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A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death.
~ Robert Maynard Hutchins.

A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion.
~ H.L. Mencken.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, first inaugural address, 20 January 1953.

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age.
~ Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964.

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.
~ Erik Pepke.

Anybody who feels at ease in the world today is a fool.
~ Robert Maynard Hutchins.

Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?
~ William Lloyd Garrison.

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.
~ Aldous Huxley, Island.

Beggars should be abolished. It annoys one to give to them, and it annoys one not to give to them.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra.

Being human in our modern civilization is being forced into a boxing ring with Nature. And we're bloodied every time.
~ M. Robin D'Antan.

Cell phones are the latest invention in rudeness.
~ D.H. Mondfleur.

Choice has always been a privilege of those who could afford to pay for it.
~ Ellen Frankfort.

Commuter - one who spends his life
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train,
And then rides back to shave again.
~ E.B. White.

Death is losing its terror. It is the emergency exit for a world that is becoming more frightening death ever was.
~ Julian Green, Diary, 28 December 1958.

Depressed? Of course we're all depressed. We've been so quickly, violently, and irreconcilably plucked from nature, from physical labor, from kinship and village mentality, from every natural and primordial anti-depressant. The further society "progresses," the grander the scale of imbalance. Just as fluoride is put in water to prevent dental caries, we'll soon find government mandating Prozac in our water to prevent mental caries.
~ M. Robin D'Antan.

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
~ George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists.

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
~ Gertrude Stein.

Everything is for the eye these days - TV, life, look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all.
~ Fred Allen.

Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. The hair-raising revelations of skullduggery and grand-scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.
~ Charles Francis Adams.

Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Few great men could pass Personnel.
~ Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society, 1956.

Final Ruin fiercely drives
Her ploughshare o'er creation.
~ Edward Young.

Flowers don't open to the clock
but to the sunshine spontaneous;
for modern humans that manner
of instinct is now extraneous.
~ Astrid Alauda, If I Cry Will I Rust.

Food. Water. Shelter. Air. Sleep. Societal inflation has expanded need into greed. Suddenly the basic survival needs also include a cell phone, cable TV, and French manicured fingernails... We've become the absolute biggest whiners of all human history with the absolute smallest justification for whining.
~ Charlie Diekatze.

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
~ Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin, 1973.

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