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Honore De Balzac, H. L. Mencken, Robert A. Heinlein


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"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies."

-- Honore de Balzac

(1799-1850) French novelist, playwright


"It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume...that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him."

-- H. L. Mencken

(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic


"Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

(1907-1988) American writer


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