Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
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Every living thing is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of its environment into itself ... When we compare the (present) human population of the globe with ... that of former times, we see that 'chemical imperialism' has been ... the main end to which human intelligence has been devoted.
Our mental make-up is suited to a life of very severe physical labor
Sin is geographical.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
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I think we should take Iraq and Iran and combine them into one country and call it Irate. All the pissed off people live in one place and get it over with.
America does not fight for land, glory or riches.
Well I grew up in England, and I was in the London police.