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Don't reject pearls from swine.
Edward D. Thompson
Human Happiness: The only kind there is

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“The environment” is the most ingenious cover story for Big Government ever devised. You float a rumour that George W. Bush is checking up on what library books you’re reading, and everyone goes bananas. But announce that a government monitoring device has been placed in every citizen’s trash can in the cause of “saving the planet,” and the world loves you.
Mark Steyn
Gullible eager-beaver planet savers

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No government ever reduces itself in size. So government programs once launched never disappear. Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this Earth
Ronald Reagan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt1fYSAChxs

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One may tolerate a world of demons - for the sake of an angel.
"Madame de Pompadour" as a character in Doctor Who
Season 2, Episode 4, The Girl in the Fireplace

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Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated [his czars] more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama didn't know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House?
Thomas Sowell
Dismantling America

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'Crime is easier than calculus.'
Fred Bartlett
(scare quotes in the original)

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Belief is not a matter of choice, but of conviction.
Jedi Saying
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Season 1 Episode 2

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The “libertarians” . . . plagiarize Ayn Rand’s principle that no man may initiate the use of physical force, and treat it as a mystically revealed, out-of-context absolute . . . . In the philosophical battle for a free society, the one crucial connection to be upheld is that between capitalism and reason. The religious conservatives are seeking to tie capitalism to mysticism; the “libertarians” are tying capitalism to the whim-worshipping subjectivism and chaos of anarchy. To cooperate with either group is to betray capitalism, reason, and one’s own future.
Harry Binswanger
The Objectivist Forum, Aug. 1981, p 12.

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings,
so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
Socrates

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Americans voted for change at the last election. They didn't vote for surrender.
Pat Condell
Wake Up, America

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Ask the Norwegians who pick the Nobel Peace Prize recipient this question: “Which part of Europe are you from? The part whose butt we saved or the part whose butt we kicked?” They’d have to answer the former but only reluctantly because their answer would open a discussion about the ideology behind their bizarre choice of President Barack Obama as the 2009 prize winner.
Ed Hudgins
The Nobel War-is-Peace Prize

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...if America today could operate fully secure from a national security standpoint with today's defense spending ratio (about 5% of national income...) and without social [spending], then today's federal government total spending would be but 10% of the economy's national income instead of 150% higher at 26% of the economy. That would amount to federal spending of about $1.1 trillion, instead of today's spending total of $2.8 Trillion, a cut of $1.7 trillion equivalent to $5,686 per man, woman and child.
Michael Hodges
Grandfather Economic Report series

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The sports media elicited comments from a handful of players, none of whom I can recall ever meeting. Among other things, at least one said he would never play for a team I was involved in given my racial views. My racial views? You mean, my belief in a colorblind society where every individual is treated as a precious human being without regard to his race? Where football players should earn as much as they can and keep as much as they can, regardless of race? Those controversial racial views?
Rush Limbaugh
The Race Card, Football and Me

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"We simply disagree that he has done nothing, He got the prize for what he has done."
Thorbjoern Jagland
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091013/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nobel_peace_obama

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You're skinny and in a hurry and in love with a nice lady, but so is Lindsay Lohan. And just like Lindsay, we see your name in the paper a lot but we're kind of wondering when you're actually going to do something.
Bill Maher
Advice to President Obama

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Peace is not more important than justice, and until those who desire peace realize that, there will be no world peace. Peace without Justice is nothing more than a well run prison camp, it is only to the extent which individuals and nations reward the just and punish the unjust that they are peaceful.
Michael F Dickey

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In a 1968 introduction to The Fountainhead, Rand was forthright about the religious energies that pulsed through her work. She described the book's Nietzschean roots and registered both her disagreement with the German philosopher and her desire to convey his exalted sense of life in her novel. Rand argued, "Religion's monopoly in the field of ethics has made it extremely difficult to communicate the emotional meaning and connotations of a rational view of life." According to Rand, the primary emotions that religion had usurped were exaltation, worship, reverence, and a sense of the sacred. She maintained that these emotions were not supernatural in origin, but were "the entire emotional realm of man's dedication to a moral ideal." It was these emotions she wanted to stir with The Fountainhead, "without the self-abasement required by religious definitions." Rand intended her books to be a sort of scripture, and for all her emphasis on reason it is the emotional and psychological sides of her novels that make them timeless. Reports of Ayn Rand's death are greatly exaggerated. For many years to come she is likely to remain what she has always been, a fertile touchstone of the American imagination.
Jennifer Burns
Goddess of the Market, pp285-286, as quoted by Ellen Stuttle

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Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends... ...when millions are slaughtered, when torture is practiced, starvation enforced, oppression made a policy, as at present over a large part of the world, and as it has often been in the past, it must be at the behest of very many good people, and even by their direct action, for what they consider a worthy object.
Isabel Paterson
The God of the Machine

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A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state.
Isabel Paterson

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The great body of literature and of information handed down in books actually comprises the world we have lived in, both mentally and physically. Every one who lives in this country lives in books; and that would be true even of an illiterate person. He is living in books he has never read.
Isabel Paterson
Stephen Cox, Review of Anne Heller

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[W]e live in a real world, not a virtual world.
Nicolas Sarkozy
Krauthammer quotes Sarkozy at the UN criticizing Obama's feckless stance on Iranian nukes

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No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
U.S. Constitution
Article I, Section 10

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A bill of attainder, is a legislative act which inflicts punishment without judicial trial and includes any legislative act which takes away the life, liberty or property of a particular named or easily ascertainable person or group of persons because the legislature thinks them guilty of conduct which deserves punishment.
U.S. Supreme Court
Cummings vs. Missouri, 1867

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But who made your life complicated? You did, of course. It wasn't society, the economic system, the people you consider to be nuisances, your parents, or anyone else. Every complication in your life today is the result of something you've allowed to happen. You initiated it, or you consented to it, or you've allowed it to continue. You are where you are today because you've chosen to be there. And you can choose not to be there.
Harry Browne
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World

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The law is a ass
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Oliver Twist

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I quit smoking so I don't even have a lighter to set crosses on fire.
P. J. O'Rourke
Outsourcing Hate

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The sadness of evil men is that they believe no truth that does not paint the world in their colours.
Eric Ambler
"The Schirmer Inheritance," Vintage (2003), ISBN 0375726764

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The Objectivist movement would be much larger if its leading intellectuals and think tanks had ever heard of a man named Gutenberg.
Philip Coates
On Nathaniel Branden's The Basic Principles of Objectivism and the necessity of publishing books, not tapes

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Our Obama, who art in D.C., Hallowed be thy Name. Thine Acorn come, Thy will be done, in America as it is in Venezuela. Give us this day our daily speech, And forgive us our whiteness, as we forgive those that murder our citizens, And lead us not into capitalism, But deliver us from freedom. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever
Anonymous

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If you are confused by the first nine months of the Obama administration, take solace that there is at least a pattern. The president, you see, thinks America is a university and that he is our campus president. Keep that in mind, and almost everything else makes sense.
Victor Davis Hanson
National Review

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Six months ago, Obama's approval rating was 70 percent. Does Carter think that number has sunk to 50 percent because tens of millions of Americans suddenly discovered Obama was black? ... The destructiveness of what Carter has done is hard to exaggerate. ...if we don't have a black president after 2012, much credit should go to the mean little peanut farmer from Plains.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Race and Stupidity

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Since nature does not guarantee automatic security, success and survival to any human being, it is only the dictatorial presumptuousness and the moral cannibalism of the altruist-collectivist code that permits a man to suppose (or idly to daydream) that he can somehow guarantee such security to some men at the expense of others.
Ayn Rand
VOS "Collectivized Ethics," p.104

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On the 233rd day of his presidency, Barack Obama grabbed the country's lapels for the 263rd time—that was, as of last Wednesday, the count of his speeches, press conferences, town halls, interviews, and other public remarks. His speech to Congress was the 122nd time he had publicly discussed health care. Just 14 hours would pass before the 123rd, on Thursday morning. His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says.
George Will
Why No One Believes Obama

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Now, there is a certain class of sophisticated modern theologian who will say something like this: "Good heavens, of course we are not so naive or simplistic as to care whether God exists. Existence is such a 19th-century preoccupation! It doesn't matter whether God exists in a scientific sense. What matters is whether he exists for you or for me. If God is real for you, who cares whether science has made him redundant? Such arrogance! Such elitism." Well, if that's what floats your canoe, you'll be paddling it up a very lonely creek. The mainstream belief of the world's peoples is very clear. They believe in God, and that means they believe he exists in objective reality, just as surely as the Rock of Gibraltar exists. If sophisticated theologians or postmodern relativists think they are rescuing God from the redundancy scrap-heap by downplaying the importance of existence, they should think again. Tell the congregation of a church or mosque that existence is too vulgar an attribute to fasten onto their God, and they will brand you an atheist. They'll be right.
Richard Dawkins
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203440104574405030643556324.html

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It is morally acceptable to allow one's neighbors to die because they cannot afford medical care, and it is morally acceptable to allow one's neighbors to go broke because they get sick. If you agree, please post this as your status for as long as you like. Health care is NOT and should NOT be a right or an entitlement!
Luke Setzer
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Well, that shining moment in politics has ended. Wilson has already started the "I'm sorry for for my uncharacteristic honesty and passion." rounds. It was a great moment though. I do wish that it had been over something a little more relevant than immigration. I guess I should just be happy BO didnt declare a state of emergency and shut down the net.
Ryan Keith Roper
You lie!

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Our objections to the Democrats’ health care proposals are not mere “bickering” or “games.” They are not an attempt to “score short term political points.” And it’s hard to listen to the President lecture us not to use “scare tactics” when in the next breath he says that “more will die” if his proposals do not pass.
Sarah Palin
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You lie.
South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson
Outburst at President Obama's Health Care Address to Congress

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"We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that -- if you quit on school -- you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country." . . . If the adults won’t listen, go after the kids. Can you think of a better way to inculcate the character of totalitarian servitude and obeisance in children than this speech?
Edward Cline
Barack Obama: Seducer of the Young

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Critics say that greed is the driving force of capitalism. My answer is that envy is the driving force of socialism.
Svetlana Kunin
http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=336952385266203

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Any self-respecting schoolkid, enjoined by his principal to be a "servant" to the head of state, would reply, "Get lost, creep." And, if they still taught history in American schools, he'd add, "Oh, and by the way, that question was settled in 1776."
Mark Steyn
Obama 'Outreach' To School Kids Feels More Like Personality Cult

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Can you imagine the press running an article in 1939 saying that Hitler, speaking from Moscow, approves of FDR's decision not to allow increased immigration of Jews from Europe and hopes that FDR keeps his promise to turn back refugees? Without comment. With a straight face?
Ted Keer
http://rebirthofreason.com/Forum/NewsDiscussions/2549.shtml#0

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But the great mass of Americans, the big center, will, I strongly suspect, not be listening. Mr. Obama has grown boring. And it's not Solid Boring, which is fine in a president and may be good. It's sort of Faux Eloquent Boring, especially on health care. The president likely doesn't know this, and his people won't have told him because they don't know it either, but Mr. Obama always has the same sound, approach, logic, tone, modulation. He always has the same stance. There's no humor or humility in it. News is surprise, and he never makes news.
Peggy Noonan
Coruscating on Thin Ice

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There are things you can do to be free, and if you turn your attention to those things, no one will stand in your way. But when you become preoccupied with those who are blocking you, you overlook the many alternatives you could use to bypass them.
Harry Browne
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World

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Everyone likes penthouses, so why not have a building in which every apartment is a penthouse?
Ann Coulter
Liberal Lies About National Healthcare

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The fundamental issue here is not the proper role of government; it is the proper concept of rights.
William Dwyer
http://rebirthofreason.com/Forum/NewsDiscussions/2540.shtml#4

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You can't make an omelet without breaking chicks.
Mark Steyn
Things only a Kennedy could get away with

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The consensus appears to be that creationism — the belief in a managed process with an omniscient authority — is the only way to achieve successful outcomes. There is general agreement that the natural operation of the market is inadequate, and that a better outcome can be achieved through the wisdom and activity of governments and regulators. This creationist approach is similiar to the industrial planning which went out of fashion in other sectors in the 1970s. It failed then. It’s failing now
James Murdoch
2009 MacTaggart Lecture

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Still, even for a demographic doom-monger such as myself, you could hardly ask for a more poignant fin de civilisation image than a stampede of broody lesbians stymied only by defective semen, like some strange dystopian collaboration between Robert Heinlein and Russ Meyer set in a world divided into muff divers and duff donors.
Mark Steyn
Notice Anything Shriveling?

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