To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race. [Letter to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, January 1793]
The main objects of all science, the freedom and happiness of man. . . . [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government. (A plaque with this quotation, with the first phrase omitted, is in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.)
They want us to be afraid. They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes. They want us to barricade our doors and hide our children. Their aim is to make us fear life itself! They want us to hate. They want us to hate 'the other'. They want us to practice aggression and perfect antagonism. Their aim is to divide us all! They want us to be inhuman. They want us to throw out our kindness. They want us to bury our love and burn our hope. Their aim is to take all our light! They think their bricked walls will separate us. They think their damned bombs will defeat us. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that my soul and your soul are old friends. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that when they cut you I bleed. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that we will never be afraid, we will never hate and we will never be silent for life is ours!
You only feel powerless because your fear has given your power to the object of your fear. Once you realise this, you can claim it back.
All objects exist in a moment of time.
But the castration of perception by a court of control that denies it any anticipatory desire, forces it thereby into a pattern of helplessly reiterating what is already known.
Why object to one very high altitude telescope when you can use science to object to them all.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
I seriously object to seeing on the screen what belongs in the bedroom.
Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure.
I'm a boxer who believes that the object of the sport is to hit and not get hit.
For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.
The object of war is victory; that of victory is conquest; and that of conquest preservation.
Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive, divisionist, literary.
Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.
There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
Education has for its object the formation of character.
An ugly baby is a very nasty object - and the prettiest is frightful.