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"The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism." Pride 5.0 avg (3 votes)
"Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?" Marriage 5.0 avg (11 votes)
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." Democracy 5.0 avg (10 votes)
"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it." Miscellaneous 5.0 avg (2 votes)
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (9 votes)
"Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one." Freedom 4.9 avg (8 votes)
"The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (6 votes)
"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking." Morality 4.8 avg (6 votes)
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (16 votes)
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right." Democracy 4.8 avg (5 votes)
"The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety." Fear 4.8 avg (14 votes)
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." America 4.8 avg (68 votes)
"Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them." War & Peace 4.8 avg (4 votes)
"Puritanism - the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." Anti-Religion 4.7 avg (42 votes)
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good." Voting 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Every government is a scoundrel." Government 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop." Love, War & Peace 4.6 avg (51 votes)
"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." Love 4.5 avg (20 votes)
"A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers." Laws 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." Freedom, Laws 4.5 avg (8 votes)

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