Because a quotation for everything saves original thinking for cognitive misers, here are some. Five, to be exact. 

  1. “Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.”
    -Frederick Douglass
  2. “I wish that I may never think the smiles of the great and powerful a sufficient inducement to turn aside from the straight path of honesty and the convictions of my own mind.”
    -David Ricardo
  3. “And so it goes.”
    -Kurt Vonnegut
  4. “The need to choose, to sacrifice some ultimate values to others, turns out to be a permanent characteristic of the human predicament.”
    -Isaiah Berlin
  5. “The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”
    –Alexis de Tocqueville