Those who know...

"Those who know the least obey the best."

-- George Farquhar

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Mark Twain on Conspiracy

"The wronger a conspiracy is, the better it is." 

-- Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy

The Church says the Earth is flat.

"The Church says the Earth is flat. But I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow on the moon. And I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church."

-- Ferdinand Magellen

As much damage as they can

"The question is not how to get good people to rule; the question is how to stop the powerful from doing as much damage as they can to us."

-- Karl Popper

Henry Porter, Last Words

"I want to thank Father Walsh for his spiritual help. I want to thank Bob Ray (Sanders) and Steve Blow for their friendship. What I want people to know is that they call me a cold-blooded killer when I shot a man that shot me first. The only thing that convicted me was that I am a Mexican and that he was a police officer. People hollered for my life, and they are to have my life tonight. The people never hollered for the life of the policeman that killed a thirteen-year-old boy who was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car. The people never hollered for the life of a Houston police officer who beat up and drowned Jose Campo Torres and threw his body in the river. You call that equal justice. This is your equal justice. This is America’s equal justice. A Mexican’s life is worth nothing. When a policeman kills someone he gets a suspended sentence or probation. When a Mexican kills a police officer this is what you get. From there you call me a cold-blooded murderer. I didn’t tie anyone to a stretcher. I didn’t pump any poison into anybody’s veins from behind a locked door. You call this justice. I call this and your society a bunch of cold-blooded murderers. I don’t say this with any bitterness or anger. I just say this with truthfulness. I hope God forgives me for all my sins. I hope that God will be as merciful to society as he has been to me. I’m ready, Warden."

-- Henry Porter, 9 July 1985, last statement of Texas prisoner before being executed

The world is a dangerous place...

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

-- Albert Einstein

Nothing is easier than self-deceit.

"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."

-- Demosthenes

Freedom is not a gift

"Freedom is the precondition for acquiring the maturity for freedom, not a gift to be granted when such maturity has been achieved."

-- Immanuel Kant

Life at university...

"Life at university, with its intellectual and inconclusive discussions at a postgraduate level is on the whole a bad training for the real world. Only men of very strong character surmount this handicap."

-- Paul Chambers, American Business Executive, 1904-1981

Life is so unlike theory.

"Life is so unlike theory."

-- Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn, 1869

H. Dubya on Athiests

“No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.”

-- George H. W. Bush
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