I've been rather busy this month, so I haven't had the time to write a full essay for this site yet. Nevertheless, I'm working on a new essay as we speak, but it won't be out for a least a little while longer. I'm hoping to get it done before I head off to college. Until that's done, I won't be fighting much, so I've decided to let some other people do it for me until I'm ready to come back.
"Nothing is always absolutely so."
"Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence."
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include freedom to make mistakes."
"What you risk reveals what you value."
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
"Strange is it that our bloods,
Of colour, weight, and heat, pour'd all together,
Would quite confound distinction, yet stand off
In differences so mighty."
"Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."
"Courage is of no value unless accompanied by justice; yet if all men became just, there would be no need for courage."
—Agesilaus the Second
"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see the ends."
—J. R. R. Tolkien
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."
"How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct."
"Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you'll take it."
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
"The best ideas are common property."
"If you don't risk anything you risk even more."
"Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all."
"The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility."
—Charles Caleb Colton
"The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it."
—P. B. Medawar