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  1. Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
       -- Richard Dawkins

  2. The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability, and something is bound to come of it.
       -- Vannevar Bush (1945)

  3. Putting a computer in front of a child and expecting it to teach him is like putting a book under his pillow, only more expensive.
       -- Anon.


  4. Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff--it is a palliative rather than a remedy.
       -- Peter De Vries

  5. To confess a fault freely is the next thing to being innocent of it.
       -- Publilius Syrus

  6. Open confession is good for the soul.
       -- Scottish Proverb

  7. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  8. The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
       -- Saint Augustine

  9. Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.
       -- Anatole France


  10. Only trust thyself, and another shall not betray thee.
       -- William Penn

  11. For they conquer who believe they can.
       -- John Dryden

  12. He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.
       -- -Auerbach

  13. If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  14. The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
       -- Marie Edgeworth

  15. True prosperity is the result of well-placed confidence in ourselves and our fellow man.
       -- Burt

  16. Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.
       -- Storey

  17. I have great faith in fools--self-confidence my friends call it.
       -- Edgar Allan Poe


  18. The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
       -- Robert Anthony

  19. A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  20. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
       -- Friedrich Nietzsche

  21. Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
       -- Voltaire

  22. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
       -- Mark Twain

  23. We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.
       -- Mark Twain

  24. Singularity in the right hath ruined many happy those who are convinced of the general opinion.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  25. Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.
       -- Ivan Turgenev

  26. It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
       -- Albert Einstein

  27. Conform and be dull.
       -- J. Frank Doble

  28. Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  29. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  30. I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.
       -- Emile Henry Gauvreau


  31. I've said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America!
       -- Harry S. Truman

  32. Don't try to go too fast. Learn your job. Don't ever talk until you know what you're talking about.... If you want to get along, go along.
       -- Sam Rayburn

  33. No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
       -- Henry Brooks Adams

  34. Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens--and then everybody disagrees.
       -- Boris Marshalov

  35. "Do you pray for the Senators, Dr. Hale?" someone asked the chaplain. "No, I look at the Senators and pray for the country."
       -- Edward Everett Hale

  36. The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour.
       -- Hubert H. Humphrey


  37. Conservation is ethically sound. It is rooted in our love of the land, our respect for the rights of others, our devotion to the rule of law.
       -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

  38. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

  39. World-wide practice of Conservation and the fair and continued access by all nations to the resources they need are the two indispensable foundations of continuous plenty and of permanent peace.
       -- Gifford Pinchot

  40. As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them.
       -- Louis Bromfield

  41. Conservation means the wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of men.
       -- Gifford Pinchot


  42. Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
       -- George Santayana

  43. A good conscience is a continued Christmas.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  44. Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  45. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
       -- Thomas Paine

  46. He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
       -- Chinese Proverb

  47. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  48. No ear can hear nor tongue can tell the tortures of the inward hell!
       -- Lord Byron

  49. Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
       -- George Bancroft

  50. Conscience--the only incorruptible thing about us.
       -- Henry Fielding


  51. The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
       -- Edward Gibbon

  52. The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare, nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements.
       -- John Marshall Harlan

  53. I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. It's my job.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  54. Most faults are not in our Constitution, but in ourselves.

       -- Ramsey Clark

  55. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.

       -- Thomas Jefferson

  56. I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them. For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  57. We have seen that the American Constitution has changed, is changing, and by the law of its existence must continue to change, in its substance and practical working even when its words remain the same.

       -- James Bryce

  58. Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

       -- Abraham Lincoln

  59. To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.

       -- Calvin Coolidge

  60. The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.

       -- Thomas Jefferson

  61. The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom.

       -- Calvin Coolidge

  62. We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our liberty and of our property under the Constitution.

       -- Charles Evans Hughes

  63. The Bill of Rights -- The Original Contract With America. Accept no substitutes. Beware of imitations. Insist on the genuine articles.

       -- Anon


  64. Nothing contributes more to a person's peace of mind than having no opinions at all.
       -- G. C. Lichtenberg

  65. Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.
       -- Spanish Proverb

  66. My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
       -- Charles Lamb

  67. If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably.
       -- Plautus

  68. The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
       -- Lin Yutang

  69. One who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. He has lain down to die, and the grass is already over him.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  70. It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are.
       -- James Mackintosh

  71. One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.
       -- Eugene O'Neill

  72. Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.
       -- Thomas C. Haliburton

  73. Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.
       -- John Balguy

  74. Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
       -- Socrates

  75. A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
       -- George Moore

  76. To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.
       -- Teiga


  77. The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.
       -- Saadi

  78. Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  79. The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  80. The lustre of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  81. Joy and grief are never far apart. In the same street the shutters of one house are closed while the curtains of the next are brushed by the shadows of the dance. A wedding party returns from the church and a funeral winds to its door. The smiles and
       -- Robert Eldridge Willmott


  82. Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
       -- William Shakespeare

  83. Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
       -- George Sala

  84. Conversation is an art in which man has all mankind for competitors.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  85. Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
       -- Robert Benchley

  86. Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
       -- André Maurois

  87. I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information, and to my rule of conversing with all descriptions of men on those topics that form their own peculiar professions and pursuits.
       -- John Locke

  88. Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  89. A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.
       -- Mark Twain

  90. Silence is one great art of conversation.
       -- William Hazlitt

  91. Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.
       -- Lord Chesterfield


  92. "My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except a desperate case. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  93. Our country. In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country right or wrong!
       -- Stephen Decatur

  94. So long as you are ready to die for humanity, the life of your country is immortal.
       -- Giuseppe Mazzini

  95. Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  96. I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor provisions; I offer hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country in his heart and not with his lips only, follow me.
       -- Giuseppe Garibaldi

  97. God grant, that not only the Love of Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, "This is my Country."
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  98. My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.
       -- Mark Twain

  99. Our country is the world--our countrymen are mankind.
       -- William Lloyd Garrison

  100. The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
       -- Lord Acton

  101. The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
       -- Thomas Paine

  102. Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
       -- Montesquieu

  103. How can a man be said to have a country when he has not right of a square inch of it.
       -- Henry George

  104. There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their number than the greatness of a man is determined by his height.
       -- Victor Hugo

  105. Every man has two countries, his own and France.
       -- Henri de Bornier

  106. I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.
       -- Eugene V. Debs

  107. There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.
       -- Joseph Addison

  108. There ought to be a system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
       -- Edmund Burke

  109. Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.
       -- Daniel Webster


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