Altruism and Cynicism
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The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is statistics.
On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.
A cynic is a person searching for an honest man, with a stolen lantern.
Baloney is flattery so thick that it can not be true and blarney is flattery so thin that we like it.
When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity.
Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.
Eulogy: Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.