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Bentley, Eric
Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon; instead of principles, we have slogans; instead of genuine ideas, Bright Ideas.

1954 - from "The Dramatic Event" in What is Theatre?
Berenson, Bernard
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Except as its clown and jester, society does not encourage individuality, and the State abhors it.

Berger, Peter L.
For most of human history, most human cultures held that an individual human being is his collective identifications (as a member of his clan or tribe or caste, and so on); and that morality (say, dharma in the Hindu context) consists precisely in acting out the performance prescribed by these identifications.

1987 - from The Capitalist Revolution, Gower, Aldershot
Intellectuals do aspire to Enlightenment ideals progress, reason, scientific truth, humanistic values. But they also desire at least some of the traditional virtues that modernity has undermined collective solidarity, transcendence of individualism, and, last but not least, moral certainty and ultimate meaning. Marxism has plausibly offered this curious melange of modern and counter-modern appeals from its inception. It should not surprise that intellectuals have been particularly prone to go for it.

1987 - from The Capitalist Revolution, Gower, Aldershot
Income distribution is a function of modern economic growth, and is affected to only a limited degree by the institutional arrangements and policies of a society. Capitalism, then, does not come out very well in the perspective of [the value placed on equality]. But neither does socialism, or any presently existent or plausibly imagined form of societal organization. Those for whom equality is a paramount value would thus be well advised to cease blaming or defending either of the two major contemporary systems [viz. capitalism and socialism] for the existing state of affairs. Their concern would logically lead to an overall critique of modernity and to the practical question as to how modernization could be reversed or at least modified.

1987 - from The Capitalist Revolution, Gower, Aldershot
The critics of capitalism are right when they reject policies that accept hunger today while promising affluence tomorrow ... the critics of socialism are right when they reject policies that accept terror today on the promise of a humane order tomorrow.

1974 - from Pyramids of Sacrifice: Political Ethics and Social Change, Allen Lane, London
The conservative mandate on the 'values' issues is to spell out an authentically conservative position without falling into a radicalizing mood that proposes nonnegotiable absolutes. Such a position, I believe, could persuade a broad spectrum within the electorate. Most, but not all, of these issues belong in the political arena, and most can be dealt with by reversing the 'long march through the institutions' which the Left began in the 1960's. Put differently, the conservative mandate is to build a politically viable social and cultural platform.

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Berle, Milton
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.

Berlin, Isaiah
Those who have ever valued liberty for its own sake believed that to be free to choose, and not to be chosen for, is an inalienable ingredient in what makes human beings human.

1959 - from his essay "Two Concepts of Liberty"

If we wish to live in the light of reason, we must follow rules or principles; for that is what being rational is.

Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.

1959 - from Two Concepts of Liberty
Bernanos, George
Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice, but of a sly effective order, based entirely on cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak, their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery.

1936 - from The Diary of a Country Priest
Berne, Eric
Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.

Berns, Walter
The Constitution, [the American founding fathers] said, provided a remedy for the 'diseases' most incident to democratic government, and The Federalist (written to persuade the people to give it their consent) leaves no doubt as to what they understood to be a disease: zealous opinions 'concerning religion,' 'tyrannical majorities,' 'angry and malignant passions,' 'a factious spirit,' the dangerous ambition that 'often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people,' and those who begin their careers 'by paying obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.' To guard against these democratic diseases, or vices, the Constitution, in addition to consigning religion to the private sphere by separating church and state, withholds powers, separates powers, and excludes the people in their collective capacity from any share in the exercise of these powers. In a word, republican (or limited) government would be possible under a Constitution that excluded, or at least inhibited, the zealous, the angry, the morally indignant; and this, in turn, depended on confining the business of government to issues that did not give rise to zeal, anger, or moral indignation. Throughout most of our history -- if we ignore the slavery issue and the Civil War -- the Constitution succeeded in doing this.

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Berra, Yogi
The future ain't what it used to be.

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future.

You can observe a lot just by watchin'.

Berton, Pierre  
A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.

Bérubé, Michael
What did one multiculturalist say to the other multiculturalist? It doesn't matter -- all multiculturalist jokes are equally worthy of our appreciation.

May. 12, 1997 - quoted in his book review "Past Imperfect, Present Tense", published in The Nation magazine
Bevan, Aneurin
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.

I have never regarded politics as the arena of morals. It is the arena of interests.

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

Bhagavad Gita
Action should culminate in wisdom.

Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.

Biafra, Jello
For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.

Bianco, Robert
We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.

Jun. 17, 1994 - from his column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bibby, Reginald W.  
In Canada, the time has come to address a centrally important question. If what we have in common is our diversity, do we really have anything in common at all?

1990 - from Mosaic Madness: The Poverty and Potential of Life in Canada
Bierce, Ambrose
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Adage, n. Boned wisdom for weak teeth.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Conservative: a statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Politics: the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Bigot: one who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
I am for preserving the ancient, primitive distinction between right and wrong.

Future: that period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary

Justice: a commodity which (in a more or less adulterated condition) the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes, and personal service.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Truth: An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Abnormal, adj. Not conforming to standard. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Mugwump, n. In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence. A term of contempt.

1906 - from The Devil's Dictionary
Biko, Steven
... the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

May, 1976 - from his statement in a court trial
Billings, Josh
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

from Conduct of Life
The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so.

1874 - from Josh Billings' Encyclopedia of Wit and Wisdom
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

Bissell, Claude T.  
The Social Sciences are good at accounting for disasters once they have taken place.

With all its defects, its tortured self-doubts, its endless hesitations, its constant cynical juxtaposition of the ideal and the actual, the university is the institution that reminds man most insistently of the need for the examined life.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
It's ironical that the first people to demand free speech are the first people to deny it to others.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Bixby, Miriam  
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) commissioned several scientific assessments by an independent consulting group, Energy and Environmental Analysis (EEA), in order to determine the impact of cars and light trucks on environmental and human health. EEA measured emissions of CO2, VOC, and NOx. Their recent study of CO2 emissions in Canada reports that, in every province, passenger vehicles account for less than 20 percent of total CO2 emissions. In British Columbia, vehicle emissions will account for only 15.65 percent of total CO2 emissions in 2000, down from 16.81 percent in 1980, despite a significant increase in vehicle usage (EEA 1995). Similarly, EEA’s study of VOC and NOx shows that since 1995, VOC and NOx emitted by autos and light trucks in Vancouver have decreased from 30 percent to 28.3 percent of total VOC and NOx emissions in the area, and are projected to reach 27.9 percent by 2005. This projection is particularly striking since between 1980 and 2005, total vehicle kilometres driven are expected to increase by 103 percent (EEA, 2000).

Dec. 2000 - from "The Translink Levy: Taxing Patience More than Congestion", published in Fraser Forum
Black, Conrad Moffat  
'Caring and compassion' really meant socialism, wealth confiscation and redistribution, taking money from people who had earned it and giving it to people who had not earned it in exchange for their votes and in the name of fairness. Here, truly, Canada has vastly exceeded the United States... 'Caring and compassion,' however well-intentioned, would more accurately be called plundering and bribery... For decades, too many of our business leaders mouthed self-reliant and ruggedly individualistic platitudes while lining up for government preferments like the locusts of feminism and multiculturalism, and the kleptocracy of organized labor.

May 22, 1992 - from a column in the Financial Post
Our countrymen have been failed by their academic, journalistic, and bureaucratic elites, who sold them the myth of the 'caring and compassionate' society. This is a euphemism for what has become a ruinously exaggerated process of taking money from those who have earned it and giving it to those who haven't. The nationality... has acquiesced, indeed wallowed, in this flimflam for 30 years...

Aug. 13, 1991 - from a column in the Financial Post
Canada effectively created a political ethos of official pandering and a society of addicts to government largesse... Each new category arose, became vocal, and was pandered to... Native people have a federal government department whose budget is now over $12,000 for every designated man, woman and child in the country.

May 22, 1992 - from a column in the Financial Post
Educational egalitarianism teaches that the student who knows nothing is just as good and worthy of a hearing as the one who knows something.

1981 - from Confessions, Totem Books, Toronto
[On Canadian journalists who privately support his free-market views] I don't much care about being mis-type cast, but I'm getting a little tired of wrestling with the entire Canadian left-wing media myself while thousands of publicity-shy well-wishers offer to hold my coat.

Jul. 18, 1989 - from a letter to The Financial Post
It is... one of the well-springs of the pervasive Canadian spirit of envy that the success of a person implies the failure or exploitation of someone else. ... The destructive fixation of the envious English-Canadian mind requires that the highest, happiest, most agile flyers be laid low. [It is] a sadistic desire corroded by soul-destroying envy, to intimidate all those who might aspire to anything the slightest exceptional.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
...the Canadian media [has a] predilection for behaving like a rampaging industrial union while pretending absurdly to be a learned profession.

1993 - from A Life in Progress

Canadian media [are] irresponsible, narcissistic, self-righteously biased, unqualified to exercise the power they have, over-indulged... by owners afraid to offer any ethical direction.

Jul. 18, 1989 - from a letter published in The Financial Post
... the malaise of our free press [is] the irresponsible power of journalists, unrestrained by publishers.

May 19, 1988 - from a column in The Financial Post
The greatest lesson I learned from my school days was admiration for those who endured and persevered with quiet dignity in a system that was unfriendly or even unjust to them. The heroes of school days were not those who excelled at what came easily to them, even less those who rebelled, the group of which I was merely a notorious exemplar. The heroes were those who tried, who survived adversity, and who by trying and surviving strngthened their characters. It took me some years to appreciate this.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
Providentially, the world became more accessible for me as Canada became less commodious.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
I'm not convinced that it is really possible to achieve much in Canadian politics, because of the way it’s set up and the jurisdictions are so divided between the federal and provincial governments...

from an interview with Pamela Wallin for the Meeting of Minds series at Chapters.ca
The French and Germans, for notoriously well-known historic reasons, have social safety nets that have effectively become hammocks.

Jul. 09, 1998 - from his lecture "Britain's Final Choice, Europe or America", delivered at the London-based Center for Policy Studies
Canada, whose distinctiveness from the northern American states is fairly tenuous, has lost no additional sovereignty after entering into the free trade agreement that resulted in over 40% of Canada's G.N.P. being derived from trade with the US. This is more than four times the percentage of British GNP taken up by trade with the EU, but Canada suffers none of the jurisdictional intrusions that are routine in the British march to Eurofederalism.

Jul. 09, 1998 - from his lecture "Britain's Final Choice, Europe or America", delivered at the London-based Center for Policy Studies
More than 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the border [with the United States]; and 85% of foreign trade is with the U.S. - about 42% of GDP.

Dec. 1, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
Over the last 40 years, Canada has tried to define itself as gentler than the U.S. This initially meant universal medicare and strict gun control, but expanded to mean a process of taking money form people who have earned it and redistributing it to people who haven't, more or less in exchange for their votes. Canada is the only country that has enshrined regional economic equality as a constitutional objective, thus committing itself to the impossible proposition of moving resources to people instead of the other way around.

Dec. 1, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
The Canadian dollar, in 40 years, has gone from US$1.04 to US$0.64. We have gone from being the second most prosperous country after the U.S., to the 18th. The Liberals, principle authors of this descent, have ... successfully represented their conception of national identity as sacred and any derogation from it as "extreme." Canadians are seduced by assurances of the superiority of their society, and of Canada's prestige in the United Nations.

Dec. 1, 2000 - from a column in the National Post

At the end of the Trudea era, Canada was the only country in the world besides North Korea to have outlawed private medicine, and current political wisdom blames successor governments for the health care disaster created twenty years ago.

1997 - from "Taking Canada Seriously", published in International Journal, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Black, Hugo L.
... a union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion. The history of governmentally established religion, both in England and in this country, showed that whenever government had allied itself with one particular form of religion, the inevitable result had been that it had incurred the hatred, disrespect and even contempt of those who held contrary beliefs. That same history showed that many people had lost their respect for any religion that had relied upon the support of government to spread its faith.

Jun. 25, 1962 - from the decision in Engel et al. v. Vitale et al., which outlawed state-mandated school prayer
The public welfare demands that constitutional cases must be decided according to the terms of the Constitution itself, and not according to judges' views of fairness, reasonableness, or justice. I have no fear of constitutional amendments properly adopted, but I do fear the rewriting of the Constitution by judges under the guise of interpretation.

1968 - from Columbia University's Charpentier Lectures
It is my belief that there are "absolutes" in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what words meant, and meant their prohibitions to be "absolute."

quoted in Hugo Black: A Biography by Roger Newman
Without deviation, without exception, without any ifs, buts, or whereases, freedom of speech means you shall not do something to people for views they have, express, speak, or write.

quoted in One Man's Stand for Freedom by Irving Dillard (ed.)
Loyalty must arise spontaneously from the hearts of people who love their country and respect their government.

Blackstone, Sir William
The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights.

1765 - from Commentaries on the Laws of England
Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws to be inviolate. On the contrary, no human legislature has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture.

1765 - from Commentaries on the Laws of England
These are the eternal, immutable laws of good and evil, to which the creator himself in all his dispensations conforms; and which he has enabled human reason to discover, so far as they are necessary for the conduct of human actions. Such among others are these principles: that we should live honestly, should hurt nobody, and should render every one its due...

1765 - from Commentaries on the Laws of England
In all tyrannical governments the supreme magistracy, or the right both of making and enforcing the laws, is vested in one and the same man, or one and the same body of men; and wherever these two powers are united together, there can be no public liberty.

1765 - from Commentaries on the Laws of England

Blair, Tony
A decent society is not based on rights; it is based on duty....Our duty to one another...To all should be given opportunity; from all, responsibility demanded.

Nov. 09, 1997 - quoted by The Washington Post
I don't make predictions. I never have and I never will.

I believe passionately that our government will fail if it sees its task as dismantling Thatcherism. We can’t just switch the clock back.

1996 - from a speech after replacing the Conservatives in government
Labour is the party of business.

from a speech during his successful 1996 election campaign
Blake, Lord Robert
The Conservatives should never disregard political and social reform, but if there is any lesson to be learnt from history, I believe it is that the party cannot expect to win success by outbidding the radicals. This merely muddles the Conservative Party's traditional supporters and it does not actually capture the radical vote.

Bliss, Michael  
Canadians are people who remember their present and think it's their history.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In Canada, far more than in the United States, the competitive strategy of working with or through government, or otherwise making use of it, has coloured the evolution of enterprise, the economy, and government itself.

1987 - from Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business
Bloch, Arthur
The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.

A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking.

Bloom, Alan
Students these days are, in general, nice. I choose the word carefully. They are not particularly moral or noble.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind

... one should never forget that Socrates was not a professor, that he was put to death, and that the love of wisdom survived, partly because of his individual example.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
Rousseau's theoretical frankness, or harshness, about legislation [to enforce equality] put off succeeding generations of thinkers, who nonetheless wanted the results of that harshness, i.e. community. Or, more likely, Robespierre's practical harshness and the failure of his attempt at legislation scared off moderate observers. Changing human nature seems a brutal, nasty, tyrannical thing to do. So, instead, it began to be denied that there is such a thing as human nature.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
First radio, then television, have assaulted and overturned the privacy of the home, the real American privacy, which permitted the development of a higher and more independent life within democratic society. Parents can no longer control the atmosphere of the home and have lost even the will to do so. With great subtlety and energy, television enters not only the room, but also the tastes of old and young alike, appealing to the immediately pleasant and subverting whatever does not conform to it.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contradictory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
Blount, Wilton
It is our belief that if people are set free to express themselves to the fullest, their accomplishments will be far beyond their dreams, and they will not only contribute to the growth of the company, but will also be more useful citizens and contribute to the society at large.

Blum, Leon
The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.

Boaz, David
The fundamental class division in any society is not between rich and poor, or between farmers and city dwellers, but between taxpayers and tax consumers.

Individuals do not emerge from community, community emerges from individuals.

Boetcker, William
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"