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H. L. Mencken

Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.

Thomas Reid

Every man feels that perception gives him an invincible belief of the existence of that which he perceives; and that this belief is not the effect of reasoning, but the immediate consequence of perception. When philosophers have wearied themselves and their readers with their speculations upon this subject, they can

Albert Jay Nock

Every government that has cheapened its currency has been knavishly false to a trust; so have those which, like ours, use public funds to subsidize large-scale gambling and swindling.

Thomas Reid

There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words.

Immanuel Kant

Freedom is the alone unoriginated birthright of man, and belongs to him by force of his humanity. . . .

Francis Scott Key

“Defence of Fort M’Henry”* O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,Gave proof

Mary Ann Evans

It is doubtful whether our soldiers would be maintained if there were not pacific people at home who like to fancy themselves soldiers. War, like other dramatic spectacles, might possibly cease for want of a “public.” Mary Ann Evans (1819–1880), writing as George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)

Samuel Adams

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.

James Madison

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the

September 11

The date is known for some famous and not-so-famous wars and massacres and atrocities. So maybe, for once, we recognize some birthdays . . . literary: Juhani Aho, originally Johannes Brofeldt (1861 – August 8, 1921), Finnish author and journalist. “It’s having hope which requires having guts. So wear your heart on

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.

Mary Ann Evans

It’s but little good you’ll do a-watering the last year’s crop. Mary Ann Evans (1819–1880), writing as George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859)

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