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" A declining institution often experiences survival of the unfittest. "
" Alas few socialists are either benevolent enough to work hard at these occupations out of benevolence or self-interested enough to work hard at them for money. "
" Amateur bureaucrats are often even worse than professional bureaucrats. "
" An excessive knowledge of Marxism is a sign of a misspent youth. "
" An extreme optimist is a man who believes that humanity will probably survive even if it doesn't take his advice. "
" Asking a critic to name his favorite book is like asking a butcher to name his favorite pig. "
" A true intellectual is a man who, after reading a book and being convinced by its arguments, will shoot someone or, more likely, order someone shot. "
" Both politicians and journalists face situations which strain their honesty and humanity. My opinion is that politicians on the average stand up somewhat better than journalists. "
" Committing genocide on behalf of an institution generates greater loyalty to it than merely getting people fired from their jobs on its behalf. "
" Compassion is contempt with a human face. "
" Don't try to talk anyone out of concentrating his hatred on Ayn Rand or any other dead person. It can't harm the dead. Diverted to a living person, it might actually do harm. "
" Foolishness is rarely a matter of lack of intelligence or even lack of information. "
" Hard distinctions make bad philosophy. "
" Hardly anyone has noticed that in the Northern Hemisphere people stir their drinks counterclockwise, whereas the same people stir their drinks clockwise when visiting the Southern Hemisphere. "
" He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense. "
" His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web. "
" Honor among thieves is the ancestor of all honor. "
" If a person can be said to have the wrong attitude, there is no need to pay attention to his arguments. "
" If I owned Marseilles and Hell, I'd rent out Marseilles and live in Hell. "
" In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated. "
" Inside of many liberals is a fascist struggling to get out. "
" It is said that man doesn't live by bread alone. Sometimes this is unfortunate, because people who cannot live by bread alone too often kill other people in consequence of the fights they get into. "
" Language is froth on the surface of thought. "
" My hobby of not attending meetings about recycling saves more energy than your hobby of recycling. "
" My opinion is that he's a swindler and you're a sucker. "
" Never abandon a theory that explains something until you have a theory that explains more. "
" Of course, Third World leaders love you. By ascribing third world ills to First World sins, you absolve them of blame for their countries' failure to advance. "
" Once a person has killed other people on behalf of an ideology, he becomes rather devoted to it. "
" Proposals to forbid golf courses have about the same motivations as proposals to forbid skate boarding, although the rationalizations are different. "
" Self-righteousness has killed more people than smoking. "
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