“We are not punished for our sins, but by them.”
— Elbert Hubbard
“Life is suffering.
Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.
Truth is the handmaiden of love.
Dialogue is the pathway to truth.
Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn.
To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small.
So speech must be untrammeled, so that dialogue can take place.
So that we can all humbly learn.
So that truth can serve love.
So that suffering can be ameliorated.
So that we can all stumble forward to the Kingdom of God.”
— Professor Jordan B. Peterson, Banned lecture at Linfield College: Ethics and Free Speech
“There are a thousand and one gates leading into the orchard of mystical truth. Every human being has his own gate. We must never make the mistake of wanting to enter the orchard by any gate but our own. To do this is dangerous for the one who enters and also for those who are already there.”
― Elie Wiesel, Night
“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”
— Thomas Sowell
“When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”
— President Donald J. Trump, 2017 Presidential Inauguration Speech
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”
— Mark Twain
“You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.”
— President Harry S. Truman
“We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.”
— Paul Gauguin
“We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.”
— Voltaire, Notebooks (c.1735-c.1750)
“If people can’t control their own emotions, then they have to start trying to control other people’s behavior.”
— John Cleese
“Strange times are these, in which we live, forsooth ;
When young and old are taught in Falsehood’s school:–
And the man who dares to tell the truth,
Is called at once a lunatic and fool.”
— George Francis Train
“There is no limit to a human being’s ability to rationalize the truth.”
— Moscow Rules
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
— Isaac Asimov, Column in Newsweek, 21 January 1980
“There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.”
— Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers
“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
— Dr. Theodore Dalrymple
“It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.”
— Edmund Burke