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You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. (Quote by - Charles Kuralt)

Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all other philosophers are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself. (Quote by - H.l. Mencken)

Every change in conditions will make necessary some change in the use of resources, in the direction and kind of human activities, in habits and practices. And each change in the actions of those affected in the first instance will require further adjustments that will gradually extend through the whole of society. Every change thus in a sense creates a "problemfor society, even though no single individual perceives it as such; it is gradually "solvedby the establishment of a new overall adjustment. (Quote by - F.a. Hayek)

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it. (Quote by - Daniel Webster)

One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputations. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

Scientists often have a naive faith that if only they could discover enough facts about a problem, these facts would somehow arrange themselves in a compelling and true solution. (Quote by - Theodosius Dobzhansky)

The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human nature. The mob and the intellectuals derived from it the vision of a Golden Age which would arrive without fail once the noble human race could act according to its whims. (Quote by - Jakob Burckhardt)

All mass movements generate in their adherents a readiness to die and a proclivity for united action; all of them, irrespective of the doctrine they preach and the program they project, breed fanaticism, enthusiasm, fervent hope, hatred and intolerance; all of them are capable of releasing a powerful flow of activity in certain departments of life; all of them demand blind faith and singlehearted allegiance. (Quote by - Eric Hoffer)

To gauge the understanding and insight that metaphysics provides is to ask whether, in the final analysis, it helps us to cope with our world and harmonize our existence with nature, humanity, and ourselves, and leads to greater freedom and self-realization. Metaphysics is only the beginning. The end is human progress. (Quote by - Rudolph Rummel)

Eagles soar, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines. (Quote by - Elf Sternberg)

Take your work seriously, but never yourself. (Quote by - Dame Margot Fonteyn)

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. (Quote by - Robert Heinlein)

The only meaning of life worth caring about is one that can withstand our best efforts to examine it. (Quote by - Daniel C. Dennett)

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. (Quote by - Philip K. Dick)

Never assume the obvious is true. (Quote by - William Safire)

A people is but the attempt of many To rise to the completer life of one-- And those who live as models for the mass Are singly of more value than they all. (Quote by - Robert Browning)

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. (Quote by - Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie. (Quote by - Robert G. Ingersoll)

For it is most true that a natural and secret hatred and aversation towards society in any man, hath somewhat of the savage beast. (Quote by - Francis Bacon)

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. (Quote by - H.l. Mencken)

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. (Quote by - Dwight Eisenhower)

There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest. (Quote by - Hippolyte Taine)

It is only because the majority opinion will always be opposed by some that our knowledge and understanding progress. In the process by which opinion is formed, it is very probable that, by the time any view becomes a majority view, it is no longer the best view: somebody will already have advanced beyond the point which the majority have reached. It is because we do not yet which of the many competing new opinions will prove itself the best that we wait until it has gained sufficient support. (Quote by - F.a. Hayek)

The affairs of life embrace a multitude of interests, and he who reasons in any one of them, without consulting the rest, is a visionary unsuited to control the business of the world. (Quote by - James Fenimore Cooper)

Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating groups of potato-washers meet non-washers, and the two groups watch each other's strange behavior with apparent bewilderment. But unlike the inhabitants of Lilliput, who fought holy crusades over the question at which end to break the egg, the potato-washing monkeys do not go to war with the non-washers, because the poor creatures have no language which would enable them to declare washing a diving commandment and eating unwashed potatoes a deadly heresy. (Quote by - Arthur Koestler)

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