Cranks are a byproduct of free thought and a consequence of liberation from orthodoxies. Michael Malice, The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics (2019), p. 5.
Society is purely and solely a continual series of exchanges. It is never anything else, in any epoch of its duration, from its commencement the most unformed, to its greatest perfection. And this is the greatest eulogy we can give to it, for exchange is an admirable transaction, in which
There is nothing which a prudent man must shun more carefully than living with a view to popularity and giving serious thought to the things esteemed by the multitude, instead of making sound reason his guide of life, so that, even if he must gainsay all men and fall into
There’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands. New York Mayor Bill di Blasio, presidential campaign ad.
We are none of us infallible, not even the youngest of us. William Hepworth Thompson (1819–1886), attributed in Collections and Recollections by George W. E. Russell (1898) and also in Trinity College An Historical Sketch by G.M. Trevelyan (1943).
One thing I hate about the New Deal is that it is killing what, to me, is the American pioneering spirit. I simply do not know what to tell my own boys, leaving school and confronting this new world whose ideal is Security and whose practice is dependence upon government
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. José Ortega y Gasset (May 9, 1883 – October 18, 1955), Man and Crisis (1962), p. 94.
People now have more information, and they are smarter, overall, as a consequence — even in those ways they choose to be dumb. Thomas M. Disch, The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World (1998), p. 226.
Unless this clear distinction between vices and crimes be made and recognized by the laws, there can be on earth no such thing as individual right, liberty, or property; no such things as the right of one man to the control of his own person and property, and the corresponding
Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.
Reform will only be established in the long term to the degree that it passes into the ideas and habits of the majority.
Cowper’s Mahometans ate up the hog while denouncing it as an unclean thing, by judging each piece — as the phrase of the empirical Socialist goes — ‘on its merits.’ So you are being made to swallow Socialism bit by bit.