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Utopia by Thomas More
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Dec 27, 2016

it was ok
bookshelves: philosophy

The first 1/3rd is heavily quoted and quotable, which is where most readers stop. I skip-read the rest and it's not worthy of comment. Lots of useless details about a fictional "perfect" island nation as if written for anyone who wishes to recreate on of their own. Extremely dull and boring read in the second half.

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Thomas More
“It is also certain that they are much mistaken that think the poverty of a nation is a mean of the public safety.  Who quarrel more than beggars? who does more earnestly long for a change than he that is uneasy in his present circumstances? and who run to create confusions with so desperate a boldness as those who, having nothing to lose, hope to gain by them? ”
Thomas More, Utopia

Thomas More
“It was no ill simile by which Plato set forth the unreasonableness of a philosopher’s meddling with government.  ‘If a man,’ says he, ‘were to see a great company run out every day into the rain and take delight in being wet—if he knew that it would be to no purpose for him to go and persuade them to return to their houses in order to avoid the storm, and that all that could be expected by his going to speak to them would be that he himself should be as wet as they, it would be best for him to keep within doors, and, since he had not influence enough to correct other people’s folly, to take care to preserve himself.’ “Though,”
Thomas More, Utopia

Thomas More
“when I compare with them so many other nations that are still making new laws, and yet can never bring their constitution to a right regulation; where, notwithstanding every one has his property, yet all the laws that they can invent have not the power either to obtain or preserve it, or even to enable men certainly to distinguish what is their own from what is another’s, of which the many lawsuits that every day break out, and are eternally depending, give too plain a demonstration—when,”
Thomas More, Utopia

Thomas More
“that none might factiously aspire to public employments, which ought neither to be sold nor made burdensome by a great expense, since otherwise those that serve in them would be tempted to reimburse themselves by cheats and violence, and it would become necessary to find out rich men for undergoing those employments,”
Thomas More, Utopia

Reading Progress

September 29, 2016 – Started Reading
September 29, 2016 – Shelved
October 20, 2016 –
November 15, 2016 –
December 27, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 12, 2017 – Shelved as: philosophy

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