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  • Amazon shared from God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
    All rebels are closet aristocrats.
    Note: Would that it were not so.
  • Amazon shared from The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.
    Note: People are a problem.
  • Amazon shared from The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Now at any rate he is as bad as an Orc, and just an enemy. He deserves death.’ ‘Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.
  • Amazon shared from The Diamond Age (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson
    “the difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people—and this is true whether or not they are well-educated—is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations—in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.
    Note: This is good to keep in mind.
  • Amazon shared from The Diamond Age (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson
    The mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must first sharpen his tools. When you are living in any state, take service with the most worthy among its great officers, and make friends of the most virtuous among its scholars.
    Note: Not that I am even remotely a Confucian, but this is a good point.
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