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"I place economy amoung the first and most important virtues,
and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared.
To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink,
in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements.
If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people,
under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy."
When the legislature is corrupted, the people are undone.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want
is also big enough to take away everything you have.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...
Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants;
they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides,
for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
What good fortune it is for governments that people do not think!
The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people.
As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children,
the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.
Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403.
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion,
but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views.
That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions
of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms
is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
When the government fears the people, there is Liberty;
when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
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"If there was a beginning, then there was a time before that beginning,
and a time before the time which was before the time of that beginning.
If there is existence, there must have been non-existence.
And if there was a time when nothing existed,
then there must have been a time when even nothing did not exist.
All of a sudden nothing came into existence."
The Wisdom of Laotse, by Lin Yutang
"True joy must spring from within. But, if one is empty within and wholly given over to the world, idle pleasures come streaming in from without. This is what many people welcome as diversion. Those who lack inner stability and therefore need amusement will always find opportunity of indulgence. They attract external pleasures by the emptiness of their natures. Thus they lose themselves more and more, which of course has bad results."
"A quiet, wordless, self-contained joy, desiring nothing from without and resting content with everything, remains free of all egoistic likes and dislikes. In this freedom lies good fortune because it harbors the quiet security of a heart fortified within itself."
"The joyous mood is infectious and therefore brings success. But, joy must be based on steadfastness if it is not to degenerate into uncontrolled mirth. Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse."
"True joy, therefore, rests on firmness and strength within, manifesting itself outwardly as yielding and gentle." Yet, "The attribute of the yielding is not joy but melancholy."
"After ridding himself of mistakes a person has joy."
"Often a person finds oneself weighing the choice between various kinds of pleasures, and so long as one has not decided which kind one will choose, the higher or the lower, one has no inner peace. Only when one clearly recognizes that passion brings suffering can one make up their mind to turn away from the lower pleasures - to strive for the higher. Once this decision is sealed, one finds true joy and peace, and inner conflict is overcome."
"Dangerous elements approach even the best of people. If one permits oneself to have anything to do with them, their disintegrating influence acts slowly but surely, and inevitably brings dangers in its train. But, if one recognizes the situation and can comprehend the danger, one can know how to protect oneself and remains unharmed."
"A vain nature invites diverting pleasures and must suffer accordingly. If a person is unstable within, the pleasures of the world that one does not shun have so powerful an influence that one is swept along with them. Here it is no longer a question of danger, or good fortune or misfortune. You have given up direction of your own life, and what becomes of you depends upon chance and external influences."
"Tui" - I Ching
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