Arbitrary Quotes

"Patriotism is often an arbitra...

"Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles." — George Jean Nathan
📅︎ Mar 02
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"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There h...

"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent." -- H. L. Mencken
📅︎ Nov 11
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"Humans are the only animals that suffer...

"Humans are the only animals that suffer the misery of attempting to justify an arbitrary existence in an apathetic universe."
📅︎ Aug 02
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“Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams,...

“Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence; a way of being fully human.” ~ Susan Sontag
📅︎ Jun 13
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‘To customs and beliefs, the very ones w...

‘To customs and beliefs, the very ones we hold sacred, sociology ruthlessly attaches the adjective “arbitrary”.’ - Raymond Aron
📅︎ Aug 06
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“Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling… makes no difference. The degree...

“Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling… makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary. The definition’s blurred. If I’m to choose between one evil and another, I’d rather not choose at all." - Geralt of Rivia, Witcher Series
📅︎ Oct 02
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"Arbitrary power is to the mi...

"Arbitrary power is to the mind what alcohol is to the body; it intoxicates." - Theodore Weld
📅︎ Feb 16
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“There is no place where arbitrary powe...

“There is no place where arbitrary power can justify its existence.” William Jennings Bryan, The Old World and Its Ways, 1907
📅︎ Jan 29
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"You get to thinking of the Earth as an organism, a living thing. You get to worry about it, ...

"You get to thinking of the Earth as an organism, a living thing. You get to worry about it, care for it, wish it well. National boundaries are as invisible as meridians of longitude, or the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The boundaries are arbitrary. The planet is real." ~ Carl Sagan
📅︎ Nov 07
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"The subject who is truly loyal to the...

"The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures." -- Junius
📅︎ Feb 18
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