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A good number of works owe their success to the mediocrity of their authors' ideas, which match the mediocrity of those of the general public.

Nicolas Chamfort

In general I esteem it a good maxim, that the best way to preserve the confidence of the people durably is to promote their true interest.

George Washington

It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.

Jonathan Swift

Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a be general natural law.

St. Jerome

The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

John Stuart Mill

Brain surgeons earn 10 times that of a general practitioner... it pays to be an expert.

Alan Pease

If the general opinion is pessimistic, fantasy is going to hold its own.

David Eddings

For long ages, too, no notice whatever was taken of the criminals sin; he was regarded as harmful, not guilty, and looked upon as a piece of destiny; and the criminal on his side took his punishment as a piece of destiny which had overtaken him, and bore it with the same fatalism ... In general we may say that punishment tames the man, but does not make him better.

Georg Morris Cohen Brandes

MORAL, adj. Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.

Ambrose Bierce

The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life.

Wilhelm Reich

The general rule of law is, that the noblest of human productions -- knowledge, truths ascertained, conceptions, and ideas -- become, after voluntary communication to others, free as the air to common use.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis

RECREATION, n. A particular kind of dejection to relieve a general fatigue.

Ambrose Bierce

To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.

Mikhail Bakunin

Anthropology in general has always been fairly hospitable to female scholars, and even to feminist scholars.

Clifford Geertz

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency.

Herbert Read

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