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A Quote by William Orville Douglas on growth, individuality, nations, sacrifice, spirituality, and value

The growth of bigness has resulted in ruthless sacrifices of human value. The disappearance of free enterprise has submerged the individual in the impersonal corporation. When a nation of shopkeepers is transformed into a nation of clerks, enormous spiritual sacrifices are made.

William Orville Douglas (1898 - 1980)

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A Quote by William M. Jeffers on future, history, life, nations, reward, and thinking

For the industrious, thinking, right-living young man the future holds as many rewards as any period in our nation's history.

William M. Jeffers

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A Quote by William James on adoption, chance, community, genius, individuality, justice, life, men, mystery, nations, people, purity, surprises, time, and work

Sporadic great men come everywhere. But for a community to get vibrating through and through with intensely active life, many geniuses coming together and in rapid succession are required. This is why great epochs are so rare, - why the sudden bloom of a Greece, an early Rome, a Renaissance, is such a mystery. Blow must follow blow so fast that no cooling can occur in the intervals. Then the mass of the nation glows incandescent, and may continue to glow by pure inertia long after the originators of its internal movement have passed away. We often hear surprise expressed that in these high tides of human affairs not only the people should be filled with stronger life, but that individual geniuses should seem so exceptionally abundant. This mystery is just about as deep as the time-honored conundrum as to why great rivers flow by great towns. It is true that great public fermentations awaken and adopt many geniuses who in more torpid times would have had no chance to work. But over and above this there must be an exceptional concourse of genius about a time, to make the fermentation begin at all. The unlikeliness of the concourse is far greater than the unlikeliness of any particular genius; hence the rarity of these periods and the exceptional aspect which they always wear.

William James (1842 - 1910)

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A Quote by Dr. William Ralph Inge, KC, VO, FBA, DD on ancestry, hatred, nations, neighbors, and society

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.

William Inge (1860 - 1954)

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A Quote by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on attitude, discrimination, doubt, history, nations, practicality, romance, sex, and women

There can be no doubt that our Nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination. Traditionally, such discrimination was rationalized by an attitude of "romantic paternalism" which, in practical effect, put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage.

William J. Brennan (1906 - 1997)

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A Quote by Dr. William Ralph Inge, KC, VO, FBA, DD on debt, mankind, nations, and posterity

The nations which have put mankind and posterity most in their debt have been small states-Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England.

William Inge (1860 - 1954)

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A Quote by William F. Buckley, Jr. on ancestry, authority, effort, god, liberals, life, nations, obedience, politics, power, voting, and wisdom

I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.

William F. Buckley (1925 -)

Source: the end of his 1959 book, Up from Liberalism

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A Quote by William Carlos Williams on anger, cooking, fame, nations, thinking, and trying

Sometimes I find myself thinking, rather wistfully, about Lao Tzu's famous dictum: 'Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish.' All around me I see something very different, let us say - a number of angry dwarfs trying to grill a whale.

William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Source: the American Grain (The Discovery of the Indies)

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A Quote by William Blake on nations

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When Nations grow Old, The Arts grow Cold And Commerce settles on every Tree.

William Blake (1757 - 1827)

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A Quote by William A. Niskanen on accidents, church, control, dependence, expectation, good, government, jobs, liberty, life, losing, nations, people, risk, security, television, and tragedy

Our government has become too responsive to trivial or ephemeral concerns, often at the expense of more important concerns or an erosion of our liberty, and it has made policy priorities more dependent on where TV journalists happen to point their cameras. . . . As a nation we have lost our sense of tragedy, a recognition that bad things happen to good people. A nation that expects the government to prevent churches from burning, to control the price of bread or gasoline, to secure every job, and to find some villain for every dramatic accident, risks an even larger loss of life and liberty.

William A. Niskanen

Source: “For a Less Responsive Government,” Cato Policy Report, 1996

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