Lying in wait on my computer comes the following:
The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office.
– Ludwig von Mises
Whenever I catch sight of others,
By thinking, “It is through them,
That I will reach awakening,”
I’ll look with sincerity and love.
– Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva
There is a legend about a bird that sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. Dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of the great pain. … Or so says the legend.
– Colleen McCullough
The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before.
– Gilbert K. Chesterton
Anyone who is considered funny will tell you, sometimes without even your asking, that deep inside they are very serious, neurotic, introspective people.
– Wendy Wasserstein
The most important service rendered by the press is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
– Samuel Butler
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain
– Arthur Schopenhauer
– Herbert Spencer
‘My country, right or wrong’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober’.
– G. Keith Chesterton, A Defence of Patriotism