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"Revenge, we find, the abject pleasure of an abject mind." - Juvenal

"In vengeance is found the abject pleasure of an abject mind." - Juvenal

"The abject pleasure of an abject mind And hence so dear to poor weak woman kind." - Juvenal

"It's the abject smallness of the earth that gets you." - Stuart Roosa

"The abject pleasure of an abject mind And hence so dear to poor weak woman kind. [Lat., Vindicta Nemo magis gaudet, quam femina.]" - Juvenal

"She took a sort of abject pride in her mecilessness toward herself." - David Foster Wallace

"Even the most abject have a sense of superiority based on powerful though undefined merits." - Mason Cooley

"What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity." - Seneca the Younger

"What a vile and abject thing is man if he do not raise himself above humanity." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Rivers from bubbling springs Have rise at first; and great, from abject things." - Thomas Middleton

"His worth shines forth the brightest who in hope always confides; the abject soul despairs." - Euripides

"At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender." - Winston Churchill

"My children didn't have my advantages; I was born into abject poverty." - Kirk Douglas

"The country will survive Obama, but it cannot survive the abject ignorance that elected him." - Rush Limbaugh

"Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject." - Albert Camus

"Education is the only billion dollar industry that tolerates abject failure." - Geoffrey Canada

"I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up." - Kirk Douglas

"Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Anything less than abject submission has to have some attack in it." - Frank Herbert

"Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious." - Baruch Spinoza

"There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God." - Thomas A Kempis

"I must write. If I stop writing my life will have been an abject failure. It is that already to other people. But it could be an abject failure to myself. I will not have earned death." - Jean Rhys

"Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything." - Epictetus

"How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how wonderful, is man!... Midway from nothing to the Deity!" - Edward Young

"Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror. Oh, look. It's our floor." - Rick Riordan

"Nothing is so abject and pathetic as a politician who has lost his job, save only a retired stud-horse." - H L Mencken

"The mind that is much elevated and insolent with prosperity, and cast down with adversity, is generally abject and base." - Epicurus

"If you help one person in the room, you're an abject failure. You have to change something." - Simon Sinek

"The awful thing about most people is their caution - the crawling, abject bird-in-a-hand theory." - Thomas Wolfe

"Our circumstance is abject, indefensible, and terrifying. It would be hilarious if the stakes were not so high." - Sam Harris

"When a Lover is a Beggar Abject is his Knee. When a Lover is an Owner Different is he..." - Emily Dickinson

"If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined." - Mason Cooley

"To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!" - Alexander Pope

"Terrorists are not 100 feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill." - John O Brennan

"True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us." - Tryon Edwards

"He who knows himself well is mean and abject in his own sight, and takes no delight in the vain praise of men." - Thomas A Kempis

"I am proud up to the point of equality; everything above or below that appears to me arrant impertinence or abject meanness." - William Hazlitt

"If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless." - Henry A Kissinger

"The Koran calls for belief and consequent obedience. It is, surely, calculated to inspire fear, indeed abject terror, rather than love." - Antony Flew

"There is no sin so profound, no despondency so low, no misery so abject, but the love of Christ is deeper." - F.B. Meyer

"The Blushing Pansy," his cousin read aloud, in a tone of abject horror. "Tea shop and confectionery." Bram swore. This was going to be ugly." - Tessa Dare

"The most imperious masters over their own servants are at the same time the most abject slaves to the servants of others." - Seneca the Younger

"The people of California clearly have the right to prohibit the sale of a product that is the result of abject animal abuse." - Nathan Runkle

"The most imperious masters over their own servants are at the same time the most abject slaves to the servants of others." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how wonderful, is man! How passing wonder He, who made him such!" - Edward Young

"Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject. They light up with their passion an exclusive world in which they recognize their climate." - Albert Camus

"The purpose of man's life...is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question." - Ayn Rand

"Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die." - George Washington

"Even an ugly, abject photograph bears the recording of its making... my goal [is] to create dense objects, works in which many lines of thought converge." - James Welling

"Architects thrive after massive urban disasters. The abject collapse of East Berlin gave us the only city in Europe with a mighty host of Postmodern skyscrapers." - Bruce Sterling

"Socialism has been an abject failure across the face of the globe, millions have suffered under socialism, and yet we're not doing an effective job communicating that." - Ted Cruz

"Prayer has never made you right, because right now our world of Islam is filled with abject hypocrisy in its religiosity." - Louis Farrakhan

"How superbly brave is the Englishman in the presence of the awfulest forms of danger & death; & how abject in the presence of any & all forms of hereditary rank." - Mark Twain

"The world at large is less inequitable today than at any time in history. Number of people in abject poverty, as a percentage, is at all-time low." - Bill Gates

"The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject. It's stimulating loneliness." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society." - Muhammad Yunus

"We grew up in abject poverty. Acting, writing scripts and skits were a way of escaping our environment at a very young age." - Viola Davis

"Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world." - Kofi Annan

"Memphis is the place where rock was born and Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed. It's full of contradictions, abject poverty, and riches that only music can provide." - Shawn Amos

"The Millennium Declaration was a solemn pledge to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty." - Kevin Watkins

"When dealing with Canadians, it is advantageous to seem to be negotiating from a position of weakness, for when faced with an abject opponent, they become concession-happy and will accede to almost anything." - Alleyne FitzHerbert, 1st Baron St Helens

"May we not suspect that the vague but very real fears of children, which are quite independent of experience, are the inherited effects of real dangers and abject superstitions during ancient savage times?" - Charles Darwin

"Self-respect will keep a man from being abject when he is in the power of enemies, and will enable him to feel that he may be in the right when the world is against him." - Bertrand Russell

"Enthusiasm, being the infirmity of bold and ambitious tempers, is naturally accompanied with a spirit of liberty; as superstition,on the contrary, renders men tame and abject, and fits them for slavery." - David Hume

"What if I arrange to be around Lord Akeldama during the full moon?" The earl looked daggers. "I am certain he would be extremely helpful in a fight. He could ruthlessly flatter all your attackers into abject submission." - Gail Carriger

"Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance." - Hector Hugh Munro

"Abject flattery and indiscriminate assentation degrade, as much as indiscriminate contradiction and noisy debate disgust. But a modest assertion of one's own opinion, and a complaisant acquiescence in other people's, preserve dignity." - Doug Stanhope

"When a mean wretch cannot vie with another in virtue, out of his wickedness he begins to slander. The abject envious wretch will slander the virtuous man when absent, but when brought face to face his loquacious tongue becomes dumb." - Saadi

"In naturalism, man is actually very insignificant, but arrogates to himself stupendous power. In Christianity, man is actually the apex of created significance, but is called to see it in abject humility." - Ravi Zacharias

"If our economic system is to survive, there has to be a better distribution of wealth ... we can't have a system where some people live in superfluous, inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is the nature of slavery to render its victims so abject that at last, fearing to be free, they multiply their own chains. You can liberate a freeman, but you cannot liberate a slave." - Louis J. Halle

"Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything." - Epictetus

"How superbly brave is the Englishman in the presence of the awfulest forms of danger and death; and how abject in the presence of any and all forms of hereditary rank." - Mark Twain

"What the Soviet Union was to the ideology of Marxism, the Low-Fat Campaign is to the ideology of nutritionism-its supreme test and, as now is coming clear, its most abject failure." - Michael Pollan

"We make a goddess of Fortune ... and place her in the highest heaven. But it is not fortune that is exalted and powerful, but we ourselves that are abject and weak." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Almost everyone believes that at some level birthmothers make a choice to give their babies away. ...Adoption is rarely about mothers' choices; it is, instead, about the abject choicelessness of some resourceless women." - Rickie Solinger

"Abject poverty is demeaning, is an assault on the dignity of those that suffer it. In the end it demeans us all. It makes the freedom of all of us less meaningful." - Nelson Mandela

"In this primitive and abject state [of hunters and gatherers], which ill deserves the name of society, the human brute, without arts or laws, almost without sense or language, is poorly distinguished from the rest of the animal creation." - Edward Gibbon

"The Democrat Party makes as many people victims as possible because it freezes them right where they are. And that's usually in lower middle class or abject poverty. It makes them resentful." - Rush Limbaugh

"I started thinking about the endless bullshit about quotas, and how certain types of character are fine "as long as it's important to the story," and so on, started thinking about the absence of the abject." - Hal Duncan

"This death's livery which walled its bearers from ordinary life was sign that they have sold their wills and bodies to the State: and contracted themselves into a service not the less abject for that its beginning was voluntary." - T E Lawrence

"Abject flattery and indiscriminate assentation degrade, as much as indiscriminate contradiction and noisy debate disgust. But a modest assertion of one's own opinion, and a complaisant acquiescence in other people's, preserve dignity." - Lord Chesterfield

"He looked at her again, now with the vague abject shyness that older men often have with young women, as though asking their indulgence for no longer being young." - Stefan Zweig

"[Economics is] not a 'gay science,' I should say, like some we have heard of; no, a dreary, desolate, and, indeed, quite abject and distressing one: what we might call, by way of eminence, the dismal science." - Thomas Carlyle

"The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don't have any hope for a better life." - Ted Turner

"one year as his wife, and id have become one of those abject, quaking women who look at their husbands when someone asks them a question. I've always despised that type, but I see how it happens now" - Mary Ann Shaffer

"With everything that is complex, we learn. If you don't learn, then it's an utter and abject failure. If you do learn, and you're able to apply that to the next situation, then you take away a measure of success." - Benjamin Carson

"We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources." - Jane Goodall

"Stay away from lazy parasites, who perch on you just to satisfy their needs, they do not come to alleviate your burdens, hence, their mission is to distract, detract and extract, and make you live in abject poverty." - Michael Bassey

"Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes." - Pio of Pietrelcina

"There's no doubt about it, show business lures the people who didn't get enough love, attention, or approval early in life and have grown up to become bottomless, gaping vessels of terrifying, abject need. Please laugh." - Dennis Miller

"Christianity is strange. It bids man recognise that he is vile, even abominable, and bids him desire to be like God. Without such a counterpoise, this dignity would make him horribly vain, or this humiliation would make him terribly abject." - Blaise Pascal

"If you are sure that you are about to fail, then this strange and serene calmness can come over you or the most abject fear and panic and feeling of helplessness." - Peter Gallagher

"Excluded from all fellowship at meals, excluded from all sacrifices, excluded from instruction and from matrimonial alliances, abject and excluded from all religious duties, let them wander over ,this earth." - Guru Nanak

"With an agenda dominated by global security and U.N. reform, it appears that the decisions needed to lift millions of people from abject poverty are not being given the prominence they deserve." - Kumi Naidoo

"When I go to the clinic next and sit with a tube in my arm and watch the poison go in, I'm in an attitude of abject passivity. It doesn't feel like fighting at all; it just feels like submitting." - Christopher Hitchens

"I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn't exist." - Berkeley Breathed

"The first time I got up in front of an audience was terror, abject terror, which continued for another four or five years. There still is, a little bit." - Bob Newhart

"The crisis is arrived when we must assert our rights, or submit to every imposition, that can be heaped upon us, till custom and use shall make us as tame and abject slaves, as the blacks we rule over with such arbitrary sway." - George Washington

"Social Science, is not a 'gay science' but rueful, which finds the secret of this universe in 'supply and demand' and reduces the duty of human governors to that of letting men alone. Not a 'gay science', no, a dreary, desolate, and indeed quite abject and distressing one; what we might call, the dismal science" - Thomas Carlyle

"There are two things that are suited to humble the souls of men, and they are, first, a due consideration of God, and then of themselves - of God, in His greatness, glory, holiness, power, majesty, and authority; of ourselves, in our mean, abject, and sinful condition." - John Owen

"Religion urges us to fight evil as contrary to the Divine Law. It urges us to combat abject misery, sin and disease because God is. In His name we can work, as we believe in co-operation with Him, since through Him goodness must ultimately prevail." - Lily Montagu

"My family moved to the Philippines when I was 14. While living there, I learned that my mom grew up very poor. Seeing that kind of abject poverty firsthand during my travels deeply shaped my life. Seeing those living conditions motivated me to want to tell inspiring stories of struggle and triumph." - Manny Pacquiao

"Nothing can be more demoralizing than a clinging and abject dependence upon another human being. This often amounts to the demand for a degree of protection and love that no one could possibly satisfy. So our hoped for protectors finally flee, and once more we are left alone - either to grow up or to disintegrate." - Bill W.

"It's a curious thing in American life that the most abject nonsense will be excused if the utterer can claim the sanction of religion. A country which forbids an established church by law is prey to any denomination. The best that can be said is that this is pluralism of a kind." - Christopher Hitchens

"A religion giving dark views of God, and infusing superstitious fear of innocent enjoyment, instead of aiding sober habits, will, by making men abject and sad, impair their moral force, and prepare them for intemperance as a refuge from depression or despair." - William Ellery Channing

"Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and 'tis prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside, Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified." - James Russell Lowell

"Sure, on a larger scale, it was healthy to have people out there you cared about more than yourself. She knew that. But then there was the abject fear you would lose it. They say possessions own you. Not so. Loved ones own you. You are forever held hostage once you care so much." - Harlan Coben

"Politicians - power itself - are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their own lives. One should be grateful to the politicians for accepting the abstractness of power, and ridding others of its burden. This inevitably kills them but they get their revenge by passing onto others the corpse of power." - Jean Baudrillard

"Then to side with Truth is noble when we share her wretched crust, Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and 't is prosperous to be just; Then it is the brave man chooses, while the coward stands aside, Doubting in his abject spirit, till his Lord is crucified." - James Russell Lowell

"Gun laws are an attempt to nationalize the right of self-defense. Politicians perennially react to the police's abject failure to prevent crime by trying to disarm law-abiding citizens. The worse government fails to control crime, the more the politicians want to restrict individuals' rights to defend themselves. But police protection in most places is typical government work - slow, inefficient, and unreliable..." - James Bovard

"While civilization is more than a high material living standard it is nevertheless based on material abundance. It does not thrive on abject poverty or in an atmosphere of resignation and hopelessness. Therefore, the end objectives of solar system exploration are social objectives, in the sense that they relate to or are dictated by present and future human needs." - Krafft Arnold Ehricke

"[President Johnson] had the political will to say that having one in five Americans living in the kind of abject conditions their fellow citizens associated with Third World countries and the novels of Dickens was as dangerous as any battlefield enemy." - Anna Quindlen

"The United States, and other advanced nations, will someday be able to produce instruments of death so terrible the world will be in abject terror of itself and its ability to end civilization.... Such war-making weapons should be developed - but only for purposes of discovery and experimentation" - Thomas A Edison

"The true felicity of a lover of books is the luxurious turning of page by page, the surrender, not meanly abject, but deliberate and cautious, with your wits about you, as you deliver yourself into the keeping of the book. This I call reading." - Edith Wharton

"...to be injured on this tundra would lead to a quick and painful death-or at the very least abject humiliation before the popping flashes of the tourist season's tail end, which was slightly less painful than a painful death, but lasted longer." - Eoin Colfer

"And Jessamine-Jessamine was gazing at her in abject horror, like someone who has seen a vision of their own ghost. For a moment Tessa felt a stab of guilt. It lasted only a moment, though. Slowly Jessamine lowered her hand from her mouth, her face still very pale. "Goodness, my nose is enormous," she exclaimed. "Why didn't anyone tell me?" - Cassandra Clare

"A passionately lived life is not always comfortable. Going for it involves being open to all of life - the joys, the sorrows, the mundane as well and the magic, the splendid victories, the most abject defeats. You might even stop closing your eyes during the scary parts of the movie." - Nicholas Lore

"When people decide to talk publicly about poetry as an art form and how it's received, they often get very abject about it: "Nobody reads poetry," and then a thousand people write back, "No, we read poetry." There's an abundance of this negative preaching to the choir, and it's very similar to the experience I'm having." - Eileen Myles

"Growing up in Kenya, slum life was not far away. I had family that lived in slums, so I visited them often, and so I've seen and interacted with abject poverty. But I also know that because of that, poverty is not the definition of the people that live there." - Lupita Nyong'o

"Obama said, basically, "I wouldn't let any son of mine play football, though I do watch." And that struck me as remarkable! It's like he's saying, yeah, let some other set of parents or guardians put their boys up for that kind of punishment (and for my amusement). But not mine! It's just abject hypocrisy from a guy who should know better." - Steve Almond

"We have the opportunity now to look at the two billion people in the world who suffer from the most abject poverty, hunger, disease, and devastation. Add to that another two billion people who are just plain poor. If you look into the world of those caught in economic oppression, illiteracy, disease, and sexism, then you'll understand more clearly what we have to do." - Harry Belafonte

"Canada has some very, very dark histories, from internments to turning away the St. Louis and the Komagata Maru, but none is darker than our abject failure to respect rights, the spirit and intent of the original treaties with First Nations, Metis Nation, and Inuit peoples. We have to transform that relationship." - Justin Trudeau

"Imagine living in abject poverty and not knowing anything other than that for generations. Or alternatively, imagine being born into a really wealthy family, but there was no real love. Everyone's living these extraordinary, interesting lives whether they know it or not." - Annie Lennox

"Skywhale is ambiguous. I think she is beautiful, but a lot of people think she is grotesque. You are drawn in and repelled at the same time, and it has to have that dynamic. My work has a certain element of abject mutation, uncertainty and darkness. Even she is dark - I mean she has ten breasts." - Patricia Piccinini

"A passionately lived life is not always comfortable. Going for it involves being open to all of life - the joys, the sorrows, the mundane as well as the magic, the splendid victories, the most abject defeats. You might even stop closing your eyes during the scary parts of the movie." - Nicholas Lore

"Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance." - Saki

"What is a totalitarian system if not one where the abject glorification of the perfect leader is matched by the surrender of all privacy and individuality, especially in matters sexual, and in denunciation and punishment - for their own good - of those who transgress?" - Christopher Hitchens

"I can't stand those people, speakers in a room, they say this all the time, "If I can just help one person in this room, I've done my job." You have an audience of 500 people and your standard of success is one person? That's terrible. If you help one person in the room, you're an abject failure. You have to change something." - Simon Sinek

"I never stopped feeling abject terror until I got on television and went on a national ad campaign and realized, "I will be able to feed my children. I have somehow averted the destiny that awaited me, which is endless, crippling debt forever."" - John Hodgman

"I had several teachers who inspired me, in both the public school system and the Upward Bound program. I needed several, because I lived in such abject poverty and dysfunction. And they're still in my life today, because I consider them to be friends, actually." - Viola Davis

"I've always been drawn to a certain kind of dark aesthetic in cinema and in film, to what's abjected or considered abject. I've been tremendously influenced by noirish cinema whether that's Von Sternberg or Scorsese in the 70s or Lynch, etc." - Anton Yelchin

"How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, how complicate, how wonderful is man! Distinguished link in being's endless chain! Midway from nothing to the Deity! Dim miniature of greatness absolute! An heir of glory! A frail child of dust! Helpless immortal! Insect infinite! A worm! A God!" - Edward Young

"There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather be a free pauper than a rich slave. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with the lack of self respect." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When you see in places like Africa and parts of Asia abject poverty, hungry children and malnutrition around you, and you look at yourself as being people who have well being and comforts, I think it takes a very insensitive, tough person not to feel they need to do something." - Ratan Tata

"The U.S. has a law on the books called the debt limit, but the name is misleading. The debt limit started in 1917 for the purpose of facilitating more national debt, not reducing it. It still serves that purpose. It's unconnected to spending, hurts our credit rating and has been an abject failure at limiting debt." - David Malpass

"Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject and contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the dignity of Man which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great and useful purposes." - George Mason

"There's some way in which we would prefer not to see very clearly the immense gifts and intelligence of some of the people who live in our most abject conditions. Maybe there are some things at work in deciding who gets to be society's winners and who gets to be society's losers that don't have to do with merit." - Katherine Boo

"Good diet and exercise are key, but abject fear has its own rewards. And arriving on the first day for rehearsals for 'Spamalot' and seeing all these much younger, much fitter people, who I was going to be on stage with, became a catalyst for cutting out the more unhealthy aspects of my life." - Sanjeev Bhaskar

"I had been an abject fan of Robert Stone since the early eighties, when I borrowed a copy of 'A Flag for Sunrise' to read on a plane to Rome. I was twenty-something, with a first novel under my belt." - Madison Smartt Bell

"For the first time ever we are capable of removing abject poverty, illiteracy and the diseases of poverty from the human condition. The current intensification of global economic integration has demonstrated that there is enough knowledge, technology and capital to bring development to all the people of the world." - Clare Short

"A decade ago, critics suggested biotech crops would not be valuable in the developing world. Now 90 percent of farmers who benefit are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. These helped alleviate 7.7 million subsistence farmers in China, India, South Africa, the Philippines from abject poverty." - Clive James

"Self-interest and mutual interest are inextricably linked. National interests can best be advanced through collective action, ... Calculate not just the human misery of the poor themselves. Calculate our loss: The aid, the lost opportunity to trade, the short-term consequences of the multiple conflicts; the long-term consequences on the attitude to the wealthy world of injustice and abject deprivation amongst the poor." - Tony Blair

"There are still hundreds of millions, billions of people living in abject poverty around the world. They need electricity. They need electricity they can count on, that they can afford. They need fuel to cook their food on that's not animal dung." - Rex Tillerson

"I'm sure that in the fullness of time we'll learn that one or more of these seemingly promising technologies were dead ends. And that's the nature of innovation, and that's why we should spread our bets; we should not put our eggs in any one basket. Some of these will be grand successes, some of them will be average, and some of them will be abject failures." - Jay Inslee

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then - are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck." - Robert A Heinlein

"The enemies of living life; outdated little liberals, afraid of their own independence; lackeys of thought, enemies of the person and freedom, decrepit preachers of carrion and rot! What do they have: gray heads, the golden mean, the most abject and philistine giftlessness, envious equality, equality without personal dignity, equality as understood by a lackey or a Frenchman of the year ninety-three...And scoundrells, above all, scoundrels, scoundrels everywhere!" - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves." - Samuel Adams

"The question may seem embarrassing, but it can be answered in a few words. For two people to live in peace they must both want peace; if one insists on using force to oblige the other to work for him and serve him, then the other, if he wishes to retain his dignity as a man and not be reduced to abject slavery, will be obliged in spite of his love of peace, to resist force with adequate means." - Errico Malatesta

"In the event of a violent revolution, we would be sorely outnumbered. And when it was all over, the Negro would face the same unchanged conditions, the same squalor and deprivation-the only difference being that his bitterness would be even more intense, his disenchantment even more abject. Thus, in purely practical as well as moral terms, the American Negro has no rational alternative to nonviolence." - Martin Luther King, Jr.



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