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Jean-Paul Sartre

I am responsible for everything . . . except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world . . . in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged






Vilfredo Pareto

Let us suppose that in a country of thirty million inhabitants it is proposed, under some pretext or other, to get each citizen to pay out one franc a year, and to distribute the total amount amongst thirty persons. Every one of the donors will give up one franc a






Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre

We will freedom for freedom’s sake, in and through particular circumstances. And in thus willing freedom, we discover that it depends entirely upon the freedom of others and that the freedom of others depends upon our own. Obviously, freedom as the definition of a man does not depend upon others,






Mary Shelley

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, detail (above) of a portrait by Richard Rothwell, oil on canvas, first exhibited 1840.






Auberon Herbert

To live in a state of liberty is not to live apart from law. It is, on the contrary, to live under the highest law, the only law that can really profit a man, the law which is consciously and deliberately imposed by himself on himself. Auberon Herbert, The Right






Mary Shelley

All judges had rather that ten innocent should suffer than that one guilty should escape. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Victor Frankenstein of Justine Moritz in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), Ch. 8






Samuel Adams

The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought. Samuel Adams, essay, written under the pseudonym “Candidus,” in The Boston Gazette (October 14, 1771)






Mary Shelley

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos; the materials must, in the first place, be afforded: it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself. . . . Invention consists in the capacity of seizing






Francis Bacon

What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet






Maria Edgeworth

Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget. Maria Edgeworth, “An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification” in Tales and Novels, vol. 1, p. 213.






Epicurus

The just person enjoys the greatest peace of mind, while the unjust is full of the utmost disquietude. Epicurus, Principal Doctrines, 17






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