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Sometimes, you come across quotes that neatly sum up what you feel on a certain topic. Allow me to demonstrate with a few of my own, good quotes provided by others that reflect how I feel on the emboldened subject matter:

1. Politics:
“Please tell me you’re Republicans.” – Ronald Reagan to surgeons as he entered the operating room after being wounded in an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981

2. Religion:
“Without centuries of Christian anti-Semitism, Hitler’s passionate hatred would never have been so fervently echoed.” – Robert Runcie, British ecclesiastic, Archbishop of Canterbury

3. Econonomics/finance:
“The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government.” – Barry Goldwater

4. Government agencies:
“If I were to select a jack-booted group of fascists who are perhaps as large a danger to American society as I could pick today, I would pick the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms].” – U.S. Representative John Dingell

5. Work ethic:

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” – Oscar Wilde

6. Human nature:
“There ain’t nothing human about the human race.” – Alan Parsons, from the album A Valid Path

7. Love:
“The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman’s heart.” – Josiah G. Holland

8: Death:
“In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. – John James Ingalls

But the best quote, by far, is provided by Thomas Friedman, from his book Longitudes and Attitudes (Exploring the World Before and After September 11), a collection of his New York Times columns, in which he tackles knee-jerk anti-Americanism as practiced in Europe. From his February 2, 2003 piece entitled “Ah, Those Principled Europeans”:

“But Europe’s cynicism and insecurity, masquerading as moral superiority, is insufferable.”

I could not have said it better.

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  • http://religion-of-one.org/ Steve Brungard

    Natural selection does not work so well for humans.

  • http://nightdragon.diaryland.com Mark Edward Manning

    Steve B.: “Natural selection does not work so well for humans.”

    Only because we persist in thinking that we can outdo or overcome God/Nature. Sad. It will always lead to disaster.