An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert A. Heinlein
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
George Bernard Shaw
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
James A. Baldwin
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai E. Stevenson
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.
I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.
A. Whitney Brown
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice.
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Adlai E. Stevenson
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Jean de la Bruyere
Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.
The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.
I think this society suffers so much from too much freedom, too many rights that allow people to be irresponsible.
Normal social behavior requires that we be able to recognize identities in spite of change. Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
Kenneth L. Pike
Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.
Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
C. Wright Mills
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
It is not a fragrant world.
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
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