My Quote Collection

This is a post that will be refreshed on a semi-frequent basis. Its a list of quotes that I dig. Some are funny, others will be thought-provoking, and many will be inflammatory or controversial depending on where you fall on the philosophical / political spectrum. Anyway, check back for more later. If you care to.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.Plato
If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.Carl Sagan
The law is no substitute for morality.Edward Snowden
Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones.John Lennon
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.Thomas Sowell
It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.Hans F. Hansen
What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.Henry David Thoreau
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.Albert Camus
Sometime you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.Dr. Seuss
When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.Dresden James
Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.Penn Jillette
Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.Tim Minchin
If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.Albert Einstein
There are three questions that will destroy most of the arguments on the left: 1. Compared to what? 2. At what cost? 3. What hard evidence do you have?Thomas Sowell
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 Heinlein
The politician dispenses wealth which other men have produced, and we say he is “compassionate,” while the businessman who produces the wealth is dismissed as ‘greedy’ and ‘materialistic.R.W. Grant
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.Carl Sagan
Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.Frank Zappa
In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.”Robert Higgs
I think the trouble with being a critical thinker or an atheist, or a humanist is that you’re right. And it’s quite hard being right in the face of people who are wrong without sounding like a fuckwit. People go “Do you think the vast majority of the world is wrong?” Well, yes. I don’t know how to say that nicely, but yes.Tim Minchin
‘Who will build the roads?’ is the question that belongs at the top of every libertarian drinking game. If we didn’t have forced labour, the argument runs, there would be no roads. There’d be a Sears store over there, and your house over there, and everyone involved would just be standing there scratching their heads.Tom Woods
The lack of understanding of something is not evidence for god. It’s evidence of a lack of understanding.Lawrence Krauss
The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.Aldous Huxley
The creator of the universe went to great trouble to create the foreskin. Then insisted you cut if off. Makes sense.Richard Dawkins
This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem, and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem.Joe Rogan
Every tyrant of the 20th century took two things they fear the most from the populace – guns and gold.Andrew Napolitano
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.Gerry Spence
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.JFK
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.Benjamin Franklin
I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.Will Rogers
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.Denis Diderot
Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly ‘reforming’ their own handiwork? Education reform. Health care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they’re always busy ‘reforming’ is an implicit admission that they didn’t get it right the first 50 times.Lawrence Reed
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather a tireless, irate minority keen to set the brushfires in the minds of men.Samuel Adams
The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.Tacitus - Roman Senator
The mark of service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the U.S.Julian Assange
Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.Howard Zinn
Would you ever send your kid to be punished for all eternity for not worshipping you? Then why get parenting tips from God?Christopher Andrews
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.Seneca the Younger
He that will not reason is a bigot. He that cannot reason is a fool. He that dares not reason is a slave.William Drummond
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Leonardo da Vinci
School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need society as it is.Ivan Illich
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.Bantu Stephen Biko
Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense.Robert A. Heinlein
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.’Issac Asimov
Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.Edward Abbey
The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own.Frank Zappa
You were born free. You got fucked out of half of it and you wave a flag celebrating it.Doug Stanhope
If all the atheists and agnostics left America, they’d lose 93% of The National Academy of Sciences and less than 1% of the prison population.Ricky Gervais
Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world, and you will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.David Hume
Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.Alejandro Jodorowski
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all: it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.H.L. Mencken
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.Denis Diderot
I broke my finger punching Piers Morgan in the face. You’re welcome.Jeremy Clarkson
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.Milton Friedman
All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath – so what does that make today worth?Og Mandino
Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.Chapman Cohen
Doubt – because doubt is not a sin, it is a sign of your intelligence. You are not responsible to any nation, to any church, to any god. You are responsible only for one thing, and that is self knowledge.Osho
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.Jim Morrison
You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.Morpheus
Religion does three things effectively: divides people, controls people, and deludes people.Mary Alice McKinney
Only people who are without guts, who have no spine to their being can follow the priests and the politicians, the demagogues, the people who have vested interests in the establishment. But if you have any intelligence then you will be a rebel.Osho
Let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you – and why?Walter E. Williams
Religious people claim that it’s just the ‘fundamentalists’ of each religion that cause problems. There’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.David G. McAfee
God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.Neil deGrasse Tyson
Democracy? I want nothing to do with a system which operates on the premise that my rights don’t exist simply because I am outnumbered.R. Lee Wrights
I think very fundamental to being Libertarian is not having a social agenda. I accept who you are and the life that you live as long as your life does not adversely affect mine.Gary Johnson
Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.Edward Abbey
I have concluded through careful empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me, keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought, giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I’m capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think, and they still love me. And I’ve concluded, after careful consideration, that this person keeping score is ME.Adam Savage
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.Thomas Jefferson
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma– which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.Steve Jobs
Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman’s tool is values; the bureaucrat’s tool is fear.Ayn Rand
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.Carl Sagan
As an atheist, having a Christian threaten me with hell is like having a hippy threaten to punch me in my aura.Josh Thomas
I don’t want to believe, I want to know.Carl Sagan
Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.Mark Twain
Opinions don’t affect facts. But facts should affect opinions, and do, if you’re rational.Ricky Gervais
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.Frederic Bastiat
It starts out messed up in the beginning in the Book of Genesis. It says: “In the beginning there was Adam and Eve, and Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. And Cain and Abel got married…To who?!? Where did these mystery bitches come from?Eddie Griffin
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say break the law.Henry David Thoreau
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.Thomas Sowell
I do not believe it’s proper to put the situation as “Industrialists vs. Government.” On the contrary, one of the reasons I’m in favor of less government is because when you have more government, industrialists take it over and the two together form a coalition against the ordinary worker and the ordinary consumer. I think business is a wonderful institution provided it has to face competition in the marketplace and it can’t get away with something except by producing a better product at lower cost.Milton Friedman
‘If you vote, you have no right to complain.’ Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain.George Carlin
If socialists understood economics, they wouldn’t be socialists.Friedrich Von Hayek
When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar. You’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.Tyrion Lannister
The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.Paul Farmer
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.George Orwell
Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.Ludwig von Mises
This is how the con is run. The voters are offered a faux choice every few years and then its supposed opposite a few years later. But while Frontmen are shuffled, nothing actually changes, except the relentless forward march toward unlimited, omnipotent government and officialized lawlessness.Eric Peters
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.Milton Friedman
Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.H.L. Mencken

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