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The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true.
 

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
 

The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
 

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
[Courage]
 

The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.
[Acts]
 

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
 

These are the fifties, you know. The disgusting, posturing fifties.
 

This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
 

To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
 

Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
 

Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.
 

War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.
 

We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
[Activities]
 

What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
 

Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
 

Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.
 


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