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"What a curious work it would be which pointed out all the corrupting ideas of the human mind, of society, of morality, which are to be found either as themes or premises in the most celebrated writings and the most venerated authors; the ideas that propagate religious superstition, the bad political maxims, despotism, the vanity of rank, popular prejudices of every kind. One would see that almost all books are corrupters, and that the best do almost as much harm as good."


"Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind."
   (John Tillotson)


Every institution finally perishes by an excess of its own first principle."
   (Lord Acton)


"There is no rational life, therefore, without intelligence and things are good only in so far as they assist man to enjoy that life of the mind which is determined by intelligence."
   (Benedict Spinoza, The Foundations of Moral Life)

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."      
   (Calvin & Hobbes - a 20th C cartoon-strip)

"I've always felt that a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain sumultaneously."
   (Lisa Alther)

 Original: Mar 26, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top