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There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
The soft bigotry of low expectations . . .
Conquest's Law: Everyone is a reactionary about subjects he understands. (Alternatively, "Everyone is a conservative in his own field of expertise").
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
In reading, observe the course of your thoughts rather than of your books. Sometimes your reading will give occasion to a thought, not connected with the subject which your book treats of; and in such a case, drop the course of your reading, and follow the course of the thought that has been started.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Reason—the Devil's harlot.
Reason is and ought to be the slave of the passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
A man cannot be reasoned out of a position he did not reason himself into.
It is the first care of a reformer to prevent any future reformation.
A reformer should be exempt from the suspicion of interest, and he must possess the confidence and esteem of those whom he proposes to reclaim.
It generally troubles them [the reformers] not a whit that their remedy implies a complete reconstruction of society, or even a reconstitution of human nature.
[Experience] seems to shew that law can never regulate them [wages] properly, though it has often pretended to do so.
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with 10,000 people. The hardest is with one.
The Sting of a Reproach, is the Truth of it.
The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then gets elected and proves it.
"Moderate" Republicans such as Arnold Schwarzenegger like to boast that they're fiscal conservatives and social liberals. But the social liberalism always ends up burying the fiscal conservatism.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.
Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.
I will this day try to live a simple, sincere, and serene life; repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a child-like trust in God.
It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.
We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
Son, you came in the house yesterday with shit on your hands. Human shit. I don't know how that happened, but if someone has shit on their hands, it's an indicator that maybe the whole responsibility thing isn't for them.
Would you live with ease, Do what you ought, not what you please.
The revenge of a guilty woman is implacable . . .
Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge—and has to content oneself with dreaming.
Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war . . .
All gentle cant and philosophizing to the contrary notwithstanding, no people in this world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed, must begin in blood.
The fact is, that there is no right whatever inherited by man which has not an equivalent and corresponding duty by the side of it, as the price of it. . . . Something for nothing is not to be found on earth.
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Pearls before swine
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they're going to light the bottom, and doesn't get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation.
The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and as soon as time or accident had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight.
[Instead] of inquiring why the Roman empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long.
Ignorant of the arts of luxury, the primitive Romans had improved the science of government and war . . .
Routine is supposed to be the great deadener of souls; how much worse is the half-completed task, the broken round, the unfulfilled routine?
When the Quaker Penn kept his hat on in the royal presence, Charles (King Charles II) politely removed his, explaining that it was the custom in that place for only one person at a time to remain covered.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.
Nobody wants to intervene in Russian affairs. Russia is a very large country, a very old country, a very disagreeable country inhabited by immense numbers of ignorant people largely possessed of lethal weapons and in a state of extreme disorder. Also Russia is a long way off.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Both Moscow and [Kiev], the modern and the ancient capitals, were reduced to ashes [by the Tartars]; a temporary ruin, less fatal than the deep, and perhaps indelible, mark, which a servitude of two hundred years has imprinted on the character of the Russians.
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