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It is obvious that different individuals require ...
by Tom G. Palmer

It is obvious that different individuals require different things to live good,
healthy, and virtuous lives.
- Tom G. Palmer

What libertarians assert is simply that differences
among normal adults do not imply different fundamental rights.
- Tom G. Palmer

Abstraction is a mental process we use when trying
to discern what is essential or relevant to a problem;
it does not require a belief in abstract entities.
- Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of
the modern world and for that reason assert that individual
liberty is at least part of the common good.
- Tom G. Palmer

 

Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us.
- Tom G. Palmer

The reason the government sells the census as your
ticket to getting goodies -
rather than as your civic duty -
is that distributing goodies is now all the government does.
- Tom G. Palmer

The government has become a mechanism for distributing largess,
and your census form is your ticket.
- Tom G. Palmer

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Most Europeans have no idea how wild life can be in north America.
- Tom G. Palmer

If an individual is born with the obligation to obey,
who is born with the right to command?
- Tom G. Palmer

To repeat, communitarians maintain that we are constituted
as persons by our particular obligations,
and therefore those obligations cannot be a matter of choice.
- Tom G. Palmer

It is precisely because neither individuals nor small
groups can be fully self-sufficient that cooperation
is necessary to human survival and flourishing.
- Tom G. Palmer

Obligations may be universal or particular.
- Tom G. Palmer

Equality of rights means that some people cannot simply
impose obligations on others,
for the moral agency and rights of those others would then be violated.
- Tom G. Palmer

Group personification obscures, rather than illuminates,
important political questions.
- Tom G. Palmer

But there is no obvious reason for holding that some
normal adults are entitled to make choices for other normal adults,
as paternalists of both left and right believe.
- Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians recognize the difference between adults and children,
as well as differences between normal adults and adults
who are insane or mentally hindered or retarded.
- Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians typically argue that particular obligations,
at least under normal circumstances,
must be created by consent; they cannot be unilaterally imposed by others.
- Tom G. Palmer

Guardians are necessary for children and abnormal adults,
because they cannot make responsible choices for themselves.
- Tom G. Palmer

The first census in 1790 asked just six questions:
the name of the head of the household,
the number of free white males older than 16,
the number of free white males younger than 16,
the number of free white females, the number of other free persons,
and the number of slaves.
- Tom G. Palmer

Libertarians argue that no normal adult has the right
to impose choices on other normal adults,
except in abnormal circumstances, such as when one
person finds another unconscious and administers medical
assistance or calls an ambulance.
- Tom G. Palmer

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

Be alert. The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In computing, turning the obvious into the useful is
a living definition of the word "frustration".
- Alan Perlis

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of
the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
- George Orwell

It looks to me to be obvious that the whole world cannot eat an American diet.
- Jerry Brown

Jim Bakker spells his name with two k's because three would be too obvious.
- Bill Maher

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,
don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Confucius

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward
what is arcane and concealed.
- Khalil Gibran

Laying tracks gives you freedom without being too obvious.
- Claude Chabrol

Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human
disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.
- Alfred Korzybski

It has become appallingly obvious that
our technology has exceeded our humanity.
- Albert Einstein

The dangers of a concentration of all power in the
general government of a confederacy so vast as ours
are too obvious to be disregarded.
- Franklin Pierce

It seems to be a law of nature that no man,
unless he has some obvious physical deformity,
ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
- Max Beerbohm

It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion
to a person who has never experienced it than we can
explain light to the blind.
- T. S. Eliot

It's obvious, but perhaps worth saying,
that happiness has virtually nothing to do with the state of your intellect.
- Daniel Keys Moran

Sometimes I read a script and it's obvious from early
on that it's one where the suspension of disbelief
has to develop strongly from page one.
Some are more reality-based.
- Gillian Anderson

The payment of taxes is an obvious and insistent duty,
and its sanction is usually punitive.
- Joseph McKenna

I will always admit immediately to what's obvious,
which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or
inherently sensual from birth.
- Jock Sturges

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly.
- Michel de Montaigne

Markets are constantly in a state of uncertainty and
flux and money is make by discounting the obvious and
betting on the unexpected.
- George Soros

Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material
battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.
- James Joyce

It is perfectly obvious that no one nor any single
country can save the world from the horrors of tsunamis,
hurricanes, earthquakes and winged influenza.
- Richard Reeves

What can I do, I asked myself, that is so spectacular
that no one will be able to say he had seen it before?
The answer was perfectly obvious.
I would send a midget up to bat.
- Bill Veeck

It'll become obvious that we've really been working against ourselves.
- Neale Donald Walsch

An athlete must have ability to reach the top,
but many who have ability and who do not live clean
lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
- Major Taylor

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or
invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions.
The same applies to the arts.
- Lukas Foss

It is obvious that taking the country from a state
of war to being a lawful state won't be easy.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Ummm...
well, the only thing I want to do is stuff with people
who care about what they're doing,
which sounds obvious, but it's really not.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Sexiness is all in the eye of the beholder.
I think it should be.
Absolutely.
My sex appeal, whatever it might be,
isn't obvious...
at least to me.
- Sharon Tate

To say that authority, whether secular or religious,
supplies no ground for morality
is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
- Joseph Addison

I refused David Letterman's proposal of marriage for obvious reasons,
but thanks for asking.
- Teri Garr

Never assume the obvious is true.
- William Safire

It's tedious to watch something very obvious being worked out,
like a movie that's not particularly good and after
about half an hour you know how it's going to end.
- Rudy Rucker

When he asked me, with obvious self-satisfaction,
what I thought of the scenario, I hardly knew how to answer.
I asked if he had seen the play and was hardly surprised when he said no.
- Elmer Rice

The music of language became extremely important to me,
and obvious to me.
By the time I was seven I was writing myself.
I was a poet.
- June Jordan

The power of ads rests more in the repetition of obvious
exhortations than in the subtle transmission of values.
- Michael Schudson

Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society.
Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values.
- Christopher Lasch

I wanted to use what I was, to be what I was born to be -
not to have a 'career',
but to be that straightforward obvious unmistakable animal,
a writer.
- Cynthia Ozick

In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning.
Yelling works better.
- Cynthia Ozick

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
- Arthur Koestler

It seems to me that at this time we need education
in the obvious more than the investigation of the obscure.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Most of the research which is done is determined by
the requirement that it shall,
in a fairly obvious and predictable way,
reinforce the approved or fashionable theories.
- Celia Green

I think my books come out very visual,
which is an obvious consequence.
- Lee Child

The idea that seeing life means going from place to
place and doing a great variety of obvious things is
an illusion natural to dull minds.
- Charles Horton Cooley

When somebody says that all statements are false,
the obvious problem is that as an assertion it's self-defeating.
- Henry Flynt

Sides are being divided now.
It's very obvious.
So if you're on the other side of the fence,
you're suddenly anti-American.
It's breeding fear of being on the wrong side.
- Sam Shepard

It is obvious that the RUC is no longer accepted as
an impartial police force.
- Jack Lynch

Whether one eats a cat or not is a personal choice,
and I don't want to sway anyone one way or another.
But if you do, there is one obvious cooking tip:
Always remember to remove the bell from the cat's collar before cooking.
- Mike Royko


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