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Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world - few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds - justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

- The Vampire Lestat, pp. 332-333, Anne Rice

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.

- Robert Cushing

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

- Voltaire

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

- Missionaria Protectiva, Frank Herbert's "Heretics of Dune"

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away.

- Elvis Presley

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

- George W. Bush

Given that China was arguably the leading power in the world from c. 1100-1800, and was certainly the leading power in the East Asian region, one would anticipate that the smaller powers in that region would have balanced against it. But this in fact did not happen. The reply might be in turn that this was because China was the kingpin within the international tribute system, and was therefore an imperialist power. But arguably this system was neither imperialist nor could it be explained through the 'conventional practices' associated with Western great power politics.

- John M. Hobson

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

- Joseph Campbell

Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self.

- Michel de Montaigne

No one is free when others are oppressed.

- Mahatma Gandhi