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Boetcker, William
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

1916 - from "Ten Cannots"
Bohr, Neils Henrik
We are trapped by language to such a degree that every attempt to formulate insight is a play on words.

It is, indeed, perhaps the greatest prospect of humanistic studies to contribute through an increasing knowledge of the history of cultural development to that gradual removal of prejudices which is the common aim of all science.

1958 - from Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge, Wiley

Bokun, Branko
Many say that people living in a Welfare State are less aggressive and less inventive. On the contrary, they are highly aggressive and most inventive but only in pursuit of their rights as guaranteed by the State.

1986 - from Humour Therapy, Vita Books, London
Bolingbroke, Henry St. James
The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

Bolt, Robert
This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast - manīs laws, not Godīs - and if you cut them down...do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?

1962 - from A Man For All Seasons
Bonaparte, Napoleon
Treason is a matter of dates.

A leader is a dealer in hope.

Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of defeating himself.

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

1815 - from Maxims
Circumstances - what are circumstances? I make circumstances.

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.

1804 - from Maxims
Courage is like love: it must have hope for nourishment.

1804 - from Maxims
There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Dec. 1812 - attributed, after his retreat from Russia
Boorstin, Daniel J.
The greatest obstacle to progress is not the absence of knowledge, but the illusion of knowledge.

The menace to America today is the emphasis on what separates us rather than what brings us together.

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life. The courage to believe is easy, with lots of respectable company, but I admire more the courage to doubt.

1989 - from "The Amateur Spirit", an essay published in Living Philosophies
Boortz, Neal
Politicians know just how powerful this word is, 'Security'. Every time they have some little program they want to offer to the people, a program that will almost certainly rob people of freedom and liberty, the politicians sell that program by adding the 'Security' word to it.

Borah, William E.
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

Borges, Jorge Luis
I am a conservative man, something which is in itself a confession of pessimism.

The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy.

from The Theologians
Bork, Robert
Classical liberalism has been so thoroughly defeated by modern liberalism's statism and its coercive homogenization of cultural life that even its name has been appropriated. "Liberal" once referred to a political tradition that honored individual liberty and a cultural ethos that allowed for the best that is known and thought to emerge from the free exchange of ideas. That kind of liberalism is today judged to be a marginal counterculture, especially in elite circles. Thus classical liberals - now known as conservatives - face an uphill battle in their struggle to preserve what is best in our inheritance.

Dec. 8, 1999 - from a review of Betrayal of Liberalism, Kramer and Kimball, editors, published in the Wall Street Journal
If racial discrimination is to be tolerated whenever the government has some purpose in mind, however trivial the purpose and however attenuated the connection between the purpose and the discrimination, the courts will be in for some very ugly tasks.

Dec. 31, 1990 - from a column in National Review
What we sense is that something has gone very wrong with America's moral and social infrastructure. Our real problem is the cultural revolution that swept America in the '60s. That is not to say that economic issues are not important, but that the cultural and social issues are far more important to Americans. We must re-fight the [cultural] battles we lost in the '60s. The counter-march will not be easy; but if conservatism is to live, we must do it.

Oct. 01, 1997 - from a speech to the International Conservative Congress in Washington
[Writing about W.B. Yeats] He can hardly have had any conception of just how thoroughly things would fall apart as the center failed to hold in the last third of this century. He can hardly have foreseen that passionate intensity, uncoupled from morality, would shred the fabric of Western culture. The rough beast of decadence, a long time in gestation, having reached its maturity in the last three decades, now sends us slouching towards our new home, not Bethlehem but Gomorrah.

1996 - from Slouching Toward Gomorrah
In a constitutional democracy the moral content of law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator, never by the morality of the judge.

1984 - in an essay for the American Enterprise Institute
Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere.

1989 - from The Tempting of America
The judge's authority derives entirely from the fact that he is applying the law and not his personal values. That is why the American public accepts the decisions of its courts, accepts even decisions that nullify the laws a majority of the electorate or their representatives voted for.

1987 - from his opening remarks at the Senate review of his appointment to the Supreme Court

When a judge goes beyond [his proper function] and reads entirely new values into the Constitution, values the framers and ratifiers did not put there, he deprives the people of their liberty. That liberty, which the Constitution clearly envisions, is the liberty of the people to set their own social agenda through the process of democracy.

1987 - from his opening remarks at the Senate review of his appointment to the Supreme Court
Our country is being radically altered, step by step, by Justices who are not following any law.

1996 - from Slouching Toward Gomorrah
Borovoy, Alan  
All we can hope to achieve is a little less hell.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
There are no complete victories, no complete defeats. I just try to make sure tomorrow's battles are less worse than yesterday's.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In Canada we don't ban demonstrations, we re-route them.

Boulding, Kenneth
Canada has no cultural unity, no linguistic unity, no religious unity, no economic unity, no geographic unity. All it has is unity.

Bourassa, Henri  
We have in our country the patriotism of Ontarians, the patriotism of Quebecers and the patriotism of westerners: but there is no Canadian patriotism, and there will not be a Canadian nation as long as we do not have a Canadian patriotism.

Bovard, James
The first step to saving our liberty is to realize how much we have already lost, how we lost it, and how we will continue to lose unless fundamental political changes occur.

1994 - from Lost Rights
Today, the de facto definition of suspicious behavior is a refusal to voluntarily relinquish one's constitutional rights.

1994 - from Lost Rights
Boyd Orr, John
If people have to choose between freedom and sandwiches, they will take sandwiches.

Boyer, Patrick  
The collective wisdom of a large body of well-informed people most reliably produces the best decisions. ... Pooled information and variety in experience can blend to produce not only a sound course of action, but also and as important, the underlying consensus necessary to implement it.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Canada has remained a timid democracy. The establishment that has run our country has proceeded comfortably - not always in the interests of the people, nor indeed of the country itself - supported by Canadians' deference to authority and a strange willingness to be passive spectators in our own land. We have become what anthropologists call 'participant observers'.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
I obviously believe in the institutions of 'representative democracy'. But, on the basis of seven years experience in parliament ... I must conclude that serious imbalances created by rigid party discipline must be corrected if we are to keep on calling our MPs "representatives". Even with their faults, our legislatures are still vital to our system of government.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
The ... phenomenon ... of our legislatures being reduced to 'rubber stamps' for decisions already taken by cabinet has to be troubling to anyone concerned about maintaining the dynamic counterbalances essential to a parliamentary democracy.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
... referendums and plebiscites are not meant to replace parliamentary rule, but rather to enhance it. Our system of government depends, ultimately, upon the consent of the people being governed. Canada is not a dictatorship where tyrannical force is used to obtain public acquiescence in the measures and programs of the government. Nor is it a theocracy where we follow the dictates of our leadership because of blindly obedient religious faith. Ours is a democracy where, at the end of the day, there simply must be public consensus about where we are going, and general agreement on how to get there. Without consent the whole elaborate superstructure - the legislatures, the courts, the financial system, the commercial marketplace, the acceptance of laws and norms of behaviour - will corrode until it collapses.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Powerful governments have long promoted the doctrine of parliamentary democracy that brazenly holds that once elected by virtue of winning the most seats in a general election, regardless of the size of their party's popular vote, they have a mandate to deal with any issue that comes up during the life of that Parliament. ... While this doctrine makes sense as a practical approach to the many details and issues that could never have been aired and debated or even anticipated in an election campaign, it nevertheless enshrines a bold fiction. [This attitude] has become one of the major factors in the loss of credibility suffered by Canadian governments and has led to a general disrespect for Canadian legislatures, shared even by many of us who are members of them.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
By virtue of an 'iron triangle' involving politicians, bureaucrats, and special interest groups, our political parties no longer serve as neutral brokers of all legitimate interests. Instead they arrange compromises among long-established elite groups, neglecting the interests of the masses.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Although we call our parliamentary system democratic, we have witnessed on a profound level the institutionalization of some very anti-democratic processes.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
The problem is that democratic theory is premised on the citizens' playing an active and informed role in the political system, but theory is not being met by opportunity.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Bradbury, Ray
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches... Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.

from his essay "Coda", a reaction against censorship
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Bradlaugh, Charles
Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of truth is useful... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.

Bradley, Ben
 We don't print the truth. We don't pretend to print the truth. We print what people tell us. It's up to the public to decide what's the truth.

Bradley, Omar
In war, there is no second prize for the runner-up.

Feb. 1950 - from Military Review, quoted in Power Quotes by Daniel B. Baker
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants...We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

Nov. 10, 1948 - from a speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce
Brand, Christopher
It was axiomatic to the philosophers of ancient Greece that there would be some relation between the character of a people and its political institutions and policies.

1986 - from "The psychological bases of political attitudes and interests", in Hans Eysenck: Consensus and Controversy by S.& C. Modgil, ed.
Let's put to flight the PeeCee battalions whose absurdities warrant psychological research in their own right and wipe out modern White Anglo-Saxon Protestant 'speech codes' which blur and deny our differences. Once upon a time, we were equal before God and struggled for equality in the eye of the Law and in voting booths. But today, the central doctrine of PeeCee claims us to be naturally equal in every important way: morally, psychologically and in all-round cultural achievement. Who can believe such absurdity...

1996 - from "Get Real About Race", published in downlow Vol. 2, No. 1
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz
The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles.

Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.

1928 - from his dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States

If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

1928 - from his dissenting opinion in Olmstead v. United States
It is the function of free speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. ... discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine...

1927 - from Whitney v. California 274 U.S. 357
... the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people...

1927 - from Whitney v. California 274 U.S. 357
... public discussion is a political duty...

1927 - from Whitney v. California 274 U.S. 357
... the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies ... the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones.

1927 - from Whitney v. California 274 U.S. 357
Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.

1928 - from a Supreme Court decision (277, US 428, 485)
The logic of words should yield to the logic of realities.

If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.

Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done.

Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.

The most important political office is that of private citizen.

In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means - to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal - would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.

1928 - from his dissenting opinion in Olmstead vs U.S.
[Public openness] Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.

The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.

They [the makers of the Constitution] conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone - the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

1928 - from his dissenting opinion in Olmstead vs U.S.
If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

1912 - attributed
Branden, Nathaniel
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.

The old enemies of capitalism used to denounce it on the grounds of its alleged exploitation of the worker. But today, when the American worker is so well off materially, that argument doesn't carry much weight, not that it ever did. Now the emphasis is shifting; now the talk is all about 'alienation' and how capitalism and technology 'alienate' man from his 'true self.' When that argument wears thin or wears out, they'll come up with something else. But why? What is it they really hate? That's the question. And why do they hate it? That's another good question.

Oct. 01, 1971 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Brebner, J. Bartlett
Perhaps the most striking thing about Canada is that it is not part of the United States.

Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.

1945 - from North Atlantic Triangle, the Interplay of Canada, the United States and Great Britain
Brecht, Bertold
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.

Brenan, Gerald
Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people's values.

from Thoughts in a Dry Season
Brennan, William
The Framers of the [U.S.] Bill of Rights did not purport to 'create' rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.

If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.

Bressler, M.
An ideology that tacitly appeals to biological equality as a condition for human emancipation corrupts the idea of freedom. Moreover, it encourages decent men to tremble at the prospect of 'inconvenient' findings that may emerge in future scientific research.

1968 - from the essay "Sociology, Biology, and Ideology" as quoted in Genetics by D. Glass
Brewster, Kingman
Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.

Brimelow, Peter
It is simply common sense that Americans have a legitimate interest in their country's racial balance. It is common sense that they have a right to insist that their government stop shifting it.

1995 - from Alien Nation
The central fact of the nineteenth century was the emergence of the working class. The central fact of the twentieth century is the emergence of a managerial "New Class" elite, reshaping all modern democracies in its own interest.

from a review of After Liberalism published in Forbes Magazine
The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

Feb. 1, 1993 - from an essay in National Review