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I hold that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

I’m no longer prepared to accept what people say and what’s written in books, I must think things out for myself, and try to find my own answer.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and liberty.
- Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

Man shall never reach his full capacity while chained to the earth. We must take wing and conquer the heavens.
- Icarus

Freedom to live one’s life with the window of the soul open to new thoughts, new ideas, new aspirations.
- Harold Ickes

At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted.
- Eric Idle

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.
- George Iles

Half of analysis is anal.
- Marty Indik

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments -- there are consequences.
- Robert Green Ingalls

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosohpy.
- Dean William Ralph Inge (1860-1954), 1920

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors.
- Dean William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
- Dean William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.
- Dean William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.
- Dean William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

The reason I know my youth is all spent? My get up and go got up and went.
- Len Ingebrigston

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments -- there are consequences.
- Robert G. Ingersoll, "Lectures and Essays", 3d Series, Some Reasons Why, iii

It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
- Robert G. Ingersoll

The superior man rises by lifting others.
- Robert G. Ingersoll

Critics are a kind of freebooters in the republic of letters, who, like deer, goats, and divers other gramniverous animals, gain subsistence by gorging upon buds and leaves of the young shrubs of the forest, thereby robbing them of their verdue, and retarding their progress to maturity.
- Washington Irving

Defeated, but not dismayed- crushed to the earth, but not humiliated- he seemed to grow more haughty beneath disaster, and to experience a fierce satisfaction in draining the last dregs of bitterness.
- Washington Irving

Society is like a lawn, where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface. He, however, who would study nature in its wildness and variety, must plunge into the forest, must explore the glen, must stem the torrent, and dare the precipice.
- Washington Irving

Surely happiness is reflective like the light of heaven; and every countenance, bright with wmiles and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror, transmitting to others the rays of a supreme and evershining benevolence.
- Washington Irving

That inexhaustible good nature, which is itself the most precious gift of Heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
- Washington Irving

With every exertion, the best of men can do but a moderate amount of good; but it seems in the power of the most contemptible individual to do incalculable mischief.
- Washington Irving

The world is coming to an end. Please log off.
- Bob Irwin (birwin@ficc.ferranti.com)

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.
- Christopher Isherwood

All countries hate their immediate neighbors and like the next but one. (For example, the Poles hate the Germans, Russians, Czechs, and Lithuanians, and they like the French, Hungarians, Italians, and Latvians.)
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

A shortcut is the longest distance between two points.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

At any given moment, a society contains a certain amount of accumulated and accruing aggressiveness. If more than twenty-one years elapse without this aggressiveness being directed outward, in a popular war against other countries, it turns inward, in social unrest, civil disturbances, and political disruption.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

By the time a social science theory is formulated in such a way that it can be tested, changing circumstances have already made it obsolete.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Comitas comitatum, omnia comitas.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Cynics are right nine times out of ten; what undoes them is their belief that they are right ten times out of ten.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Experts in advanced countries underestimate by a factor of 2 to 4 the ability of people in underdeveloped countries to do anything technical. (Examples: Japanese on warplanes, Russians on the bomb, Iranians on refineries ... etc.)
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

In an underdeveloped country, when you are absent, your job is taken away from you; in a developed country a new one is piled on you.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Last Words of Advice: If you pay your taxes and don’t get into debt and go to bed early and never answer the telephone, no harm can befall you.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

One cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs- but it is amazing how many eggs one can break without making a decent omelette.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Other people’s patterns of expenditure and consumption are irrational and slightly immoral.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

The degree of a country’s development is measured by the ratio of the price of an automobile to that of the cost of a haircut. The lower the ratio, the higher the degree of development.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

The less you enjoy serving on committees, the more likely you are to be pressed to do so. (Explanation: If you do not like committees, you keep quiet, nod your head, and look wise while thinking of something else and thereby acquire the reputation of being a judicious and cooperative colleague; if you enjoy committees, you talk a lot, make many suggestions and are regarded by the other members as a nuisance.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

The total amount of evil in any system remains constant. Hence, any diminution in one direction, for instance a reduction in poverty or unemployment, is accompanied by an increase in another, e.g., crime or air pollution.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Where there are Muslims, there is oil; the converse is not true.
- Professor Charles P. Issawi

Why don’t we fire the salespeople?
- Nik Ivancic

As my friends will tell you, I have an very good memory. It just isn’t very long.
- Keneth Iverson

Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity.
- Charles Ives

Under Brezhnev, the Soviet economy was led to the edge of an abyss. But under Gorbachov’s policies, they have taken one great leap forward.
- Dr. Alexei Izyuromov, Canada-US Institute in Moscow



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