You will never be successful attempting to please everyone.  ~ Victor T. Stephens



"Peace is liberty in tranquility"  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.  ~ Benjamin Rush



Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.  ~ George Bernard Shaw


It is difficult to conceive a more dangerous way of making vital decisions than by entrusting those decisions in the hands of those who, by decision, are morally corrupt or marginally intelligent.  ~ Victor T. Stephens


Demagogue: one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.  ~ H.L  Mencken


My enemy is not the man who wrongs me, but the man who means to wrong me.  ~ Democritus

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for the good men to do nothing.  ~ Edmund Burke



To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it.  ~ Ayn Rand



Beware the fury of a patient man.  ~ John Dryden



He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.  ~ Herman Melville



He who does not bellow out the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars  and forgers.  ~ Charles Peguy

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.  ~ Leo Tolstoy



It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.  ~ Christina, Queen of Sweden



Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else.  ~ Nathaniel Branden



The class of those who have the ability to think their own thoughts is separated by an unbridgeable gulf from the class of those who cannot. 

~ Ludwig von Mises



The strongest man upon Earth is he who stands most alone.  ~ Henrik Ibsen

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.  ~ James Fenimore Cooper



Freedom cannot be experienced when one becomes enslaved by the opinion of others.  ~ Victor T. Stephens



Integrity has no need of rules.  ~ Albert Camus



Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves. ~ Nathaniel Branden



No intelligent man has any respect for an unjust law.  ~ Robert Heinlein

It is the nature of slavery to render its victims so abject that at last, fearing to be free, they multiply their own chains. You can liberate a free man, but you cannot liberate a slave.  ~ Louis J. Halle



Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.  ~ Francois de La Rochefoucald



The right to be let alone is the underlying principle of the Constitution's Bill of Rights.  ~ Erwin N. Griswold



A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business. This minding of other people's business expresses itself in gossip, snooping and meddling, and also in feverish interest in communal, national and racial affairs. In running away from ourselves we either fall on our neighbor's shoulder or fly at his throat. 

~ Erich Fromm



Historically...those who told the truth about a particular regime have been exiled, jailed, or killed by those in power whose fury has been aroused. To be sure, the obvious explanation is that they were dangerous to their respective establishments, and that killing them seemed the best way to protect the status quo. This is true enough, but it does not explain the fact that the truth-sayers are so deeply hated even when they do not constitute a real threat to the established order. The reason lies, I believe, in that by speaking the truth they mobilize the [psychological] resistance of those who repress it. To the latter, the truth is dangerous not only because it can threaten their power but because it shakes their whole conscious system of orientation, deprives them of their rationalizations, and might even force them to act differently. Only those who have experienced the process of becoming aware of important impulses that were repressed know the earthquakelike sense of bewilderment and confusion that occurs as a result. Not all people are willing to risk this adventure, lest of all those people who profit, at least for the moment, from being blind.  ~ Erich Fromm

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