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It is precisely because neither individuals nor small
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obligations may be universal or particular.
- 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

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 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

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

Become more and more innocent,
less knowledgeable and more childlike.
Take life as fun -
because that's precisely what it is!
- Osho

If I am capable of grasping God objectively,
I do not believe, but precisely because
I cannot do this I must believe.
- Soren Kierkegaard

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

One should never know too precisely
whom one has married
- Friedrich Nietzsche

The universe we observe has precisely
the properties we should expect
if there is, at bottom, no design,
no purpose, no evil, no good,
nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
- Charles Darwin

A lot of my characters in all of my books have a self-destructive urge.
They'll do precisely the thing that they know is wrong,
take a perverse delight in doing the wrong thing.
- Richard Russo

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does
not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler
than the forces which destroy him.
- George Orwell

It is precisely our job as Catholics to speak the truth
as plainly and precisely as we can.
- Sargent Shriver

To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been
able to sit in a room every day,
year after year, alone.
- Susan Sontag

You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely
as small as what you allow to annoy you.
- Robert Anton Wilson

To have a film in America means precisely nothing if
you don't have a distributor who stands behind it.
- Arthur Cohn

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
- Henry A. Kissinger

On Earth, we still have a beautiful atmosphere that
precisely maintains a thermally driven climatic system that shelters,
shields and sustains our natural treasures.
- Jay Inslee

This disaster did not force us to abandon our ideal;
on the contrary,
from the very first months of the conflict,
it led us to define precisely the conditions for its realization.
- Leon Jouhaux

In prison, those things withheld from and denied to
the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.
- Eldridge Cleaver

I still don't know precisely why The Mickey Mouse Club ended when it did.
- Annette Funicello

Love is the only wealth that man absolutely needs.
Love is the only wealth that God precisely is.
- Sri Chinmoy

But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge
of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory.
- Talcott Parsons

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed
in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely
to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.
- Karen Armstrong

We feel much happier and more secure when we think
we know precisely what to do,
no matter what happens, then when we have lost our
way and do not know where to turn.
- William Kingdon Clifford

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the
one that comes unexpectedly and unearned.
- Anna Freud

We don't know where our first impressions come from
or precisely what they mean,
so we don't always appreciate their fragility.
- Malcolm Gladwell

It means that the silver coins of the United States
at whatever ratio is fixed,
and I want the present ratio that we have now,
16 to 1, maintained precisely as it is.
- Richard Parks Bland

The jargon of sculptors is beyond me.
I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female,
apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.
- Ezra Pound

It's precisely in those moments when I don't know what to do,
boredom drives one to try a host of possibilities to
either get somewhere or not get anywhere.
- Anish Kapoor

The difficulty of literature is not to write,
but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader,
but to affect him precisely as you wish.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

America's health care system is in crisis precisely
because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention.
- Tom Harkin

On Wall Street he and a few others -
how many? three hundred,
four hundred, five hundred? had become precisely that...
Masters of the Universe.
- Tom Wolfe

Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination
of distance between people.
- Theodor Adorno

I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it
would be precisely like a novel,
with a single difference: Every word of it would be
true from beginning to end.
- Truman Capote

Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.
- J. K. Rowling

I cannot say who, precisely, came up with the idea of a Stone Age family.
- Joseph Barbera

The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize
my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities,
my capacities.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

The abuse of faith has to be resisted precisely.
- Joseph Ratzinger

It's no small irony that the government inevitably
and invariably ends up promoting precisely that which
they would most like to repress.
- Jock Sturges

So, for me, working with larger companies has often been very satisfying,
precisely because of the ability of bringing critical
mass to bear on a given effort.
- Vinton Cerf

Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.
It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
- Warren G. Bennis

I had always loved expressionist painting,
like every European.
In fact I admired it all the more because these were
precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation.
- Georg Baselitz

A monopoly on the means of communication may define
a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian
formula of monopoly in the means of production.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new
information society precisely because there is so much data.
- John Naisbitt

I have been a woman for fifty years,
and I've never yet been able to discover precisely what it is I am.
- Jean Giraudoux

It's precisely the disappointing stories,
which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning,
that sound true to life.
- Max Frisch

This assumes an upward revision of the European Budget,
which is precisely what Jacques Chirac refuses to do.
On the contrary, he has demanded a reduction.
- Laurent Fabius

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
- Thomas Carlyle

To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.
- Tom Robbins

Stravinsky is masterly: his harmony is conceived so
precisely that it can only be the way it is.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty.
That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism.
And this is precisely why Muslims must play an active
role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism
and extremism in their mosques.
- Otto Schily

It is inconceivable to me that a million or three million
or half a million human beings will think and feel
precisely the same way on any single subject.
- Chaim Potok


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