"Where are we then? The religionists are the enemies of liberty, and the friends of liberty attack religion; the high-minded and the noble advocate subjection, and the meanest and most servile minds preach independence; honest and enlightened citizens are opposed to all progress, whilst men without patriotism and without principles are the apostles of civilization and intelligence. Has such been the fate of the centuries which have preceded our own? and has man always inhabited a world like the present, where nothing is linked together, where virtue is without genius, and genius without honor; where the love of order is confounded with a taste for oppression, and the holy rites of freedom with a taste for law; where the light thrown by conscience on human actions is dim, and where nothing seems to be any longer forbidden or allowed, honorable or shameful, false or true?"
Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
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We then, are where men call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    This is one of the best quotations ever--truly summing up the dilemma of Modern Man. This ranks right up there with Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Man". Thank you yet again, Editors, for finding the priceless gems obscured by dust and time! If we would more frequently remember and admit to the error of our ways, we would all be better off.
     -- Byron, Fort Collins     
     -- jim, Austin, Tx      
    More proof, human nature is human nature, and the forefathers wrote the constitution, and made it law, for a dam good reason
     -- Kimo, USA     
     -- Carol, Georgia      
     -- J Carlton, Calgary      
    Where are we then? Same as it ever has been. We will continue to be screwed until we say, "NO MORE!" ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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