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Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.
The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children. If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
With all their faults, trade-unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed.
Physical deformity, calls forth our charity. But the infinite misfortune of moral deformity calls forth nothing but hatred and vengeance.
As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.
I am pleading for the future; I am pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men. When we can learn by, reason and judgment and understanding and faith that all life is worth saving, and that mercy is the highest attribute of man. Closing argument in Leopold-Loeb trial,
I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure--that is all that agnosticism means.
We know life is futile. A man who considers that his life is of very wonderful importance is awfully close to a padded cell.
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
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