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    Aristocracy

  1. There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  2. Authority forgets a dying king.
       -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  3. What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  4. I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality.
       -- John Randolph

  5. Some will always be above others. Destroy the equality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  6. Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  7. A monied aristocracy in our country ... has already set the government at defiance.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  8. The aristocrat is the democrat ripe and gone to seed.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  9. Noblesse oblige; or, superior advantages bind you to larger generosity.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. Aristocracy is always cruel.
       -- Wendell Phillips


    Art

  11. All art is a revolt against man's fate.
       -- André Malraux

  12. Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  13. Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  14. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  15. Art is a form of catharsis.
       -- Dorothy Parker

  16. The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
       -- Hilton Kramer

  17. Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
       -- Amy Lowell

  18. As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.
       -- John Dewey

  19. If my husband would ever meet a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would fall over in a dead faint.
       -- Mrs. Pablo Picasso

  20. Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  21. Fashion is a potency in art, making it hard to judge between the temporary and the lasting.
       -- E. C. Stedman

  22. In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  23. Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
       -- Theodore Dreiser

  24. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
       -- André Gide

  25. The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
       -- Pablo Picasso

  26. Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.
       -- William Butler Yeats

  27. Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  28. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  29. Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
       -- George Jean Nathan

  30. The course of Nature is the art of God.
       -- Edward Young

  31. Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man has a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  32. The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
       -- Michelangelo

  33. Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world.
       -- André Maurois

  34. Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  35. There is no such thing as modern art. There is art--and there is advertising.
       -- Albert Sterner

  36. Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  37. The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.
       -- Jawaharlal Nehru

  38. Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
       -- George Santayana

  39. To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.
       -- Thomas A. Edison

  40. What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself--life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
       -- Willa Cather


    Artist

  41. The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  42. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  43. The artist does not illustrate science [but] he frequently responds to the same interests that a scientist does.
       -- Lewis Mumford

  44. The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  45. An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
       -- Jean Cocteau

  46. The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  47. One puts into one's art what one has not been capable of putting into one's existence. It is because he was unhappy that God created the world.
       -- Henri de Montherlant

  48. The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
       -- Max Eastman

  49. The true artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Assassination

  50. Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
       -- Ed Howe

  51. Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  52. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood.
       -- William Shakespeare

  53. Assassination: the extreme form of censorship.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  54. I come fairly to kill him honestly.
       -- Beaumont and Fletcher

  55. I'm proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.
       -- Thomas A. Edison

  56. Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
    By each let this be heard,
    Some do it with a bitter look,
    Some with a flattering word,
    The coward does it with a kiss,
    The brave man with a sword!
       -- Oscar Wilde

  57. He'd make a lovely corpse.
       -- Charles Dickens


    Atheism

  58. Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
       -- Heywood Broun

  59. To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.
       -- Joseph Addison

  60. Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man.
       -- Francis Bacon

  61. The atheist has no hope.
       -- J. F. Clarke

  62. Infidelity does not consist in believing or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
       -- Thomas Paine

  63. I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
       -- Clarence Darrow

  64. There are no atheists in the foxholes of Bataan.
       -- Douglas MacArthur

  65. An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.
       -- Fulton J. Sheen

  66. I am an atheist, thank God!
       -- Anonymous

  67. An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief.
       -- Franklin P. Jones


    Authority

  68. The highest duty is to respect authority.
       -- Leo XIII

  69. Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
       -- Anne Bradstreet

  70. All authority is quite degrading.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  71. Authority is no stronger than the man who wields it.
       -- Dolores E. McGuire

  72. If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.
       -- Yugoslav Proverb

  73. All authority belongs to the people.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  74. The wisest have the most authority.
       -- Plato

  75. Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
       -- Joseph Addison

  76. Who holds a power but newly gained is ever stern of mood.
       -- Aeschylus

  77. He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  78. Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
       -- Thomas Huxley


    Automation

  79. If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.
       -- Frank Lloyd Wright

  80. The Christian notion of the possibility of redemption is incomprehensible to the computer.
       -- Vance Packard

  81. We live in a time when automation is ushering in a second industrial revolution.
       -- Adlai E. Stevenson

  82. Jobs are physically easier, but the worker now takes home worries instead of an aching back.
       -- Homer Bigart


    Avarice

  83. If you would abolish avarice, you must abolish its mother, luxury.
       -- Cicero

  84. Avarice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
       -- Cicero

  85. ... generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  86. Avarice is the vice of declining years.
       -- George Bancroft

  87. The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.
       -- Zeno

  88. Avarice is always poor.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  89. Poverty wants some things, luxury many, avarice all things.
       -- Abraham Cowley

  90. Avarice increases with the increasing pile of gold.
       -- Juvenal


    Average

  91. I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.
       -- Michel de Montaigne

  92. Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.
       -- William M. Winans

  93. A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.
       -- Herbert Spencer

  94. The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
       -- Andrew Carnegie

  95. I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

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