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Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. - Horace Mann


The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race, and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin. - Ayn Rand


The origin of all science is the desire to know causes, and the origin of all false science and imposture is the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance. - William Hazlitt


Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play. - Eric Hoffer


Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison. - Simone Weil


It is found by experience that admirable laws and right precedents among the good have their origin in the misdeeds of others. - Tacitus [Cornelius Tacitus]


All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. - Lao Tzu [Lao Tse, Laozi]


We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge. - George F. Will