Quotation Explorer - 'Institutions'

But if the ants are not despondent because they have failed to produce a new social invention or convention in 65 million years, why should we be discouraged because some of our institutions and castes have not been able to evolve a new idea in the past fifty centuries? - William Morton Wheeler
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. ... These two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. - George Carlin
If people institute wrong institutions, wrong institutions do not just produce wrong people, but wrong people who understand and accept mediocrity as an institution - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended - civilizations are built up - excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and the cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. - C.S. Lewis
All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships. - George Bernard Shaw
Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.
We despair of changing the habits of men, still we would alter institutions, the habits of millions of men. - George Iles
The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions. - Karl Marx
With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how. - Doris Lessing
I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty. I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman
Society's institutions, like government, schools, the arts, and the media, corrupt naturally good individuals.
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakeable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. - Richard Dawkins
Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth our powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered. - Daniel Webster
There are great virtues in a conservative attitude towards structural features of government. The sudden abandonment of institutions is an act that reverberates in ways no one can predict and many come to regret. - Alexander Bickel
Our mission is not to impose our peculiar institutions upon other nations by physical force or diplomatic treachery but rather by internal peace and prosperity to solve the problem of self-government and reconcile democratic freedom with national stability. - Benjamin Harrison
we deceive ourselves if we believe we can hold on to old models as "ideologies whimper off to a shallow grave in prolonged agony of people, institutions and cultures. - Said E. Dawlabani
From our primary schools to secondary schools, to tertiary institutions, there must be a mass campaign to educate our people in the value of labour. - Sunday Adelaja
It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions - you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism. - Noam Chomsky
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. - Thomas Paine
If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. - Charles Darwin
Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free. - Jacque Fresco
The Marxians love of democratic institutions was a stratagem only, a pious fraud for the deception of the masses. Within a socialist community there is no room left for freedom. - Ludwig von Mises
Science, like nothing else among the institutions of mankind, grows like a weed every year. Art is subject to arbitrary fashion, religion is inwardly focused and driven only to sustain itself, law shuttles between freeing us and enslaving us. - Kary Mullis
Our faith institutions have the best product that God can offer; but we have the worst customer service imaginable. - Johnnie Dent Jr.
Institutions are not pretty. Show me a pretty government. Healing is wonderful, but the American Medical Association? Learning is wonderful, but universities? The same is true for religion... religion is institutionalized spirituality. Mother Jones November/December 1997. - Huston Smith
Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. - Benjamin Disraeli
I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. - George Carlin
Human cultures construct an enormous variety of environments through language, technology, and institutions. We are born in and die in these systems of symbols and imagination. - William E. Paden
Creating consent (hegemony) is never a simple act. It is rather the result of the social structures and the cultural patterns that dictates for each group its behavior and for each institutions its practices. - Amine Zidouh
History will judge societies and governments and their institutions not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless. - César Chávez
Same-sex marriage has not created problems for religious institutions; religious institutions have created problems for same-sex marriage. - DaShanne Stokes
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. - Thomas Paine
Bigotry lives not just in our words, but in our actions, thoughts, and institutions. - DaShanne Stokes
Politics, like insurance, security, pharmaceutical and religious institutions all work the same. They sell the idea of a threat along with the antidote. Marketing 101. - Tarryn Tomlinson
Institutions and cultures are not immortal. Humans, Christian and non-Christian, are. Compared to us, our country is a gnat. - Matt Chandler
The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don't know how to be submissive, and so on -- because they're dysfunctional to the institutions. - Noam Chomsky
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards. - Walter Bagehot
In effect, the poor person is a rich person left to fend for him or herself, without the support of institutions that help the person to take 'good' decisions. - Daniel Cohen
Many existing top 20 Scottish writers have flourished in part because of good turns done by institutions, arts community, libraries and bookshops. - Sara Sheridan
The patent system was established, I believe, to protect the lone inventor. In this it has not succeeded. The patent system protects the institutions which favor invention. - Ernst Alexanderson
If and when our civilization comes to ruin, the destructive agent will be Science; man's knowledge of science, applied to warfare, meaning slaughter not only of human bodies, but of human institutions, of all we have created through the centuries. - Cicely Hamilton
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. - Richard Dawkins
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. - Thomas Jefferson
For manipulation to be most effective, evidence of its presence should be nonexistent... It is essential, therefore, that people who are manipulated believe in the neutrality of their key social institutions.
Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the general progress of the human mind. - Thomas Jefferson
The great lie can only be defeated by the New World Order. The sooner the New World Order is established by the institutions of the world, the sooner the suffering caused by the lie will end. - Compton Gage
The institutions of Churchianity are not Christianity. An institution is a good thing if it is second; immediately an institution recognizes itself it becomes the dominating factor. - Oswald Chambers
Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. - Albert Einstein
Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers-- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls. - Edward Abbey
I'd watched too many schoolmates graduate into mental institutions, into group homes and jails, and I knew that locking people up was paranormal - against normal, not beside it. Locks didn't cure; they strangled. - Scott Westerfeld
People and institutions that refuse to admit error eventually discredit themselves. - Jeffrey Tucker
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