Be Reasonable: Selected Quotations for Inquiring Minds

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Prometheus Books, 1994 - Reference - 361 pages
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A remarkable collection of quotations, aphorisms, and epigrams relating to beliefs, ideologies, superstitions, and fanaticism, covering more than fifteen categories, among them:- civil liberties- fanatics and true believers- intolerance- individual liberties and personal freedom- mysticism and religion- public opinion and mass media- rationalism- skepticism- state power- utopianism, idealism and reformist zealIncluded are selections from classic and modern authors in all literary genres, both prose and poetry, including Brooks Adams, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, William F. Buckley, Jr., G.K. Chesterton, Clarence Darrow, Henry Fielding, Thomas Jefferson, Baron de Montesquieu, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Paine, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bertrand Russell, Seneca, William Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw, Jonathan Swift, Margaret Thatcher, Voltaire, W.B. Yeats, and hundreds of others.Quotations in all categories are listed alphabetically by author and indexed for ease of reference. This will prove a standard reference work for writers, educators, students, and all those committed to intellectual freedom and individual liberties.Highly recommended for public and academic libraries and for individuals as well. -ARBAWhether you're looking for aphorisms, epigrams, or just the right catch phrase to add sparkle to your treatise on tolerance, Be Reasonable will provide you with a treasure trove of ammunition. A rich resource of thoughts . . . -The Mill Valley Literary ReviewFinally a quotation book that is useful to rationalists and is compiled by someone who knows how to do a book of quotations. -The American Rationalist
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Envy Resentment and Egalitarianism
24
Fanatics and True Believers
38
Freedom of Speech and of the Press
60
Government and Politics
84
Ideologies and Ideologues
105
Individual Liberties and Personal Freedom
119
Logic
140
Propaganda and Persuasion
203
Public Opinion and Mass Media
218
Reason Rationalism and Freethought
241
Skepticism
265
State Socialism MarxismLeninism
279
Totalitarianism Collectivism and State Power
309
Utopianism Idealism and Reformist Zeal
326
Index of Names
347

Mysticism Metaphysics and Religion
157
Political Psychology
187

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