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In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Constant revolutionizing of production distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.
In the domain of Political Economy, free scientific inquiry meets not merely the same enemies as in all other domains. The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.
The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.
Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Money is the most egalitarian force in society. It confers power on whoever holds it.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite!
The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.
The product of mental labor -- science -- always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production.
Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.
All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.
We should not say that one man's hour is worth another man's hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time's carcass.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
In a higher phase of communist society... only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
[Dancing is] A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
The stupidity of men always invites the insolence of power.
The gambling known as business looks with severe disfavor on the business known as gambling.
Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.
Laughter -- An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity.
A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man, who has no gills.
A prejudice is a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.
Bride. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.
A cynic is a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, and not as they ought to be.
Marriage. The state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights and previleges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.
Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Had we never lov'd sae kindly, Had we never lov'd sae blindly, Never met -- or never parted -- we had never been broken-hearted.
Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.
Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.
The follies which a man regrets most in his life, are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
A banker is a fellow who lends his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one.
There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.
Contraceptives should be used on all conceivable occasions.
No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
The blind conviction that we have to do something about other people's reproductive behavior, and that we may have to do it whether they like it or not, derives from the assumption that the world belongs to us, who have so expertly depleted its resources, rather than to them, who have not.
It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son -- and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.
We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many who work without living.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
Better to see the face than to hear the name.
A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.
The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.
Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel.
Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.
He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?
The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.
The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. Their evil look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.
Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
Inside every man there is a poet who died young.
Glorious bouquets and storms of applause are the trimmings which every artist naturally enjoys. But to move an audience in such a role, to hear in the applause that unmistakable note which breaks through good theatre manners and comes from the heart, is to feel that you have won through to life itself. Such pleasure does not vanish with the fall of the curtain, but becomes part of one's own life.
Applause is a receipt, not a bill.
When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.
The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, The trouble with this country is...
That which the Fascists hate above all else, is intelligence.
Fascism is capitalism plus murder.
Fascism was a counter-revolution against a revolution that never took place.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
The industrial landscape is already littered with remains of once successful companies that could not adapt their strategic vision to altered conditions of competition.
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
When you're through changing, you're through.
The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.
Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
If you play it safe in life, you've decided that you don't want to grow anymore.
It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Back of ninety-nine out of one-hundred assertions that a thing cannot be done is nothing, but the unwillingness to do it.
The bold are helpless without cleverness.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.
The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.
?How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.
It is better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.
The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.
Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
One revolution is like one cocktail, it just gets you organized for the next.
The reason political party platforms are so long is that when you straddle anything it takes a long time to explain it.
The Income Tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.
It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
The nation is prosperous on the whole, but how much prosperity is there in a hole?

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