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Man is a luxury loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, read more

Man is a luxury loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, sluggish creature, barely energetic enough to obtain a bare subsistence. A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.

by Eric Hoffer Found in: Society Quotes,
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It is useless for sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion.

It is useless for sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion.

by William Ralph Inge Found in: Society Quotes,
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No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.

No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.

by Henry P. Fairchild Found in: Society Quotes,
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None save great men have been the authors of great heresies.

None save great men have been the authors of great heresies.

by Augustine Found in: Society Quotes,
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To our real, naked selves there is not a thing on earth or in heaven worth dying for. It is read more

To our real, naked selves there is not a thing on earth or in heaven worth dying for. It is only when we see ourselves as actors in a staged (and therefore unreal) performance that death loses its frightfulness and finality and becomes an act of make-believe and a theatrical gesture. It is one of the main tasks of a real leader to mask the grim reality of dying and killing by evoking in his followers the illusion that they are participating in a grandiose spectacle, a solemn or lighthearted dramatic performance.

by Eric Hoffer Found in: Society Quotes,
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The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human read more

The biggest mischief in the past century has been perpetrated by Rousseau with his doctrine of the goodness of human nature. The mob and the intellectuals derived from it the vision of a Golden Age which would arrive without fail once the noble human race could act according to its whims.

by Jakob Burckhardt Found in: Society Quotes,
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The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough read more

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. - Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley.

by Thomas Henry Huxley Found in: Society Quotes,
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The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task read more

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.

by Alan Gregg Found in: Society Quotes,
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Experience proves that those are oftenest abused who can be abused with the greatest impunity. Men are whipped oftenest who read more

Experience proves that those are oftenest abused who can be abused with the greatest impunity. Men are whipped oftenest who are whipped easiest.

by Frederick Douglass Found in: Society Quotes,
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