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“It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.” Read more

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“Consultants have credibility because they are not dumb enough to work at your company.” Read more

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The government of the Union, though limited in its powers, is supreme within its sphere of action, and its laws, when made in pursuance of the constitution, form the supreme law of the land. Read more

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A belief in moral absolutes should always make us more, not less, critical of both sides in any conflict. This doesn’t mean that both sides are equally wrong; it means that since we all fall short of moral perfection, even the side whose cause is truly righteous may commit terrible acts of violence in defense of that cause — and, worse, may feel quite justified in committing them. That is the difference between being righteous and being self-righteous. Moral standards are absolute; but h… Read more

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It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth. Read more

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Everything about Communism, in theory at least, seems good, and it manifestly gets rid of a lot of evils which accompany private property. But the man who says “Where is the snag” and expects the answer “There is none” is shortsighted. There is a serious and obvious snag indeed, which is this: that though the public ownership of this or of that creates no injustice and does no violence to human nature, the public ownership of everything, the forbidding of the private citizen and his fami… Read more

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To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. Read more

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Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even Read more

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There is a fixed notion that it is more liberal to disbelieve in miracles than to believe in them. ...  A “broad” or “liberal” clergyman always means a man who wishes at least to diminish the number of miracles; it never means a man who wishes to increase that number. It always means a man who is free to disbelieve that Christ came out of His grave; it never means a man who is free to believe that his own aunt came out of her grave. Read more

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Whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology. ... Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the tru… Read more

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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from Read more

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The most obvious division of society is into rich and poor; and it is no less obvious, that the number of the former bear a great disproportion to those of the latter. The whole business of the poor is to administer to the idleness, folly, and luxury of the rich; and that of the rich, in return, is to find the best methods of confirming the slavery and increasing the burdens of the poor. In a state of nature, it is an invariable law, that a man’s acquisitions are in proportion to his lab… Read more

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Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Read more

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A gun is just a tool. No better and no worse than any other tool. ... A gun is as good — and as bad — as the man who carries it. Read more

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The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than “newness”) and of honest intellectual combat (rather Read more

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A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something. Read more

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We can’t buy one minute of time with cash; if we could, rich people Read more

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One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it. Read more

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It’s a real enigma why people are so averse to real free-market capitalism even now. Here we are, in the century that has seen Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot — and we’re still being warned against the ‘robber barons’ of the 19th century. I don’t know that Jay Gould or John D. Rockefeller ever killed anyone. The State has killed countless people, and yet we’re always supposed to remain on guard against these “greedy villains” of yesteryear. Read more