“Essentially, we have always been cave-dwellers.”

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“I am breathing calmly, breathing like the sea.”

— Pentii Holappa, Seagulls in Autumn

“The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

 
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“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

— Marcus Aurelius

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“We all wear masks, metaphorically speaking.”

— Jim Carrey as Stanley Ipkiss in “The Mask

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“The special mark of the modern world is not that it is skeptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it.”

— G. K. Chesterton

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“What you seek is seeking you.”

— Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

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“Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.”

— Franz Kafka

 

“All knowledge is anecdotal.”
— Wayne Mackeson

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“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.”
— Thomas Jefferson

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“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.  We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.  We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

— President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address (January 17, 1961)

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”

— Gospel of Luke 12:48 (KJV)

“The basic concept underlying the Eighth Amendment is nothing less than the dignity of man.  While the State has the power to punish, the Amendment stands to assure that this power be exercised within the limits of civilized standards.  …  The Court [has] recognized … that the words of the Amendment are not precise, and that their scope is not static.  The Amendment must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.”

Trop vs. Dulles, 356 U.S. 86, 100-01 (1958) (Earl Warren, C.J.)

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“Nothing is self-defining.”

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“A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies.”

— Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)