- politics without principle
- wealth without work
- commerce without morality
- pleasure without conscience
- education without character
- science without humanity
- worship without sacrifice
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak.
John Adams, Second US President
We tend to defend vigorously things that in our deepest hearts we are not quite certain about. If we are certain of something we know, it doesn’t need defending.
Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you cannot trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.
—Miles Vorkosigan, Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.