But the other vitality is still there, that rancorous, sardonic, wonderful insistence on the right to dissent, to question, to object, to raise holy hell and, in direst extremity, to laugh the self-appointed squad leaders off the face of the earth with great whoops of dirty, disdainful glee. Suppress friction and a machine runs fine. Suppress friction, and a society runs down.

John D. MacDonald (1916–1986) American author
A Deadly Shade of Gold (1965)
Added on 6-Oct-10 | Last updated 6-Oct-10
Link to this post
More quotes by MacDonald, John D.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.