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No religious position is loyally served by refusing to consider annoying theories which may well turn out to be facts. Norman Lamm
... a better government: more complete security of property; moderate taxes; a more permanent ... tenure of land ... the introduction of foreign arts ... and the introduction of foreign capital, which renders the increase of production no longer exclusively on the thrift or providence of the inhabitants themselves. John Stuart Mill
Accountability begins with transparency. John Bolton
The old diplomat liked to move with deliberation, in secret, following well-established traditions and working through what he loved to describe as "the usual channels". To him, the open debate carried on, not by professional diplomats, but by politicians and statesmen having little regard for the use of the technical phraseology of diplomacy and intent merely on reaching results which would make diplomacy unnecessary, was offensive to all his instincts. Robert Cecil; Edgar Algernon Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
I always try to have an open mind, but there is a difference between having an open mind and having a hole in the head. Jon Kyl
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. Gerry Spence
Openness is the natural enemy of arbitrariness. Kenneth Culp Davis
Publicity and openness, honest and complete -- that is the prime condition for the health of every society, and ours, too. The man who does not want them in our country is indifferent to his fatherland and thinks only about his own gain. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Openness is the natural enemy of arbitrariness. Kenneth Culp Davis
Do we want the Asiatic model—which is corrupt but works as long as you have a dictator who is active? Or do we want the democratic market model—which works, but only with transparency or reliability. Pyotr Aven
We are a country that does better when we do debate and air our differences. Hillary Clinton
Proceeding should be televised. There is nothing secret about a trial. It should always be open. I think the Supreme Court is just a little bit stuffy about televising its proceedings. Anthony D'Amato
We launched perestroika [openness and restructuring] with our eyes open. We foresaw the complexity and the special nature of that process, realizing that it would shake up thoroughly our entire society. We were not wrong.... As for the difficulties—and they do exist—we accept them as a natural expression of contradictions inherent in a transition period. Mikhail Gorbachev
I want to listen with an open mind, but I don't want to listen with an empty mind. Phil Gramm
The military rarely errs on the side of openness. Daniel Maffei
The time is coming when all businesses will have to be done with glass pockets. J. Pierpont Morgan
Economies that are open to trade grow faster. Arvind Panagariya
The countries that stand to benefit most from greater competition and openness are those nations that display the highest protection. Arvind Panagariya
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
Opening China to the world has dramatically affected the movement for democracy. The process of opening up is a process whereby the government loosens its control of the people. On the other hand, simply opening the economy is not enough. Very few people are actually able to enjoy the economic reforms. The privileged classes, or those who have connections with the privileged classes, enjoy more benefits from an open policy. Wei Jingsheng
… maintain the integrity and flexibility of our teachings Shoghi Effendi
Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness. Thich Nhat Hanh
Those civil society groups promoting access to information must also require themselves and other activist groups to provide public accounting if, as proponents of openness, they are to safeguard their own legitimacy and credibility… Ann Florini
Behind a mask of apparent openness and accountability to which once-trusted accountancy firms and business analysts were willing collaborators, a raft of corrupt practices has undermined the livelihoods and expectations of millions. Jeremy Pope
What we say is an opinion it's the best that we can reach, if anybody can bring a better opinion we will accept it. Abu Hanifa Numan ibn Thabit; Hanifa Abu
We live in the most wide open society the world has ever known….We need to have fewer secrets and a rational classification policy. Gabriel Schoenfeld
A liberal is a person who kept an open mind … a person who did not always look backward but would look forward to new possible solutions. Eleanor Roosevelt
It is not enough to be in the right place at the right time. You should also have an open mind at the right time. Paul Erdos
It has always seemed strange to me. The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. John Steinbeck
It is the business of culture to make us able to consider with intelligent interest all real opinions, even those we do not and can not accept. John Lancaster Spalding
It is almost instinctive in science to accept contrary views, because disagreeing gives you guidance to experimental tests of ideas -- your own and those offered by others… Frederick Seitz
Not every obnoxious talk leads to progress, but we cannot tell which unusual idea, which seditious thought will be tomorrow's accepted truth and enshrined right ... after all, all that we take for granted, was once deemed extremely objectionable... So, not knowing where the next big step in the progress of human civilization will come from, we open our ears, our minds and our hearts to the new, the unusual and the contrarian. Ismail Serageldin
Make sure that everyone who should know what you are doing knows what you are doing. Gary Johnson
Once exposed, a secret loses all its power. Ann Aguirre
Secrecy is for losers. . . . It is time to dismantle government secrecy, this most persuasive of Cold War-era regulations. It is time to begin building the supports for the era of openness that is already upon us. Daniel P. Moynihan
We have got to be open. We cannot be a single-issue party or a single-philosophy party.” …. I am concerned about the undercurrent of rigid conservatism where you don’t dare not toe the line. Bob Dole
The strength of a culture depends on its capacity to open itself up to other cultures, to integrate itself into them and to integrate them into it. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
And again, hast thou valued Patience, Courage, Perseverance, Openness to light; readiness to own thyself mistaken, to do better next time Thomas Carlyle
History shows that the more open the intellectual environment, the better minorities will do. Jonathan Rauch
The societies that embrace openness will be those that compete and succeed effectively. Alec Ross
Open societies, open governments, and an open international system are risky propositions. But they are humankind’s best hope for harnessing the power not only of states, but also of businesses, universities, civic organizations, and citizens to address the planetary problems that now touch us all. Anne-Marie Slaughter
It takes intellectual stamina to stay open, as a leader and a mind, to absorb information and adversity. Rachel Maddow
Transparency has long been a rare commodity in international affairs. But today, the forces of technology are ushering in a new age of openness that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Governments, journalists, and nongovernmental organ­izations (NGOs) can now harness a flood of open-source information, drawn from commercial surveillance satellites, drones, smartphones, and computers, to reveal hidden activities in contested areas—from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea. Sean P. Larkin
Over the next decade, the market-driven explosion of surveillance sensors and data analytics will bring an unprecedented level of transparency to global affairs. Commercial satellites will capture daily images of the entire globe, offering inexpensive and automated reports on everything from crop yields to military activity. Journalists, NGOs, and bloggers will increasingly use crowdsourced data to uncover wartime atrocities and expose government hypocrisy. Private security companies will discover the sources of cyberattacks and data theft. Biometric systems will expose the identities of clandestine operatives, and government agencies will struggle to contain leakers and whistleblowers. Sean P. Larkin
Although governments will also benefit from improved access to information, increased transparency will allow people at home and abroad to better observe and critique what governments do and to hold leaders accountable for their decisions. As a result, governments will find it harder to adopt strategies that require secrecy or violate international norms. Sean P. Larkin
Venture capitalists are pouring billions of dollars into commercial surveillance satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, social media analytics, biometric technologies, and cyberdefenses to meet surging market demand. Heavy competition is driving down the cost of and improving the information available to individuals, businesses, and governments. Sean P. Larkin
be fierce. It starts when we stand tall, and we build that self-confidence. And we stand up and we speak up, and we tell the world what happened to us. I know it's scary, but let's do it for our kids. Let's stop this for the next generations. I know that I did it for my children. Gretchen Carlson
To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity. I'd like to see a world with more leaders who are familiar with the depths of the views of those they deeply disagree with, so that they can understand the nuances of everyone they're representing. Zachary R. Wood