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Monday, July 04, 2005

4th of July Thoughts 

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a
- Arthur C. Clarke

"“In the shadow of total calamity why not set off a firecracker?"
- Ursula K. LeGuin

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

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
- Theodore Roosevelt

"“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences."
- C. S. Lewis

"“Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all sorts of directions."
- Lord Vetinari

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