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              More of Johnny Reb's favorite Quotes

bulletEducation is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. - Will Durant
bulletThe only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. . .Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.  – John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty”
bulletEducation is the process of moving from cocksure certainty to thoughtful skepticism. - My Maxim
bulletPeople in groups tend to agree on courses of action which, as individuals, they know are stupid. - Unknown
bulletThose who can't teach - administrate. Those who can't administrate - go into politics. - H. L. Mencken
bulletFaith may be defined briefly as the illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable - H. L. Mencken
bulletTheology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing- H. L Mencken
bulletFollowing the path of least resistance is what makes men and rivers crooked. - Unknown
bulletHonesty is the best policy - there's less competition. - Unknown
bulletNever underestimate the power of human stupidity. - Unknown
bulletSuccess is just a matter of luck - ask any failure. - Unknown
bulletWhen policy fails, try thinking. - Unknown (Administrators take note of this gem)
bulletThe masses are the opium of religion. - Karl Marx's Corollary
bulletBorn losers are those who lose in their fantasies. - Unknown
bulletNever argue with a fool in public since the audience rarely knows the difference. - Unknown
bulletIf you were not reasoned into your beliefs, you cannot be reasoned out of them. - Jonathan Swift
bulletA bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you. - Bert Leston Taylor
bulletUnder capitalism, man exploits man - under communism the reverse is true. - Unknown
bulletChristianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. - George Bernard Shaw (This reminds me of Nietzsche's famous quote: "The last Christian died on the cross")
bulletGoing to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going into a garage makes you a car. - Unknown
bulletWhat men value in this world is not rights but privileges. - H. L. Mencken
bulletA cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. - Oscar Wilde
bulletNo one speaks more of free enterprise, competition and survival of the fittest than the man who has just inherited the family fortune. - Unknown     (When a man tells you he got rich through hard work, ask him whose?)
bulletIf ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people. - Unknown
bulletI don't want to achieve immortality through my work - I want to achieve it through not dying. - Woody Allen
bulletA jury is composed of twelve men of average ignorance. - Robert Frost
bulletThe superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what sells. - Confucius
bulletThe men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest the most vehemently are those who try to tell them the truth. - H. L. Mencken
bulletAn atheist is someone with no invisible means of support. Atheism: a non-prophet association. - Unknown
bulletChrist died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? - Jules Feiffer
bulletGreat minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. - Unknown
bulletBach almost persuades me to become a Christian. - Roger Fry
bulletFew people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudice of their social environment. - Albert Einstein
bulletThe optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true. - James Branch Cabell
bulletYou can make a better living in the world as a soothsayer than a truthsayer. - G. C. Litchenberg  (The market for astrologers, psychics and crystal ball gazers is better than it is for philosophers)
bulletLife has meaning for anyone who takes an interest in it. - Sidney Hook
bulletAnyone who has begun to think clearly places some portion of the world in jeopardy. - John Dewey
bulletThe measure of a man is what he does with power. - Pittacus
bulletPeople who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them. Eric Hoffer
bulletGiven a thimble full of facts we rush to make generalizations as large as a tub. - Gordon Allport
bulletIt is easier to fight for one's principles than it is to live by them. - Alfred Adler
bulletThere's a mighty big difference between reasons that sound good and good sound reasons. - Burton Hillis
bulletMost of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for continuing to believe as we already do. - James Harvey Robinson
bulletMen fear silence as they fear solitude, because both give them a glimpse of the terror of life's nothingness. - Andre Maorois
bulletThere is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking. - Joshua Reynolds
bulletWhen all men think alike, no one thinks very much. - Walter Lippmann
bulletThere are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be honest and virtuous. - Aristotle  (Most administrative and managerial jobs qualify here)
bulletIn a time of war the first casualty is the truth. - Boake Carter
bulletWe can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Lois D. Bradeis
bulletIf you want to get rich by writing, write the sort of material that's read by people who move their lips while reading to themselves. - Don Marquis
bulletAs long as the mind clings to belief, it is held in a prison. - J. Krishnamurti
bulletWe judge others by their actions, but we judge ourselves by our motives. - Adlai Stevenson
bulletWhat a man had rather be true, that he more readily believes. - Francis Bacon
bulletThe opposite of knowledge is not ignorance, but deceit and fraud. - Jean Baudrillard
bulletWhen a person has a delusion it is called a psychosis; when several people share the same delusion, it is called a religion. - Owen Fauvel

           As the reader can see I am partial to H.L. Mencken  Check out these links for more: HLM1, HLM2


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