When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
~ Anais Nin (February 21, 1903 - January 14, 1977)
The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.
~ Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 - April 05, 1964)
There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.
~ Sir Walter Scott (August 15, 1771 - September 21, 1832)