A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on god, death, atheism, liberation, society, determinism, language, chess, play, and pataphysics

All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.' 

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

Source: The Box in a Valise, translated by David Britt (New Yorki: Rizzoli, 1989) p285

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A Quote by John Hospers on public interest, common good, public good, indiviual, and society

People speak of "the public interest." But what is the public interest? Strictly speaking, there is no such thing. There is only the interest of each individual human being. There are interests that many or all people share, but these are still the interests of individuals. When politicians say that something is "to the public interest," they usually mean it serves the interests of some people but goes against the interests of others -- and usually the interests of the people with the most political pull win out. Is it to the public interest for some to be forced to die so that others may be saved? Is it to the public interest for a hundred crazed men to lynch one man in the public square? Is it to the public interest for all the citizens of the nation to be taxed to pay for a federal dam in one section of it? In Sweden it takes a couple eight years on the average before they can obtain an apartment of their own (owned by the government, rented by them); but they are not supposed to complain, because "it's in the public interest." Just as there are only individual rights, so there are only individual interests.

John Hospers

Source: Libertarianism: A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow 84 (1971)

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A Quote by Nikola Tesla on humanity, contact, understanding, individual, community, earth, mankind, society, civilization, ego, egoism, pride, strife, barbarism, jungle, consciousness, and mind

"What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth... and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife."

Nikola Tesla

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A Quote by Eddie Vedder on eddie vedder, into the wild, society, greed, and human nature

It's a mystery to me;
We have a greed, with which we have agreed.
You think you have to want more than you need.
Until you have it all, you won't be free.

Eddie Vedder

Source: From the song "Society", part of the "Into The Wild" soundtrack.

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A Quote by Warren Buffett on wealth, charity, philanthropy, and society

Susie didn't get very excited when I told her we were going to get rich. She either didn't care or didn't believe me - probably both, in fact. But to the extent we did amass wealth, we were totally in sync about what to do with it - and that was to give it back to society.

In that, we agreed with Andrew Carnegie, who said that huge fortunes that flow in large part from society should in large part be returned to society. In my case, the ability to allocate capital would have had little utility unless I lived in a rich, populous country in which enormous quantities of marketable securities were traded and were sometimes ridiculously mispriced. And fortunately for me, that describes the U.S. in the second half of the last century.

Warren Buffett (1930 -)

Source: A conversation with Warren Buffett:

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on society, evolve, shout, unique, individual, human being, and comprehend

Society evolves not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail

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A Quote by Frank on government, politics, culture, knowledge, society, principles, process, popular, and misconception

When people don't understand the principles of government or understand the execution of the process of government, government suffers at the hand of popular misconception.

Frank Salvato

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, society, and psychology

Indisputably we live in a shaped reality, an artificialism.  Most people who grasp this are thinking only at a consumer-level, of the "things" they like and need and feel impelled to acquire.  But our societal and political arrangements are just as much manipulations of game-pieces and rules as is any Atari or Sega product.  The subliminal psychology that drives people to become addicted to games, not to be able to see over the edges of their labyrinths, is transferable to any field whatsoever.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by G.B. Stern on optimists, pessimist, and society

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society.  The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute."

Gladys Bronwyn Stern

Source: Biloxi, Miss., Sun Herald

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