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Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

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Government, in its very essence, is opposed to all increase in knowledge. Its tendency is always towards permanence and against read more

Government, in its very essence, is opposed to all increase in knowledge. Its tendency is always towards permanence and against change...[T]he progress of humanity, far from being the result of government, has been made entirely without its aid and in the face if its constant and bitter opposition.

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Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigourously, more vigourously, and more severely, than by one.

Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigourously, more vigourously, and more severely, than by one.

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Oh, I'm not going to do anything to them. The thought that I might will be enough to keep them read more

Oh, I'm not going to do anything to them. The thought that I might will be enough to keep them going.

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The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.

The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level.

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When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

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This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally.
(US District Judge in commenting on the Fox network lawsuit
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This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally.
(US District Judge in commenting on the Fox network lawsuit
against Al Franken's book).

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Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes."N.B.: A lesser-known version of this quotation was read more

Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes."N.B.: A lesser-known version of this quotation was supposedly said by Frederick the Great at Prague in 1757: "By push of bayonets, no firing till you see the whites of their eyes. - Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775.

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There is perhaps no better way of measuring the natural endowment of a soul than by its ability to transmute read more

There is perhaps no better way of measuring the natural endowment of a soul than by its ability to transmute dissatisfaction into a creative impulse. The genuine artist is as much a dissatisfied person as the revolutionary, yet how diametrically opposed are the products each distills from his dissatisfaction.

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