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  • Unpopularity is a excellent salve to the conscience; it is delicious to be misunderstood.

  • How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

  • 'It is impossible to help all,' says the miser, and — helps none.

  • It takes time and trouble to persuade ourselves that the things we want to do are the things we ought to do.

  • I love Life, / I would fight to the death for it, / That's a feeling you say? I will find / A reason for it.

    • Stevie Smith,
    • "A Dream of Comparison," Not Waving But Drowning ()
  • ... 'tis well when we dare not do a thing we think is not good and fair; but not so well when we think a thing not good and fair because we dare not do it ...

  • ... any compulsion tries to justify itself.

    • Joan Didion,
    • "On Keeping a Notebook," Slouching Towards Bethlehem ()
  • When a new idea assaults the power of established authority, authority always screams out that morality has been affronted. It makes no difference if this idea is that the world is round or that women should vote or that the workers should control industry.

  • We can always find noble reasons for what we want to do.

  • People pretend ... not to like grapes when they are too high for them to reach.