The Ruin of That Tree

Posted on 2014 February 6

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the ruin of that tree
 
 
There is the moral of all human tales:
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First Freedom, and then Glory—when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption—barbarism at last.

— Byron

Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them. — T.S. Eliot

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become corrupt as in Europe. — Thomas Jefferson

American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. — R.L. Dabney

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. — Thomas Jefferson

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. — Will Rogers

[Government] can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other. — Benjamin Franklin

The vine that has grown old on an old tree falls with the ruin of that tree and through that bad companionship must perish with it. — Leonardo da Vinci

It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. — Robert A. Heinlein

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. — George Washington

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. — C.S. Lewis

Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious . . . — George Washington

. . . the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. — George Washington

There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized. — George Orwell, 1984

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