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Do this. Don't do that. Stay back in line. Where's tax receipt? Fill out form. Let's see license. 
Submit six copies. Exit only. No left turn. No right turn. Queue up and pay fine. Take back
and get stamped. Drop dead - but first get permit.
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The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.
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An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his
acts with his life.
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Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.
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Evolution is a process that never stops. Baboons who fail to exhibit moral behavior do not
survive; they wind up as meat for leopards.
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Does history record any case in which the majority was right?
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At least once every human should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not
come from supermarkets, that safety does not come from policemen, that "news" is not
something that happens to other people. He might learn how his ancestors lived and that he
himself is no different - in the crunch his life depends on his agility, alertness, and personal
resourcefulness.
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No woman ever ages beyond eighteen in her heart.
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There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk "his life, his
fortune, and his sacred honor" on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are
merely overgrown children, can never be anything else.
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Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
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Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest
gives you more leverage.
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Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any
government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not
read, this you must not know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy
the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this
fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not
the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can't conquer a free man; the most you can
do is kill him.
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If you've got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it.
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Every law that was ever written opened up a new way to graft.
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Government! Three fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling.
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Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil.
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A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is
invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
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We may eliminate death someday but I doubt if we'll ever eliminate taxes.
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It's amazing how much "mature wisdom" resembles being too tired.
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Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence,
goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.
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A generation which ignores history has no past - and no future.
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"Die trying" is the proudest human thing.
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I have never been able to see life as anything but a vast complicated practical joke, and it's
better to laugh than cry.
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People don’t really want change, any change at all - and xenophobia is very deep-rooted. But
we progress, as we must - if we are to go out to the stars.
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You live and learn. Or you don't live long.
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Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and besides it annoys the pig.
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If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.
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A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright.
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Selfishness is the bedrock on which all moral behavior starts and it can be immoral only when
it conflicts with a higher moral imperative. The next higher level is to work, fight, and
sometimes die for your own immediate family.
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Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.
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Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
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