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Common sense is not so common.
- Voltaire, 1764

When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
- Voltaire, 1770

Man's basic vice, the source of all his evils, is the refusal to see, ... the refusal to know.
- Ayn Rand

Truth or falsehood must be one's sole concern and sole criterion of judgment - not anyone's approval or disapproval.
- Ayn Rand

Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.
- Ayn Rand

There can be no compromise on basic principles.
- Ayn Rand

Americans are the most reality-oriented people on earth.
- Any Rand

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the popular alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
- H. L. Menchen

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
- Charles Mackay

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
- Thomas Jefferson

In the end the truth will conquer.
- John Wycliff, 1381

There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance. [ ignorance in action]
- Goethe

It's not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.
- Henry Kissinger

Fortune favors the brave.
- Virgil, c. 25 B.C.

I. (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic [ emphasis added]: that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
- Oath of Enlistment, U.S. armed forces

Man discovers truth by reason only, not by faith.
- Tolstoy, 1887

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
- Blaise Pascal

The Greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Stephen Hawking

The media are less a window on reality than a stage on which officials and journalist perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions.
- Paul Waver, 1994

The first duty of man is that of subduing fear. We must get rid of fear; we cannot act at all till then. A Man's acts are slavish, not true but specious: his very thoughts are false, he thinks too as a slave and coward, till he have got fear under his feet.
- Thomas Carlyle, 1840

The international gold standard works without an action on the part of the government.
- Ludwig von Mise

The abhorrence of the gold standard is inspired by the superstition that omnipotent governments can create wealth out of little scraps of paper.
- Ludwig von Mises

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Evil deeds never prosper.
- Homer, Odyssey, c. 700 B.C.

He that [who] will not reason is a fool. He that will not a bigot. He that dare not a slave.
- On Andrew Carnegie Mellon's [Mellon] library mantel.

In the beginning of change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for it then costs nothing to be a patriot.
- Mark Twain

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
- Patrick Henry, 1775

History is no more than the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
- Voltaire, 1767

History is but a set of lies agreed upon. (or similar)
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
- H. D. Thoreau, 1854

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- H. D. Thoreau, 1854

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
- Francis Bacon, 1623

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, house, papers, and effect, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath of affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- U.S.A. Constitution

All truth passes through three states.

First it is ridiculed.

Second, it is violently opposed.

Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Civilized countries generally adopt old or silver or both as money.
- Alfred Marshall

I don't want a nation of thinkers. I want a nation of workers.
- John D. Rockefeller, oil magnate and founder of the National Education Board.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

We are dominated by the relative small number of persons ... who understand the mental process of social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
- Edward Bernays - Propaganda - 1928

One evil flows from another.
- Terence, 160 BC

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
- Francis Bacon, 1605

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
- Galileo Galilei

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
- Adolf Hitler

Fascism will come to America in the name of national security.
- Jim Garrison

One may not do evil that good may come of it.
- legal maxim

The fragility of the NIST report [on 9-11 WTC collapse] is astonishing. The report succeeded because a people accepted its assurances without examination.
- Paul Craig Roberts

The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominates by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complex files containing even the most personal information about the citizens.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder with David Rockefeller of the Trilateral Commission

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
- Francis Bacon, 1623

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
- George Orwell