Friday, March 21, 2008


No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.
Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) "Patterns of Culture," ch. 1, 1934.

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. - G.K. Chesterton The Speaker, 12/15/00

He who allows oppression shares the crime. --Erasmus Darwin

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favour of the status quo.-- Max Eastman (1883-1969)

I can promise to be sincere, but not to be impartial. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan. -- CS Lewis.

Now there sits a man with an open mind. You can feel the draft from here. -- Groucho Marx

For observations which ourselves we make,
We grow more partial for th'observer's sake.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Moral Essays.
To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it. -- Ayn Rand

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