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Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. Samuel Johnson
One of the functions of intelligence is to take account of the dangers that come from trusting solely to the intelligence. Lewis Mumford
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly. Jean de la Bruyere
There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral. Ida Tarbell
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. Alexis de Tocqueville
He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so. Walter Lippmann
Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring. Richard Baxter
All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. Alexis de Tocqueville
Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. James A. Baldwin
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. John Adams
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors. Thomas Huxley
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. Sydney J. Harris
Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Jean de La Fontaine
It is long overdue for parents to realize they have the right and duty to protect our children against the intolerant evolutionists. Phyllis Schlafly
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous. David Hume
The troubles which have come upon us always seem more serious than those which are only threatening. Livy
Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it. Denis Diderot
The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. Henry A. Wallace
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. Oscar Wilde
The danger to society is not merely that it should believe wrong things, though that is great enough; but that it should become credulous, and lose the habit of testing things and inquiring into them; for then it must sink back into savagery. William Kingdon Clifford
The greatest danger for our people [Nazi Party members] is not to be found in Marxism but rather in our middle class parties. Adolf Hitler
Although the Internet could be making all of us smarter, it makes many of us stupider, because it's not just a magnet for the curious. It's a sinkhole for the gullible. Frank Bruni
One thing that we should have learned from history is to pay attention to the words of foreign leaders. Rick Santorum
On the one hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is occupying another people. On the other hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is existentially threatened. Ari Shavit
I suppose this [Watergate] is an example of the dangers of letting down your guard against increased executive powers–no matter what the circumstances. Not that the danger was not real, but in this case the risk of the remedy was as great as the disease. There was a willingness to accept without challenge the Executive's claim to increased power. That's why we acted as we did, and it was a mistake. Tom Charles Huston
You don't want to institutionalize the excesses required to meet extraordinary threats. The law just can't anticipate all the contingencies. Tom Charles Huston
The people deemed too dangerous to release therefore become the very people released with no conditions and no supervision. Beth Schwartzapfel
Christianity is under an existential threat. Anna Eshoo
If Americans have to live with the danger of guns because of the 2nd Amendment, then they'll also have to live with the dangers of publications such as Inspire Magazine because of the 1st Amendment. David Rothkopf
Looking back over my more than a half century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we've been beset by more crises and threats around the globe. James R. Clapper
As an autocrat becomes older, the struggle for influence intensifies, which in turn makes the sovereign even more dangerous. Simon Sebag Montefiore
It's more dangerous to be black in America...If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don't understand being black in America, and you instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk in a way that you have to be corrected. Newt Gingrich
It is more dangerous to be black in America. It's both more dangerous because of the crime ... but it is more dangerous in that you're substantially more likely to end up in a situation where the police don't respect you or where you could easily get killed. Newt Gingrich
In times of impending calamity and distress; when the liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an insidious and vindictive administration, it becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of freedom, virtue, and posterity. William Livingston
The three biggest dangers to the church are homosexuals, feminists and “so called scholars”. Boyd K. Packer
Would the world be any more dangerous if we did without secrets all together. John Mortimer; Horace Rumpole
Pray that we can come out alive. Martin Luther King Jr.
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The policies we are now asked to advance are incompatible not only with American values but also with American interests. Our fervent pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy that has been America's most potent weapon of both offense and defense ... We have begun to dismantle the largest and most effective web of international relationships the world has ever known. Our current course will bring instability and danger, not security. John Brady Kiesling
Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty Will Durant
A real man should die in front of the ranks, not hide behind a wall. Yuan Shao
In ancient days the darkest moment has ever produced in men of our race the sternest resolve. George V
When we walk everyday on the razor-edge of danger, a peace-loving people do not want a trigger-happy President in the White House. John F. Kennedy
Victor Berger is one of the most dangerous men in the United States …. He is one of the most dangerous men in the United States. House of Representatives
Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. Ayn Rand
He that fears danger in time seldom feels it. Turkish Proverb
Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant. Turkish Proverb
Old men are dangerous; it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world. George Bernard Shaw
I consider North Korea the most dangerous place in the world. Madeleine Albright
Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm Malay Proverb
In matters of war we undermine a President’s credibility at our nation’s peril. Joseph I. Lieberman
There are no national strategies any longer. There's only national poverty. With the global economy there are only global strategies. We're moving from a world of enemies that are national to a world of global dangers. Can you place boundaries on pollution? Shimon Peres
Every human being whose life is in peril has the right to protection. Anonymous
It depends on your definition of sleep. They weren't stretched out. They had their eyes closed. They were seated at their desks with their heads in a nodding position. Anonymous
People have perceived dangers and real dangers, but to politicians, it's all the same. Gary Ackerman
I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature, and that power whether vested in many or few is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.' Abigail Adams
All great changes are irksome to the human mind, especially those which are attended with great dangers and uncertain effects. John Adams
Unless I am gravely mistaken, I am the only reporter in this city, teeming with reporters, who goes to bed every night praying that he is dead wrong. I see danger—fearful danger—hanging over this country that I love. I keep hoping it is a mirage, in which case I shall indeed be dead wrong. Joseph Alsop
My people have a right to exist ... and this existence is in danger. David Ben-Gurion
The danger that threatens our future is local demagogy, and not federal despots. Albert J. Beveridge
It is very dangerous to write the truth in war, and the truth is very dangerous to come by. Ernest Hemingway
There is danger in this action. But there is greater danger in inaction. Tony Blair
Only the suppressed word is dangerous. Ludwig Borne; Juda Loew
A real danger threatens the unity of the Canadian people and the preservation of its political existence. This danger is the slow but sure penetration of Americanism into all phases of our national, political, and social life. Henry Bourassa
It is in the uncomprisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma that the danger lies. Samuel Butler
In extreme danger, fear feels no pity. Julius Caesar
It is nearly always invisible dangers that are the most terrifying. Julius Caesar
Learn to get used to it . Eels get used to skinning. Winston Churchill
When self-interested motives are strengthened by the apprehension of any danger, there are few persons who will not be induced by them to betray even their best friend. Maximilien De Bethune; Maximilien De Bethune; Duc de Sully
The French will only be united under the threat of danger. Nobody can simply bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese. Charles de Gaulle
The secrecy stamp … has been used to withhold information which in 99 ½ percent of the cases would present no danger to national security. William O. Douglas
There is a risk between toxicity and hazard. Just because it is a risk doesn't mean you are in danger. Dow Chemical Corp.
The approach of danger always lends precision to the diplomatic art. Abba Eban
Science has brought forth this danger [the atomic bomb], but the real problem is in the minds and hearts of men. Albert Einstein
This Empire has but one danger: it is the danger by the combination of the three names, Ireland, United States and Canada. William E. Gladstone
Do not listen to those who set up doctrines which are dangerous to the peace of the world. William E. Gladstone
Naturally the common people don't want war ... but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country. Hermann Goering
There is danger in reckless change; but greater danger in blind conservatism. Henry George
The present Supreme Court is more dangerous to the legitimate hopes and aspirations of black people in this nation than any Bull Connor with a firehose. Benjamin Hooks
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving the country when in danger, are of higher obligation. Thomas Jefferson
Now the Americans will realize what we in England have lived through these many years. Harold MacMillan
Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger real or pretended from abroad. James Madison
Lies are dangerous but sometimes necessary when a country is in danger. Marcel Marceau
We are living in a very crucial period, in which much of Western Civilization is at stake. People do not fully comprehend the emergence of this new danger: the jihadist geostrategy of terror. Gisele Bat Ye'or
In the hour of danger there is no partisanship. Joseph W. Martin Jr.
The Amendment might have said, “Except in times and situations involving 'clear and present danger' to the national security, Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” Or it might have read, “Only when, in the judgment of the legislature, the interests of order and security render such action advisable shall Congress abridge the freedom of speech.” But the writers of the Amendment did not adopt either of these phrasings or anything like them. Alexander Meiklejohn
Whatever may be the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression are always greater than the dangers to that safety arising from political freedom. Alexander Meiklejohn
People hate the vacuum of an unknown situation. They want security. They even prefer war to the insecure expectation of a war with its threat of enemy surprise. This vague fearful expectation acts on their fantasies. They anticipate all kinds of mysterious dangers; they begin to provoke them. Joost Abraham Maurits Merloo
Danger will wink on opportunity. John Milton
A dangerous place. Daniel P. Moynihan
It is possible to grow enormously successful and powerful in America without knowing that the world is a dangerous place. Daniel P. Moynihan
All our key institutions were created in response to either World War II or the cold war, and they were built around predictions of eminent danger from the exterior. Whereas the biggest danger we face now is internal—from the collapse of social standards and social order in our cities. Daniel P. Moynihan
The freedom of the city is the freedom of expression and the freedom of the mind. So precious is this freedom that the citizens judge the city's squalor for its promise .... It is in the nature of great cities to be dangerous, just as it is in the nature of the future to be dangerous. Lewis H. Lapham
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion … and you allow him to make war at pleasure. … If today he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may see no probability he would say to you, “Be silent!, I see if you don’t.” Abraham Lincoln
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected. If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. Abraham Lincoln
There is nothing more dangerous than an idea, when it is held by a man who has only one. Emile-Auguste Chartier Alain
The danger of the Shiite heretics to the region, is not less than the danger of the Jews and the Christians. Sheikh Yousef Al-Ayyiri
A pilot's part in calms cannot be spy'd, In dangerous times true worth is only tri'd. William Alexander
Ideas are dangerous, but the man to whom they are least dangerous is the man of ideas. He is acquainted with ideas, and moves among them like a lion-tamer. … the man to whom they are most dangerous is the man of no ideas. The man of no ideas will find the first idea fly to his head like wine to the head of a teetotaller Gilbert K. Chesterton
Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies. Nawal El Saadawi
Telling a Friend May Mean Telling the Enemy England
He who sups with the devil has need of a long spoon English Proverb or Saying
The ancients called happy those who learned caution from the danger of others...as wax receives its impression from a seal, so the character of human life is shaped by example Frederick II
I have ever considered the constitutional mode of election ultimately by the Legislature voting by States as the most dangerous blot in our Constitution, and one which some unlucky chance will some day hit and give us a pope and antipope. Thomas Jefferson
A rational fear of an imminent danger is said to be a justifiable cause of war. James Kent
Nations are at liberty to use their own resources in such manner, and to apply them to such purposes as they may deem best, provided they do not violate the perfect rights of other nations, nor endanger their safety, nor infringe the indispensable duties of humanity James Kent
Every nation has an undoubted right to provide for its own safety, and to take due precaution against distant as well as impending danger. The right of self-preservation is paramount to all other considerations James Kent
Mercury is a dangerous toxin. It needs to be reduced. Mike Leavitt
A generally free democracy in Iraq would be a mortal danger to its neighbors, particularly the group of states whom we call our friends. Bernard Lewis
[Guarantees of freedom] will be found to consist in the highest protection of the individual and of society, chiefly against public power, because it is necessarily from this power that the greatest danger threatens the citizen, or that the most serious infringement of untrammeled action is to be feared. Francis Lieber
Truth is often attended with danger Ammianus Marcellinus
All the time one keeps on thinking of this bomb, and what it may make the future look like. A perpetual menace over everything but may be as salutary as hell fire was in its time. Naomi Mitchison
This is the most horrible idea I have heard of, and anyone who shall venture, dare, hazard, make bold and have the audacity to propose it will not be safe from my dagger. August Ferdinand Mobius
It has been decided to evacuate three million mothers and children tomorrow from the menaced areas. It is rather grim…. It is odd to feel that the world as I knew it has only a few hours more to run. Harold Nicolson
Jehovah's Witnesses are a dangerous organization. They are dangerous from a political point of view. They view all governments as products of Satan. They do not acknowledge armies, regarding them also as a product of Satan; they refuse to carry out any military service Shenouda III
Since armed conflicts and repressive regimes may pose dangers beyond the borders of the countries concerned, all democratic nations have an interest in overcoming collective action problems and promoting open societies all over the world. The earlier preventative actions begins, the less costly and more effective it is likely to be. George Soros
You have seen for a long time the great disorder in the world caused by these crimes. It is so bad in some of your provinces, I am told, and you are so weak in the administration of justice, that one can hardly go along the road by day or night without being attacked by robbers; and whether at home or abroad one is in danger of being despoiled either by force or fraud. Urban II; Odo of Chatillon-Sur-Marne
Once the standing army and their governors shall also find that, by setting and keeping up themselves in a divided interest from the rest of the body of honest men, they withhold from themselves those contributions in all voluntary and cheerful assistances, by the affections and prayers, by the persons and purses of the good party, to the weakening themselves thereby, as to any vigorous support from them, in the times of most imminent danger Henry Vane
The Three Mile Island Report to President Carter, if published in its entirety, would have destroyed the civilian nuclear power industry because the accident at Three Mile Island was infinitely more dangerous than was ever made public. Hyman Rickover
The ancients called happy those who learned caution from the danger of others Frederick II
A danger foreseen is half-avoided. Cheyenne Tribe
Unilateral preemption should not in any way be the model for how we conduct international relations... It brings us into very dangerous territory and it could be used and abused by any other country. We need to continue to base our security on multilateralism, and on the Security Council. Mohamed El Baradei
The amount of our danger, therefore, it would be impolitic to conceal from the people. It was the first duty of ministers to make it known, and after doing so, it should have been their study to provide against it, and to point out the means to the country by which it might be averted. William Pitt the Younger
There are in America from fifteen to twenty million religious fundamentalists who are dedicated to doctrines incompatible with democracy in that they insist on their prerogatives as first principles. An even larger group feebly follows the trail of fire breathed by those fundamentalists. They are the most dangerous minority we have because they categorically eschew the reasoned judgments of the majority. Democracy properly allows them the right to worship as they choose. It should never have conceded them the right to establish schools. Education is not a function of any church—-or even of a city—-or a state; it is a function of all mankind. Philip Wylie
Nations are much more dangerous than terrorists in the long run. James Bovard
There is no such thing as a smart, safe or dumb mine. Would you send your children out to play in a soccer field full of American smart mines? Jerry White
A dangerous idea is gaining currency within a segment of the American populace. If a person does not support the United States-British bombing expedition in Afghanistan, it means that he or she backs Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Chandra Muzaffar
[George W. Bush is] … the most dangerous President in my lifetime. Howard Dean
A dozen or more heroes dashing up two flights of stairs, prepared to stake their lives for their country, only to discover the two dangerous disturbers and trouble-makers, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, in their separate offices, quietly at work at their desks, wielding not a sword, nor a gun or a bomb, but merely their pens! Emma Goldman
Remember that those who fought and bled for your liberties were in their time considered as being against the law, as dangerous disturbers and trouble-makers. They not only preached violence, but they carried out their ideas …. They said that "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." They wrote a dangerous document called the Declaration of Independence. A document which continues to be dangerous to this day, and for the circulation of which a young man was sentenced to ninety days prison in a New York Court, only the other day. They were the Anarchists of their time--they were never within the law. Emma Goldman
He hates sin more for the indignity of it than the danger. Joseph Hall
I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth Martin Luther
The urgent moral priority of our time is to dismantle the warfare state, disarm the nukes, roll back the empire from every corner of the globe. We want to live in a country even a crazy man can head and not have it be dangerous for us or the world. Lew Rockwell; Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
It is not possible to lay down any general rule to serve as a kind of fixed standard. They [Christians] are not to be sought out; if they are denounced and proved guilty, they are to be punished, with this reservation, that whoever denies that he is a Christian and really proves it--that is, by worshiping our gods--even though he was under suspicion in the past, shall obtain pardon through repentance. But anonymously posted accusations ought to have no place in any prosecution. For this is both a dangerous kind of precedent and out of keeping with the spirit of our age. Marcus Ulpius Trajanus; Trajan
We cannot deny that there is still a horde—as I must call them—of people who, like Licinius the Emperor [Roman Emperor, ruled 81-96], denounce learning and the Arts as a danger to the State and hateful in themselves. Petrus Paulus Vergerius
About 36 percent of all homicides in Canada involve guns. By coincidence, about 34 percent of all homicides in Canada involve family members. One might conclude that families are just slightly less dangerous than guns. Karen Selick
Another doctrine, worse still is gaining ground. It is that the colored people are not sufficiently informed to chose what is best for themselves, and that they ought to be compelled to go to Africa. Many colonizationists now avow it openly. And thus there is danger that the society will grow up into one of the most dreadful systems of cruelty that have ever afflicted the world. John Rankin
Because of my job I now have 12 bodyguards and have lost my freedom. Rajaa Habib Khuzai
I wouldn’t be Einstein if I kept quiet. Albert Einstein
… the least dangerous branch of our government. Alexander M. Bickel
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. David McCullough
Not only does filth, overcrowding, lack of privacy and domesticity, lack of ventilation and lighting, and absence of supervision and of sanitary regulation still characterize the greater number of the tenements; but they are built to a greater height in stories New York City Citizens' Council of Hygiene
It is dangerous to play politics with the Budget. Clement Attlee
A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger. Euripides
A weapon is an enemy even to its owner. Turkish Proverb
The impoverishment of any single people in the world means danger to the well-being of all other peoples. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The strength of all free peoples lies in unity; their danger, in discord Dwight D. Eisenhower
No chapter in human history has been so largely written in terms of persecution and intolerance as the one dealing with religious freedom. From ancient times to the present day, the ingenuity of man has known no limits in its ability to forge weapons of oppression for use against … those who dare to express or practice unorthodox religious beliefs. And the Jehovah's Witnesses are living proof of the fact that, even in this nation, conceived as it was in the ideals of freedom, the right to practice religion in unconventional ways is still far from secure. Theirs is a militant and unpopular faith, pursued with a fanatical zeal. They have suffered brutal beatings; their property has been destroyed; they have been harassed at every turn by the resurrection and enforcement of little used ordinances and statutes.... To them, along with other present-day religious minorities, befalls the burden of testing our devotion to the ideals and constitutional guarantees of religious freedom. We should therefore hesitate before approving the application of a statute that might be used as another instrument of oppression. Religious freedom is too sacred a right to be restricted or prohibited in any degree without convincing proof that a legitimate interest of the state is in grave danger. Frank Murphy
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
We must not allow Iran to manipulate the economy of the world because they have a nuclear weapon…. Iran is a clear and present danger to the state of Israel, the United States, and the rest of the world. John Hagee
Nothing is so fatal to a nation as an extreme of self-partiality. Edmund Burke
No enemy is more harmful than ignorance. Abu Abdullah Muhammad Al-Harithi Al-Baghdadi Al-Mufid
In perilous times, country comes before party. James Madison Leach
We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future of this nation … William C. Sullivan
I have to tell you, in my judgment, some of us sitting here today will not come back alive from this campaign. I want you to think about it. Martin Luther King Jr.
Shared danger is the strongest of bonds; it will keep men united in spite of mutual dislike and suspicion. Livy
I am always in front, and in time of battle am never behind. Genghis Khan
When you evaluate people critically, you bring danger upon yourself. Lao Tzu
Contemporary Americans were so prosperous, so happily distracted by such a richness of vivid entertainments, they were reluctant to have their fun diminished by acknowledging that anything existed with fangs and fierce appetites. If now and then they recognized a wolf, they threw a bone to it and convinced themselves it was a dog. Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
The crown jewel of our national park system has been transformed into a hunting ground for these predators. It's just a matter of time before one of these snakes gets to a visitor. Bill Nelson
No one is more dangerous than someone who thinks he has "The Truth". Tom Lehrer
In modern Britain the most dangerous place to be is in your mother's womb. It should be a place of sanctity. Edward Julian Egerton Leigh
Power is precarious. Herodotus
Danger never came of working for the State, but only from indifference and resistance. Martin Heidegger
We must do our best to shape the future. But we must not wish away the dangers of the present. Benjamin Netanyahu
All patronage is perilous to men of real ability and merit. It aids only those who lack other claims to support. Rutherford B. Hayes
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Alexander Hamilton
So many of the people killed in the world have been killed in religious conflicts. There is no more dangerous person in the world than someone who is doing what God has commanded. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
Put the army in the face of death where they cannot escape and they will do heroic things to win. Sun Tzu
Studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it's the death knell of this country. I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam — which I think is a big threat, okay? Cause what's happening now is they are going after, in schools, two-year olds...And this stuff is deadly, and it's spreading, and it will destroy our young people, it will destroy this nation Sally Kern
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
Corruption is a greater danger to us in Afghanistan than the Taliban…. It starts with President Karzai and goes all the way down. It’s just rotten from top to bottom over there. Stephen F. Lynch
We send our peacekeepers off to some disputed zone, full of local intrigue and power blocs and uncertainty and danger, and they are supposed to save lives not with their weapons, but through their competence and their character. And they do it. Romeo LeBlanc
Self-defense … is not limited to the mere defense, when attacked, of continental United States. It covers all our possessions, all our rights; the right to take such steps as will prevent danger to the United States. Frank B. Kellogg
Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of disease, especially communicable disease, is a common danger. WHO; World Health Organization
I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country. Virginia Foxx
Scientology and all the other cults are one-dimensional, and we live in a three-dimensional world. Cults are as dangerous as drugs. They commit the highest crime: the rape of the soul. Ronald Edward DeWolf; Lafayette Ronald Jr.
It’s dangerous to live among poor people, because if they don’t have income, they are coming for you. Walter E. Fauntroy
There are some men to whom party success is so important that they seem willing to endanger this country. Eleanor Roosevelt
If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish. If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish. Paul Valery
The government assures the people that they are in danger from the invasion of another nation, or from foes in their midst, and that the only way to escape this danger is by the slavish obedience of the people to their government. This fact is seen most prominently during revolutions and dictatorships, but it exists always and everywhere that the power of the government exists. Leo Tolstoy
The most formidable of all the ills that threaten the future of the Union arises from the presence of a black population upon its territory; and in contemplating the cause of the present embarrassments, or the future dangers of the United States, the observer is invariably led to this as a primary fact. Alexis de Tocqueville
The French are ... the most brilliant and the most dangerous nation of Europe, and the one that is surest to inspire admiration, hatred, terror, or pity, but never indifference. Alexis de Tocqueville
Hope--danger's comforter Thucydides
Politics is much more dangerous than war, because in war they can only kill you once. Winston Churchill
out of the greatest dangers, communities and individuals acquire the greatest glory. Thucydides
Indeed, it is unnecessary to do more than point out that the worst danger of cataclysm in a capitalist society is the danger of war arising out of imperialism born of the union of capitalism and nationalism. Norman Thomas
Much of the research into humans' risk-avoidance machinery shows that it is antiquated and unfit for the modern world; it is made to counter repeatable attacks and learn from specifics. If someone narrowly escapes being eaten by a tiger in a certain cave, then he learns to avoid that cave. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We should reward people, not ridicule them, for thinking the impossible. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Rank beliefs not according to their plausibility but by the harm they may cause. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The sucker’s trap is when you focus on what you know and what others don’t know, rather than the reverse. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Law. Law. That is what saves nations from the most imminent dangers. Jose Cecilio Diaz del Valle
…one enemy can do more hurt, than ten friends can do good. Jonathan Swift
…national wealth, especially when carefully accumulated in the hands of a few individuals, is dangerous in the extreme to human liberty. Perez Fobes
By exploiting envy and fear, politicians can portray themselves as the saviors and protectors of the public — doing and saying whatever is necessary to gain the support needed to remain in power. Lawrence M. Ludlow
We have usurped many of the powers we once ascribed to God. Fearful and unprepared, we have assumed lordship over the life or death of the whole world — of all living things. The danger and the glory and the choice rest finally in man. The test of his perfectibility is at hand. Having taken Godlike power, we must seek in ourselves for the responsibility and the wisdom we once prayed some deity might have. Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope. John Steinbeck
An open society is always in danger. It must constantly reaffirm its principles in order to survive. George Soros
Though the principles of the banking trade may appear somewhat abstruse, the practice is capable of being reduced to strict rules. To depart upon any occasion from these rules, in consequence of some flattering speculation of extraordinary gain, is almost always extremely dangerous, and frequently fatal to the banking company which attempts it. Adam Smith
The slave system is one of constant danger, distrust, suspicion, and watchfulness. It debases those whose toil alone can produce wealth and resources for defense, to the lowest degree of which human nature is capable, to guard against mutiny and insurrection, and thus wastes energies which otherwise might be employed in national development and aggrandizement. William H. Seward
Wise men say nothing in dangerous times. John Selden
The law against witches does not prove there be any; … John Selden
More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk. Bruce Schneier
Beware the Four Horsemen of the Information Apocalypse: terrorists, drug dealers, kidnappers, and child pornographers. Seems like you can scare any public into allowing the government to do anything with those four. Bruce Schneier
History indicates that that at a certain point of economic breakdown people cease being concerned with liberties and are ready to accept regimentation. The danger is obviously greater when two main values so many people have are personal peace and affluence. Francis Schaeffer
An extreme reflection of the dangers confronting modern social development is the growth of racism, nationalism, and militarism and, in particular, the rise of demagogic, hypocritical, and monstrously cruel dictatorial police regimes…. These tragic developments have always derived from the struggle of egotistical and group interests, the struggle for unlimited power, suppression of intellectual freedom, a spread of intellectually simplified, narrow-minded mass myths. Andrei Sakharov
Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming Learned Hand
Our dangers ... are not from the outrageous but from the conforming. Learned Hand
I wish for an America no less alert in guarding against dangers from within than it is watchful against enemies from without. Warren G. Harding
I think that we are coming out of this thing in pretty good shape, believe it or not. Lorenzo Langford
The people are frightened. When they are frightened, they are much more willing to give us their liberties. But giving up their liberties won't make them safer, that's the real sad part of it. Ronald E. Paul
America was founded by men who understood that the threat of domestic tyranny is as great as any threat from abroad Ronald E. Paul
When the President [Woodrow Wilson] talks of self-determination, what unit has he in mind. Does he mean a race, a territorial area, a community? … It will raise hopes which can never be realized. It will I fear cost thousands of lives. In the end it is bound to be discredited, to be called the dream of an idealist who failed to realize the danger until it was too late. Robert Lansing
Heroes don't get anything but dead. Laurell K. Hamilton
A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward. Winston Churchill
The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Once more we are in a period of uncertainty, of danger, in which not only our own safety but that of all mankind is threatened. Once more we need the qualities that inspired the development of the democratic way of life. We need imagination and integrity, courage and a high heart. We need to fan the spark of conviction, which may again inspire the world as we did with our new idea of the dignity and worth of free men. But first we must learn to cast out fear. People who `view with alarm' never build anything. Eleanor Roosevelt
The human race consists of the dangerously insane and such as are not. Mark Twain
Do you know anything on earth which has not a dangerous side if it is mishandled and exaggerated? Arthur Conan Doyle
Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself. Daniel Defoe
… there are times of moral danger when the hardest virtuous resolution to form is flight, and when the most heroic bravery is flight. Charles Dickens
it is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you. Arthur Conan Doyle
Loose cannon Theodore Roosevelt
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. H. G. Wells
… there will be no peace for India, nor any stability of Government in the Punjab, nor any release from anxiety and costly defensive preparations on our frontier, unless the British Government, justly indignant at the unprovoked and treacherous aggression once again committed against them by the Sikhs, shall now effectually provide against future dangers by subverting for ever the Dynasty of the Sings, by converting the Punjab into a British province, and by adopting the only measure which will secure the observance of peace by the Sikhs, namely, depriving them utterly of all the means of making war. James Broun-Ramsay
We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship E. M. Forster
Mutiny among the Sepoys is the most formidable danger menacing our Indian empire. William Francis Patrick Napier
The real danger of the Cotton dynasty lies not in the hostility of the North, but in the exigencies of the market abroad;. Charles Francis Adams II
There are many in the field of cosmology, who believe as I do, that finding ways to travel great distances will be essential to keeping human kind alive in an aging universe. Stephen Hawking
There is no hope for the world unless power can be tamed, and brought into the service, not of this or that group of fanatical tyrants, but of the whole human race, white and yellow and black, fascist and communist and democrat; for science has made it inevitable that all must live or all must die. Bertrand; 3rd Earl of Kingston
Power invariably means both responsibility and danger. Theodore Roosevelt
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt
My skepticism warns me of the danger of becoming a fanatic, a danger which no faith has yet averted. Karlheinz Deschner
I'm anything but skittish about government, but I must say this administration is truly scary and, given the times we live in, frighteningly dangerous. John Dean
I view current US nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous, creating unacceptable risks to other nations and to our own" Robert McNamara
The essence and almost the quintessence of good government is to protect property and its rights.... The major business of government becomes, therefore, the problem of keeping in due subjection to law and order the dangerous mass of poor and vicious. Fisher Ames
Every crisis has within it, opportunity. Every crisis has within it, danger. Condoleeza Rice
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid. Denis Diderot
There is nothing more dangerous than mislearning the lessons of history. Brent Scowcroft
The most serious dangers for American freedom and the American way of life do not come from without. Ludwig von Mises
That (The United States) has continued to exist and prosper, that it has not been overthrown at the first sign of danger. In spite of the fact that this people is a singular model of political virtue and moral enlightenment, that liberty has been its cradle, that it has been reared in and fed upon pure liberty, it is a marvel that a system so weak and complicated as the federal has been able to endure...I has never even remotely entered my mind to consider a parallel between the positions and natures as distinct as the Anglo- and Hispano-American Simon Bolivar
Capitalism and democracy are intertwined into our way of life so intricately that serious problems with the economy (again, particularly as they affect the typical family) represent a threat to almost everything we believe in. Rich Turner
We have created a Star Wars civilization but we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology. That's dangerous. Edward O. Wilson
Guns are not a defense. Guns are a risk. Gustavo Petro
Entitlement programs are on autopilot. I’m alarmed. We’re close to the danger zone. Glenn Hubbard
Today, the culture wars and the constant skirmishes over the size and scope of the welfare state have convinced conservatives that the country’s direst enemies are not “subversive” foreigners, but homegrown liberals. Molly Worthen
Brown Scares no less than Red Scares recur throughout American history. They fasten on real-enough phenomena, from homegrown fascist sympathizers in the 1930s to the militia movements in the 1990s, but then wildly exaggerate both the danger these extremists pose and their ties to the conservative mainstream. Philip Jenkins
… not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. To achieve it, it is necessary to examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable — that mankind is doomed — that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are man-made — therefore, they can be solved by man. John F. Kennedy
Soviet repression taught the Russians that hope and trust are dangerous, inimical, and treacherous Dmitri Dudko
You cannot falsely cry “Fire” in a crowded theater. Anonymous
With science, technology and globalization, man is changing the world faster than his evolution can keep up with the new dangers. Lewis D. Eigen
Nuclear weapons are the greatest national security risk to the United States, and they are the most important weapons in our arsenal. Eric Schlosser
Precedents establish expectations of what is fair. Does fairness require the perpetuation of unfair, unwise, or even dangerous past precedents? Lewis D. Eigen
Power long entrusted either to single persons, or to bodies of men, generally increases itself so greatly as to become subversive of the intentions, and dangerous to the rights of those who delegated it. Dan Foster
It cannot be denied with truth, that this new constitution is, in its first principles, most highly and dangerously, oligarchic. Richard Henry Lee
We have to be willing to give our lives to put an end to segregation. If we do, then segregation will end even if we die. Andrew Young
...to let the military direct the entire process...is so dangerous that it must be resisted at all costs. David Galula
No enemy of free government is more dangerous and none so insidious as corruption. Theodore Roosevelt
Women have long found themselves grieving for the dead and caring for the wounded during and after war, but … as more and more women become war fighters themselves, they too face danger and see horrors, often with the added burden if sexual harassment and worse at the hands of their fellow warriors—burdens aggravated by official indifference. Lawrence David Freedman
China is the world’s second largest economy, but the enormous costs of its growth are becoming apparent. Residents of its boom cities and a growing number of rural regions question the safety of the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. It is as if they were living in the Chinese equivalent of the Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster areas. The environmental hazards here are legion, and the consequences might not manifest themselves for years or even decades. Edward Wong
the day the asteroid hit the Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs, making room for our little primate ancestors to grow big and brainy and to take over the planet. Freeman Dyson
There is no sure solution to some dangers. Richard K. Betts
For most of history, the prime source of human insecurity was nature. Capitalist societies have been oriented toward innovation and dynamism, to the creation of new knowledge, new products, and new modes of production and distribution. All this has shifted the locus of insecurity from nature to the economy. Jerry Z. Muller
We did not have a military victory in the Cold War. It was a negotiated outcome that benefitted both sides…. Such claims of victory are all distortions, all incorrect, all misleading, and all dangerous to the safety and future prosperity of the American people. Jack Matlock
The biggest risks posed by nuclear power come not from the technology but from the human institutions that govern how we use it. Charles D. Ferguson
I am used to playing with fire. Somebody has to do it. Sima Samar
They are strong and we are weak. We are few; the are many …. We can never forget these homes, I know, but an unbending iron necessity tells us we must leave them. I would willingly die to preserve them, but any forcible effort to keep them will cost us our lands, our lives, and the lives of our children. There is but one path to safety, one road to future existence as a nation. Major Ridge
In the policy of nations there are two extremes: one extreme, in which justice and moderation may sink in feebleness; another, in which the lofty spirit which ought to animate all nations, particularly free ones, may mount up to military violence. These extremes ought to be equally avoided; but of the two, I consider the first far more dangerous. John C. Calhoun
The Soviet Union has indeed been our greatest menace — not so much because of what it has done, but because of the excuses it has provided us for our own failures. J. William Fulbright
The danger of collective catastrophe … is so great as to be in part a certainty. George F. Kennan
If you don’t act, the danger becomes stronger Ai Weiwei
That Martí is a madman — but a dangerous madman. Ramon Blanco Erenas Riera y Polo
A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit.... A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states. Vaclav Havel
The existence of an immensely powerful military-industrial complex constitutes a danger to democracy, both internationally and domestically, because it follows its own logic and operates independently of popular participation. Alfred Maurice de Zayas
There are no forces on this planet more dangerous to us all than the fanaticisms of fundamentalism… Daniel Dennett
The revolution of the proletariat was inevitable, good Marxists believed, but if so, why were they so eager to enlist us in their cause? If it was going to happen anyway, it was going to happen with or without our help. But of course the inevitability that Marxists believe in is one that depends on the growth of the movement and all its political action. There were Marxists working very hard to bring about the revolution, and it was comforting to them to believe that their success was guaranteed in the long run. And some of them, the only ones that were really dangerous, believed so firmly in the rightness of their cause that they believed it was permissible to lie and deceive in order to further it. They even taught this to their children, from infancy. These are the "red-diaper babies," children of hardline members of the Communist Party of America, and some of them can still be found infecting the atmosphere of political action in left-wing circles, to the extreme frustration and annoyance of honest socialists and others on the left. Daniel Dennett
While a guy at home is sweating over his income tax and Victory garden, a dogface somewhere is getting great joy out of wiggling his little finger. He does it just to see it move and to prove to himself that he is still alive and able to move it. Bill Mauldin
The engagement policy of détente made the United States number two in a world where it is dangerous, if not fatal, to be second best Ronald Reagan
In a totalitarian system the de facto number 2 man is an unenviable position…. Often times the life of the number 2 man is short and precarious. Sung Yoon Lee
There is a basic failure to understand the Israeli condition in its complexity. On the one hand Israel is really intimidated [threatened with extinction] like no other industrial democracy, On the other hand, it is an occupying power. People on the left … usually concentrate on occupation and ignore intimidation. People on the right concentrate on intimidation and ignore occupation. The truth is we have to wrestle with both Ari Shavit
Financial firms believed that if a crisis developed, the insatiable demand for exotic [financial] products would dissipate only slowly. They were mistaken. Alan Greenspan
Any major Lebanese politician who opposes Syria is in danger. Fouad Ajami
The reduction in the size of the population and the reduction in population density … will create the danger of weakening Russia’s political. economic, and military influence in the world. Sergei V. Stepachin
By the "mud-sill" theory it is assumed that labor and education are incompatible; and any practical combination of them impossible. According to that theory, a blind horse upon a tread-mill, is a perfect illustration of what a laborer should be -- all the better for being blind, that he could not tread out of place, or kick understandingly. According to that theory, the education of laborers, is not only useless, but pernicious, and dangerous. In fact, it is, in some sort, deemed a misfortune that laborers should have heads at all. Abraham Lincoln
If you’re going to be involved with espionage, you’ve got to be motivated. It’s not fun and games. It’s dirty and dangerous. There’s always the chance that you’re going to get burned. Richard Helms
Intelligence isn’t just something for the Cold War. When you think of Pearl Harbor, you can understand why. Unpleasant surprises are out there. Porter Goss
There never was a moment of American history more honorable or more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes. Martin Luther King Jr.
Everyone here wants to drag me into your particular projects. I’ve always supported what you wanted to do, even when I disagreed. You wanted to go raise hell—but they were going to blame me. You have all these brilliant ideas. But I’m the one that’s going to get killed. Martin Luther King Jr.
Banks are employing risky derivatives strategies to goose up returns….the interbank market could freeze up, and one could well have a full blown financial crisis. Raghuram Rajan
I have 13 bankers in my office, and they say that if you go forward with this you will cause the worst financial crisis since World War II. Lawrence Summers
Give up security as an ideal. Anyone who promises security is misbranding his political, social, and economic goods ... If you insist on being cheated, buy gold bricks or perpetual motion machines. It is now clear that if you live at all, you will live dangerously, not only during the instant crisis but for all our lives Henry Merritt Wriston
… the Communists, who take their inspiration if not their orders from Moscow, are now a recognized party or faction in every country, and in several constitute a danger to the existing order. Archibald Cary Coolidge
There is no place for government to prohibit consumers from buying products the effect of which will be to harm themselves. Milton Friedman
There can be no equality of opportunity, the first essential of justice in the body politic, if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives, their very vitality, from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. Woodrow Wilson
We are done with demagogues. We need a person at the head of this government who is safe and sane. James W. Van Cleave
Industrial wars due to the arrogance and the blindness of the labor unions are a much greater menace to the United States today than foreign wars. James W. Van Cleave
It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge. Margaret Thatcher
There is no great danger to politics in the desire for certainty at any price. Bernard Crick
[General Douglas] Macarthur is the most dangerous man in America. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you. Bertrand Russell
What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later you're going to get bitten... Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes. My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day Rob Ford
There can be no real federal state except when all elements of the people are united by a common patriotism. If there is no diversity federalism is unnecessary. If there is no common patriotism, federalism is dangerous because it is bound to result in the separatism of certain elements. Hugh Simons Gibson
Whatever sense of national unity pervades the inhabitants of the rocky mountains, low-lying coastal marshes and baked river beds of Albania is sprung from the necessity of their struggling continually to keep out invaders who would annex this or that district, rather than form strong racial, religious or cultural bonds. In Albania such bonds are indeed far from strong (apart from that of language, which is however spoken in a variety of dialects), as is shown by the wars between tribes and sects which are usually in progress whenever some external danger does not compel them momentarily to close their ranks. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors. Will Infantine
Most leaks from large bureaucracies are “good” leaks: no danger to national security, no harm to innocent people, information the public ought to know. Michael Kinsley
Was there really any chance that an atomic bomb would trigger the explosion of the nitrogen in the atmosphere or the hydrogen in the ocean? J. Robert Oppenheimer
… free access to scientific information … the abolition of barriers hitherto considered necessary to safeguard national interest but now standing in the way of common security against unprecedented dangers Niels Bohr
It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I got to see firsthand the sacrifices that Israelis make in the name of security because of the dangerous state of affairs there. Gabrielle Giffords
Censorship laws are blunt instruments, not sharp scalpels. Once enacted, they are easily misapplied to merely unpopular or only marginally dangerous speech. Alan Dershowitz
Treason is a strong word but not too strong, rather too weak, to characterize the situation in which the Senate is the eager, resourceful. Indefatigable agent of interests as hostile to the American people as any invading army could be, and vastly more dangerous interests that manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for a few. . David Graham Phillips
It is a reproach to our civilization that any class of American workmen, should in the pursuit of a necessary and useful vocation, be subjected to a peril of life and limb as great as that of a soldier in time of war. Benjamin Harrison
The concept of military necessity is seductively broad, and has a dangerous plasticity. Because they invariably have the visage of overriding importance, there is always a temptation to invoke security "necessities" to justify an encroachment upon civil liberties. For that reason, the military-security argument must be approached with a healthy skepticism. William J. Brennan, Jr.
In our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds -- that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous. Robert Houghwout Jackson
I believe there is nothing which can be done to restrain these frivolous Presidential expenditures because Mobutu has apparently risen in soufflé-like grandiloquence…. to call his attention to the dangers of this type of thing … would be to incur instant wrath…. It is the most serious problem facing Congo at present time and the fault is that of the President [Mobuto] and the uncontrollable spending is coming from him. Robert H. McBride
Polls are like perfume—very nice to smell; dangerous to drink. Shimon Peres
Americans should sense danger when a government tries to stop a newspaper from disclosing the origins of an unpopular war ... or accuses a newspaper of endangering national security by disclosing secret and illegal wiretapping. Anthony Lewis
The NSA surveillance programs have crossed the line of proportionality. Even if one could conceivably justify the initial inadvertent interception of baby pictures and love letters of innocent bystanders, their continued storage in Government databases is both troubling and dangerous. Who knows how the information will be used in the future? Edward Snowden
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself... Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable. H. L. Mencken
In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting — yet it ends in danger and decline. George W. Bush
Don’t believe them. Stay in your homes. They only want you to move out so that they can move in. Hamas
It is probable that all heavy matter possesses—latent and bound up with the structure of the atom—a similar quantity of energy to that possessed by radium. If it could be tapped and controlled, what an agent it would be in shaping the world’s destiny. The man who put his hand on the lever by which a parsimonious nature regulates so jealously the output of this store of energy, would possess a weapon by which he could destroy the earth if he chose. Frederick Soddy
That was the work of some of the old officers embittered by the war, but we don’t take these groups very seriously! Werner Heisenberg
There are those who say that such research should be stopped by law, alleging that man’s destructive powers are already large enough. So no doubt that the more elderly and ape-like of our prehistoric ancestors objected to the innovation of cooked food and pointed out the grave danger of the use of the newly discovered agency, fire. Francis W. Aston
Some people think I'm a terrible radical, but really I'm not so very dangerous at all. William Jennings Bryan
The expert is out to point out all the difficulties and dangers. W. Averell Harriman
In holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite. Dwight D. Eisenhower
… international politics has always been a ruthless and dangerous business, and it is likely to remain that way. John J. Mearsheimer
Muslim Free Zone. The Koran (which I have read and studied thoroughly) and (which Muslims align themselves with), contains 109 verses commanding hate, murder and terror against all human beings who refuse to submit or convert to Islam. I hold adults accountable for the “religion” / ideology they align themselves with. I have to assume that if you are a Muslim, you have read the Koran and agree with those 109 verses. So… Why would I hand a loaded gun to a Muslim and allow him to shoot lethal weapons next to people his Koran commands him to kill? Jan Morgan
He who speaks the truth must keep one foot in the stirrup. Turkish Proverb
You can go to any city in America and see roads and bridges that need to be fixed…. I would not call them unsafe … they are dangerous…. The best highway system in the world is falling apart. Ray LaHood
Now the situation is perilous, and the Powers are glaring at us like tigers eyeing their prey, all trying to barge into our country. Considering the financial and military situation in China today, we will of course try and avoid a war … But if our powerful enemies try and force us to yield to demands to which we cannot possibly consent, then we shall have no other alternative but to rely on the justice of our cause and to unite and fight. Cixi
Euthanasia is a long, smooth-sounding word, and it conceals its danger as long smooth-sounding words do, but the danger is there, nevertheless.. Pearl S. Buck
Terrible times require terrible things to be done. David Wolstencroft
Never since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock has our American civilization been in such danger as now. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Of the first 40 pilots to fly for the U. S. Air Mail Service ... 31 died in crashes. A. J. Baime
In reviewing United State compliance with the Convention Against Torture, a United Nations monitoring panel recently cited, among other American lapses, failure of the Obama Administration to investigate and hold parties accountable for past instances of torture. Such a lack of accountability is more than a treaty breach. It signals a dangerous permissiveness toward torture and cruelty practices in the future. L. Michael Hager
No challenge is more of a threat to our children than global warming. Barack Obama
Power is always dangerous. It attracts the worst and corrupts the best.. Michael Hirst
Egypt has a population of 90 million. If this country fails, the whole region will slide into a cycle of anarchy that will represent a grave danger to all countries in this region, including Israel, and would extend to Europe. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
The way to feel safe is never to feel secure. Benjamin Franklin
Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. Benjamin Franklin
... We've laid the groundwork to protect our planet. But the resulting opportunities can be seized only if the next president follows the science, recognizes the dangers of doing nothing, and musters the political will to address the threat. Joe Biden
... the president [Barak Obama] has failed to finish the job of securing radiological material in hospitals and industrial facilities, or to crack down on the threats from bioweapons and toxic chemicals. Second, with his revised EPA guidelines on dirty-bomb damage, Obama has taken a tentative but insufficient step toward leveling with the public in a way that deprives terrorists of their ability to spread hysteria. That mirrors what he has tried to do more generally: tentatively steer Americans toward the realistic view that while terrorism is inevitable, it is not an existential or apocalyptic threat—–unless we treat it like the apocalypse. Steve Brill
The United States learned a big lesson. Its greatest danger in the world came not from large nations but from failed states. Condoleezza Rice
As European history makes painfully clear, a return to aggressive nationalism could be dangerous, not just for the continent but also for the world. Jakub Grygiel
I dedicate this book [The German Dictatorship] to the hope that a sober picture of the German dictatorship may help Germany avoid both old and new dangers, primarily the traditional authoritarian concept of the state, but also radical utopianism—both expressions of intolerance and conceit, and moreover, profoundly unpolitical modes of behavior Karl Dietrich Bracher
This business about talking about rigged elections is very dangerous. Michael Chertoff
When Thurgood Marshall went to a Southern town to try a case, he didn't know whether he would be alive at the end of the day. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Western societies will have to focus on the dangers of too rapid cultural change. That might involve some limits on the rate of immigration and on the kinds of immigrants who are permitted to enter. Fareed Zakaria
To live in freedom one must grow used to a life full of agitation, change and danger. Alexis de Tocqueville
Educating Negroes is pointless and dangerous. The state should ensure that tax dollars from white citizens should only go to white schools. James K. Vardaman
Man does not have an inalienable right to personal or reproductive freedom, if such freedom is a menace to society. Harvey Ernest Jordan
I want to work hard toward my goal that there will be zero nuclear power generation. Junichiro Koizumi
There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Junichiro Koizumi
People have to carry on with their lives, so only so much direct action can take place. Anti-nuclear activism may look dormant from appearances, but it’s there, like magma. It’s still brewing, and the next trigger might be another big protest or political change, Koichi Nakano
Russia is the biggest menace in the world led by the most menacing guy in the world. Paul Ryan
So go ahead with your program, President Trump. That why the people voted for you -- except the majority of them didn't. Samantha Bee
To advance his administration's agenda with its protectionism and cultural nationalism, Donald Trump needs to spread the notion that the polyglot metropolis is a dangerous failure. Will Wilkenson
Artificial Intelligence is one of those areas where we should be proactive in controlling it rather than reactive. If we are reactive, by the time we will do the necessary things, it will be too late. Robots can do everything better than we [humans] can. Elon Musk
With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there is the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, … he’s sure he can control the demon. But it doesn’t work out.| Interview, Squawk Alley, CNBC, July 16, 2017 Elon Musk
In our rush to connect everything [via the Internet], we have created a monster of bad guys just waiting to take advantage of a weak line of code in a very complex program. Fareed Zakaria
I think that the development of artificial intelligence could lead to the end of the human race. Stephen Hawking
The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful — and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat. We're at a point where there needs to be radical changes at the White House — it has to happen," Corker told reporters following his luncheon address. He [President Trump] recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of our nation — what has made it great and what it is today. He's got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that. Without those things happening, our nation is going to go through great peril .... Helping to inspire divisions because it generates support from your base is not a formula for causing our nation to advance and to overcome the many issues that we have to deal with right now. Bob Corker
when greed and fear are linked to power, you have a dangerous mix. We see that in political life. In part of the world, the mix of greed and fear means that those who get power become reluctant to give it back. One of the many things I like and admire in our democracies are the norms that make our leaders hand over power when voters tell them to Margrethe Vestager
Reform [of college fraternaties] is not possible because the old-line, historically white social fraternities have been synonymous with risk-taking and defiance from their very inception. They are a brotherhood born in mutiny and forged in the fire of rebellion. These fraternities have drink, danger and debauchery in their blood — right alongside secrecy and self-protection. They cannot reform. To capitulate to the reasonable demands of outsiders would be to fundamentally change their culture, their role on campus, their very reason for existing. Avoiding risk and obeying common sense safety guidelines would undermine their fundamental character, the specific nature of their identity that is most vital to who they are. Becoming kinder, safer places would do such violence to their legacy that it would mean altering their organizations beyond recognition. Lisa Wade
Laughing about something is one of the more accessible ways to approach a difficult issue. Haeryun Kang
Every technology that can improve the human condition could harm the human condition. Someone evil could program a robot to hurt people. Andrew W. Moore
We're not yet in a multipolar world. We are in a chaotic world.... We live in a world where the dangers are real for all of us. Antonio Guterres
A dangerous chasm in the classes is alive and well in the United States of America. Don’t let anybody tell you it’s not. Carolyn Chute
Autonomous weapons are the worst possiblity for an Aitificial Intelligence application. I don't even want a single gun to be automomous.... We should ahve laws against autonomous weapons. One of the major problems with autonomous weapons is that they become the enemy's arsenal when the software is hacked and that always happens sooner or later. D. Scott Phoenix
I think that Donald Trump is the most dangerous politician I’be ever encountered, and I did a campaign against a guy in the Congo who got accused of war crimes in the Hague. If that guy would have won, he wouldn’t have had nuclear weapons. Stuart Stevens
This is not a time for “patience” — Donald Trump is not fit for office. It is evident that there is zero reason to believe “he can be a good president.” Whether by the nature of Mr. Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia, his willingness to exploit the office of the Presidency for his personal gain and treat the government like a family enterprise, his conduct during Charlottesville, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords, or his seeming determination to take the nation to war, he has violated the Constitution, the office of the Presidency, and the trust of the public. He is a clear and present danger to the United States of America.... Given Trump’s total lack of fitness for office, the question of impeachment becomes a very real issue ....There is no moral reason to remain silent about this. Constitutional experts ... have already laid out clear legal and historical foundations for impeachment. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, a co-author of the Federalist Papers — and an immigrant himself — argued that “high crimes and misdemeanors” could be defined as “abuse or violation of some public trust.” This president has clearly already exceeded these standards. Congress has impeached past presidents for far less. Tom Steyer