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Political interest can never be separated in the long run from moral right. - Thomas Jefferson

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. - Daniel Webster

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. - Benjamin Franklin

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees. - Ernst Friedrich 'Fritz' Schumacher

Discovering the Church is apt to be a slow procedure but it can take place if you have a free mind and no vested interest in disbelief. - Flannery O'Connor

Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent. - Antoine de Rivarol

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children. - George Bernard Shaw

Skepticism's bad rap arises from the impression that, however necessary the activity, it can only be regarded as a negative removal of false claims. Not so, Proper debunking is done in the interest of an alternate model of explanation, not as a nihilistic exercise. The alternate model is rationality itself, tied to moral decency-the most powerful joint instrument for good that our planet has ever known. - Stephen Jay Gould