"Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends..."
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (from Elective Affinities)
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
James Madison (from his speech at the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787)
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture. Enjoy, sir, your insensibility of feeling and reflecting. It is the prerogative of animals."
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