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The thoughts of Plato and Machiavelli don't seem quite enough armor for a world beset with splitting the atoms, urban guerrillas, nineteen varieties of psychotherapists, amplified guitars, napalm, computers, astronauts, and an atmosphere polluted simultaneously with auto exhaust and TV commercials. (Quote by - John Fischer)

Mere facts are for children only. As they begin to point towards conclusions they become food for men. (Quote by - Edmund Selous)

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. (Quote by - Abigail Adams)

The integrative tendencies of the individual operate through the mechanisms of empathy, sympathy, projection, introjection, identification, worship- all of which make him feel that he is a part of some larger entity which transcends the boundaries of the individual self. This psychological urge to belong, to participate, to commune is as primary and real as its opposite. The all-important question is the nature of that higher entity of which the individual feels himself a part. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

You can shoot the tiger, or stay out of his way, but you cannot pronounce him a vegetarian. (Quote by - Richard Mitchell)

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.This minding of other people's business expresses itself in gossip, snooping and meddling, and also in feverish interest in communal, national and racial affairs. In running away from ourselves we either fall on our neighbor's shoulder or fly at his throat. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed. (Quote by - Francis Bacon)

And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps. (Quote by - H.l. Mencken)

When reality becomes unbearable, the mind must withdraw from it and create a world of artificial perfection. Plato's world of pure Ideas and Forms, which alone is to be considered as real, whereas the world of nature which we perceive is merely its cheap Woolworth copy, is a flight into delusion. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

Insanity is the only sane reaction to an insane society. (Quote by - Thomas Szas)

Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error. (Quote by - Benjamin Rush)

Unbounded morality ultimately becomes counterproductive even in terms of the same moral principles being sought. The law of diminishing returns applies to morality. (Quote by - Thomas Sowell)

The best way to turn a woman's head is to tell her she has a beautiful profile. (Quote by - Sacha Guitry)

Whatever begins to be tranquil is gobbled up by something not tranquil. (Quote by - William Randolph Hearst)

But now being lifted into high society, And having pick'd up several odds and ends Of free thoughts in his travels for variety, He deem'd, being in a lone isle, among friends, That without any danger of a riot, he Might for long lying make himself amends; And singing as he sung in his warm youth, Agree to a short armistice with truth. (Quote by - Lord Byron)

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. (Quote by - Brendan Gill)

Disapproval is a very important factor in all progress. There has really never been any progress without it. (Quote by - James Henry Breasted)

Punishment is now unfashionable because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. (Quote by - Thomas Szasz)

The demands of unbounded individualism need to be weighed in the light of inherent social constraints which can only change their form but cannot be eliminated without eliminating civilization. (Quote by - Thomas Sowell)

If the gods do evil then they are not gods. (Quote by - Euripides)

All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. (Quote by - H.l. Mencken)

each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. (Quote by - Thomas Sowell)

Every society honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. (Quote by - Mignon McLaughlin)

For every social wrong there must be a remedy. But the remedy can be nothing less than the abolition of the wrong. (Quote by - Henry George)

The real death of America will come when everyone is alike. (Quote by - James T. Ellison)

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