Quotes for a Sunday evening

October 31, 2010 | By | Reply More

I’ve really been stretched this weekend. One big distraction is upgrading the family’s main computer from Windows XP to Windows 7. The new product is well-rated, but the upgrade can take many (as in more than 12) hours. I’m working on many ideas, but I haven’t had a chance to write them up yet. Therefore, I will turn once again to the terrific quote collection of on of our readers, Mike Baker:

“Do not save your loving speeches, For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones, Speak them rather now instead.” Anna Cummins

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“He who is greedy is always in want.”
~ Horace

“The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference.”
~ British historian Ian Kershaw

“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear—fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.”
~ H. L. Mencken, American journalist and humorist (1880-1956)

“With numbing regularity good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe. Men who are in everyday life responsible and decent were seduced by the trappings of authority, by the control of their perceptions, and by the uncritical acceptance of the experimenter’s definition of the situation, into performing harsh acts. A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority.”
~ Stanley Milgram , 1965

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.”
~Daniel Boorstin

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
~ Galileo Italian astronomer & physicist (1564 – 1642)

“Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgment upon anything new.
~ Galileo

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
~ Bertrand Russell

“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counter-intuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”
~ Carl Sagan – Wonder and Skepticism, Skeptical Enquirer 1995

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ~ Mark Twain

“Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws.”
~ Mayer Amschell Bauer, the Godfather of the Rothschild Banking Cartel of Europe. (The U.S. Congress gave him and fellow international Bankers complete control of the U.S. monetary system through passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the Income Tax Act, and the 17th Amendment in 1913). They also control the World Bank and the I.M.F.

“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
~ Louis D. Brandeis

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
–Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd President, remarks in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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