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John Tyler

Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality. U.S. President John Tyler, first annual message to Congress (June 1, 1841).

George Santayana

It is not society’s fault that most men seem to miss their vocation. Most men have no vocation. . . . Reason in Society, Chapter IV (The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906)

Benjamin Franklin

The first Degree of Folly, is to conceit one’s self wise; the second to profess it; the third to despise Counsel. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack (1744)

Utnapishtim

Punish the one who commits the crime;Punish the evildoer alone. Ea to Enlil, as related by Utnapishtim in Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sîn-leqi-unninnī version by John Gardner and John Maier (1984), Tablet XI, Column iv. Pictured above: Babylonian Gilgamesh Tablet, British Museum

Robert Nozick

From the beginnings of recorded thought, intellectuals have told us their activity is most valuable. Plato valued the rational faculty above courage and the appetites and deemed that philosophers should rule; Aristotle held that intellectual contemplation was the highest activity. It is not surprising that surviving texts record this high

H. L. Mencken

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true! H. L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series (1919)

Robert Nozick

Though not part of the official curricula, in the schools the intellectuals learned the lessons of their own greater value in comparison with the others, and of how this greater value entitled them to greater rewards. The wider market society, however, taught a different lesson. There the greatest rewards did

H. L. Mencken

All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else. H. L. Mencken, Prejudices: First Series (1919), Ch. 13

Matt Taibbi

Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences “disappointed,” as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news.  Openly using such language has, all along, been an indictment. Imagine how tone-deaf you’d have to be to not realize it

John Adams

When people talk of the Freedom of Writing, Speaking, or thinking, I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. John

Denis Diderot

Aucun homme n’a recu de la nature le droit de commander aux autres. La liberté est un présent du ciel, et chaque individu de la meme espèce a le droit d’en jouir aussitòt qu’il jouit de la raison. No man has received from nature the right to give orders to

Herbert Spencer

A stronger affection to be displayed by child for parent in later life, must be established by a closer intimacy between parent and child in early life. . . . When the minds of children are no longer stunted and deformed by the mechanical lessons of stupid teachers — when instruction, instead of

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