Tao Te Ching

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Utopia

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Quotes from Utopia

“A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.”

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Themes: Beauty Marriage

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“Anyone who campaigns for public office becomes disqualified for holding any office at all.”

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“Every modern society seems to me to be nothing but a conspiracy of the rich, who while protesting their interest in the common good pursue their own interests and stop at no trick and deception to secure their ill-gotten possessions, to pay as little as possible for the labor that produces their wealth and so force its makers to accept the nearest thing to nothing. They contrive rules for securing and assuring these tidy profits for the rich in the name of the common good, including of course the poor, and call them laws!”

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“For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted… what else is to be concluded but that you first make thieves and then punish them.”

Chapters: 75. Greed

Themes: Law and Order

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“Instead of inflicting these horrible punishments, it would be far more to the point to provide everyone with some means of livelihood, so that nobody's under the frightful necessity of becoming first a thief and then a corpse.”

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Themes: Punishment

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“Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements”

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“Nor can they understand why a totally useless substance like gold should now, all over the world, be considered far more important than human beings, who gave it such value as it has, purely for their own convenience.”

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Themes: Money Poverty

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“Personal prejudice and financial greed are the two great evils that threaten courts of law, and once they get the upper hand they immediately hamstring society, by destroying all justice.”

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“Personal prejudice and financial greed are the two great evils that threaten courts of law, and once they get the upper hand they immediately hamstring society, by destroying all justice.”

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Themes: Greed Justice

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“Pride thinks it's own happiness shines the brighter by comparing it with the misfortunes of others.”

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“The way to heaven is the same from all places.”

Chapters: 1. The Unnamed

Themes: Wu Wei

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“There is nothing more inglorious than that glory that is gained by war.”

Chapters: 30. No War

Themes: War Power

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“What greater wealth can there be than cheerfulness, peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety?”

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Themes: Wealth Happiness

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“You neither desire wealth nor greatness; and, indeed, I value and admire such a man much more than I do any of the great men in the world.”

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Themes: Desire Wealth

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