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wisdom of the ages from men of courage

To the fool, he who speaks wisdom will sound foolish. 


Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God. - Henry Adams

To be fully alive is to feel that everything is possible.
- Eric Hoffer

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. - Euripides

It seems that ambition makes most people wish to be loved rather than to love others. - Aristotle

The hardest part of gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea occupying that niche. - Robert Heinlein

The best way I know to win an argument is to start by being in the right. - Lord Hailshan

...a man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
- Thomas Henry Huxley

By themselves, character and integrity do not accomplish anything. But their absence faults everything else.
- Peter Drucker

It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end. - Primo Levi

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
- Edward Teller


Be good and you will be lonesome.
- Mark Twain

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
- William Blake

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your
secret reveries that you were born to control affairs. -Andrew Carnegie

Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
- Cervantes

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
- A. A. Milne

The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others. - Bertrand Russell

Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars.
- Heraclitus

We sometimes get all the information, but we refuse to get the message.
- Cullen Hightower

The "human condition" is always to push forward for the better and economics is the study of that process.
- Brian S. Wesbury

When we find ourselves wondering about the meaning of conditions and events, its always useful to ask, who
profits? - Richard Mitchell

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve. - Erich Fromm


New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common. - John Locke

All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established. - Aristotle

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny
exercised for the good of its
victims may be the most oppressive.
It may be better to live under
robber barons than under
omnipotent moral busybodies."

C.S. Lewis

 Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.

- Soren Kierkegaard


It is not love we should have painted as blind, but self-love.
- Voltaire

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas. - Alfred North Whitehead

Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness. - Leonardo da Vinci

Individuality is freedom lived. - John Dos Passos

You can tell the man who rings true from the man who rings false, not by his deeds alone, but also his desires.
- Democritus

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King

Man who man would be,
Must rule the empire of himself!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will not become a saint through other people's sins.
- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Knowledge that does not generate achievement is a pale and bloodless thing, unworthy of mankind. - Will Durant

Men have a singular desire to be good without being good for anything.
- Henry David Thoreau


...the more original a discovery the more obvious it seems afterwards. - Arthur Koestler

Our understanding of the world is achieved more effectively by conceptual improvements than by discovery of new
facts... - Ernst Mayr

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The main fuel to speed the world's progress is our stock of knowledge, and the brake is our lack of imagination.
- Julian Simon

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race. - Don Marquis

He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great. - Herman Melville

In that the wisdom of the few becomes available to the many, there is progress in human affairs; without it, the static routine of tradition continues.
- Jospeh Jastrow

A man's mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
- George Washington

A man is but what he knows.
- Francis Bacon


Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
- Lord Acton

The plans differ; the planners are all alike . . . Frederic Bastiat

The neer to the church, the further from God. - John Heywood

There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval. - George Santayana

With most people unbelief in one thing is founded upon blind belief in another.
- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Confronted by outstanding merit, there is no way of saving one's ego except by love.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Any man who inflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.
- H.L. Mencken


Integrity has no need of rules.
- Albert Camus

Justice, like liberty and coercion, is a concept which, for the sake of clarity, ought to be confined to the deliberate treatment of men by other men. - F.A. Hayek

It is not enough to have great qualities, we should also have the management of them.
- Francois de La Rochefoucald

If we do not believe in ourselves, neither in our efficacy nor in our goodness, the universe is a frightening place. - Nathaniel Branden

Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.
- Mary Baker Eddy

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
- Edmund Hillary

Four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.
- Calvin Coolidge

Society is joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner's success as a means for the attainment of his own. - Ludwig von Mises

Man's character is the product of his premises.
- Ayn Rand

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The instinctive need to be the member of a closely knit group fighting for common ideals may grow so strong that it
becomes inessential what these ideals are. - Konrad Lorenz


There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.
- Charles Kettering

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
- Edward Gibbon

The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can. - Paul Kurtz

Truth...never comes into the world but like a Bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her forth.
- John Milton

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
- Edgar Allan Poe

It is seldom that any liberty is lost all at once.
- David Hume

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Morality, thou deadly bane,
Thy tens o' thousands thou has slain! 
Robert Burns

William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.


A man is known by the company he keeps.

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