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"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." Alexis de Tocqueville

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." Alexis de Tocqueville

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Least bad option

Jorge A.
"By the time a decision gets to the president, there are no good options. If there was a good option, somebody at a lower level would have made the decision and taken credit for it. By the time a decision gets to the president or secretary of Defense, more often than not, you've having to choose the least bad option." 

Robert Gates, secretário da defesa norte-americano.


Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Jorge A.
"People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice."

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Jorge A.
"Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I! Insects don't have politics.... they're very brutal. No compassion.... no compromise. We can't trust the insect. I'd like to become the first insect politician. I'd like to, but.... I'm an insect.... who dreamed he was a man, and loved it. But now the dream is over, and the insect is awake." (via: Marginal Revolution)

Heavy Burden

Jorge A.
"If a man has a genuine, sincere, hearty wish to get rid of his liberty, if he is really bent upon becoming a slave, nothing can stop him. And the temptation is to some natures a very great one. Liberty is often a heavy burden on a man. It involves that necessity for perpetual choice which is the kind of labor men have always dreaded. In common life we shirk it by forming habits, which take the place of self-determination. In politics party-organization saves us the pains of much thinking before deciding how to cast our vote." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Diz-se por aí

Jorge A.
"Who's Lee King?" —Mel B. when asked her opinion on the Spice Girls' music leaking on the Internet

"I ordered a Hummer hybrid." —Noted environmentalist Paris Hilton. Unfortunately, according to a Hummer spokesman, there is no such car

"My whole mantra is 'It doesn't matter how big I get, there's always the smell of cow shit.' Because on my first tour, we played all these rodeos, and there literally was cow shit everywhere. But maybe God puts the cow shit there to drive me." —Kelly Clarkson

"He insisted that I make a movie, and now four years later, I have now done that! Whatever he tells you to do, you have to do it, because he is the King of the Jews!" —Jerry Seinfeld, who was encouraged by Steven Spielberg to make Bee Movie
Estas e outras citações do ano 2007 da pop culture aqui.

Citações do Dia

Jorge A.
"Quanto maior o "planeamento" do Estado, mais dificil torna-se a cada individuo planear a sua própria vida." Friedrich von Hayek

"Toda esta conversa o Estado deve fazer isto e aquilo, reduz-se ao seguinte: a policia deve forçar os consumidores a comportarem-se de outra forma do que não aquela que seria o seu comportamento espontâneo." Ludwig von Mises

União Europeia admite proibir publicidade à "fast food"


Jorge A.

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

Ronald Reagan, considerado o maior americano de todos os tempos. Já por Portugal, as coisas estão assim.


Karl Popper

Jorge A.

"No matter how many instances of white swans we may have observed, this does not justify the conclusion that all swans are white."

"We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure."

"Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite."

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