Those who can give up essential liberty to purchase a little
temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that
determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics
can change a culture and save it from itself.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
2. Quotations on Life
This is the seal of the absolute and sublime destiny of man –
that he knows what is good and what is evil; that his destiny is his very
ability to will either good or evil.
-George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Philosophy of History
Always treat others as you would like them to treat you. This is the
teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell.
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12)
Living Bible Paraphrase by Tyndale
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, there
arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, there
arises the recognition of evil.
The Way of Lao-tzu I
The people’s good is the highest law.
Marcus Tullius Ciciro
De Legibus, III
Tsze-Kung asked, saying “Is there one word which may serve as the rule of
practice for all on one’s life” The Master said, “Is not reciprocity such as
word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
This is the noble Eightfold way: Namely right view, right
intention, right speech, right action, self livelihood, right effort, right
mindfulness, right concentration. This monks, is a Middle Path, of which the
Taghagata (the Buddha) has gained enlightenment, which provides insight and
knowledge, and tends to calm, to higher knowledge, enlightenment, Nirvana.
-Buddha (Siddhartha Butama) The Sermon at Benares
Wealth and children are the adornment of this present life: but
good works, which are lasting are better in the sight of thy Lord as to
recompense, and better as to hope
I do not understand how someone can elevate himself by
suppressing or denigrating another
Understanding is knowing what to do; wisdom is knowing what to
do next; virtue is actually doing it.