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If we justify war, it is because all peoples always
by Ruth Benedict

If we justify war, it is because all peoples always
justify the traits of which they find themselves possessed,
not because war will bear an objective examination of its merits.
- Ruth Benedict

I haven't strength of mind not to need a career.
- Ruth Benedict

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
- Ruth Benedict

I have always used the world of make-believe with a certain desperation.
- Ruth Benedict

 

I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes
to me from the lives of strong women.
- Ruth Benedict

I gambled on having the strength to live two lives,
one for myself and one for the world.
- Ruth Benedict

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is.
Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
- Ruth Benedict

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The life history of the individual is first and foremost
an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally
handed down in his community.
- Ruth Benedict

We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.
- Ruth Benedict

No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes.
He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and
institutions and ways of thinking.
- Ruth Benedict

Culture is not a biologically transmitted complex.
- Ruth Benedict

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences.
- Ruth Benedict

The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer,
it's that there are so many answers.
- Ruth Benedict

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed;
for or against,
we must take sides.
And the history of the future will differ according
to the decision which we make.
- Ruth Benedict

The adequate study of culture, our own and those on
the opposite side of the globe,
can press on to fulfillment only as we learn today
from the humanities as well as from the scientists.
- Ruth Benedict

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify
the trouble we take to have sex.
- Daniel S. Greenberg

The claim "I was only following orders" has been used
to justify too many tragedies in our history.
- Captain Picard of the television series
STAR TREK: The Next Generation

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

There's always been some moron-who usually went by the name of 'producer' -
who would have to justify his existence,
and interfere.
- Frank Tashlin

Business should never be allowed to justify mean,
thug ugly deals for any reason.
- Ralph Steadman

If a trip is worth taking, members of Congress should
be prepared to justify paying for it out of their office accounts.
- Russ Feingold

There's no way I can justify my salary level,
but I'm learning to live with it.
- Drew Carey

There are so many things a large intelligence espionage
organization can do to justify its existence,
that people can get promotions for, because it could result in results.
- Aldrich Ames

Even if certain rogue countries do things we wish nobody did,
it doesn't necessarily mean that their foolishness
should justify our following suit.
- Leon Kass

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.
- Marc Chagall

You can no more bridle passions with logic than you
can justify them in the law courts.
Passions are facts and not dogmas.
- Alexander Herzen

I'm not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies
come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence,
without any apologies.
- Quentin Tarantino

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression
of free speech and assembly.
Men feared witches and burnt women.
It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty,
and if we realise our responsibility time will come
soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments
to justify the rule of non-thought.
- Milan Kundera

People will justify whatever for a good cause.
- Julie Taymor

And malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.
- A. E. Housman

It was an interesting question as to whether the BBC
had a future in the digital world,
and what form of market failure could justify the licence fee system.
- Gavyn Davies

The trick is to try and justify every word on the page
and make sure my character is the man who would say that.
- Ben Kingsley

Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify
themselves in the face of questions.
- Gustav Heinemann

American Gods is about 200,000 words long,
and I'm sure there are words that are simply in there 'cause I like them.
I know I couldn't justify each and every one of them.
- Neil Gaiman

Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses,
hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently.
- Harry A. Blackmun

Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason,
or give up existence.
- Friedrich Engels

You must have the music to justify an instrument's extensive use.
- Steve Lacy

Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts
to justify their prejudices.
- Sargent Shriver

And malt does more than Milton can To justify the ways of God to man.
- Alfred Edward Housman

Man has an innate capacity for violence,
but can only justify it in the name of justice.
- Ralph Steadman

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today,
could justify non-violence.
- Albert Camus

Dictators must have enemies.
They must have internal enemies to justify their secret
police and external enemies to justify their military forces.
- Richard Perle

It is not to be forgotten that what we call rational
grounds for our beliefs are often extremely irrational
attempts to justify our instincts.
- Thomas Huxley

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
- Leon Trotsky

As many will remember, a respected Army Corps economist
filed a whistleblower complaint about the Corps' use
of faulty data to justify lock and dam expansion.
- Ron Kind

I think people could justify labeling me if they saw a pattern in what I do,
but right now that's impossible.
- Skeet Ulrich

Could anything justify the extermination of civilians on such a scale?
- Wilfred Burchett

Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried
dictatorship against me would have been the first to
justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
- Albert Camus

To leave in search of yourself, of your real needs,
is easier when you don't have to justify yourself to anyone,
when there are not too many people bestowing you their attention.
- Isabelle Adjani

Nothing can justify war.
- Isaac Rosenberg

All the time I feel I must justify my existence.
- Prince Charles

Christians take Scriptures out of context to try to
justify or to vindicate retreat and cowardice.
- Randall Terry

Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age.
They shouldn't have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria.
- David Lodge

Whenever we approve, we can find a hundred good reasons
to justify our approbation.
Whenever we dislike, we can find a thousand to justify our dislike.
- Samuel Richardson

The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings.
The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.
- Germaine Greer

It's more fun to arrive a conclusion than to justify it.
- Malcolm Forbes

Doesn't the fight for survival also justify swindle
and theft? In self defence,
anything goes.
- Imelda Marcos

The desire to be rewarded for one's creativity does
not justify depriving the world in general of all or part of that creativity.
- Richard Stallman

Anderson's muckraking is one of debatable ends constantly
used to justify questionable works.
- Thomas Griffith

If the end does not justify the means -
what can?
- Edward Abbey

The ends must justify the means.
- Matthew Prior

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.
- Man Ray

I felt strongly that since the pursuit of good science
was so difficult it was essential that the problem
being studied was an important one to justify the effort expanded.
- Paul Nurse

You shouldn't have to justify your work.
- Judy Chicago

One must not attempt to justify them,
but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.
- Maureen Dowd

I fail to understand how you can justify a poll tax
on the entire population,
yet exclude a significant proportion of that population
from programmes that this tax is paying for.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

It got to the point in the late 70s and early 80s that
I was spending so much money buying golden age comics
that I could only justify it if I got work in the media.
- Bill Mumy


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