For Better or For Worse

Today I’m deviating from the purpose of my blog, which is to challenge and inspire through uplifting words. However, I’m sure you will agree that not all quotes reflect wisdom or goodness. Not all quotes are positive and inspirational. In fact, some are based on inferior and/or evil philosophies. This post includes a mix of ideas, beliefs, philosophies, world views and and other types of opinions. We’re going to play a game. As you read through these and decide for yourself whether the idea or philosophy is good, bad or neutral, see if you can identify the person to whom the quote is attributed. Keep score and let me know how well you did. Also, feel free to comment on the quotes.

  1. “The greatest delight is to mark one’s enemy, prepare everything, avenge oneself thoroughly,and then go to sleep.”
  2. “Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.”
  3. “None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.”
  4. “The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.”
  5. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”
  6. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
  7. “Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.”
  8. “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”
  9. “I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.”
  10. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”
  11. “We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance.”
  12. “It is not sufficient that I succeed – all others must fail.”
  13. “Never give a sucker an even break.”
  14. “America is a mistake, a giant mistake.”
  15. “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
  16. “And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’”
  17. “I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”
  18. “If you seek Hamilton’s monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton’s country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.”
  19. “The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness.”
  20. “Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?”

  1. Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)
  2. Woody Allen
  3. John Milton (1608-1674)
  4. Richard Dawkins
  5. Fidel Castro
  6. Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Declaration of Independence
  7. Karl Marx
  8. Vladimir Lenin
  9. Richard Dawkins
  10. Bible, Matthew 5:43-44
  11. Benito Mussolini
  12. Ghengis Kahn
  13. W.C. Fields
  14. Sigmund Freud
  15. Mahatma Gandhi
  16. Satan to Jesus, Matthew 4:9
  17. Ronald Reagan
  18. George Will
  19. Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), Mein Kampf
  20. Thomas Sowell

God bless,

— CC

© Copyright August 2008, Clancy Cross. All rights reserved.
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