Thursday, June 05, 2003

Thoughts d'jour

When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure."
H.L.Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

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