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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on force, hope, optimism, pessimism, and philosophy

PESSIMISM, n. A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on force, justice, and teachers

FORCE, n. "Force is but might," the teacher said p/ "That definition's just."/ The boy said naught but throught instead,/ Remembering his pounded head:/ "Force is not might but must!"

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on courage, force, reason, virtue, and vulgarity

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on acting, animals, community, destruction, existence, force, government, guidance, energy, men, nations, originality, people, power, rules, society, and timidity

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: 1831

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on beauty and force

'Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call, But the joint force and full result of all.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 45.

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A Quote by Alexander Hamilton on force, government, inclusion, nature, and power

Every power vested in a government is in its nature sovereign, and includes by force of the term a right to employ all the means requisite . . . to the attainment of the ends of such power.

Alexander Hamilton (c.1756 - 1804)

Source: Opinion on the Constitutionality of the Bank [February 23, I79I]

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A Quote by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus Alcuin of York on driving, faith, force, men, people, and religion

Men can be attracted but not forced to the faith. You may drive people to baptism, (but) you won't move them one step further in religion.

Albinus Flaccus Alcuinus (735 - 804)

Source: 12,000 Religious Quotations, by Frank S. Mead, 1989.

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A Quote by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi de Nagyrapolt on cleverness, consequences, force, life, simplicity, and world

Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on force, men, and morality

Force always attracts men of low morality.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on force and rest

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The distinctions separating the social classes are false; in the last analysis they rest on force.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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