Who can refute a sneer?
— William Paley, in Moral Philosophy, vol. 2, bk. 5, ch. 9
A moral life is perfected by practice more than by precept; children are not taught so much as habituated.
— James Wilson, in The Moral Sense
Let thy Child’s first lesson be Obedience, and the second may be what thou wilt.
— Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard’s Almanack
Time makes more Converts than Reason.
— Thomas Paine, in Common Sense
A free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather “What can I and my compatriots do through government” to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all to protect our freedom.
— Milton Friedman, in Capitalism and Freedom
A good debater is not necessarily an effective vote-getter; you can find a hole in your opponent’s argument through which you can drive a coach and four ringing jingle bells all the way, and thrill at the crystallization of a truth wrung out of bloody dialogue–which, however, may warm only you and your muse, while the smiling paralogist has in the meantime made votes by the tens of thousands.
— William F. Buckley, Jr., in The Unmaking of a Mayor
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
— George Orwell, in Animal Farm
War is evil, but it is often the lesser evil.
— George Orwell, in Looking Back on the Spanish War
Love is a kind of Warfare.
— Ovid, in Ars amatoria, bk. 2, line 233