Facts about John McCarthy

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John McCarthy was a famous Politician from USA, who lived between and 1943.

Our collection contains 38 quotes who is written / told by John.

Famous quotes by John McCarthy (38)


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"There is only one thing more harmful to society than an elected official forgetting the promises he made in order to get elected; that's when he doesn't forget them"
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"The slogan was 'Don't trust anyone over thirty'. Sixty years later the slogan became, 'Don't trust anyone over ninety'"
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"If I owned Marseilles and Hell, I'd rent out Marseilles and live in Hell"
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"Honor among thieves is the ancestor of all honor"
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"Amateur bureaucrats are often even worse than professional bureaucrats"
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"Alas few socialists are either benevolent enough to work hard at these occupations out of benevolence or self-interested enough to work hard at them for money"
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"Self-righteousness has killed more people than smoking"
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"Proposals to forbid golf courses have about the same motivations as proposals to forbid skate boarding, although the rationalizations are different"
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"My hobby of not attending meetings about recycling saves more energy than your hobby of recycling"
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"Language is froth on the surface of thought"
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"Compassion is contempt with a human face"
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"Asking a critic to name his favorite book is like asking a butcher to name his favorite pig"
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"The difference between a contemporary liberal and a socialist is that to a liberal the most beautiful word in the English language is 'forbidden', whereas to a socialist the most beautiful word is 'compulsory'"
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"It is said that man doesn't live by bread alone. Sometimes this is unfortunate, because people who cannot live by bread alone too often kill other people in consequence of the fights they get into"
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"In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated"
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"Both politicians and journalists face situations which strain their honesty and humanity. My opinion is that politicians on the average stand up somewhat better than journalists"
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"A declining institution often experiences survival of the unfittest"
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"Soccer riots kill at most tens. Intellectuals' ideological riots sometimes kill millions"
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"Inside of many liberals is a fascist struggling to get out"
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"Hardly anyone has noticed that in the Northern Hemisphere people stir their drinks counterclockwise, whereas the same people stir their drinks clockwise when visiting the Southern Hemisphere"
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"Committing genocide on behalf of an institution generates greater loyalty to it than merely getting people fired from their jobs on its behalf"
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"Slogans rarely convince the unconvinced. However, they do rally the troops already on your side"
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"Never abandon a theory that explains something until you have a theory that explains more"
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"His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web"
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"Foolishness is rarely a matter of lack of intelligence or even lack of information"
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"We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism, necessary only in backward countries"
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"My opinion is that he's a swindler and you're a sucker"
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"If a person can be said to have the wrong attitude, there is no need to pay attention to his arguments"
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"He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense"
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"A true intellectual is a man who, after reading a book and being convinced by its arguments, will shoot someone or, more likely, order someone shot"
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"With no more than six levels of misquotation, any statement can be made to say whatever you wish"
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"When I see a slippery slope, my instinct is to build a terrace"
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"Of course, Third World leaders love you. By ascribing third world ills to First World sins, you absolve them of blame for their countries' failure to advance"
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"Don't try to talk anyone out of concentrating his hatred on Ayn Rand or any other dead person. It can't harm the dead. Diverted to a living person, it might actually do harm"
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"An extreme optimist is a man who believes that humanity will probably survive even if it doesn't take his advice"
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"An excessive knowledge of Marxism is a sign of a misspent youth"
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"Once a person has killed other people on behalf of an ideology, he becomes rather devoted to it"
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"Hard distinctions make bad philosophy"


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