The pen used for a signature is hardly of any significance compared to the delineation of the name it indites.
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
Language is the mirror of the mind.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps the most to be dreaded because it compromises and develops the germ of every other.”
“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”
“It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”
“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
I love this collection of quotes for how prescient it is — and kind of hate it for the same reason.
Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do. On the one hand the standard of right and wrong, on the other the chain of causes and effects, are fastened to their throne. They govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think
Jeremy Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (via thatsasecretpleasure
I do not believe that a world without evil, preferable in order to ours, is possible; otherwise it would have been preferred. It is necessary to believe that the mixture of evil has produced the greatest possible good: otherwise the evil would not have been permitted.
The combination of all the tendencies to the good has produced the best; but as there are goods that are incompatible together, this combination and this result can introduce the destruction of some good, and as a result some evil.