1. 10

    We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.

    85
  2. 9

    Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.

    87
  3. 8

    Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.

    90
  4. 7

    Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

    99
  5. 6

    Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.

    107
  6. 5

    Morality is doing what is right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.

    110
  7. 4

    The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

    130
  8. 3

    Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

    174
  9. 2

    The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

    178
  10. 1

    On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

    256
  11. Last Update: 4 February 2023

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