A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on animals, corruption, death, food, giving, and life

Man and the animals are merely a passage and channel for food, a tomb for other animals, a haven for the dead, giving life by the death of others, a coffer full of corruption.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: The Notebooks, 1508-1518

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A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges on corruption

The infinite is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)

Source: Essay: "The Avatars of the Tortoise"

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A Quote by John Taylor on corruption, mind, people, saints, and suffering

I used to think, if I were the Lord, I would not suffer people to be tried as they are. But I have changed my mind on that subject. Now I think I would, if I were the Lord, because it purges out the meanness and corruption that stick around the saints, like flies around molasses.

John Taylor (1808 - 1887)

Source: Journal of Discourses, 5:115.

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A Quote by John Ernst Steinbeck on corruption, fear, and power

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts . . . perhaps the fear of a loss of power.

John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)

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A Quote by John Locke on christianity, corruption, destruction, fraud, friendship, kindness, men, people, religion, salvation, and suffering

Now, I appeal to the consciences of those that persecute, torment, destroy, and kill other men upon pretence of religion, whether they do it out of friendship and kindness towards them or no? I say, if all this be done merely to make men Christians and procure their salvation, why then do they suffer whoredom, fraud, malice and such-like enormities, which (according to the Apostle) manifestly relish of heathenish corruption, to predominate so much and abound amongst their flocks and people?

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: A Letter Concerning Toleration

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A Quote by John Lehman on corruption, kindness, and power

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

John Lehman

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A Quote by John Henry Cardinal Newman on corruption, evil, and excess

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.

John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 - 1890)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on arrogance, art, concern, corruption, diversity, existence, limitations, poetry, power, and richness

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgement.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by James Keller on ancestry, blindness, clarity, compassion, corruption, direction, disease, divinity, errors, experience, guidance, ignorance, imperfection, laws, manners, nature, needs, observation, prejudice, providence, reason, understanding,

Sir William Blackstone, the great English jurist, writing in his Commentaries on the Laws of England in 1769, was most explicit in emphasizing the weakness of man's nature. As he observed: ". . . if our reason were always, as in our first ancestor before his transgression, clear and perfect,unruffled by passions, unclouded by prejudice, unimpaired by disease or intemperance, the task would be pleasant and easy; we should need no other guide but this. But every man now finds the contrary in his own experience; that his reason is corrupt, and his understanding full of ignorance and error. This has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine Providence, which in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased at sundry times and in divers manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law . . ."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James I of England on contempt, corruption, gifts, god, good, and vanity

Herein is not only a great vanity, but a great contempt of God's good gifts, that the sweetness of man's breath, being a good gift of God, should be willfully corrupted by this stinking smoke.

James I (1566 - 1625)

Source: A Counterblast to Tobacco (1604)

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