Quotes about Society

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It is much easier to do business with the owner of the business than some employee who is likely to lose his job next year; likewise it is easier to trust the word of an autocrat than a fragile elected official.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Individuals don`t need to know where they are going; markets do. Leave people alone under a good structure and they will take care of things.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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The rules of life aren`t always clear. Some rules are unwritten. And just when we think we have a handle on the rules something comes along. Things ain`t never gonna be the same.

Grey`s Anatomy (movie)

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Under a welfare state there is always the danger that adults as well as children will believe in Santa Claus.

Evan Esar

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We don`t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people.

Steve Goodier

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I`m fed up with democracy. In a democracy, people vote for the mayors. I wanted to build a city where I will choose the citizens.

Emir Kusturica

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

Arthur Charles Clarke

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Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.

Omar Nelson Bradley

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I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky. But there is something more powerful than each of us, a combination of our efforts, a Great Chain of industry that unites us...

BioShock

It is not long in historical terms since Christian priests were burning people at the stake if they did not believe that wine turns to blood when a priest prays over it, and that the earth sits immovably at the universe`s centre, or [...] since they were whipping people and slitting their noses and ears for having sex outside marriage [...]. To this day adulterers are stoned to death in certain Muslim countries; if the priests were still on top in the once-Christian world, who can say it would be different?

A. C. Grayling

The great moral questions of the present age are those about human rights, war, poverty, the vast disparities between rich and poor, the fact that somewhere in the third world a child dies every two and a half seconds because of starvation or remediable disease. The churches` obsessions over pre-marital sex and whether divorced couples can remarry in church appears contemptible in the light of this mountain of human suffering and need. By distracting attention from what really counts, and focusing it on the minor and anyway futile attempt to get people to conduct their personal lives only in ways the church permits, harm is done to the cause of good in the world.

A. C. Grayling

I`m angry that when people run for political office in the United States, it`s considered legitimate to grill them about their employment background, their positions on legislation, their positions on social issues, the taxes they`ve paid [...]... but it`s considered invasive and intolerant to ask if they believe in talking snakes, demonic possession, magic underwear, magic crackers that turn into the flesh of their god, an Earth that was created 6,000 years ago, or a god who put himself on Earth in human form and then sacrificed himself to himself to atone for sins that other people committed and to save humanity from the punishment he himself was planning to dole out. If someone is going to make decisions about science funding, emerging medical technology, our educational system, and so on... I think it matters if they believe any of that shit, and I bloody well want to know about it.

Greta Christina

Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it`s a good place to start.

Jason Collins

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Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

Ernest J. Gaines

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