Princeton University was an alien planet…. He had to acquire the iron discipline of the soldier who worked with the government–the ability to stand in the same room with stupidity and say nothing, show nothing. The real danger was not losing his temper, however. For in the second year of his studies, he realized that he was beginning to treat some of the most absurd ideas as if they had some basis in truth. It was Goebbels in practice: If you tell the same lies long enough and loudly enough, even people who know better will despair and concede the point.
~ Orson Scott Card, in Empire. NY: Tor, 2006. page 22.
I had known Redival’s tears ever since I could remember. They were not wholly feigned, nor much dearer than ditchwater…. It’s likely enough she meant less mischief than she had done (she never knew how much she meant) and was now, in her fashion, sorry; but a new brooch, much more a new lover, would have had her drying her eyes and laughing in no time.
~ C.S. Lewis, in Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold. San Diego: Harcourt, 1955 [1984 reprint]. page 63
The Moslems offer one God and three wives; we offer three Gods and one wife.
~ James Albert Pike, in Time Magazine, November 11, 1966
Better be damned than mentioned not at all!
~ Peter Pindar, in To The Royal Academicians
All European philosophy is but a footnote to Plato.
~ Alfred North Whitehead
A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die out, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
~ Max Planck, in The Philosophy of Physics
Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victim of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.
Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one city of the poor, the other of the rich; they are at war with one another, and in either they are many smaller divisions, and you would be altogether beside the mark if you treat them as a single state.
~ Plato, in The Republic, Bk. 4, 423.