"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
"We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear -- unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what [Walt] Whitman called 'the insolence of elected persons' -- in a word, free men."
-- Gerald W. Johnson
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
"Those who 'abjure' violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf."
-- George Orwell. Oft quoted as: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm them."
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
"We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents."
"Ugliness corrupts not only the eyes, but also the heart and mind."
--Henry Van der Velde
"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak."
"High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people."
"First God created idiots, this was for practice. Then He made School Boards."
"The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them."
"The rule is perfect; in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane."
"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform."
"There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry."
"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault."