Imbecility Quotes (5 quotes)
But the Presidence of that mighty Power its particular Agency and Concern therein: and its Purpose and Design will more evidently appear, when I shall have proved That the said Earth, though not indifferently and alike fertil in all parts of it, was yet generally much more fertil than ours is That its Soil was more luxuriant, and teemed forth its Productions in far greater plenty and abundance than the present Earth does That when Man was fallen, and had abandoned his primitive Innocence, the Case was much altered: and a far different Scene of Things presented; that generous Vertue, masculine Bravery, and prudent Circumspection which he was before Master of, now deserting him and a strange imbecility immediately seized and laid hold of him: he became pusillanimous, and was easily ruffled with every little Passion within: supine, and as openly exposed to any Temptation or Assault from without. And now these exuberant Productions of the Earth became a continued Decoy and Snare unto him.
If all boys could be made to know that with every breath of cigarette smoke they inhale imbecility and exhale manhood and that the cigarette is a maker of invalids, criminals and foolsnot menit ought to deter them some. The yellow finger stain is an emblem of deeper degradation and enslavement than the ball and chain.
It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit for continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccinations is broad enough to cover cutting Fallopian tubes. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.
The ants and the bees are, in many ways, far more intelligent and ingenious; they manage their government with vastly less quarreling, wastefulness and imbecility.
The only way to get rid of the [football] combats of gorillas which now bring millions to the colleges will be to invent some imbecility which brings in even more. To that enterprise, I regret to have to report, I find myself unequal.