veracious verbs

Thomas Paine
“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression;for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem to lightly.”

James Madison
“There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.” 

Jeanette Winterson
“History is not a suicide note; it is a record of our survival”

Virginia Woolf
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

Benjamin Franklin
“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

Albert Einstein
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

Rita Mae Brown
“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”

“The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization”

Desiderius Erasmus
“He who allows oppression shares the crime.”

James Madison
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”

“Dialogue should never be easy. It should never be one sided. It should be vibrantly hued with the thoughts and opinions of varying points of view. Otherwise, it ceases to be a dialogue and becomes a monologue. What fun is there in that!”

5 thoughts on “veracious verbs”

  1. “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

    Benjamin Franklin was prescient. He clearly foresaw ‘The War on Terror’.

    In a lighter vein, my favourite quote is from the Emperor Vespasian who, just before he died, remarked, ‘Oh dear, I think I’m becoming a God’.

    It’s nothing like as profound as the quotes you’ve listed,of course, but I still think it’s a neat little quip on the Roman habit of deifying Emperors after they’d died.

  2. What I want is to be accepted by other people without bevelling down my individuality to please them- because if I do that, all the friendship, all the hospitality that I receive is really for somebody else of the same name. I want Love on my own terms.

    -Quentin Crisp

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