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    It is a dangerous and idle dream to think that the state can become rule by philosophers turned kings or scientists turned commissars. For if philosophers become kings or scientists commissars, they become politicians, and the powers given to the state are powers given to men who are rulers of states, men subject to all the limitations and temptations of their dangerous craft. Unless this is borne in mind, there will be a dangerous optimistic tendency to sweep aside doubts and fears as irrelevant, since, in the state that the projectors have in mind, power will be exercised by men of a wisdom and degree of moral virtue that we have not yet seen. It won't. It will be exercised by men who will be men first and rulers next and scientists and saints long after.

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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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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

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What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?

What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?

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I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence 'democracy,' and the other, 'tyranny.'.

I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence 'democracy,' and the other, 'tyranny.'.

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You really have to experience the feeling of being with the president in the oval office. ... It's a disease I came to call Ovalitis.

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There's only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

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