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 Quotes   An few random quotes that I like

Arthur C. Clarke, The Grand Master of Science Fiction "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
  • Arthur C. Clarke (Clarke's First Law)

"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
  • Arthur C. Clarke (Clarke's Second Law)

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
  • Arthur C. Clarke (Clarke's Third Law)

"The first destroyer of the liberties of a people is he who first gave them bounties and largesses."
  • Plutarch

Plutarch, Greek philosopher, biographer and essayist
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American writer, humorist, and journalist "Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
  • Mark Twain

"Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
  • Mark Twain

"We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we invented, which was human liberty."
  • Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
  • Mark Twain

"Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid."
  • G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton, journalist, poet, novelist, playwright, debater, and Catholic apologist
"The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."
  • G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants."
  • Thomas Jefferson

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
  • Thomas Jefferson

"The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart."
  • Thomas Jefferson

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
  • Thomas Jefferson

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
  • Thomas Jefferson

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
  • Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, American editor, printer, and pamphleteer
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
  • Thomas Paine

Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), statesman and patriot "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
  • Barry Goldwater

"I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia. See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia."
  • William Saroyan

William Saroyan, Armenian author and playwright
Dr. Abraham Maslow, behavioral psychologist "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."
  • Abraham Maslow

"The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert A. Heinlein, The Dean of Science Fiction "When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives."
  • Robert A. Heinlein

"What are the facts? Again and again and again -- what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what 'the stars foretell,' avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable 'verdict of history,' -- what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your only clue. Get the facts!"
  • Robert A. Heinlein

"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."
  • Robert A. Heinlein

"The three-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with these three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots."
  • Robert A. Heinlein

"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
  • Robert A. Heinlein

"A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity."
  • Robert A. Heinlein

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