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Published Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 12:03 AM EST
Feb 22 2016

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
-Thomas Henry Huxley

As long as a journalist tells the truth, in conscience and fairness, it is not his job to worry about consequences. The truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets men free.
-Ben Bradlee

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.

But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
-John Maynard Keynes

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero.
-Thomas Carlyle

Democracy may not prove in the long run to be as efficient as other forms of government, but it has one saving grace: it allows us to know and say that it isn't.
-Bill Moyers

I am an optimist rather than a pessimist. It is possible that the pessimists may be proven right in the long run, but we optimists have a better time on the trip.
-William Everitt

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

I wish I had done it myself. In the long run I always do.
-Ralph Griswold

If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run- and often in the short one- the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.
-Arthur C. Clarke

In the long run people are going to buy the cheapest and the best article no matter where it is made.
-Henry Ford

In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
-Daniel L. Reardon

In the long run, everything is a toaster. (on innovative technologies)
-Bruce Greenwald

In the long run, men only hit what they aim at.
-Henry David Thoreau

In the long run, there's just another short run.
-Abba P. Lerner

In this age, which believes that there is a short-cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way, in the long run, is the easiest.
-Henry Miller

It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.
-Wyndham Lewis

Laws assure animals of protection- formally, officially, set down in black and white. But in the long run, the best protection is the human heart.
-Lloyd Alexander

Optimism is a philosophy based on the belief that basically life is good, that, in the long run, the good in life overbalances the evil.
-Norman Vincent Peale

Pension reform can be hard to talk about. In the long run, reform now means fewer demands for layoffs and less draconian measures in the future. It's in the best interest of all Californians to fix this system now.
-Jerry Brown

Rooting in work is crucial to any accomplishment. Rooting in mere enthusiasm will in the long run force illusory measures to keep the fires of empty enthusiasm going. And this makes politics and politicians.
-Wilhelm Reich

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
-Helen Keller

So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a more devastating effect.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
-E.M. Forster

Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
-E.B. White

The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.
-John Maynard Keynes

The only sense that is common in the long run, is the sense of change- and we all instinctively avoid it.
-E.B. White

The world is a gambling table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way.
-Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)

We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine gun.
-George Orwell

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
-E.B. White

While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
-Madeleine Albright


(February 22 is the birthday of Arthur Schopenhauer, Christian Bovee, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Jules Renard.)

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