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There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter. What this country needs is a good five-cent nickel.
more Franklin P. Adams quotes
Mankind is at its best when it is most free. This will be clear if we grasp the principle of liberty. We must recall that the basic principle is freedom of choice, which saying many have on their lips but few in their minds.
more Dante Alighieri quotes
I shall not counsel or maintain any suit or proceeding which shall appear to me to be unjust, nor any defense except such as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law of the land.
more American Bar Association quotes
Our lives improve only when we take chances -- and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
more Walter Truett Anderson quotes
Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.
more Marcus Aurelius Antoninus quotes
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
more Aristotle quotes
The man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
Gun control has proved to be a grievous failure, a means of disarming honest citizens without limiting firepower available to those who prey on the law-abiding. Attempting to use the legal system to punish the weapon rather than the person misusing the weapon is similarly doomed to fail.
more Doug Bandow quotes
He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.
more George Berkeley quotes
The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.
more Ambrose Bierce quotes
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
more Josh Billings quotes
A good writer of history is a guy who is suspicious. Suspicion marks the real difference between the man who wants to write honest history and the one who’d rather write a good story.
more Jim Bishop quotes
Who lies for you will lie against you.
more Bosnian Proverb quotes
The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.
more Merry Browne quotes
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
more Simon Cameron quotes
Integrity has no need of rules.
more Albert Camus quotes
It is time for our school systems to stop accepting the gospel of that false religion and start doing their due diligence. Our children should be taught about the demonstrable solar cycles; and the whole human-caused Global Warming theory, along with the Hockey Stick Hoax, should be taught only as another example, after Piltdown Man and pre-Copernican theories of planetary movement, of how science can be corrupted when ideology gets ahead of the data.
more Orson Scott Card quotes
Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
more Thomas Carlyle quotes
When I use a word...it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less....The question is...which is to be master -- that's all.
more Lewis Carroll quotes
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
more Jimmy Carter quotes
Ah yes, truth. Funny how everyone is always asking for it but when they get it they don't believe it because it's not the truth they want to hear.
more Helena Cassadine quotes
Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; for the one is painful but once, but the other for one's whole life.
more Chilon of Sparta quotes
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
more Confucius quotes
It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
more Noel Coward quotes
The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle – among others – that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error; that in the competition of the marketplace of ideas, the sounder ideas will in the long run win out.
more Elmer Davis quotes
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
more Charles De Gaulle quotes
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?
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.
more Dick Cavett quotes
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don´t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if anything is to be got by it.
more Charles Dickens quotes
An unexamined idea, to paraphrase Socrates, is not worth having and a society whose ideas are never explored for possible error may eventually find its foundations insecure.
more Mark Van Doren quotes
The reality is, if we tell the truth, we only have to tell the truth once. If you lie, you have to keep lying forever.
more Rabbi Wayne Dosick quotes
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.
more Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes
The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
We may explain success mainly by one word and that word is WORK! WORK!! WORK!!! WORK!!!! Not transient and fitful effort, but patient, enduring, honest, unremitting, and indefatigable work, into which the whole heart is put.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
Ill habits gather by unseen degrees -- As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
more John Dryden quotes
Of all the tyrannies on human kind / the worst is that which persecutes the mind.
more John Dryden quotes
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels -- men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
more Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
When somebody lies, somebody loses.
more Stephanie Ericsson quotes
We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent.
more Abraham Flexner quotes
But what madness must it be to run in debt for these superfluities! We are offered, by the terms of this vendue, six months' credit; and that perhaps has induced some of us to attend it, because we cannot spare the ready money, and hope now to be fine without it. But, ah, think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty. If you cannot pay at the time, you will be ashamed to see your creditor; you will be in fear when you speak to him, you will make poor pitiful sneaking excuses, and by degrees come to lose you veracity, and sink into base downright lying; for, as Poor Richard says, the second vice is lying, the first is running in debt. And again to the same purpose, lying rides upon debt's back.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
Your creditor has authority at his pleasure to deprive you of your liberty, by confining you in gaol for life, or to sell you for a servant, if you should not be able to pay him! When you have got your bargain, you may, perhaps, think little of payment; but creditors, Poor Richard tells us, have better memories than debtors, and in another place says, creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times. The day comes round before you are aware, and the demand is made before you are prepared to satisfy it. Or if you bear your debt in mind, the term which at first seemed so long, will, as it lessens, appear extreamly short. Time will seem to have added wings to his heels as well as shoulders.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
Finally, there seem to be but three Ways for a Nation to acquire Wealth. The first is by War as the Romans did in plundering their conquered Neighbours. This is Robbery. The second by Commerce which is generally Cheating. The third by Agriculture the only honest Way; wherein Man receives a real Increase of the Seed thrown into the Ground, in a kind of continual Miracle wrought by the Hand of God in his favour, as a Reward for his innocent Life, and virtuous Industry.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
more Sigmund Freud quotes
He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.
more Dr. Thomas Fuller quotes
Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.
more Don Galer quotes
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
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