To believe absurdities…

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“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”  –Voltaire

(Photo credit: Brad W Sutton)


Someplace else…

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“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

–Yogi Berra




Ends and Means…

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“The principle that the ends justify the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals”

–F. A. Hayek

“He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.  It is the means that determine the end.”

–Harry Emerson Fosdick

“An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes.”

–Ayn Rand

“They say ‘means are after all means’.  I would say ‘means are after all everything’.  As the means, so the end.”

–Mohandas Gandhi

“The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.”

–Georges Bernanos


Sorrow and suffering enough…

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“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To build or destroy…

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“To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years.  To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.”

–Winston Churchill





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“Adversity is like a strong wind.  It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”

–Arthur Golden

Union and discord…

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“All your strength is in union, all your danger is in discord.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Doing the impossible…

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“There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and the energy of her citizens cannot cure.”

–Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

–Francis of Assisi


A house divided against itself…

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“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”

–Matthew 12:25  (KJV)


Common sense…

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“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Moral courage…?


“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

–Mark Twain

Never doubt that a small group…

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“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

–Samuel Adams

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

–Margaret Mead