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A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
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Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
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I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
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If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh.
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Learn as much by writing as by reading.
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Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
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Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
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Machiavelli's teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith.
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Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
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Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
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Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
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The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
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The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
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The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
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The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the party that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections.
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There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
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To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
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