Community Values

Sunday, June 5, 2011 – Community Values

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. ~ Oscar Wilde

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community. ~ William James

Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community. ~ Thomas Aquinas

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. ~ Andrew Carnegie

To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature. ~ Edmund Burke

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. ~ John Stuart Mill

I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized. ~ John Stuart Mill

There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits. ~ Thomas Babington

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. ~ H. G. Wells

Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty one is a menace to the community. ~ Brigham Young

In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn’t drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing. ~ Willie Mays

We weren’t wealthy but we definitely weren’t poor. We were incredibly rich because there was a wonderful community in Shepherd’s Bush, where I grew up. All my friends were into villainy and crime. ~ Roger Daltrey

We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn’t obey the rules. ~ Alan Bennett

What people say behind your back is your standing in the community. ~ Edward W. Howe

Few of us could bear to have ourselves for neighbors. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

The community of masses of human beings has produced an order of life in regulated channels which connects individuals in a technically functioning organisation, but not inwardly from the historicity of their souls. ~ Karl Jaspers

We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation. ~ Edward Sapir

The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising and community by participating in the community you can become an advertisement for yourself. ~ Walter Jon Williams

In response to the challenge of strangers, sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community’s armed might as well as its pride of place and clan. ~ John Thorn

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Independence is middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~ G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion

There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. ~ Winston Churchill

It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. ~ Thomas Mann

There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other. ~ Eric Hoffer

If art is a kind of lying, then lying is a form of art, albeit of a lower order – as Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain have observed. Both liars and artists refuse to accept the tyranny of reality. … But that is not the whole story. The key way in which artistic “lies” differ from normal lies, and from the “honest lying” of chronic confabulators, is that they have a meaning and resonance beyond their creator. The liar lies on behalf of himself; the artist tells lies on behalf of everyone. ~ Ian Leslie

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Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man’s business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; ”Am I my brother’s keeper?” That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.

Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death. ~ Eugene V. Debs

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