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 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi de Nagyrapolt on beginning, conscience, day, justice, life, money, past, research, scientists, society, and work

Basic research may seem very expensive. I am a well-paid scientist. My hourly wage is equal to that of a plumber, but sometimes my research remains barren of results for weeks, months or years and my conscience begins to bother me for wasting the taxpayer's money. But in reviewing my life's work, I have to think that the expense was not wasted. Basic research, to which we owe everything, is relatively very cheap when compared with other outlays of modern society. The other day I made a rough calculation which led me to the conclusion that if one were to add up all the money ever spent by man on basic research, one would find it to be just about equal to the money spent by the Pentagon this past year.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)

Source: Albert Szent-Györgyi, The Crazy Ape, Grosset and Dunlap, New York, 1971, p 72.

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on individuality, opportunity, and society

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on art, children, desires, guidance, kindness, play, schools, society, and teachers

The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Out of My Later Years

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A Quote by Albert Camus on creation, culture, freedom, future, gifts, relatives, and society

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Alan Paton on responsibility and society

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.

Alan Paton (1903 - 1988)

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A Quote by Anna Letitia (Aikin) Barbauld on society and solitude

Society than solitude is worse, And man to man is still the greatest curse.

Aikin Barbauld (1743 - 1825)

Source: Ovid to His Wife

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A Quote by Adlai Ewing Stevenson on society


A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.

Adlai Stevenson (1900 - 1965)

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A Quote by Adam Smith on economics, people, privacy, and society

It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. They are themselves, always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.

Adam Smith

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A Quote by Adam Michnik on behavior, belief, love, society, speech, and truth

Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.

Adam Michnik

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