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  • Loyalty to others is held in high esteem, but more important yet is that loyalty, which is generally unrecognized, - loyalty to the truth as one sees it.


  • The tether between ethics and morality is elastic, and is often stretched to breaking.


  • The individual that basis success on luck, is already predisposed to failure.


  • Luxury can bind with a velvet chain that few would remove.


  • Facts are cold things, and we have little liking for them; that is the reason that most of our facts are warmed by the distortions in our beliefs about them.


  • Violence, when used against those that have different beliefs, acts like a smelter and forge that turns bits of iron into a sword.


  • Hunger can never find a picky eater.


  • Patriotism is taught to us while young in order to spare us the trouble of thinking later.


  • Sometimes, the pen is mightier than the sword, and sometimes it isnít; it all depends on who is doing the wielding.


  • It is the rare person that will hold to beliefs that discomfort and not be seduced by those beliefs that console with their falseness.


  • The only things that are perfect are those things where we ignore their imperfections.


  • The mere fact that we never doubt something adds or subtracts nothing from its existence.


  • The beginnings of philosophy in an individual start with the recognition that in his midst there exists much that is far from obvious.


  • We all know that there are poisons that can harm or destroy the body, but, there are also poisons that can do the same with the mindís functioning, and none are so thorough and as long lasting as are dogmas.


  • Sound and light diminish in proportion to the square of the distance from their sources; but we shouldnít be surprised to find that the accuracy of our recollections also diminish in proportion to square of the time that has lapsed from what is remembered.


  • Power enables one to proclaim what is true but not to determine what is true.


  • Violence, when used against those that have different beliefs, acts like a smelter and a forge that turns bits of iron into swords to be used against us.


  • Determining to do something, merely because there was a precedent, is a weak reason. Nearly every evil act has had a precedent and many of the benevolent acts that we might do may have no precedent.


  • It is easy to predict the future; the problems come when trying to do it accurately.


  • We are not born with prejudices; but like diseases, we acquire them from others and then later infect others, thus preventing these diseases from dying with hosts.


  • Much of we regard as progress today, will someday, be regarded as regress.


  • WALT HASKINS


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