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"There is not a truth existing which I fear [...] or would wish unknown to the whole world."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall."
-- Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason, 1794)

"Under the present dispensation, the great majority of factories are little despotisms, benevolent in some cases, malevolent in others. Even where benevolence prevails, passive obedience is demanded by the workers, who are ruled by overseers, not of their own election, but appointed from above. In theory they may be the subjects of a democratic state; but in practice they spend the whole of their working lives as the subjects of a petty tyrant."
-- Aldous Huxley (Ends and Means, 1937)

"When you can't say 'Fuck,' you can't say 'Fuck The Government.'"
-- Lenny Bruce

"Quantity of material production can only be a means to a further end, not an end in itself."
-- Sir Julian Huxley (The Humanist Frame)

"The man who enjoys marching in line and file [...] falls below my contempt: he received his great brain by mistake; the spinal cord would have been amply sufficient."
-- Albert Einstein (Ideas and Opinions)

"Scientists and educators alike need to realize that the educated person is not the person who can answer the questions, but the person who can question the answers."
-- Theodore Schick, Jr.

"Science has never sought to ally herself with civil power. She has never subjected anyone to mental torment, physical torment -- least of all, death -- for the purpose of promoting her ideas."
-- John W. Draper

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
-- Robert Heinlein (Logic of Empire, 1941)

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
-- Lord John Acton (1887)

"Whenever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people."
-- Heinrich Heine