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Robert Burton

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

Robert H. Jackson, fully Robert Houghwout Jackson

I shall not go into further details of the War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity committed by the gangster ring whose leaders are before you. It is not the purpose in my part of this case to deal with the individual crimes. I am dealing with the Common Plan or design for crime and will not dwell upon individual offenses. My task is to show the scale on which these crimes occurred, and to show that these are the men who were in the responsible positions and who conceived the plan and design which renders them answerable, regardless of the fact that the plan was actually executed by others. At length, this reckless and lawless course outraged the world. It recovered from the demoralization of surprise attack, assembled its forces and stopped these men in their tracks. Once success deserted their banners, one by one the Nazi satellites fell away. Sawdust Caesar collapsed. Resistance forces in every occupied country arose to harry the invader. Even at home, Germans saw that Germany was being led to ruin by these mad men, and the attempt on July 20, 1944 to assassinate Hitler, an attempt fostered by men of highest station, was a desperate effort by internal forces in Germany to stop short of ruin. Quarrels broke out among the failing conspirators, and the decline of the Nazi power was more swift than its ascendancy. German Armed Forces surrendered, its Government disintegrated, its leaders committed suicide by the dozen, and by the fortunes of war these defendants fell into our hands. Although they are not, by any means, all the guilty ones, they are survivors among the most responsible. Their names appear over and over in the documents and their faces grace the photographic evidence. We have here the surviving top politicians, militarists, financiers, diplomats, administrators, and propagandists, of the Nazi movement. Who was responsible for these crimes if they were not?

Hung Tzu-ch'eng, also Hong Zicheng or Hóng Zìchéng, born Hong Yingming

If you are an amiable person you treat yourself well, and you also treat others well. You are amiable about everything everywhere. If you are a casual person, you are indifferent about yourself, and you also treat others with indifference. You are casual about everything everywhere. It follows that, as a noble person, in daily life you are prudent, neither excessively and dazzlingly amiable nor excessively dry and indifferent.

Stefano Mancuso

We are making a dictionary of each species? entire chemical vocabulary. [He estimates that a plant has three thousand chemicals in its vocabulary] the average student has only seven hundred words.

George Bernard Shaw

I dislike cruelty, even cruelty to other people, and should therefore like to see all cruel people exterminated. But I should recoil with horror from a proposal to punish them. Let me illustrate my attitude by a very famous, indeed far too famous, example of the popular conception of criminal law as a means of delivering up victims to the normal popular lust for cruelty which has been mortified by the restraint imposed on it by civilization.

Friedrich Fröbel, fully Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel

Nothing comes without a struggle. Strife creates nothing by itself, it only clears the air. New seeds must be planted to germinate and grow, if we will have the tree of humanity blossom . . . We cannot tear the present from the past or from the future. Past, present, and future are the Trinity of time. In the children lies the seed-corn of the future!

Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

The growth of his power and fame was matched, in my imagination, by the degree of the punishment I would have liked to inflict on him. Thus, at first, I would have been content with an electoral defeat, a cooling of public enthusiasm. Later I already required his imprisonment; still later, his exile to some distant, flat island with a single palm tree, which, like a black asterisk, refers one to the bottom of an eternal hell made of solitude, disgrace, and helplessness. Now, at last, nothing but his death could satisfy me.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers

It was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me. Betty is to blame for it all. Whatever I am or have accomplished, I owe to Betty. I ain't got no sense. My wife made me what I am. In other words -- local girl makes good in the city -- makes good man.

Maria Montessori

Education starts a birth.

Russian Proverbs

The priest will not read two masses to a deaf man.

Robert Hutchins, fully Robert Maynard Hutchins

A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.

Peter Senge, fully Peter Michael Senge

These learning disabilities have been with us for a long time. In The March of Folly, Barbara Tuchman traces the history of devastating large-scale policies "pursued contrary to ultimate self-interest," from the fall of the Trojans through the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. In story after story, leaders could not see the consequences of their own policies, even when they were warned in advance that their own survival was at stake.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Here was something I already knew to be true about myself: Just as there are some wives who will occasionally need a break from their husbands in order to visit a spa for the weekend with their girlfriends, I will always be the sort of wife who occasionally needs a break from her husband in order to visit Cambodia. Just for a few days!

William McKinley

Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century.

Anne Dillard

Private life, book life, took place where words met imagination without passing through the world.

William Shakespeare

Here she comes, curst and sad. Cupid is a knavish lad thus to make poor females mad. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act iii, Scene 2

Tacitus, fully Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.

English Proverbs

Facts are stubborn things.

William Cowper

Mountains interpos'd make enemies of nations, who had else, like kindred drops, been mingled into one.

Art Spiegelman,born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev

So we were off and running and I said, ?What was it in Paris? The graphic design was good, the painting was good, the writing was good, the architecture was good. Was there something in the water?? He goes, ?Nah. Cheap real estate. I got that place I was living in for the equivalent of $300 a year.? At those rates, you can find out if you?re an artist or not.

Edward Abbey

All men are brothers, we like to say, half-wishing sometimes in secret it were not true. But perhaps it is true. And is the evolutionary line from protozoan to Spinoza any less certain? That also may be true. We are obliged, therefore, to spread the news, painful and bitter though it may be for some to hear, that all living things on earth are kindred.

Herbert Croly

In Jefferson's mind democracy was tantamount to extreme individualism.

Paul Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte

All scientific evidence indicates that there is a single power which presides over the whole universe, and all religious mystic experience and philosophic insight confirms it. Not only is this so, but this power also maintains the universe; its intelligence is unique, matchless, incredible. This power is what I call the World-Mind.

Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

The football season is closing and college life is about over for the year. A few students will stay out the season for the dances, and some of the players may take up a couple of pipe courses and hang around till Spring practice starts, but most of the good ones will go home for the Winter to show the clippings.

Calvin Coolidge, fully John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

ducation is to teach men not what to think but how to think. Government will take on new activities, but it is not more to control the people, the people are more to control the government.