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  • #1
    H.L. Mencken
    “The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.”
    H. L. Mencken

  • #2
    Diogenes Laërtius
    “Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.”
    Diogenes
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  • #3
    Albert Camus
    “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.”
    Albert Camus, Neither Victims Nor Executioners

  • #4
    J. Robert Oppenheimer
    “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
    Robert Oppenheimer

  • #5
    Sigmund Freud
    “All neurotics, and many others besides, take exception to the fact that 'inter urinas et faeces nascimur.”
    Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

  • #6
    Anatole France
    “Without lies, humanity would perish of despair and boredom”
    Anatole France

  • #7
    Anatole France
    “We have never heard the devil's side of the story, God wrote all the book.”
    Anatole France

  • #8
    H.L. Mencken
    “Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
    H. L. Mencken, Minority Report

  • #9
    H.L. Mencken
    “I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believes.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • #10
    H.L. Mencken
    “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • #11
    H.L. Mencken
    “A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • #12
    Abraham Lincoln
    “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #13
    Bertrand Russell
    “Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”
    Bertrand Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World

  • #14
    “Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”
    Marvin Simkin

  • #15
    H.L. Mencken
    “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
    H.L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy

  • #16
    Winston S. Churchill
    “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #17
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
    Leo Tolstoy, A Confession

  • #18
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “He who builds on the people, builds on the mud”
    Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  • #19
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • #20
    H.L. Mencken
    “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
    H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

  • #21
    Ray Bradbury
    “Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you to know with which ear you'll listen.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #22
    Joseph Stalin
    “It doesnt matter how many people vote, only who counts them.”
    Stalin

  • #24
    Joseph Stalin
    “In the Soviet Union, it's takes more courage to retreat than advance.”
    Joseph Stalin

  • #25
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
    Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

  • #26
    George S. Patton Jr.
    “Rommel, you magnificent bastard! I read your book! ”
    George S. Patton Jr.

  • #27
    Joseph Stalin
    “Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don't let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?”
    Joseph Stalin

  • #28
    Joseph Stalin
    “It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.”
    Joseph Stalin

  • #29
    Bruce Feirstein
    “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”
    Bruce Feirstein

  • #30
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    “Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

  • #31
    Derek Landy
    “Embrace your inner lunatic. Fun times guaranteed.”
    Derek Landy, Death Bringer



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