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The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from


Note: Throughout history the rich and famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.

Individual
"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty" -- George Bernard SHAW
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." -Herman Melville

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is manís original virtue." -Oscar Wilde

"Anyone taken as an individual, is tolerably sensible and reasonable as a member of a crowd, he is at once a blockhead." -Friedrich von Schiller

"You laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at you because youíre all the same." -Vick Imbornoni

"To be nobody but yourself in a word which is working night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting." -E.E. Cummings

"He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in the world." -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"To be nobody but yourself in a word which is working night and day to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting." -E.E. Cummings

"All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established." -Aristotle

"I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." -William Ernest Henly

"The ultimate pain is a life that is not authentically one's own." -Daniel N. Robinson

"Thinking men cannot be ruled." -Ayn Rand

"Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. ...Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone." -Henrik Ibsen

"I am a man who does not exist for others." -Howard Roark

"Stop going with the flow in your life. Start your own river instead." -Phillip C. McGraw

"The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country." -Milton Friedman

"All of the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of one small candle." -Anonymous

"Our culture overlooks the wonder in the day to day yet makes television spectacles out of the tiniest bits of novelty." -Greg Bell

"The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates

"Thought does not bow to authority." -Ayn Rand

"Conformity is the death of individualism." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There isn't any society to disapprove, to disallow, to denounce or to ostracize you. It's a myth. I wonder how many millions of lives have been tossed on the junkpile to appease an entity that never existed." -Harry Browne

"The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization." -Sigmund Freud

"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." -Mark Twain

"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others." -Thomas Jefferson

"There is nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school." -George Bernard Shaw

"He that is master of himself, and his own life, has a right to the means of preserving it." -John Locke

"A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority." -Henry David Thoreau

"An individualist is a man who says: I will not run anyone's life--nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone--nor anyone to myself." -Ayn Rand

"Whenever one looks in the world of human organization, collective responsibility brings a lowering of moral standards." -Freeman Dyson

"I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction." -Ayn Rand

"The companion I have found most companionable is solitude." -Henry David Thoreau

"[People] do things together which nobody in his right mind would do alone." -Freeman Dyson

"Trust yourself, then you will know how to live." -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." -Ayn Rand

"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority." -Noah Webster

"Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law." -Ayn Rand

"The less satisfaction we derive from being ourselves, the greater is our desire to be like others." -Eric Hoffer

"The rational individualist is not the enemy of benevolence or civility, but their truest exemplar." -David Kelley

"No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him." -Thomas Jefferson

"A great deal may be learned about society by studying man ... nothing can be learned about man by studying society." -Ayn Rand

"What lay before you is nothing compared to what lay within you." -Unknown

"You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." -Robert Heinlein

"A sure sign of a genius is that all of the dunces are in a confederacy against him." -Frank Lloyd Wright

"It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty." -Albert Einstein

"I alone control the energy that animates my being." -juggle-drop (paraphrasing Rose Wilder Lane)

"All good things in life are the fruits of originality." -John Stuart Mill

"Civilization is the process of setting man free from men." -Ayn Rand

"All freedom is essentially self-liberation." -Max Stirner

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end." -Lord Acton

"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos." -H. L. Mencken

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." -Henry David Thoreau

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

"I can have only so much freedom as I procure for myself by my oneness." -Max Stirner

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater

"If devotion to truth is the hallmark of morality, then there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking." -Ayn Rand

"Solitary trees grow strong." -Winston Churchill

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." -John Stuart Mill

"In the temple of his spirit, each man is alone." -Ayn Rand

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest." -Thomas Paine

"Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind." -Thomas Jefferson

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