A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on college, day, education, enemies, good, hunger, life, men, and nations

Franklin told of something which had happened at Lancaster in Pennsylvania at a treaty between the Six Nations and Virginia in 1744. The Virginia commissioners offered to take six Indian boys and educate them at the college in Williamsburg. The Indians, after politely waiting till the next day, declined the offer. Their young men who had gone to college in the northern provinces had come back "bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our languages imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for warriors, hunters, or counselors; they were totally good for nothing." But the Indians would take a dozen Virginia boys and educate them properly in the forest.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Carl Van Doren’s Benjamin Franklin

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A Quote by Benjamin Disraeli on age, consequences, future, indifference, energy, nations, people, persuasion, posterity, prayer, preparation, prosperity, suffering, and youth

That we may live to see England once more possess a free Monarchy and a privileged and prosperous People, is my Prayer; that these great consequences can only be brought about by the energy and devotion of our Youth is my persuasion. We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

Source: Sybil

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on disillusionment, diversity, fighting, good, hope, mankind, men, nations, people, and war

When every autumn people said it could not last through the winter, and when every spring there was still no end in sight, only the hope that out of it all some good would accrue to mankind kept men and nations fighting. When at last it was over, the war had many diverse results and one dominant one transcending all others: disillusion.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by B. F. Skinner on behavior, change, control, environment, holocaust, nations, needs, people, pollution, population, and war

Better contraceptives will control population only if people will use them. A nuclear holocaust can be prevented only if the conditions under which nations make war can be changed. The environment will continue to deteriorate until pollution practices are abandoned. We need to make vast changes in human behavior.

B. F. Skinner

Source: Beyond Freedom and Dignity

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on facts, language, money, nations, people, understanding, wealth, and words

If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose . . . the fact that they were the people who created the phrase "to make money." No other language or nation had ever used these words before. . . . Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged,

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on future, nations, and past

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on age, citizenship, crime, government, guilt, impossibility, innocence, justice, kindness, laws, men, nations, observation, power, and understanding

Did you really think that we wanted those laws to be observed? . . . We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 406)

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A Quote by Artur Rodzinski on dedication, giving, harmony, individuality, learning, life, love, mankind, music, nations, neighbors, problems, secrets, service, temperament, wonder, and world

In or orchestra we have many nationalities, types, and temperaments. We have learned to forget individual likes, dislikes, and differences of temperament for the sake of music to which we have dedicated our lives. I often wonder if we could not solve the world's problems on a similar basis of harmony. Think what a single individual in a symphony orchestra can accomplish by giving up his individual traits and ambitions in the service of music. . . . Suppose that in life you had the same all-embracing love for the whole of mankind and for your neighbor in particular. Only when every one of us and every nation learns the secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra, following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.

Artur Rodzinski (1892 - 1958)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on nations


Every nation ridicules other nations - and all are right.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Archibald MacLeish on action, democracy, gold, and nations

Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only . . . that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.

Archibald MacLeish (1892 - 1982)

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