Quote of the Day, 1-27-09

“Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.” -Aristotle

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Quote of the Day, 11-13-08

“There is no instance of prolonged warfare benefitting a nation.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Quote of the Day, 11-12-08

“The welfare of the people is the highest law.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Legibus

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