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It has often been said that power corrupts…

It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. -Eric Hoffer, American moral and social philosopher

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The only wisdom I think I’ve attained…

The only wisdom I think I’ve attained is the wisdom to be skeptical of other people’s ideology and other people’s arguments. I tend to be a skeptic; I don’t like dogmatic approaches by anybody. -Joseph Heller, American author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays, best known for Catch-22

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There are people in government…

There are people in government who don’t want other people to know what they know. It’s just another example of elitism. And I spit on elitism. Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser. -Tom Clancy, American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines

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Those who aim at faultless regularity…

Those who aim at faultless regularity will only produce mediocrity, and no one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves. -William Hazlitt, English writer, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher

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Democracy is the theory…

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. -H. L. Mencken, American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English

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All opinions are not equal…

All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others. -Douglas Adams, English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist, and dramatist

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Hope is like a path…

Hope is like a path in the countryside. Originally, there is nothing—but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears. -Lu Xun, Chinese short story writer, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, poet, and designer

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