Quote of the Day, 12-15-08

“Only the educated are free.” -Epictetus

(H/T The Quotations Page)

Quote of the Day, 12-8-08

“Your pretended fear lest error should step in, is like the man that would keep all the wine out of the country lest men should be drunk. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy, to deny a man the liberty he hath by nature upon a supposition that he may abuse it.” -Oliver Cromwell

Quote of the Day, 12-3-08

“Have we defanged Islamic extremists by damaging the First Amendment?  Are we any safer?  Does this strike you as an effective remedy to terrorism?” -Molly Ivins, Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch’s Assault on America’s Fundamental Rights

Quote of the Day, 11-11-08

And Happy Veterans’ Day!  To the men and women in uniform, past, present, and future.  Salute![To your health!]

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia


Quote of the Day, 11-10-08

This is the first in a whenever-possible series of quotes that I like.  This may extend for…God knows how long.

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.” -Karl Popper, The Open Society and its Enemies