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But you, who presume that you have at last found the best religion, or rather the best men, on whom you have pinned your credulity, you, "who know that they are the best among all who have taught, do now teach, or shall in future teach other religions. Have you examined all religions, ancient as well as modern, taught here and in India and everywhere throughout the world? And, if you, have duly examined them, how do you know that you have chosen the best" since you can give no reason for the faith that is in you? But you will say, that you acquiesce in the inward testimony of the Spirit of God, while the rest of mankind are ensnared and deceived by the prince of evil spirits. But all those outside the pale of the Romish Church can with equal right proclaim of their own creed what you proclaim of yours. Baruch Spinoza
Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting. Sydney J. Harris
The natural superiority of women is a biological fact, and a socially acknowledged reality. Ashley Montagu
Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. Mary Wollstonecraft
We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable. Texas
It is through the European that civilization arrives ... precisely because of their superiority, the civilized people our responsible for an evolving world. Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
A prudent man wields his power in modest measure. With brave men he finds that none is foremost or excels in all things. Vikings
The mistake we make with many people is that we assume that we have the model. It is a type of condescension. Henry A. Kissinger
Can we develop so sound and extensive a genetics that we can hope to breed, in the future, superior men? Rockefeller Foundation
Simply to pit "society" against "nature," "humanity" against the "biosphere," and "reason," "technology," and "science" against less developed, often primitive forms of human interaction with the natural world, prevents us from examining the highly complex differences and divisions within society so necessary to define our problems and their solutions. Murray Bookchin
When a society is economically dominant, it is easy for its members to assume that such dominance reflects a deeper superiority—whether religious, racial, genetic, ethnic, cultural, or institutional—rather than an accident of timing or geography. Jeffrey Sachs
The Natural Superiority of Women Ashley Montague; Israel Ehrenberg
It is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. George Orwell Blair
No matter how one looks at it, Japanese are superior to Americans in every respect. But as a group, we are inferior to them. So from now on we must have group training, foster science, and the entire nation must labor hard to construct a new better Japan than today. Akihito
What is it among you whites that makes you think that Jesus Christ is yours? William Appis
We must be aware of the superiority of our civilization. Silvio Berlusconi
Whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior. Steven Biko
The common people are more disposed to trust one of their own class [in political office] than those who may efect to be superior. Hugh H. Brackenridge
The superior man is easy to serve and difficult to please. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
The very existence of government implies inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior of those who are not, as long as he is the repository of power. James Fenimore Cooper
The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist. Because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance. Benjamin Disraeli
Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles. Germany, Germany over all. Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben
The foundation on which all our State constitutions are built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every pre-eminence but that annexed to legal office and particularly the denial of a pre-eminence by birth Thomas Jefferson
All intellectual superiority is the fruit of active effort. John Stuart Mill
Of all the communities raised among men you [believing Moslems] are the best ... Muhammad
Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Muhammad
Every man I meet is in some way my superior. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. George F. Kennan
But we Americans are as other men, exactly. Of one blood, one species, one brain, one figure, one fundamental set of collective instincts, one solitary body of information, one everything. Superiority and inferiority are individual, not racial or national. Philip Wylie
The reasons for disliking diplomacy are legion. Engaging in serious diplomacy would mean reviewing the way Washington advocates for and deploys its principles. It might necessitate a glance in the mirror and asking why the United States believes it is uniquely empowered to interpret the Creator's higher purpose for people in other lands. Chester A. Crocker
Surely God will never give preeminence to unbelievers over the true believers. Muhammad
The accident of the predominance of white men in modern times should not give us supercilious ideas about color or persuade us to listen to superficial theories about the innate superiority of the white-skinned man. Four thousand years ago, when civilization was already one or two thousand years old, white men were just a bunch of semi-savages on the outskirts of the civilized world. If there had been anthropologists in Crete, Egypt, and Babylonia, they would have pronounced the white race obviously inferior, and might have discoursed learnedly on the superior germ-plasm or glands of colored folk. Joseph McCabe
The French language, which has suffered much hitherto from neglect on the part of those who might have rendered it the most perfect of modern tongues, is now more capable than ever of taking its high place, owing to the great number of persons who possess a special knowledge of the advantages which it enjoys and who can augment these advantages … [I have] arranged meetings of scholars whose decisions in these matters have met with my hearty approval, and that in order to put these decisions into execution and render the French language not only elegant but capable of treating all the arts and sciences, it would only be necessary to perpetuate these gatherings. This could be done with great advantage should it please us to sanction them, to permit rules and regulations to be drawn up for the order of procedure to be observed, and to reward those who compose the association by some honorable marks of our favor. Armand Jean du Plessis; Cardinal Richelieu
it is apparent that Alexander [The Great] in himself was not foolishly affected, or had the vanity to think himself really a god, but merely used his claims to divinity as a means of maintaining among other people the sense of his superiority Plutarch
Since Islam is superior to all human conditions and earthly religions, it permits spying for itself but not for others. Al Qaida
All men are created equal in one respect, at least, and that is their desire to be unequal. William Randolph Hearst
an intellectual arrogance and unconscious assumption of superiority. John Hay
History will show that the Celto-Saxon people have been the main builders, designers, engineers, explorers, and even humanitarians in comparison to any other race or nationality Dave Barley
Though I have said above 'That all men by nature are equal,' I cannot be supposed to understand all sorts of 'equality.' Age or virtue may give men a just precedency. Excellency of parts and merit may place others above the common level. Birth may subject some, and alliance or benefits others, to pay an observance to those to whom Nature, gratitude, or other respects may have made it due; and yet all this consists with the equality which all men are in in respect of jurisdiction or dominion one over another, which was the equality I there spoke of as proper to the business in hand, being that equal right that every man hath to his natural freedom, without being subject to the will or authority of any other man. John Locke
There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. Abraham Lincoln
The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority. Hitopadesa
The doctrine of equality! There exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice. Friedrich Nietzsche
Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Conquest or superiority among other powers is not or ought not ever to be the object of republican systems. Charles Pinckney
if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation [America], I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women. Alexis de Tocqueville
While property continues to be pretty equally divided, and a considerable share of information pervades the community, the tendency of people’s suffrage will be to elevate merit even from obscurity. As riches increase and accumulate in a few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in greater degree considered only as a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. Alexander Hamilton
If we did find that (most) mathematically gifted people possessed a special gene, would implanting such a gene in our children ever be justified? If certain traits are objectively superior to others, should we not promote active potentials to acquire such traits? The difficulty in answering this question lies in the fact that we live in a pluralist society. If people were to disagree about the ranking of certain characteristics, how would we decide which ranking is the correct one? It may be true that some characteristics are objectively superior to others (or better before God). And it may be true that many people would be capable of picking out a few such superior qualities. But who is to be appointed supreme judge? Agneta Sutton
We take foreigners to be incomplete Americans — convinced that we must help and hasten their evolution. Spiro Agnew
… ambition is not a vice but in a vicious mind: in a virtuous mind it is a virtue, and will be found to take its color from the character in which it is mixed. Ambition is a desire of superiority; and a man may become superior, either by making others less or himself greater. Fulke Greville
It is the apparent plan of nature that as one human being, so also one generation, and also one nationality learn, learn incessantly, from and with the others, until all have comprehended the difficult lesson: No nationality has been solely designated by God as the chosen people of the earth; above all we must seek the truth and cultivate the garden of the common good. Hence no nationality of Europe may separate itself sharply, and foolishly say, "With us alone, with us dwells all wisdom. Johann Gottfried von Herder
Sure, we’re No. 1 in gross domestic product and military expenditures, but on a lot of measures of quality of life, the U.S. ranking is far lower. Mark Rice
I state my general idea of this war to be that we have the greater numbers, and the enemy has the greater facility of concentrating forces upon points of collision; that we must fail, unless we can find some way of making our advantage an over-match for his; and that this can only be done by menacing him with superior forces at different points, at the same time; so that we can safely attack, one, or both, if he makes no change; and if he weakens one to strengthen the other, forbear to attack the strengthened one, but seize, and hold the weakened one, gaining so much. Abraham Lincoln
We can’t all be better than everyone else. Tali Sharot
The consequences of U. S. superiority is that its opponents, both state and non-state actors, will have little choice but to resort to guerilla tactics and urban warfare because they simply cannot confront U. S. forces head on.. Renee De Nevers
Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority David Hume
Men have no special right because they belong to one race or another: the word man defines all rights. Jose Marti
The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause. Eric Hoffer
It is easier to hate an enemy with much good in him than one who is all bad. We cannot hate those we despise. The Japanese had an advantage over us in that they admired us more than we admired them. They could hate us more fervently than we could hate them. The Americans are poor haters in international affairs because of their innate feeling of superiority over all foreigners. An American's hatred for a fellow American (for Hoover or Roosevelt) is far more virulent than any antipathy he can work up against foreigners. It is of interest that the backward South shows more xenophobia than the rest of the country. Should Americans begin to hate foreigners wholeheartedly, it will be an indication that they have lost confidence in their own way of life. Eric Hoffer
There was no question of the racial superiority of northwestern Europeans or of the racial inferiority of southeastern Europeans. It was simply a question as to which of these two groups of aliens is, as a whole, best fitted by tradition, political background, customs, education, and habits of thought to adjust itself to American institutions and to American social and economic conditions--to become, in short, an adaptable, homogeneous and helpful element in American national life. Robert DeCourcy Ward
No nation has reason to regard itself superior to others by virtue of its innate endowment. Claude-Adrien Helvetius
The combatants on the two sides fought with equal skill and spirit. The North prevailed, because it had more men and more military and industrial resources, and because it was fighting for Union and against slavery. Charles W. Eliot
Foolish and vain indeed is the workingman who makes the color of his skin the stepping-stone to his imaginary superiority. Eugene V. Debs
The control of China by Japan … is sharply and bitterly antagonistic to the white man’s civilization. This would be the worst calamity…. The future belongs to the white race; it does not belong to the yellow, not the black, not the olive-colored. It belongs to the blond man … Wilhelm II
Racial differences between American whites and Asiatics will never be overcome. The superior whites have to exclude the inferior Asiatics, by law, or if necessary by force of arms. Samuel Gompers
We not only want to believe that our party is superior to the opposing party, but also we want to believe that we are justified in believing this to be true. Eric W. Groenendyk
I feel ever more strongly the awful tragedy of our—the German race--predicament. It seems to me as good as certain that we cannot prevail against England. The English—the best race in the world—can’t lose. But we can lose and will lose, if not this year then next. The idea that our race should be beaten distresses me terribly because I am completely and utterly German. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Would Bill Gates or Steve Jobs have been considered above average 500 years ago? Who is to decide what is best? Mohamed Noor
All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with a mighty urge to become otherwise. Evan Esar
Only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom; and in the end superior ability has its way. Utopias of equality are biologically doomed, and the best that the amiable philosopher can hope for is an approximate equality of legal justice and educational opportunity. Will Durant
How many, even of the better sort, would choose to be slaves to those above them, provided they might exercise an arbitrary and tyrannical rule over all below them? Benjamin Franklin
Education os the guardian genius of democracy. It is the only dictator that free men recognize and the only ruler that free men require… and our separation from Mexico, and consequent revolution, is to be attributed, in a great degree, to the difference between the Texians and the Mexicans, in their mental culture and improvement, and consequent powers and superiority. Mirabeau B. Lamar
The supremacy of the white race of the South must be maintained forever, and the domination of the negro race resisted at all points and at all hazards, because the white race is the superior race... This declaration shall run forever with the blood that feeds Anglo-Saxon hearts Henry W. Grady
Superior ability is not the exclusive possession of any one race or any one class. Henry A. Wallace
The true man of science - will smell, taste, see, hear better than other men. Henry David Thoreau
Eugenia William McDougall (psychologist)

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