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Power over men is itself a satisfaction, besides providing opportunity to better one's circumstances with a minimum of exertion. Hence, the lust for power increases with its enjoyment and restraint is added to restraint. The government instituted to prevent men from transgressing one another's equal rights thus tends to become a transgressor of the rights of all. The injustice is far more oppressive than anyone man can do unto another, and the interests of freedom can be served only by restraint of government. Frank Chodorov
The great happiness in life is not to donate but to serve. Louis D. Brandeis
Power is more satisfying to some than wealth.... Power is, indeed, a heady thing—whether it be a King, a President, a Legislature, a Court, or an Administration agency that is concerned. William O. Douglas
Let a man keep the law,—any law,—and his way will be strewn with satisfactions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Referring to public service:] Men can make a living with far more satisfaction and many less wounds to the souls at some other calling. Herbert Hoover
We have not fully pleased anybody and that's a good sign. Solomon Liss
Men are satisfied commonly if they can so regulate their lives as to escape the censure of men, and the disgrace which follows wicked actions. Archibald Alexander
Once one feels content about what one has, then humiliation does not arise. If one could never feel content, one would never even get what one wished to have. Chinese Proverb
The shooting of the suspected murderer by an exhibitionist night-club proprietor is too idiotic to be believed. That the Dallas police should have allowed it to happen is so stupid that the brain reels. Now it will never be satisfactorily proved whether Oswald shot the President or not, and there will be a jungle of rumors … Noel Coward
Past occurrences have generally shown that there hasn’t been satisfaction from politicians in the manner they were covered [by the press.] Davey Sakala
Be satisfied with needs instead of wants. Lakota Indian Proverb
The level of real income is not what determines whether they are happy or not. It’s their relative place in the pecking order. Alan Greenspan
Irishmen don't know what they want, and won't be satisfied until they get it. Finlay Dun
Among men of good will, science and democracy together offer an ever-richer life and ever-larger satisfaction to the individual. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Most of us...are naturally more sanguine and hopeful than logic would justify. We seem to be so constituted that in the absence of any facts to go upon we are happy and self-satisfied; so that the effect of experience is continually to contract our hopes and aspirations Charles S. Peirce
When it comes to health care, the United States is on another planet. The United States spends about 35 percent more per capita than the next two highest-spending countries—Norway and Switzerland…no matter how we measure it—whether by life expectancy or for survival of specific diseases like asthma, heart disease, or some cancers; by the rate of medical errors; or simply by satisfaction with health services, the United States is actually doing worse than a number of countries like France or Germany… America spends far more than other countries, and doesn’t see better results. Ezekiel Emanuel
In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record. Barbara Tuchman
The people are not satisfied with any form of government, or statute law, until it comes up to their sense of justice; so every progressive State revises its statutes from time to time, and at each revision comes nearer to the absolute right which human nature demands. Theodore Parker
The four most beautiful words in our common language: I told you so Gore Vidal
The nation which is satisfied is lost. The nation which is not progressive is retrograding. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
Justice satisfies everybody, and justice alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night Marian Wright Edelman
I wish that every Chinese citizen can live a life of satisfaction, every peasant child can go to school and every person reaching a working age can have a job. I wish people wouldn't have to worry about medical care if they are sick, particularly those in rural areas. I believe that this is the dream of every Chinese person. Wen Jiabao
… discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure. Thomas A. Edison
The workers, whose grievances were once the driving energy for social change, are more satisfied with society than the intellectuals. The workers have not achieved Utopia but their expectations were less than those of the intellectuals, and the gains correspondingly larger. Daniel Bell
The only constitution that will make a people happy is one which is in accordance with its opinions, mores, and customs … and which is established by the free will, welfare and satisfaction of all its citizens, or at any rate, the great majority. Willem Anthony Ockerse
Four million surplus women. Four million sexually unsatisfied women, artificially creating a host of problems in order to excite or appease their senses. Not being able to embrace one man, they embrace humanity. Benito Mussolini
The people are not satisfied with any form of government, or statute law, until it comes up to their sense of justice; so every progressive State revises its statutes from time to time, and at each revision comes nearer to the absolute right which human nature demands. Theodore Parker
A house may be large or small; as long as the neighboring houses are likewise small, it satisfies all social requirement for a residence. But let there arise next to the little house a palace, and the little house shrinks to a hut. The little house now makes it clear that its inmate has no social position at all to maintain, or but a very insignificant one; and however high it may shoot up in the course of civilization, if the neighboring palace rises in equal or even in greater measure, the occupant of the relatively little house will always find himself more uncomfortable, more dissatisfied, more cramped within his four walls. Karl Marx
There is the freedom from want, despair and psychological insecurity that would come from having income sufficient to provide the necessities of life, But there is also the freedom to choosae not to work for a time in order to take care of family members, persue a passion, acquire education, or contribute to a worthwhile community project. There is the freedom to start a new business with an uncertain future, the freedom to say yes ti a job that pays little but yields joy and satisfaction--and the freedom to say no to a job that pays too little of is demeaning or unpleasant. Why they ask should such freedom be reserved only for the wealthy? Stephen Pearlstein
Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. Jimmy Carter