Altruism and Cynicism
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All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
When the government fears the people, we have liberty. When the people fear the government, we have tyranny.
We should forgive our enemies, but only after they've been taken out and shot.
Tact is the ability to tell a man he has an open mind when he has a hole in his head.
Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.
Once you've tried to change the world you find it's a whole bunch easier to change your mind.
Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.
Love your enemies: they'll go crazy trying to figure out what you're up to.
Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.
The Golden Rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.
There are two reasons for doing something: a really good reason and the real reason.
Don't tell any big lies today. Small ones can be just as effective.
George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but he also admitted doing it. Now, do you know why his father didn't punish him? Because George still had the axe in his hand.