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"To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it."
"The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog."
"Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities."
"Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God."
"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man."
"All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive."
"When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything."
"If my children wake up on Christmas morning and have someone to thank for putting candy in their stocking, have I no one to thank for putting two feet in mine?"
"Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."
Good & Evil
"Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed."
"When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws."
"Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all."
"Why be something to everybody when you can be everything to somebody?"
"Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline."
"Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
"The simplification of anything is always sensational."
"It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong."
"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."
"All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it."
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