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Fear is the foundation of most government.

The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
Diplomacy is the art of saying Nice doggie! till you can find a rock.
Liberation is not deliverance.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.
Nations, like men, have their infancy.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.
God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
If you are to stand up for your Government you must be able to stand up to your Government.
Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization.
A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.
We have no commission from God to police the world.
We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen.
There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.
In the depths of every heart, there is a tomb and a dungeon, though the lights, the music, and revelry above may cause us to forget their existence, and the buried ones, or prisoners whom they hide. But sometimes, and oftenest at midnight, those dark receptacles are flung wide open. In an hour like this, when the mind has a passive sensibility, but no active strength; when the imagination is a mirror, imparting vividness to all ideas, without the power of selecting or controlling them; then pray that your grieves may slumber, and the brotherhood of remorse not break their chain.
Remorse is the pain of sin.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours.
Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.
You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled.
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend -- or a meaningful day.
When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
If nobody dropped out of eighth grade, who would hire the college graduates?
All nature's creatures join to express nature's purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself.
Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit.
You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Art is man's nature: Nature is God's art.
Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all, and death is but the sounder sleep.
But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
Birds have bills too, and they keep on singing
When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
There are people in our society who should be separated and discarded. I think its one of the tendencies of the liberal community to feel that every person in a nation of over 200 million people can be made into a productive citizen. Im realist enough to believe this cant be. Were always going to have our prisons, were always going to have our places of preventive detention for psychopaths, and were always going to have a certain number of people in our community who have no desire to achieve or who have no desire to even fit in an amicable way with the rest of society. And these people should be separated from the community, not in a callous way but they should be separated as far as any idea that their opinions shall have any effect on the course we follow.
Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence.
Only Americans can hurt America.
I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
I have very large ideas of the mineral wealth of our Nation. I believe it practically inexhaustible. It abounds all over the western country, from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific, and its development has scarcely commenced. Immigration, which even the war has not stopped, will land upon our shores hundred of thousands more per year from overcrowded Europe. I intend to point them to the gold and silver that waits for them in the West. Tell the miners from me, that I shall promote their interests to the utmost of my ability; because their prosperity is the prosperity of the Nation, and we shall prove in a very few years that we are indeed the treasury of the world.
Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Never answer a question from a farmer.
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -- it's what you do with what you have left.
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity -- an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
There is no friend as loyal as a book
Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee, as souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be, to taste whole joys.
I wouldn't do nudity in films. To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary.
To every thing there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept. When as a youth I waxed more bold, time strolled. When I became a full-grown man, time RAN. When older still I daily grew, time FLEW. Soon I shall find, in passing on, time gone. O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then? Amen.
People in places many of us never heard of, whose names we can't pronounce or even spell, are speaking up for themselves. They speak in languages we once classified as exotic but whose mastery is now essential for our diplomats and businessmen. But what they say is very much the same the world over. They want a decent standard of living. They want human dignity and a voice in their own futures. They want their children to grow up strong and healthy and free.
I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years of college.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.
Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man --and after that, praying.
Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided.
I quote others in order to better express myself.
A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.
When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were: any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.
We are all conceived in close prison; in our mothers wombs, we are close prisoners all; when we are born, we are born but to the liberty of the house; prisoners still, though within larger walls; and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death.
If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?
When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
To morrow being the day set apart by the Honorable Congress for public Thanksgiving and Praise; and duty calling us devoutely to express our grateful acknowledgements to God for the manifold blessings he has granted us. The General directs that the army remain in its present quarters, and that the Chaplains perform divine service with their several Corps and brigades. And earnestly exhorts, all officers and soldiers, whose absence is not indispensibly necessary, to attend with reverence the solemnities of the day.
The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
Seek ye counsel of the aged for their eyes have looked on the faces of the years and their ears have hardened to the voices of Life. Even if their counsel is displeasing to you, pay heed to them.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice -- is often the means of their regeneration.
You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?
He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.
The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble.
There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
The moon is a white strange world, great, white, soft-seeming globe in the night sky, and what she actually communicates to me across space I shall never fully know. But the moon that pulls the tides, and the moon that controls the menstrual periods of women, and the moon that touches the lunatics, she is not the mere dead lump of the astronomist. When we describe the moon as dead, we are describing the deadness in ourselves. When we find space so hideously void, we are describing our own unbearable emptiness.
Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.
The desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. [Isaiah 26:8]
We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how. We have been defeated. For us as a Christian people, there is now but one course to pursue. We must accept the situation.
There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.
If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory.
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste. Then can I drown an eye (unused to flow) For precious friends hid in death's dateless night, and weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe, and moan the expense of many a vanished sight. Then can I grieve at grievances foregone, and heavily from woe to woe tell over the sad account of fore-bemoaned moan, Which I new pay as if not paid before. But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.
The education of a man is never complete until he dies.
What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.
You're never a loser until you quit trying.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
You must always be puzzled by mental illness. The thing I would dread most, if I became mentally ill, would be your adopting a common sense attitude; that you could take it for granted that I was deluded.
Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.
Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

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