"Pride should be reserved for your achievements, not accidents of birth like being American or Irish or Italian"
“You go to a baseball, football or basketball game and they begin with the Star Spangled banner. And all the men – not the women – have to remove their hats. What’s the relationship between a hat and patriotism? Why not take off your pants to show you love this country?”
The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies– Such a carriage, such ease and such grace! Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise, The moment one looked in his face! He had bought a large map representing the sea, Without the least vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when Read more…
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. – Einstein
"Lenin’s obsessive tirades against formal freedom worth saving today; when he underlines that there is no pure democracy, that we should always ask whom a freedom under consideration serves, his point is precisely to maintain the possibility of a true choice. Formal freedom is the freedom of choice within the coordinates of the existing power Read more…
The impress is still maintained that man is the master of the language machine. But the truth of the matter might well be that the language machine takes language into its management and thus masters the essence of the human being.
"If love is blind, patriotism has lost all five senses."
We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
"To sift through a mountain of death and destruction to find something positive so as to keep ourselves from recognizing the rubble we are standing on is a malignant delusion."
The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the Read more…
Like most of the others, I was a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and Read more…
Modern industrial civilization has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilization has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits, in the classic formulation. Now, it has long been understood, very well, that a society Read more…
"Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible… The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship." Ismail Kadare , Albanian Novelist.
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. ~Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959
But I’m still an embryo with a long long way to go until I make my brother understand.
"Three months into the womb I was already beginning to record memories." "I believe the time is at hand when were by means of a single active paranoiac thought it will allow for a total discrediting of the world of reality."
There is no laughter in the covens of the witch some clever doctor went and sterilized the bitch and the only man with energy yes the revolution’s pride he trained a hundred women…just to kill an unborn child! _______ Kill another fetus now. We don’t like children any how.
L’importance ! Monsieur, n’est-ce rien ?Le respect des sots, l’ébahissement desenfants, l’envie des riches, le mépris du sage. (cité par Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir)
What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly."
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.
Ideas are more poweful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.
The nation that oppresses another forges its own chains
It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of ruins. No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie sees Read more…
There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education, organization, action that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators or that lays the basis for institutional change — and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations Read more…
Rien n’est plus répréhensible à mes yeux que cette disposition à fuir, cette désertion si caractéristique d’une position de principe difficile dont on sait pertinemment qu’elle est juste. Cette peur de paraître trop politique et revendicatif, ce besoin d’approbation de la part d’un tenant de l’autorité; ce désir de maintenir une réputation d’objectivité et de Read more…
"Though this picture of recent history is remote from the standard version here, it is familiar abroad, and has the additional merit of accuracy."
Ah!Mes chers amis, croyez bien, toute mort est préférable à l’isolement proné par les philanthropes américains. Pourquoi ai-je attendu si longtemps? Eh! qui le dira; vous ne savez pas combien l espérance est tenace dans le coeur de l homme. Laquelle me demanderez-vous? Celle de pouvoir recommencer ce qui m’a déja amené ici, seulement avec Read more…
Freiheit nur für die Anhänger der Regierung, nur für Mitglieder einer Partei – mögen sie noch so zahlreich sein – ist keine Freiheit. Freiheitist immer Freiheit des Andersdenkenden. Nicht wegen des Fanatismus der ‘Gerechtigkeit’, sondern weil all das Belebende, Heilsame und Reinigendeder politischen Freiheit an diesem Wesen hängt und seine Wirkung versagt, wenn die Read more…
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook Read more…
The great appear great because you are on your knees. Arise.
"Now. Or never."
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul."
"Women and poets believe and resist forever."
"We cannot perceive or possess our life, on our own; we need stories."
"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us."
"Two cardinal sins from which all others spring: impatience and laziness."
"Anything that has real or lasting value is always a gift from within."
"A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light."
"The secret of endurance is to have so many things bothering your sensibilities that you have no time to think about quitting."
"The lice roam on the dome of Buddha."
"Always a new excuse for a new war. And the family structure, religion, and the daily newspapers leading us on in."
"Censorship exists due to the fact that our educational institutions don’t educate and the Church is still around dragging its feet 1,000 years behind the times. False morality is the disease of a people who are told what to think and how to act from an early beginning; few ever use their own thought processes Read more…
"As a writer, one must write what one sees and feels regardless of the consequences. In fact, the more consequences the more one is goaded into going for it. Some call it madness, I call it near truth. …You know, there is nothing more entertaining, funnier than near-truth because you see it, read it so Read more…