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"Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate."


"Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to Liberty."
    (Emma Goldman)

"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves."
    (Hazlitt, Political Essays)


"The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed."

"Is life worth living? That is a question for an embryo, not for a man."
    (Samuel Butler II)

"Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament."

"A: One must live with the living.
 B: Not true. One must live with the dead."
   (Chamfort, about which books to read)

"Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death."

"Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life."

"One must not hope to be more than one can be."

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths
In feelings, not in figures on a dial
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most - feels the noblest - acts the best."

"All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know from what you do; that's what I called 'guessing what was at the other side of the hill'"
   (Duke of Wellington)

"Life is action and passion"
   (O.W. Holmes)

"For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought and combined with energy of will."

"To do nothing is in every man's power."
   (Dr. Johnson)


"Love makes everything lovely; hate concentrates itself upon the one thing hated."

"If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty."

"It's a good thing love is blind, otherwise it would see too much."

"People who are sensible about love are incapable of it."
   (D. Yates)

"I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
   (Mae West)

"Perfect love has this advantage in it, that it leaves the possessor of it nothing farther to desire. There is one object (at least) in which the soul finds absolute content, for which it seeks to live, or dares to die."
   (Hazlitt, Liber Amoris)

"There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love."

"When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws. "

"Remove self-love from love, and not much would be left."

"Love, as it exists in society is, is nothing but the exchange between two fantasies and the contact of two skins."


"All sin is a kind of lying."
   (St. Augustine, Against Lying)

"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell big ones."
   (Adolf Htler, Mein Kampf)

"Something therefore always remains and sticks from the most impudent lies, a fact which all bodies and individuals concerned with the art of lying in this world know only too well, and hence they stop at nothing to achieve this end."

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who thell them the truth."
   (H.L. Mencken

"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prejudiced himself for the commission of every other crime."
   (Thomas Paine, Age of Reason)

"There is no lie that many men will not believe; there is no man who does not believe many lies; and there is no man who believes only lies."
   (John Sterling, Essays and Tales)

"A liar needs a good memory."

"He who cannot lie does not know what the truth is."

"Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable."
   (B. Evans)

"The atmosphere of accredited mendacity"
   (Lord Acton)

"A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure."

"It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in it, that doth the hurt."


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