Altruism and Cynicism
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When the government fears the people, we have liberty. When the people fear the government, we have tyranny.
We should forgive our enemies, but only after they've been taken out and shot.
There are two reasons for doing something: a really good reason and the real reason.
The Golden Rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.
Tact is the ability to tell a man he has an open mind when he has a hole in his head.
Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.
When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity.
The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.
Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
A reasonable man adapts himself to suit his environment. An unreasonable man persists in attempting to adapt his environment to suit himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.