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Some Examples (in italics) of Non-Cooperation

Originality is something people always clamour for.

On the contrary, originality is something people always quarrel with.

Man is a rational animal.

I think what you mean to say is that man is an animal capable of reason.

Pornography can lead to rape.

Sexual repression is far more likely to lead to rape than pornography.

Money is the root of all evil.

I would say that poverty is the root of all evil. And if you don't believe me spend a few weeks in an inner city slum.

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.

An even greater mistake is not being more agreeable than many people are.

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

You'll be an even bigger bore if you tell nothing.

Where an opinion is general, it's usually correct.

Anyone who thinks majority opinion a reliable guide to truth hasn't been paying much attention to public opinion in the twentieth century.

The truth is generally seen, rarely heard.

Yes, I suppose that's why so many people are taken in by appearances.

In the misfortune of our friends we find something which isn't displeasing to us.

Anyone who delights in the misfortune of another can hardly be described as a friend.

Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.

Crime expands according to our refusal to treat the underlying causes, such as social injustice.

People never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

I think you'll find that people who do evil completely and cheerfully are the people least likely to have religious convictions of any kind at all.

Anything that calls itself new is doomed to a short life.

Yes. It probably has something to do with the fact that anything old and established has an obvious motive for wanting it dead.

For a hundred that can bear adversity there is hardly one that can bear prosperity.

Most of the prosperous people I know seem to be bearing up quite well under the burden of their prosperity. I don't feel I can say the same for people whose lives are dogged by real misfortune.

At twenty the young idealist thinks he can save the world. At thirty he begins to wish he could save part of his salary.

Your cynicism is blinding you to the fact that a young idealist is far more likely to save the world than a young banker.

We're usually convinced more easily by reasons we've found for ourselves than by reasons which have occurred to other people.

In my experience most people never learn to trust their own thoughts. They always want some authority to tell them what to think.

Nothing ever becomes real until it's experienced.

Actually, experience takes away more than it adds. The older people get the more closed they become to new experiences and the more tightly they cling to the prejudices and outmoded beliefs they've taken a life time to accumulate.

Intellectuals are the most intolerant of all people.

I disagree, nobody can beat religious fundamentalists for intolerance.

A man who's a failure is always popular.

It's been my experience that when you're a failure friends have a way of disappearing or being otherwise engaged.

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.

I'm sorry, but adults who have never grown up shouldn't even be having children. They're a menace to children.

Victims always let you down if you take up their cause.

On the contrary, it's the unfortunate people who have no one to take up their cause who let every one down, including themselves. People who never receive encouragement and support are the ones most likely to be `victims.'

It's always the secure who are humble.

I think the more secure people feel, the less humble they become. Their sense of invincibility makes them smug and complacent.

Too much capitalism doesn't mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.

Don't you mean that too much capitalism means too many would-be capitalists, and too few people who care a damn for social justice?

In politics stupidity isn't a handicap.

In my experience stupid politicians don't last very long, particularly the ones stupid enough to try to combine politics with integrity.

It's not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

I can't think of a better way of understanding things than to argue about them.

It's hard to forgive someone you've wronged.

That sort of observation is the prerogative of people from the ruling, that is to say the oppressing, class. Anyone who's been seriously oppressed knows it's far harder to forgive someone who's wronged you.

A comprehended God is no God.

Indeed. And yet theologians persist in trying to explain what is inexplicable in terms that are incomprehensible. The Trinity is a good example.

Every heresy is a truth taught out of proportion.

Every heresy is the intolerant judgement of some authority - usually oppressive - that feels its power threatened by a new idea - usually true.

People need difficulties. They're necessary for health.

Why is it then that those with money and power - useful items for avoiding or alleviating at least some of life's difficulties - are by all accounts healthier than those without?

Property is theft.

That sounds to me like the sort of slogan invented by a person who's getting ready to grab someone else's property.

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