Monday, October 08, 2007

I Was Going to Drop a Few Lines about dia de Cristóbal Colón

(that is Christopher Columbus, to you Anglos), but hey it wasn't that bright an observation I had, and I did not think that I would likely edit-it-up all that much better. So I casted about for another topic. And then I chose to run with the matters of bigotry, and demagogues. But I will not blabber on with some technically original things; I will post quotes.

Here goes:

“Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant, education and free discussion are the antidotes of both.”
-Thomas Jefferson

"Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions."
- Author: G. K. Chesterton

"Bigotry's birthplace is the sinister back room of the mind where plots and schemes are hatched for the persecution and oppression of other human beings."
-Bayard Ruskin

"Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth."
-Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has."
-Josh Billings

“In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues.”
-Thomas Babington Macaulay

"Demagogues and agitators are very unpleasant, they are incidental to a free and constitutional country, and you must put up with these inconveniences or do without many important advantages."
-Benjamin Disraeli

"[Democracy is] demagogue-prone. That's a disease to which electoral systems are vulnerable. Yet demagogues are easy to identify. They gesture a lot and speak with pulpit rhythms, using words that ring of religious fervor and god-fearing sincerity."
- Reverend Mother Lucillain,
Chapterhouse: Dune
by Frank Herbert


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