am oppressed if I am thrown into prison, but not if I am kept from throwing my neighbor into prison.”
Simone de Beauvoir

“Society often confuses celebrity and heroism. Someone once said, ‘Heroes are known for being heroic, and celebrities are known for being famous.‘”

“The best armor of old age is a well-spent life preceding it; a life employed in the pursuit of useful knowledge, in honorable actions and the practice of virtue; in which he who labors to improve himself from his youth, will in age reap the happiest fruits of them; not only because these never leave a man, nor even in the most extreme old age; but because a conscience bearing witness that our life was well spent, together with the remembrance of past good actions, yields an unspeakable comfort to the soul.”
Cicero in de Sertare

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin

“Difficulty is inevitable. Drama is a choice.”
Anita Renfroe

“Politicians don’t understand people who do good just because it’s right.”
Incredibles2 character Rick Dicker

“His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.
Douglas Adams in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“The English are too polite to be honest. Germans are too honest to be polite.”
unattributed, quoted on Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything.”
Albert Einstein

“The human animal is set apart from other beasts by his infinite capacity for creating fictions.”
Oakley Hall in Warlock

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”.
Dorothy Parker, 1959 in Esquire

“Not just plain terrible. This was fancy terrible; this was terrible with raisins in it.”
Dorothy Parker in Chimes of Change and Hours by Audrey Borenstein

“To me, the most beautiful word in the English language is cellar-door. Isn’t it wonderful? The ones I like, though, are ‘cheque’ and ‘enclosed.'”
Dorothy Parker in Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker

“It has lately been drawn to your correspondent’s attention that, at social gatherings, she is not the human magnet she would be. Indeed, it turns out that as a source of entertainment, conviviality, and good fun, she ranks somewhere between a sprig of parsley and a single ice-skate.”
Dorothy Parker, from a review of “Favorite Jokes of Famous People” in The New Yorker

“The world is not driven by greed. It’s driven by envy.”
Charlie Munger

“Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have fucked with? That’s me.”
Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) in “Gran Torino”

“You simply cannot claim to be a follower of Jesus and remain indifferent to suffering and injustice.”
St. Bartolomé de las Casas

“Attacking those innocent of spawning injustice resolves nothing; it only weakens your cause and justifies suspicion of your motive. Jesus did not accuse falsely or misdirect his scorn.”
David A. Woodbury

“Doing ‘something’ is not always better than doing nothing if that ‘something’ is based on terrible strategy.”
unattributed, quoted in Personal Liberty

“No plan survives the first contact with the enemy.”
Prussian Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

“The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another.””
Milton Friedman

“Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.”

“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful [people] with talent. Genius will not; unreqarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Nathaniel Parker Willis

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.”
Winston Churchill

“If a project is not worth doing at all, it’s not worth doing well.”
Gordon’s First Law

“A taxpayer is someone who does not have to take a civil service exam in order to work for the government..”
Krueger’s Observation

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”
Alexander Pope

“Fools rush in where fools have been before.”
Gibbs’s Law

“People will act rationally when all other possibilities have been exhausted.”
Katz’s Law

“Complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers.”
Grossman’s Misquote

“You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.”
Dorothy Parker

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.”
H. L. Mencken

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
Hanlon’s Razor

“It is the game of life we are playing; and if men, by their professions, lead other men into disaster, I maintain it is a serious thing. Some men, in fact, I think, most men, do it with no malice at all; in fact, far from it, it is more like stupidity; still, the result is the same.”
William James Laidlay, 1898

“Let us not attribute to malice and cruelty what may be referred to less criminal motives. Do we not often afflict others undesignedly, and, from mere carelessness, neglect to relieve distress? Our own concerns, interests, and wishes engross our thoughts.”
Jane West in The Loyalists: An Historical Novel, 1812

“Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“If I look at the mass [of humanity], I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“If you want people to believe in your God, show them his love.”

“God does not speak in thunder, to make you cower. God speaks in love, to give you power.”

“If you live in pride and strive for power, others know who you are, but you do not know yourself. If you live in humility and strive for love, you know who you are, and others know who is your God.”

“Tolerance will reach such a level that intelligent people will be banned from thinking so as not to offend the imbeciles.”
unclaimed, attributed to Dostoevsky but not found in his written works, therefore the source is murky, also rendered as…

“We live in a time when intelligent people are being silenced so that stupid people won’t be offended.”

“If you think tough men are dangerous, wait until you see what weak men are capable of.”
Jordan B. Peterson

“The better ambitions have to do with the development of character and ability, rather than status and power. Status you can lose. You carry character with you wherever you go, and it allows you to prevail against adversity.
Jordan B. Peterson

“Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.”
Jordan B. Peterson

“I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.”
Harriet Tubman

“I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could.
Harriet Tubman

“In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how. I always fell before I got to the line.”
Harriet Tubman

“I’ve heard Uncle Tom’s Cabin read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe’s pen hasn’t begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I’ve seen de real thing, and I don’t want to see it on no stage or in no theater.”
Harriet Tubman

“Love is never wasted, for its value does not rest upon reciprocity.”
C. S. Lewis

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