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#65 Albert Einstein

By the way, there are increasing signs that the Russian trials are not faked, but that there is a plot among those who look upon Stalin as a stupid reactionary who has betrayed the ideas of the revolution. Though we find it difficult to imagine this kind of internal thing, those who know Russia best are all more or less of the same opinion. I was firmly convinced to begin with that it was a case of a dictator's despotic acts, based on lies and deception, but this was a delusion. .

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#483 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights issue is not an Ephemeral, evanescent domestic issue that can be kicked about by reactionary guardians of the status quo; it is rather an eternal moral issue [...]. .

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#831 Martin Luther King, Jr.

What I'm saying today is that we must go from this convention and say, "America, you must be born again!" And so, I conclude by saying today that we have a task, and let us go out with a divine dissatisfaction. .

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#1990 Ambrose Bierce

Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane. .

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#2589 Winston Churchill

I cannot forecast to you the action of . It is a riddle wrapped in ainside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest. .

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#3503 George Bernard Shaw

The last word remains with Christ and ; and this must stand as the best defence of Tolerance until a better man than I makes a better job of it. Put shortly and undramatically the case is that a civilization cannot progress without criticism, and must therefore, to save itself from stagnation and putrefaction, declare impunity for criticism. This means impunity not only for propositions which, however novel, seem interesting, statesmanlike, and respectable, but for propositions that shock the uncritical as obscene, seditious, blasphemous, heretical, and revolutionary. .

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#3719 Woody Allen

When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room. .

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#3849 Francis Bacon

The two ways of contemplation are not unlike the two ways of action commonly spoken of by the ancients: the one plain and smooth in the beginning, and in the end impassable; the other rough and troublesome in the entrance, but after a while fair and even. So it is in contemplation: If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties. .

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#4487 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution. .

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#4525 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought. .

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#5145 Mark Twain

He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain. .

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#6246 Henry David Thoreau

Great , I ask thee for no meaner pelf Than that I may not disappoint myself, That in my action I may soar as high As I can now discern with this clear eye. .

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#6898 Adlai Stevenson

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction. .

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#7028 Albert Camus

The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. "Everything is permitted" does not mean that nothing is forbidden. .

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#8677 Samuel Johnson

Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds. .

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#9060 Bill Watterson

Calvin: Life's a lot more fun when you're not responsible for your actions. p152 .

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#9148 Donald Knuth

The psychological profiling [of a programmer] is mostly the ability to shift levels of abstraction, from low level to high level. To see something in the small and to see something in the large. .

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#9284 Niels Bohr

It is a great pity that human beings cannot find all of their satisfaction in scientific contemplativeness. .

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#9819 Theodore Roosevelt

To refuse to take, or to permit others to take, wise and practical action for the remedying of abuses is to invite unwise action under the lead of violent extremists. .

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#10023 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

'I only took the regular course.' 'What was that?' inquired Alice. 'Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with,' the Mock Turtle replied; 'and then the different branches of Arithmetic — Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.' .

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#10092 Technology

The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. .

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#10264 Buckminster Fuller

All the great metaphysical integrity of all the individuals, which is potential and inherent in the complex interactions of generalized principles, will always and only coexist eternally. .

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#10829 George W. Bush

When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive. .

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#11349 Isaac Asimov

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. .

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#11419 Isaac Asimov

If an interaction is too weak to be detectable or to exert influence in any way, then by any operational definition, it doesn’t exist. .

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#11496 Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no regular path which leads from these intuitions into the land of ghostly schemata, the land of abstractions. There exists no word for these intuitions; when man sees them he grows dumb, or else he speaks only in forbidden metaphors and in unheard — of combinations of concepts. .

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#12332 Larry Niven

Think of it as evolution in action. .

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#12604 John Stuart Mill

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. The latter case, it is true, requires a much more cautious exercise of compulsion than the former. To make any one answerable for doing evil to others, is the rule; to make him answerable for not preventing evil is, comparatively speaking, the exception. Yet there are many cases clear enough and grave enough to justify that exception. (p. 17) .

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#12897 Boris Yeltsin

A sense of proportion and humanitarian action are not issues for terrorists. Their aim is that of killing and destroying. .

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#13134 G. K. Chesterton

And if great reasoners are often maniacal, it is equally true that maniacs are commonly great reasoners. When I was engaged in a controversy with theon the matter of free will, that able writer Mr. R. B. Suthers said that free will was lunacy, because it meant causeless actions, and the actions of a lunatic would be causeless. I do not dwell here upon the disastrous lapse in determinist logic. Obviously if any actions, even a lunatic's, can be causeless, determinism is done for. If the chain of causation can be broken for a madman, it can be broken for a man. .

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#14364 Victor Hugo

Vous avez des ennemis? Mais c'est l'histoire de tout homme qui a fait une action grande ou cr .

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#14799 Edmund Burke

Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out. .

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#14846 Edmund Burke

Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found. .

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#15138 Erica Jong

Each one an antidote to the one that went before. Each one a reaction, an about-face, a rebound. .

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#16688 Tacitus

So true is it that all transactions of preeminent importance are wrapt in doubt and obscurity; while some hold for certain facts the most precarious hearsays, others turn facts into falsehood; and both are exaggerated by posterity. .

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#17008 Lord Byron

Think'st thou existence doth depend on ? It doth; but actions are our epochs… .

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#17012 Lord Byron

Think'st thou existence doth depend on ? It doth; but actions are our epochs: mine Have made my days and nights imperishable Endless, and all alike, as sands on the shore Innumerable atoms; and one desert Barren and cold, on which the wild waves break,But nothing rests, save carcases and wrecks, Rocks, and the salt-surf weeds of bitterness. .

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#18053 La Rochefoucauld

Ce que nous prenons pour des vertus n'est souvent qu'un assemblage de diverses actions et de divers int .

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#19181 Epictetus

Everything has two handles, the one by which it may be carried, the other by which it cannot. If your brother acts unjustly, don't lay hold on the action by the handle of his injustice, for by that it cannot be carried; but by the opposite, that he is your brother, that he was brought up with you; and thus you will lay hold on it, as it is to be carried. (43). .

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#19276 Epictetus

The materials of action are variable, but the use we make of them should be constant. .

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#19278 Epictetus

Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions,—as the habit of walking, by walking; of running, by running. .

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#20442 George Orwell

Sincehave moreof action in countries where traces ofsurvive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi. .

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#22242 John Ralston Saul

Superficial nonconformism... leaves our rational structures indifferent. Questions of moral action and of physical appearance are increasingly irrelevant; they are categorized either as justified self-expression or conversely as suitable subjects for agitated public debate. In either case they are harmless vents. .

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#22830 Carl Jung

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. .

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#23011 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you see some evil you proceed to immediate action, you make an immediate attack to cure the symptom. .

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#24354 Larry Wall

I'm afraid my gut level reaction is basically, proceed is cute, but cute doesn't cut it in the emergency room. .

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#24643 Montesquieu

Great commanders write their actions with ; because they receive morefromthan from . .

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#24763 Malcolm X

Usually the black racist has been produced by the white racist. In most cases where you see it, it is the reaction to white racism, and if you analyze it closely, it's not really black racism... If we react to white racism with a violent reaction, to me that's not black racism. If you come to put a rope around my neck and I hang you for it, to me that's not racism. Yours is racism, but my reaction has nothing to do with racism... .

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#25512 Blaise Pascal

Theproduces effects which approach nearer to thought than all the actions of animals. But it does nothing which would enable us to attributeto it, as to the animals. .

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#25846 Bill Clinton

Abigail, do you favor the United States Army abolishing the affirmative action program that produced ? Yes or no? Yes or no? .

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