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Quotes for 2009

“There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.” – Thomas Fuller
“A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.” -Goethe
“Life must be something more than dilettante speculation.” Anna Julia Cooper
“The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.” -Solomon Ibn Gabirol

George Orwell

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

Great quote from the man who penned 1984 (he was only a couple of decades off)

How Relevant This Quote is Today, Centuries Later

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities
Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

Quote of the Day/Week/Month or Whenever I Remember to Update It

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. –Thomas Paine

Many Americans forget Paine fell out of favor because he had very strong feelings about the role of church in society.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. – Thomas Paine

Jared Diamond

“History as well as life itself, is complicated; neither life nor history is an enterprise for those who seek simplicity and consistency.”

From Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed