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Edward Snowden

I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.






Jean Sibelius

If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances.






George Bernard Shaw

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read.

Euripides

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. Euripides, Bacchæ l. 480






John Milton

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.






Ubi libertas

Where liberty dwells, there is my country. H.L. Mencken attributed this popular statement to Benjamin Franklin, written in a March 14, 1783 letter to Benjamin Vaughan. That letter, however, has not been located. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations notes this was the motto of James Otis (Latin: Ubi libertas, ibi patria; the






Baruch Spinoza

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.






Euripides

This is true liberty, when free-born men, Having to advise the public, may speak free, Which he who can, and will, deserves high praise; Who neither can, nor will, may hold his peace: What can be juster in a state than this? Euripides, The Suppliant Women (c. 420-415 BC), as






John Milton

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.

Vladimir Nabokov

Literature was not born the day when a boy crying ‘wolf, wolf’ came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying ]wolf, wolf’ and there was no wolf behind him.






Richard Brookhiser

Washington was worthy of honor because the last thing he had done with power was to resign it. Others grasped it, even abroad. George III said his retirement from the presidency, coupled with his resignation as Commander in Chief fourteen years earlier, “placed him in a light the most distinguished






Tom@HK - http://www.flickr.com/photos/gracewong/2175595214/sizes/o/ Statue of Lao Tzu (Laozi) in Quanzhou

Lao Tzu

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled,






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