Altruism and Cynicism
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If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
A dozen press agents working overtime can do terrible things to the human spirit.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
There are two reasons for doing something: a really good reason and the real reason.
We should forgive our enemies, but only after they've been taken out and shot.
When the government fears the people, we have liberty. When the people fear the government, we have tyranny.
Love your enemies: they'll go crazy trying to figure out what you're up to.
The Golden Rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.
Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.
Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.