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It is dangerous to be right in matters
by Voltaire

It is dangerous to be right in matters
on which the established authorities are wrong.
- Voltaire

Related topics: Cynical Government Political Courage

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

Faith consists in believing when it is
beyond the power of reason to believe.
- Voltaire

It is the first law of friendship
that it has to be cultivated.
The second is to be indulgent
when the first law is neglected.
- Voltaire

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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
- Voltaire

The more I read, the more I meditate;
and the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
- Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire


 

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry
always gets the best of the argument.
- Voltaire

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.
- Voltaire

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
- Voltaire

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

Anchoring in soft mud is dangerous.
Anchor thyself to the rocks of Faith, Compassion, and Service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein

The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything.
- Albert Einstein

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is more dangerous to tradition
than the creative imagination of youth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

The test of all beliefs is their practical effect in life.
If it be true that optimism compels the world forward,
and pessimism retards it, then it is dangerous to
propagate a pessimistic philosophy.
- Helen Keller

Beware of false knowledge;
it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prejudice is a two-edged sword.
Like the steel sort of sword, it's very sharp, very useful,
and very dangerous if not properly mastered.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Children are curious and are risk takers.
They have lots of courage.
They venture out into a world
that is immense and dangerous.
A child initially trusts life
and the processes of life.
- John Bradshaw

A person is smart. People are dumb,
panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew
the Earth was the center of the universe.
Five hundred years ago,
everybody knew the Earth was flat,
and fifteen minutes ago,
you knew that humans were alone on this planet.
Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
- the movie Men in Black

Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you.
Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning.
Questioners sooner or later end up in a library.
Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures,
because scriptures are full of answers.
And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.
- Osho

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Anger and Danger are intimately intertwined.
An angry person is a dangerous person,
whether that person crosses our path
or whether the angry person is ourself.
To complete the anger/danger cycle,
whenever we feel threatened -
when we believe we are in danger -
we tend to exhibit anger as well as fear.
We look for someone to blame for the dangerous situation,
and direct our anger toward them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
- Thomas Jefferson

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons
out of the hands of fools.
Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- Winston Churchill

The time-traveling is just too dangerous.
Better that I devote myself to study
the other great mystery of the universe - women!
- the movie Back to the Future II

It is more dangerous that even
a guilty person should be punished
without the forms of law
than that he should escape.
- Thomas Jefferson

I sincerely believe that banking establishments
are more dangerous than standing armies,
and that the principle of spending money
to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding,
is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
- Thomas Jefferson

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it's Right, stand up for it - together.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.
It is the belief that God will do what is right.
- Max Lucado

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
- Rumi

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

May your right hand always be
stretched out in friendship, never in want.
- Irish Blessing

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let reason trump tradition and the opinions of others,
but let your own sense of what is Right trump even reason.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual,
you have an obligation to be one.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
- Napoleon Hill

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whether you think you can,
or think you can't,
you're right.
- Henry Ford

The time is always right to do what is right.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.
We do not always win the race
By only running right;
We have to tread the mountain's base
Before we reach its height.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

You always have everything you need, right here, right now.
Do you know how I know? You're still here.
If you hadn't always been given everything you ever needed,
you wouldn't be here.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what's wrong in your life,
or you can focus on what's right.
- Marianne Williamson

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff


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