Random quotes.

H/T Galenis

“Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave.  He asked the woman what her sorrow was, and she replied, 'We are a family of hunters.  My father was eaten by a tiger.  My husband was bitten by a tiger and died.  And now my only son!'  'Why don't you move down and live in the valley?  Why do you continue to live up here?' asked Confucius.  And the woman replied, 'But sir, there are no tax collectors here!'  Confucius added to his disciples, 'You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.'
— Lin Yutang

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

— Calvin (to Hobbes)
 

    “By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
    Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
    Here once the embattled farmers stood,
    And fired the shot heard round the world.”
   —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The glory of the human race is the uniqueness of each individual, the fact that every person, though similar in many ways to others, possesses a completely individualized personality of his or her own.  It is the fact of each person's uniqueness that makes us care whether he lives or dies, whether he is happy or oppressed.  It is the fact that these unique personalities need freedom for their full development that constitutes one of the major arguments for a free society.”
— Murray N. Rothbard