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    A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests.

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Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed read more

Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

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Freedom released the energies of the masses not by exhilarating but by unbalancing, irritating, and goading.

Freedom released the energies of the masses not by exhilarating but by unbalancing, irritating, and goading.

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He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.

He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.

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There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because read more

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

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An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with read more

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Beyond the Horizon, 1942.

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Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

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Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities read more

Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class.

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These people have served a longer sentence than some people who have committed murder.

These people have served a longer sentence than some people who have committed murder.

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...regrettable as it may seem to the idealist, the experience of history provides little warrant for the belief that real read more

...regrettable as it may seem to the idealist, the experience of history provides little warrant for the belief that real progress, and the freedom that makes progress possible, lies in unification. For where unification has been able to establish unity of ideas it has usually ended in uniformity, paralysing the growth of new ideas. And where the unification has merely brought about an artificial or imposed unity, its irksomeness has led through discord to disruption.Vitality springs from diversity- which makes for real progress so long as there is mutual toleration, based on the recognition that worse may come from an attempt to suppress differences than from acceptance of them. For this reason, the kind of peace that makes progress possible is best assured by the mutual checks created by a balance of forces- alike in the sphere of internal politics and of international relations.

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