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If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.

The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist.

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