“Nothing is worse than active ignorance.” -Goethe

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment… Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind… as that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, institutions must advance also, to keep pace with the times.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing but medicine on a large scale” -Paul Farmer

“The desire to rectify injustice is universal, but its practical expression is rarer. I believe this differential exists not because people fail to care, but because they are allowed to forget that injustice exists, separated as they are from those who suffer, whether by thousands of miles or barriers of race and class.” -Me

“It is the curse of humanity that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation; the physicians are the natural attorneys of the poor, and the social problems should largely be solved by them.” -Rudolph Virchow

“The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous.” -Goethe

“I was watching a television program before, with a kind of roving moderator who spoke to a seated panel of young women who were having some sort of problem with their boyfriends – apparently, because the boyfriends had all slept with the girlfriends’ mothers. And they brought the boyfriends out, and they fought, right there on television. Toby, tell me: these people don’t vote, do they?” -President Bartlet

“[Pythagoras] founded a religion, of which the main tenets were the transmigration of souls and the sinfulness of eating beans.” – Russell

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” -Barack Obama

“The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want. They spread and grow in the evil soil of poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep hope alive.” -Harry Truman on ‘The Truman Doctrine’

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” -John Kenneth Galbraith

“Bad news Dad. Your polls are way down.”
“My polls?”
“You rate especialy low among tigers and six year old white males.” -Calvin and Hobbes

“I’m a simple man, Hobbes.”
“You?? Yesterday you wanted a nuclear powered car that could turn into a jet with laser-guided heat-seeking missiles!”
“I’m a simple man with complex tastes.” -Calvin and Hobbes

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