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You cannot bring democracy to tyranny by conquest. Democracy can be neither injected nor imposed. It comes into existence through a long rite of passage. It has achieved its liberty by the actions of its own martyrs, rebels and enduring believers. It is not a system, it is an ennoblement. Democracy must come from within. ~~ Norman Mailer

The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake. ~~ H.L. Mencken

In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons. ~~ Herodotus

We often hear that human rights are more important than national sovereignty. This is definitely true, and crimes against humanity should be punished by an international court. But if this principle is used as an excuse for a presumptuous violation of national sovereignty, and if human rights are protected by foreign forces and selectively, and if, while “protecting” those rights, they violate the rights of many other people, including the most fundamental and sacred right, the right to life, this is no longer a noble effort. This is merely demagoguery. ~~ Vladimir Putin

A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores. ~~ Terry Pratchett

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. ~~ Blaise Pascal

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. ~~ Socrates

"Do what thy manhood bids thee do, From none but self expect applause. He noblest lives, and noblest does, Who makes and keeps his self-made laws." ~~ Sir Richard Francis Burton

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. And also, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed." ~~ US President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Success...seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. ~~ Conrad Hilton

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. ~~ John Adams

Politics is the long shadow cast on society by big business ~ John Dewey

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin - more even than death... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. ~~ Bertrand Russel

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~~ Edmund Burke (Generally attributed)

For evil to triumph it only remains for good men to do  nothing ~~ John Locke (attributed)

He who hesitates is a damned fool. ~~Mae West (1892-1980)

Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states. ~~ Demosthenes

He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave. ~~ William Drummond, Laird of Hawthornden

Quality is never an accident.  It is always the result of intelligent effort ~~ John Ruskin

Never argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level then beat you with experience ~~ Bony

Never try to teach teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and annoys the pig. ~~ Anon

"Humanity has many enemies. The worst of them are ignorance, arrogance, extremism, and violence" - Abbas Kadhim

Take a chance! All life is chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The "sure thing" boat never gets far from shore. ~~ Dale Carnegie

Never take counsel of your fears. ~~ Gen. T. J. Jackson

No one is born wise. ~~ Ptahhotpe, c. 2350 B.C.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 

Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right. ~~ Henry Ford (1863-1947

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses. ~~ Plato

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It' the transition that' troublesome. ~~ Isaac Asimov 

You like my Website, you must be Krazee ~~ Axel Klystron

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. ~~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. ~~ Jimi Hendrix 

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~~ Henry Ford (1863-1947) 

I'll sleep when I'm dead. ~~ Warren Zevon 

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. ~~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. ~~ Baha'u'llah

I would have made a good Pope. ~~ Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

 Every man should be his own master. ~~ Gautama Buddha

Service to others is the rent that you pay for your room here on earth. ~~ Mohammed

Sic buisctius desintigratus. Its how the cookie crumbles ~~ Anon

You cannot make anything foolproof, as they keep inventing better fools ~~ Anon

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. ~~ George Orwell

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955) 

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. ~~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 

The graveyards are full of indispensable men. ~~ Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) 

The covers of this book are too far apart. ~~ Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) 

Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument. ~~ Robert Half 

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. ~~ Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. ~~ Mae West (1892-1980) 

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? ~~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 

Well done is better than well said. ~~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) 

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty ~~ Plato

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. ~~ Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, 1943

"I think it would be a good idea". ~~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home". ~~ Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977 

"640K ought to be enough for anybody". ~~ Bill Gates (1955-), in 1981 

In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.” ~~ Plato 

"Everything that can be invented has been invented". ~~ Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899 

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. ~~ Tom Clancy 

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. ~~ Mark Twain (1835-1910) 

In the first place, God created idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards. ~~ Mark Twain 

What would men be without women? Scarce sir, mighty scarce. ~~  Mark Twain

God gave us a penis and a brain, but only enough blood to run one at a time. ~~ Robin Williams, commenting on the Clinton/Lewinsky affair 

He would make a lovely corpse.~~ Charles Dickens (1812-1870) 

I' just learned about his illness. Let' hope it' nothing trivial. ~~ Irvin S. Cobb

 I worship the quicksand he walks in. ~~ Art Buchwald

We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction. ~~ General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) 

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~~ Hector Berlioz 

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~~ Victor Borge 

In time of war the first casualty is truth. ~~ Boake Carter 

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him. ~~ Arthur C. Clarke 

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. ~~ Confucius 

You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. ~~ Joseph Conrad 

I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget. ~~ Benjamin Disraeli 

Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret. ~~ Benjamin Disraeli 

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. ~~ Albert Einstein 

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. ~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower 

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower 

I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally. ~~ W.C. Fields 

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." ~~ Isaac Asimov

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. ~~ Robert Frost 

In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes. ~~ Benjamin Franklin 

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know. ~~ John Kenneth Galbraith 

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. ~~ Alfred Hitchcock 

In the fight between you and the world, back the world. ~~ Franz Kafka 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~~ Martin Luther King Jr 

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. ~~ Henry Kissinger 

Right who has questions for my answers ~~ Henry Kissinger 

A monopoly is a terrible thing - until you have one ~~ Rupert Murdoch 

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. ~~ John Locke 

To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated, regimented, closed in, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, evaluated, censored, commanded; all by creatures that have neither the right, nor wisdom, nor virtue... To be governed means that at every move, operation, or transaction one is noted, registered, entered in a census, taxed, stamped, priced, assessed, patented, licensed, authorized, recommended, admonished, prevented, reformed, set right, corrected. Government means to be subjected to tribute, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, pressured, mystified, robbed; all in the name of public utility and the general good. Then, at the first sign of resistance or word of complaint, one is repressed, fined, despised, vexed, pursued, hustled, beaten up, garrotted, imprisoned, shot, machine-gunned, judged, sentenced, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to cap all, ridiculed, mocked, outraged and dishonoured. That is government, that is its justice ~~ Proudhon

In war there is no substitute for victory. ~~ General Douglas MacArthur 

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. ~~ Napoleon 

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. ~~ Napoleon 

If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. ~~ Napoleon 

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. ~~ Napoleon 

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. ~~ Napoleon 

When the rich make war it's the poor that die. ~~ Jean-Paul Sartre 

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship. ~~ George Bernard Shaw 

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. ~~ Joseph Stalin 

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. ~~ Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world. ~~ Lily Tomlin

If you can't convince them, confuse them. ~~ Harry S Truman

Mubarak is immensely courageous and a force for good ~~ Tony Blair, ex Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mubarak is not a dictator ~~ Joe Biden

 

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