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 Mark Twain wrote "the chance reading of a book or of a para-
 graph in a newspaper, can start a man on a new track and
 make him renounce his old associations and seek new ones
 that are in sympathy with his new idea; and the results for
 that man, can be an entire change of his way of life."

 In his book George Seldes tells of his father.  His dad
 worked six days a week and had Sundays off.  One day in 1886
 he stumbled upon a parade for the canadidate for mayor of
 New York City.  The candidate, Henry George, expounded in
 a speech the concept of a Single Tax.  His father immed-
 iately offered his services on Sunday, his only free day,
 at George's headquarters.  He named his unborn son Henry
 George Seldes in tribute to the politician.  Our author
 was forced by his Chicago Tribune chief to drop the "Henry".

 George Seldes writes "One of the real purposes of this
 collection is to recall to the reader one or more of the
 great thoughts he or she found in the great books years
 and years ago, and to stir the reader's imagination to the
 point of finding the book in the library and reading it
 again."  To this end George Seldes devoted over fifty
 years of his life writing 'The Great Quotations' and 'The
 Great Thoughts'.  It should be noted that when Mr. Seldes
 says 'Great', he does not mean 'Good'.  Many 'Evil' thoughts
 have had a major impact in our history.

 Bertrand Russell wrote "Men fear thought as they fear nothing
 else on earth - more than ruin - more even than death...
 Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and
 terrible, thought looks into the pit of hell and is not
 afraid.  Thought is great and swift and free, the light of
 the world, and the chief glory of man.

 In 1787 Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Madison "I
 hold that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing."
 In 1956 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when quote
 was read, Senator Watkins declared: "If Jefferson were here
 and advocated such a thing, I would move that he be prosecuted."
 Supression of ideas and consorship of the press are concerns
 that the author warns us to be always vigilant to oppose.

 Even in the United States censorship and suppression have
 occured.  During World War II the State Department secretly
 burned censored books in several cities, and in the Army
 libraries.  In his 1953 Dartmouth College commencement speech,
 President Eisenhower said "Don't join the book burners."
 Every year since the Dartmouth speech there have been headlines
 of censorship.  The expurging of 'Huckleberry Finn' from the
 public school systems is one of the more famous examples.

 Voltaire wrote "Books rule the world, or at least those nations
 which have a written language; the others do not matter."

 The above excerpts are from the forward and Introduction to
 'The Great Thoughts.'  Future thoughts will be done in
 alphabetical order by authors name.  Hay, no one has ever
 accused me of great thoughts, or even thinking, and Seldes
 organizes his book by author.

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 Lord Action John E.E. Dalberg
 English historian (1834-1902)

 ...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts
 absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men...
   -- from letter to Creighton, April 3, 1887

 The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is
 really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorties.
   --  from The History of Freedom and Other Essays, 1907

 Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe
 that does not bear discussion and publicity.
   -- Quoted in TIME, August 22,1969


 Abigail (Smith) Adams (1744-1818)
 American writer, wife of John Adams

 Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the
 husbands.  Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could.

 If particular care and attention is not paid to ladies,
 we are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold
 ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or
   -- letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776


 Henry (Brooks) Adams (1838-1918)
 American historian

 A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where
 his influence stops.
   -- from The Education of Henry Adams, Chapter 20

 The study of history is useful to the historian by
 teaching him his ignorance of women.
   -- from The Education of Henry Adams, Chapter 23

 Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.

 The historian must not try to know what is truth, if he
 cares for his truths, he is certain to falsify his facts.
   -- from The Education of Henry Adams, Chapter 24

 Man is an imperceptible adam always trying to become
 one with God.

 Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility
 is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is
 responsible only to himself.  This principle is the
 philosophical foundation of anarchism.
   -- from Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartes (1904)

 Some day science may have the existence of man in its power,
 and the human race may commit suicide by blowing up the world.
   -- from Letters of Henry Adams, 1862

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 1 to 5.
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 John Adams (1735-1826)
 Second President of tje United States

 ...But touch a soluemn truth in collision with a dogma os a sect,
 though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you
 have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes
 and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.
   -- Letter to John Taylor

 Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge amoung
 the people.

 The preservation of the means of knowledge amoung the lowest
 ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property
 of all the rich men in the country.

 Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.
   -- Dessertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law

 The way to secure Liberty is to place it in the people's
 hands, that is, to give them a power at all times to defend it
 in the legislature and in the courts of justice...

 Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
   -- "A Defense of the Constitution of the United States
      Against the Attack of M. Turgot" (1787-1788)

 The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other
 nation...fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential
 instrument for civilizing the nations.
   -- Letter to F. A. Vanderkemp, July 13,1815

 Power must never be trusted without a check.
   -- Letter to Jefferson, February 2, 1816


 Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
 English essayist, poet

 A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty
 Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
   -- Cato (1713)

 To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of
 faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism
 would deny.
   -- The Spectator, 239 (March 8,1713)


 Alfred Adler (1870-1937)
 Austrian pioneer of individual psychology

 The truth is ofter a terrible weapon of aggression.  It is
 possible to lie, and even murder, with the truth.

 It is easier to fight for principles that to live up to them.
   -- Problems of Neurosis (1929)


 Mortimer Adler (1902-    )
 American philosopher, educator

 Not to engage in this pursuit of ideas is to live like ants
 instead of like men.
   -- Quoted in Saturday Review, November 22, 1958

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 6 to 7.
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 Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)
 Greek dramatist

 Fear is stronger than arms.
   -- from Agamemnon

 Honor modesty more than your life.
   -- from The Suppliant Maidens, Line 1012


 (Jean) Louis (Rodolphe) Agassiz (1807-1873)
 Swiss-born, American naturalist

 I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
   -- from a letter refusing a lecture course offer


 Leopoldo Alas Y Urena ("Clarin") (1852-1901)
 Spanish novelist and critic

 To reduce the world to an equation is to leave
 it without head or feet.
   -- from The Cock of Socrates (1901)


 St. Ambrose (340-397)
 Bishop of Milan

 There is nothing evil save that which perverts
 the mind and shackles the conscience
   -- Hexameron I,31


 Fisher Ames (1758-1808)
 American statesman

 Liberty has never yet lasted long in a democracy, nor
 has it ever ended in anything better than despotism
   -- Attributed


 Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
 Swiss philosopher

 Truth is not only violated by falsehood;
 it may be outraged by silence.

 A belief is not true because it is useful.
   -- Amiel's Journal (1883)

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 8 to 12.
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 Anacreon (c. 568-478)
 Greek lyric poet

 Cursed he be above all others
 Who's enslaved by love of money

 Money takes the place of brothers,
 Money takes the place of parents,
 Money brings us war and slaughter.
   -- Odes XLVI


 Alaxandrides (died c. 520 B.C.)
 Spartan ruler

 It is good to die before one has
 done anything deserving of death.
   -- Fragments


 St. Anselm (c. 1033-1109
 Archbishop of Canterbury

 Nor do I seek to understand that I may believe,
 but I believe that I may understand.  For this
 too I believe, that unless I first believe, I
 shall not understand.
   -- Proslogion


 Antiphanes (388-311 B.C.)
 Greek comic dramatist

 I trust only one thing in a woman, that
 she will not come to life again after she
 is dead.  In all other things I distrust her.
   -- Fragment


 St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
 Scholastic philosoher

 Three things are necessary for thesalvation
 of man: to know what he ought to believe, to
 know what he ought to desire, and to know
 what he ought to do.
   --  from Two Precepts of Charity


 John Abbuthnot (1667-1735)
 Scottish writer, physician

 All political parties die at last of swallowing
 their own lies
   -- Epigram, quoted in Garnett, Life of Emerson


 Archimedes (e.287-212 B.C.)
 Greek mathematician

 Give me a place to stand and I will move the world
   -- Pappus, Synagoge, VIII, 10, xi

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 12 to 15.
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 Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
 German-born American political philosopher

 The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative
 the day after the revolution.
   -- Contributions to The New Yorker on September 12, 1970

 Mathematics, the non-empirical science par excellance. . .
 the science of sciences, delivering the key to those laws
 of nature and the universe which are concealed by appearances.
   -- Contributions to The New Yorker on November 21, 1977

 There are no dangerous thoughts, thinking is dangerous.
   -- Contributions to The New Yorker on December 5, 1977


 Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)
 Italian writer

 He who is not impatient is not in love.
   -- from "La Talanta"


 Aristophanes (c.450-385 B.C.)
 Athenian poet, dramatist

 The wise learn many things from their foes.
   -- from The Birds, line 375

 To plunder, to lie, to show your arse,
 are three essentials for climbing high.
   -- from The Knights (424 B.C.), line 180


 Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
 Greek philosopher

 ...as sight is in the body, so is reason in the soul.
   -- Nicomachean Ethics, Bk I, ch. 6, 1096, lines 29-30

 ...we do not know a truth without knowing its cause.
   -- Metaphysics, Bk I, ch 1, 9936b, line 22

 It is right also that philosophy should
 be called knowledge of the truth.
   -- Metaphysics, Bk I, ch 1, 993b, line 20

 ...man is...a political animal
   -- Politics, Bk I ch. 2, 1253a, line 1

 Life is doing things, not making things.
   -- Politics, Bk I ch. 4, 1254a, line 7

 ...poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
   -- Politics, Bk II ch. 6, 1265b, line 12

 The law is reason unaffected by desire.
   -- Politics, Bk III ch. 16, 1287a, line 32

 ...good laws, if they are not obeyed,
 do not constitute good goverment.
   -- Politics, Bk IV ch. 8, 1294a, line 4

 We cannot learn without pain.
   -- Politics, Bk V ch. 1, 1301a, line 28

 ...the type of character produced by wealth
 is that of a prosperous fool.

 Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul.
   -- Rhetoric, Bk. II

 There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
   -- Quoted in Seneca, De Tranquilitate Anima

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 16 to 20.
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 Neil Armstrong (1930-    )
 American astronaut

 That's one small step for a man,
 one great leap for mankind
   -- First words spoken on the moon

From: jmholmes@worldnet.att.net on 10/3/00
 The quote above is what Armstrong had planned to say.
 The actual quote, leaving out the 'a', is much better,
 don't you think?

 That's one small step for man,
 one great leap for mankind


 Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
 English poet, critic, essayist

 ...home* of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs,
 and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
   -- Essays in Criticism, Preface
   * A reference to Oxford

 To have the sense of creative activity is the greatest
 happiness and the great proof of being alive.
   -- Discourses in America, "The Functions of Criticism," 1864


 Raymond Aron (1905-    )
 French political philosopher, journalist

 ...Interests may be reconciled, but not philosophies...
   -- The Great Debate, Pages 153-154

 Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals.
   -- Quoted in Time, July 9, 1979


 W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden (1907-1973)
 British-born American poet

 ...Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
   -- Statement in The New York Times, August 7, 1971


 Saint Augustine (354-430)
 Numidian-born Christian convert, Bishop if Hippo

 He that is good is free, though he is a slave,
 he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
   -- The City of God, Book IV

 The purpose of all war is peace.
   -- The City of God, Book XV

 Poetry is devil's wine.

 The greatest virtues are only splendid sins.
   -- Confessions, Book I

 But I, wretched, most wretched, in the very commencement
 of my early youth, had begged chastity of Thee, and said,
 "Give me chastity, and continency, only not yet."
   -- Confessions, Book VIII

 A law which is not just does not seem to be a law.
   -- from "The Problem of Free Choice"

 What is faith save to believe what you do not see?
   -- In Ioannis Evangelium

 All sin is a form of lying.
   -- Against Lying

 Marriage is not good, but it is a good
 in comparison with fornication
   -- On the Good of Marriage

 Necessity has no law.
   -- Soliloquium Animae ad Deum

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 20 to 26.
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 Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
 English essayist, philosopher

 The pleasure and delight of knowledge and learning,
 it far surpasseth all other in nature...
   -- Advancement of Learning, Bk 2

 To know truly is to know by causes.

 Nothing is terrible, except fear itself.
   -- The Advancement of Learning,

 Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
   -- The Essays or Counsels, Civill and Morall, "Of Beauty"

 Men fear Death, as children fear to go in the dark...

 A man would die, though he were neither valiant, nor
 miserable, only upon a weariness to do the same thing
 so oft, over and over.
   -- The Essays or Counsels, Civill and Morall, "Of Death"

 For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery
 of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there
 is not love.
   -- The Essays or Counsels, Civill and Morall, "Of Friendship"

 ...Wives are young men's mistresses; companions
 for middle age; and old men's nurses...
   -- The Essays or Counsels, Civill and Morall,
      "Of Marriage and Single Life"

 ...And money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
   -- The Essays or Counsels, Civill and Morall,
      "Of Sedition and Trouble"

 Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take
 for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh
 and consider.  Some books are to be tasted, others to be
 swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...
   -- The Essays or Counsels, Civill and Morall, "Of Studies"

 "Better it is to live where nothing is lawful,
 than where all things are lawful."
   -- The New Organon, 69


 Roger Bacon (1220-1292)
 Emglish philosopher, scientist

 There are two modes of acquiring knowledge, namely
 reasoning and experience.
   -- Opus Majus, tr. R.B.Burke


 Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
 English economist

 One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain
 of a new idea.
   -- Physics and Politics

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 26 to 30.
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 Mikhail A. Bakunin (1814-1876)
 Russian writer, anarchist

 Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and reason.
   --  God and the State (1871)

 If there is a State, then there is domination,
 and in turn, there is slavery.

 Freedom is the absolute right of all adult men and women to seek
 permission for their acts only from their conscience and reason...
   -- Gesammelte Werke (Complete Works), III

 Revolutions are not improvised.  They are not made at will by
 individuals.  They come through the force of circumstances, and
 are independent of any deliberate will or conspiracy.
   -- Gesammelte Werke (Complete Works), IV

 The real and complete liberation of mankind is the great aim,
 the sublime end of history.
   -- Polnoye Sobraniye Sochinenii, I

 The subordination of labor tocapital is the source of all
 slavery: political, moral and material.
   -- Selected Works

 From each according to his faculties;
 to each according to his needs.
   -- Declaration (signed with 46 others)


 James Baldwin (1924-    )
 American writer

 The world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.
   -- Notes of a Native Son

 If you are born under the circumstances in which Black people
 are born, the destruction of the Christian churches may not
 only be desirable but necessary.
   --  Address, World Council of Churches,
       Uppsala, Sweeden, July 7, 1968


 Roger Baldwin (1884-1982)
 Founder, American Civil Liberties Union

 ...the goal of society with a minimum of compulsion, a
 maximum of individual freedom and of voluntary association,
 and the abolition of exploitation and poverty.
   -- Credo of ACLU


 Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)
 American theologian

 A religion that requires persecution to sustain it is
 of the devil's propagation
   -- Universalist publication, c.1819


 Geogre Bancroft (1800-1891)
 American historian

 The best government rests on the people, and not on the few,
 on persons and not on property, on the free development of
 public opinion and not on authority.
   -- The Office of the People in Art, Government,
      and Religion (1835)

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 31 to 34.
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 Jean-Louis Barrault (1910-    )
 French producer and actor

 Art is permanent revolution
   -- Contribution, Atlas, December 1968


 Charles (Pierre) Baudelaire (1821-1867)
 French poet

 This life is a hospital in which every patient
 is possessed with a desire to change his bed.
   -- Le Speen de Paris (1863)


 Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)
 John Fletcher (1579-1625)
 English dramatists

 There is no other purgatoru but a woman.
   -- The Scornful Lady (c. 1614), Act III:i


 Simone De Beauvoir (1908-    )
 French writer

 Society cares about the individual
 only in so far as he is profitable.
   -- The Comming of Age (1970)


 August Bebel (1840-1913)
 German socialist leader

 The nature of business is swindling.
   -- Speech, Zurich, December 1892


 Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
 American clergyman

 The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.
   -- Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpet (1867)


 Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
 German composer

 Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.
   -- Letter to Bettina von Arnim, 1810


 David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973)
 Polish-born Israeli prime minister

 The best way of teaching is by example...
   -- Contribution, New York Times Magazine, September 24, 1961

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 35 to 39.
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 Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)
 American art critic

 Between truth and the search for truth, I opt for the second.
   -- Aesthetics and History (1948)


 Henri Bergson (1859-1941)
 French philosopher, Nobel Prize 1927

 Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life.
   -- Creative Evolution (1907)


 Bharitihari (died c. 650)
 Indian grammarian

 Woman is the chain by which man is attached
 to the chariot of folly.
   -- The Sringa Satak (c. 625)


 Hugo L. Black (1886-1971)
 U.S. Supreme Court Hustice

 The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and
 state.  That wall must be kept high and impregnable.  We
 could not approve the slightest breach.
   -- Majority Opinion, Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. I (1947)

 The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the
 friend of change and revolution.  But they also knew that it is
 always the deadlist enemy of tyranny.
   -- Address, New York University School of Law, 1960


 Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780)
 English writer on law

 It is better that ten guilty escape than that one innocent suffer.
   -- Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765)


 William Blake (1757-18270
 English poet, artist

 For every thing that lives is holy, life delights in life;
   -- America: A Prophecy (1793), Plate 8

 I was angry with my friend:
 I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
 I was angry with my foe:
 I told it not, my wrath did grow.
   -- Songs of Experience (1794), "A Poison Tree," st. 1

 To generalize is to be an idiot.
   -- Written on margin, Joshua Reynolds' Discourses


 Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805-1881)
 French radical, journalist

 Humanity never stands still; it advances or retreats
   -- Critique sociale (1834-1850)


 Ludwig Boerne (1786-1837)
 German political writer

 There is nothing to fear but fear
   -- Kritiken, No. 21 (1840)

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 40 to 46.
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 Martin Bormann (1882-1970)
 German Nazi leader

 Education is a danger... At best an education which produces
 useful coolies for us is admissible.  Every educated person
 is a future enemy.
   -- Letter to his wife, Genda


 Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891)
 English reformer

 Liberty's chief foe is theology.

 Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no
 discovery of truth is useful... Better a thousandfold
 abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.  The
 abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the
 people, and entombs the hope of the race.


 Omar N. Bradley (1893-1983)
 American general

 We have grasped the mystery of the atom
 and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.
   -- Address, Armistice Day, 1948


 Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)
 U.S. Supreme Court Justice

 The function of the press is very high.  It is almost
 holy.  To misstate or suppress the news is a breach of trust.
   -- Contribution, Collier's March 23, 1912


 Georges Braque (1882-1963)
 French painter

 Art was made to disturb, science reassures.
   -- Pensees sur l'Art


 Berthold Brecht (1898-1956)
 German playwright

 Happy is the country which requires no heroes.
   -- Quoted in New Republic, September 23,1976


 Gerald Brenan (fl. 1899)
 British writer

 When the coin is tossed either Love or Lust will
 fall uppermost.  But if the metal is right, under
 the one will always be the other.
   -- Thoughts in a Dry Season


 Henry Peter, Lord Brougham (1778-1868)
 Scottish statesman, historian

 Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult
 to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
   -- The Present State of the Law (February 7, 1828)


 H. Rap Brown
 American Black leader

 I consider myself neither legally nor morally bound
 to obey the laws made by a body in which I have no
   -- Statement written in 1967

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 47 to 51.
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 Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)
 English physician, writer

 But the long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.

 There is nothing strictly immortal but immorality.

 But man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and
 pompous in the grave,...
   -- Hydriotaphia; Urne Burial (1658)

 Be able to be alone.  Lose not the advantage of solitude,
 and the society of itself.
   -- Christian Morals (1716), Pt. 3, ix

 ...think every day the last, and live always beyond thy
 thy account  He that so often surviveth his expectations
 lives many lives.
   -- Christian Morals (1716), Pt. 3, xxx

 'Tis as dangerous to be sentenced by a Physician as a Judge.
   -- Letter to a friend


 Elizabeth Browning (1806-1861)
 English poet

 Earth's fanatics make
 Too frequently heaven's saints.

 Since when was genius found respectable?
   -- Aurora Leigh (1857), Bk VI


 Robert Browning (1812-1889)
 English poet

 Mothers, wives, and maids,
 There are the tools wherewith priests manage men.
   -- "Bishops Blougram's Apology" (1855), iv

 There's a new tribunal now,
 Higher than God's - the educated man's.
   -- "Bishops Blougram's Apology" (1855), xiii

 What I call God,
 And fools call Nature.
   -- The Two Poets of Croisic


 Orestes A. Brownson (1803-1876)
 American Unitarian, Catholic convert,
 founder Workingmen's Party

 Wages is a cunning device of the devil for the benefit of
 tender consciences, who would retain all the advantages
 of the slave system, without the expense, trouble, and
 odium of being slave-holders.
   -- "The Laboring Classes"


 Guido (Giordano) Bruno (1548-1600)
 Italian philosopher

 ...religion is needed for restraining rude populations,...
   -- Heroic Furies


 William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)
 American politician, fundamentalist

 Man is not a mammal.
   -- Scopes trial speech (1925)

 All the ills from which America suffers can be traced
 to the teaching of evolution.
   -- Address, Seventh Day Adventist, 1924


 William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
 American poet, editor

 Can anything be imagined more abhorrent to every sentiment
 of generosity or justice than the law which arms the rich
 with the legal right to fix, by assize, the wages of the
 poor?  If this is not SLAVERY, we have forgotten the
 definition... If it be not in the colour of his skin, and
 in the poor franchise of naming his own terms in a contract
 for work, what advantage has the labourer of the North over
 the bondman of the South?
   -- Editorial on the rights of workingmen to organize
      and strike, June 13, 1836


 Nikolai Bukharin (1888-1939)
 Soviet Russuan theoretician

 Socialism is Communism in course of construction;
 it is incomplete Communism.
   -- Bukharin and Preobrazhensky


 Ralph J. Bunche (1904-1971)
 American diplomat

 There are no warlike people - just warlike leaders
   -- Address, United Nations


 John Bunyan (1628-1688)
 English writer, allegorist

 One leak will sink a ship; and one gin will destroy a sinner.
   -- Quoted in San Francisco Bulletin, January 22, 1926

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 52 to 57.
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 Luther Burbank (1849-1926)
 American horticultural scientist

 Life is heredity plus environment
   -- Quoted in Sanfrancisco Bulletin, January 22,1926


 Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951)
 American writer

 Without bigots, eccentrics, cranks, and heretics
 the world would not progress.
   -- Attributed


 Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
 British statesman, political writer

 Where mystery begins religion ends.

 ...laws were designed as a protection for the poor and the
 weak, against the oppression of the rich and powerful...
   -- A vindication of Natural Society (1756)

 To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise,
 is not given to men.
   -- Speech on American Taxation, April 19, 1774

 The people never give up their liberties but
 under some delusion.
   -- Speech in 1784

 Manners are more important than laws.
   -- Letters on a Regicide Peace (1797)

 Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
   -- Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol, April 2, 1777

 The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
 for good men to do nothing.
   -- Attributed


 Robert Burton (1577-1640)
 English clergyman

 One religion is as good as another.

 He who goes to law...holds a wolf by the ear.
   -- The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)


 Samuel Butler (1612-1680)
 English poet, satirist

 Authority intoxicates,
 And makes mere sots of magistrates;
 The fumes of it invade the brain,
 And make men giddy, proud, and vain...
   -- Miscellaneous Thoughts


 Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
 English Writer

 Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions
 from insufficient premises.
   -- Note-Books, I

 Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and
 colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way.
  -- Note-Books, XI

 An Apology to the Devil.  It must be remembered that we have
 heard only one side of the case.  God has written all the books.
  -- Note-Books, XIV

 Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
   -- Note-Books, XXII

 If life is an illusion, then so is death - the greatest of all
 illusions.  If life must not be taken too seriously - then
 neither must death
   -- Note-Books, XXIII

 George Gordon, LORD BYRON
 (1788-1824), English poet

 All tragedies are finish'd by a death
 All comedies are ended by a marriage.

 Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes
 Sin's a pleasure.

 ...That love and marriage rarely can combine,
 Although they both are born in the same clime.

 Adversity is the first path to truth.

 Let us have wine and woman, mirth and laughter,
 Sermons and soda-water the day after.
   -- "Don Juan" (1821)

 They say that knowledge is power.  I used to think so,
 but now I know that they mean money.
   -- Byron's letter to Douglas Kinnaird

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 57 to 63.
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 Caius Julius Caesar (100-44 B.C.)
 Roman general, statesman, historian

 Men willingly believe what they wish.
   From The Gallic Wars, "De Bello Gallico," III, 18

 Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)

 ...all men who deliberate upon difficult questions ought to
 be free from hatred and friendship, anger, and pity.
   Quoted in "The War with Catiline", I, 1


 John C. Calhoun (1782-1850)
 American statesman

 There never has yet existed a wealthy and civilized society
 in which one portion of the community did not, in point of
 fact, live on the labour of the other.
   Speech on the Reception of Abolition Petitions, Feb. 1837


 Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639)
 Italian philosopher

 The people is a beast of muddy brain
 That knows not its own strength.
   from "The People"


 Albert Camus (1913-1960)
 Algeria-born French novelist

 If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so
 much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life
 and in eluding the implaceble grandeur of this life.
   from Summer in Algiers (1938)

 It was previously a question of finding out whether or not
 life had to have a meaning to be lived.  It has now become
 clear, on the contrary, that it will be lived all the
 better if it has no meaning.
  from The Myth of Sisyphus (1955)


 Canon Law

 God does not ask the impossible
    Decree vi (1564)


 Stokely Carmichael (1942-    )
 Jamaica-born American Black leader

 There is a higher law than the law of government.
 That's the law of conscience.
   UPI dispatch, October 28,1966

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 64 to 69.
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 Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616)
 Spanish novelist, playwright, poet

 Experience, the universal mother of Sciences.
   from Don Quixote, Pt 1, ch 7

 Art may improve, but cannot surpass nature.
   from Anque la traicon, Pt II, ch. 16

 Forewarned , forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
   from Anque la traicon, Pt II, ch. 17

 Love in young men: for the most part is not love but sexual
 desire, and its accomplishment is the end.


 William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)
 American Unitarian minister

 Books are the true levellers.
   Address, "Self-Culture," Boston, September 1838

 The world is governed much more by opinion than by laws.
   Letters to Jonathan Phillips, 1839


 Chartist Movement (1838-1848)
 Movement for reform in England

 They that perish by the sword are better than
 they that perish by hungar
   Inscription, Chartist banner


 John Cheever (1903-1982)
 American writer

 Damn the bright lights by which no one reads,
 damn the continuous music that no one hears,
 damn the grand pianos that no one can play,
 damn the white house mortgaged up to their rain gutters,
 damn them for plundering the ocean for fish
 to feed the mink whose skins they wear, and
 damn their shelves on which there rests a single book -
 a copy of the telephone directory bound in brocade.
   Contribution, The New Yorker, November 25, 1967


 G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton (1874-1936)
 British essayist, novelist

 Materialists and madmen never have doubts.
   from Orthodoxy (1909)


 St. Joannes Chrysostomus (345-407)
 Patriarch of Constantinople

 Riches are nor forbidden, but the price of them is.
   from Homilies (c. 388)


 Chauang-Tzu (4th-3rd century B.C.)
 Chinese mystic

 Human life is limited, but knowledge is limitless.
 To drive the limited in pursuit of the limitless is fatal;
 and to presume that one really knows is fatal indeed!
   from The Preservation of Life

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 70 to 78.
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 Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)
 British statesman, writer

 The action of Russia...is a riddle wrapped
 in a mystery inside an enigma
   from Radio Broadcast, London, October 1, 1939


 Count Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944)
 Italian fasist politician

 As always, victory finds a hundred
 fathers but defeat is an orphan.
   Ciano Diaries (1939-43), September 9, 1942


 John Ciardi (1916-    )
 American poet, editor

 Poetry lies its way to the truth.
   Contributions, Saturday Review, April 28, 1962


 Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-44B.C.)
 Roman orator, poet, statesman

 Now friendship...And with the exception of wisdom,
 I aminclined to think nothing better than this
 has been given to man by the immortal gods.
   fron De Amicitia (44 B.C.), xxii

 An unjust peace is better than a just war.
   from Epistola ad Atticum

 Philosophy has informed us that the most difficult
 thing in the world is to know ourselves.
   from De Legibus (52 B.C.)

 The more laws, the less justice.
   from De Officiss (44 B.C.)

 In a republic this rule ought to be observed: That
 the majority should not have the predominant power.
   from: De Senectute (44 B.C.)

 Philosophy is the best medicine for the mind.
   from Tusculanes Disputationes (47-44 B.C.)


 B.M.Cioran (1911-    )
 Romanian-born, Parisian philosopher

 I was, I am I will be, is a question of
 grammar and not of existance.
   from The Temptation to Exist


 Claudian (c. 375-408)
 Greek-born, Latin poet

 Hungar I can endure; love I cannot.
   from Carmina Minora

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 Cassius Marcellus Clay (1942-    )
 (Muhammad Ali)
 American boxing champion, Muslim preacher

 Damn the money.  Damn the heavyweight championship.  I will
 die before I sell out my people for the white man's money.
   Interview, Esquire, April 1968


 Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929)
 French statesman

 War! It is too serious a matter to leave to the military.
   Quoted in Clemenceau by G. Suarez, 1886


 Samuel Clemens (1835-1910)
 (Mark Twain) American writer

 What is the chief end of man - to get rich.  In what way -
 dishonestly if he can; honestly if he must.
   from "The Revised Catechism"

 Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity, - these are strictly confined
 to man; he invented them.  Among the higher animals there is
 no trace of them.  They hide nothing.  They are not ashamed.

 There has never been an intelligent person of the age of sixty
 who would consent to live his life over again.  His or anyone
   from Letters From the Earth (1905-09)

 The history of the race, and each individual's experiences,
 are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and
 that a lie told well is immortal.
   from Advice to Youth (1923)

 The human race is a race of cowards.


 Clement of Alexandria (150?-220?)
 Church father

 Private property is the fruit of iniquity.
   from Stromateis


 Frank I. Cobb (1869-1923)
 Editor, New York World

 The Bill of Rights is a born rebel.  It reeks with sedition.
 In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted
 authority . . . it is the one guarantee of human freedom to
 the American people.
   Contribution, La Follette's Magazine, January 1920


 Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)
 English poet

 And almost every one when age,
   Disease, or sorrow strike him,
 Inclines to think there is a God,
   Or something very like Him.


 Jean Cocteau (1891-1963)
 French poet, novelist, dramatist

 If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will
 always save Barrabas


 Cogoto, Ergo Sum
 (Variations on a theme by Descates)

 It was woman who taught me to say "I am; therefore I think."

 The above excerpts are from The Great Thoughts, pages 81 to 86.
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