The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
— J. S. Mill
I think this flavour of logic refuted by the world makes the paradox rather fascinating. The logician goes pathetically through the motions that have always worked the spell before, but somehow the monster, Reality, has missed the point and advances still.
— Michael Scriven
February 29, 2012 at 4:10pm
Someone who knows too much finds it hard not to lie.
December 19, 2010 at 9:42pm
Guardai-vos de fazer as vossas boas obras diante dos homens, para vos tornardes notados por eles. De contrário, não tereis nenhuma recompensa do vosso Pai que está nos Céus. Quando, pois, deres esmola, não toquem trombeta diante de ti, como fazem os hipócritas, nas sinagogas e nas ruas, a fim de serem louvados pelos homens.
— (Mt 6, 1-2)
December 14, 2010 at 7:56pm
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
— Jean Jacques Rousseau, após participar do workshop do SEBRAE comigo ontem.
November 24, 2010 at 6:37pm
What can be shown, cannot be said.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
— Benjamin Franklin
It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual.
— Jeremy Bentham
September 17, 2010 at 7:21pm
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
— John Stuart Mill