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It may be that we have all lived before and died, and this is Hell.
Adel Bestavros

Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.
Alan Paton

When men are ruled by fear, they strive to prevent the very changes that will abate it.
Ali, Ayaan Hirsi

Avoiding offense means that we don't accept each other as equals.

Alice H. Rice

Life is a compound of bitter and sweet, and to expect it to be all of either is futile.

Hartley Coleridge

The soul of man is larger than the sky, deeper than ocean, or the abysmal dark of the unfathomed center.
Amiel, Barbara

There is sometimes a peculiar confusion in the West that equates progress to whatever is recent or whatever is new, and it is time we understood that progress has nothing to do with the chronology of an idea.
Amis, Kingsley

We should be wrong to demand that a critic must stay on the point all the time; it is enough if he remains in orbit around it.

Wise men argue causes, and fools decide them.

Humberto Maturana

History is a process of transformation through conversation. In our efforts to produce change, we often forget how important it is to pay attention to what is being conserved.

Anthony Ryan

Life isn't what you want it to be, it's what you make it become.
Antoine Rivarol

Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
Vilna Gaon

The entire purpose of our existence is to overcome our negative habits. Arbus, Diane Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. Wesson, Robert

Ideology carries satisfactions, even if it is not totally credible. Symbols carry much weight; people like to have answers to the big questions, whether the answers help them materially or not....Whatever the psychological power of ideology, its specific content and ideas are much less Significant than they are frequently made to seem.... An ideological movement soon finds that Persuasion alone does not suffice, and it must offer firmer reasons for obedience.
Arbus, Diane Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. Gordon Graham

Ideology is those sets of beliefs which have or are meant to have wide implications for the conduct of political life and even, in some cases, for its complete refashioning. The principle instances are very familiar --socialism, liberalism, conservative, nationalism, Marxism and fascism.
Arnauld, Angelique

Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
Auerbach, Berthold

It is only when one is thoroughly true that there can be purity and freedom. Falsehood always punishes itself.
Frank Norris

Truth is a thing immortal and perpetual, and it gives to us a beauty that fades not away in time.

Every stage of life has its troubles, and no man is content with his own age.

Bahya ibn Paquda

The soul is a stranger in this world.

Bancroft, Anne

Life is here only to be lived so that we can, through life, earn the right to death, which to me is paradise. Whatever it is that will bring me the reward of paradise, I'll do the best I can.

Barbara Lazear Ascher

There is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there, that stirs the yearning for solitary voyage.
Barry Commoner

Some scientists take the position that there is no relationship between science and society: they Believe that science exists in and of itself, as a kind of religion
Bayazid Bistami

The people most separated from God are the ascetics by their asceticism, the devotees by their devotion, and the knowers by their knowledge.

Ben B. Barnes

Science is only a tool which we use to chip away at the shadows, never an end or a solution in itself.
Bettelheim, Bruno

If we hope to live not just from moment to moment, but in true consciousness of our existence, then Our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives. Bruno Bettelheim
Betty Davis

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone-but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.

Brittain, Vera

However deep our devotion may be to parents or to children, it is our contemporaries alone with whom understanding is instinctive and entire.
Watchman Nee

Not by gain our life is measured, but by what we've lost that is scored; It's not how much wine is drunken But how much has been outpoured. For the strength of love never stands; In the sacrifice we bear; He who has the

greatest suffering ever has the most to share.

Gordon, Arthur

Apathy fails to distinguish what can and cannot be helped; acceptance makes the distinction.
C. Stacey Woods

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.

Camus, Jean P.

Mere silence is not wisdom, for wisdom consists in knowing when and how to speak and when and where to keep silent.
William C. Bryant

Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.

Carrie Fisher

I dont want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Kenneth Boulding

The image of the world becomes an ideology if it creates in the mind of the person holding it a role For himself which he values highly.... To create a role, however, an ideology must create a drama. The first essential characteristic of an ideology is then an interpretation of history sufficiently dramatic and convincing so that the individual feels that he can identify with it and which in turn can give the individual a role in the drama it portrays.
Harold Nicolson

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
J.J. Greene

There is a malaise that exists in your land - what appears to many as the sudden and tragic disappearance of the American dream, which, in some ways, has turned to nightmare.

Cathy Better

Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It is in our hands.
Butch Hancock

Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.

Charles Du Bos

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
William Paden

Religion is a system of language and practice that organizes the world in terms of what is deemed sacred.
Quentin Tarantino

As time transcends, you sit alone in your room. You ask yourself... Exactly why was I put here on earth? You snicker a little bit, pondering the thought. The more you think about, the less comprehensible it becomes. It is imperative that you understand, there are infinite numbers of people that were put on the Earth for the same reason. To live. People ask, Whats the meaning of life? I personally, believe there is no meaning of life. In fact, I wouldnt be surprised if everything was just in imaginary illusion, processed deeply in our barren minds. If there is a meaning of life, it was intended to be left unknown. Left in the shadow, traceless. Or is it there to drive philosophers and human beings insane, yearning for that grateful answer.
Charles Dunoyer

During the French Revolution, the State exercised over the manufacturing industry the most unlimited and arbitrary jurisdiction. It disposed without scruple of the resources of manufacturers; it decided who would be allowed to work, what things it should be permitted to make, what materials should be employed, what processes followed, what forms should be given to productions. It was not enough to do well, to do better; it was necessary to do according to the rules.

Charles Feidelson

Life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.

Chester Bomar Himes

483. Martyrs are needed to create incidents. Incidents are needed to create revolutions. Revolutions are Needed to create progress.
Vernon Cooper

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.

Chris Patten

Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off.
J. Z. Young

We have learned to distrust those who come with absolute certainties, whether in religion, science, politics, or philosophy.
Clement R. Attlee

No social system will bring us happiness, health and prosperity unless it is inspired by something greater than materialism.
Dale Adams

Profanity is the result of a weak mind trying to express itself forcably.

Dominic Webb

If we accept that there is neither a heaven or a hell, we renounce the idea of any power beyond the perception of science we then must accept responsibility for all we do in this life for there will be no form of atonement afterwards.

Eric Foner

A new future requires a new past.

Tyrone Yarbrough

Conspiracy theories usually are founded on part of what Ive come to call grand master narratives. Like unified field theories, master narratives explain everything. Human beings hate uncertainty; this is why totalizing explanations are culturally constructed.
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss

No truth can be said to be seen as it is until it is seen in its relation to all other truths. In this relation only is it true.

Don Delillo

274. The future belongs to crowds.

Eleanor Marx

By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.

Elliot Aronson

Often beliefs that we hold are never called into question; when they are not, it is relatively easy for us to lose sight of why we hold them. Thus, if subjected to severe attack, such beliefs may crumble.
Roy Macridis

What separates theory or philosophy from ideology is that the first two involve contemplation, organization of ideas and whenever possible, demonstration, ideology incites people into action Ideologies are inevitably highly simplified, and even distorted versions of the original [philosophical] doctrines.
Emil Roniger

Life allows itself to be permeated by religion politics does not. A life that was to be permeated by religion would no longer know politics. Only the permeation of life with the yeast of the religious can one day deliver us from the serpent of politics that holds us ensnared with its cold coils.
Diane Abbott

You can't defend the indefensible - anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical.

Flugel, J.C. The artist can neither be too distant because the myth distorts reality, nor too close to it, for then its uninteresting and irrelvant details also distort the essential outline which gives us the quintessence of reality. We have to face the fact that for many adults, and for still more children, the frustrations and conflicts aroused by reality. are more often than can be born, and that at least an occasional retreat from reality into some form of artistic thinking is almost inevitable, even if only for the purpose of backtracking to better leap forward. Christine L. Nystrom

Fanaticism is the triumph of reflex over reflection. It differs from the more primitive reflexes in that it Is conditioned contingent on symbols rather than sensory stimuli but it is reflex nonetheless As a variety of reflex, fanaticism is deeply rooted in human behavior; reflection, on the other hand, is As yet only tenuously established
Flynt, Larry

If the human body is obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me.


If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form? If you don't seek, how are you different from earth, wood, or stone? You must seek without seeking.

Francesca da Rimini

All history is pornography.

Crane Brinton

The doctrine of the absolute uniqueness of events in history seems nonsense.

Franz Borkenau

Revolutions begin as anarchistic movements against bureaucratic state organization, which they Inevitably destroy; they continue by setting in place another, in most cases stronger, bureaucratic organization, which suppresses all free mass movements. Franz Borkenau
A. L. Rowse

History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realized: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.
S. O. McConnell

Contemporary history is the least valuable of all kinds. The relative importance of events and persons cannot be fairly estimated till time has tested them and shown which is great and which is small.
Karl Ludwig Borne The history of states and nations has provided some income for historiographers and book dealers, but I know no other purpose it may have served.

Georges Bidault

The weak have one weapon - the errors of those who think they are strong.

Fukuyama, Francis

Experience suggests that if men cannot struggle on behalf of a just cause because that just cause was victorious in an earlier generation, then they will struggle against the just cause. They will struggle for the sake of struggle. They will struggle, in other words, out of a certain boredom.
Fussell, Paul

Understanding the past requires pretending that you don't know the present.
Alfredo Rocco

For liberalism, the individual is the end, and society the means. For fascism, society is the end, Individuals the means, and its whole life consists in using individuals as instruments for its social ends.
Kenn R.C. Jimena

Love hurts when you don't know how to handle it. Cuts like a blade, burns like a flame, and curses like death.
Denise Wise

The totalist can stir up guilt about past behavior and then plant the idea that such behavior could Only have been indulged in because the victims ideology was wrong. By embracing the new Ideology, he can absolve himself of guilt Society operates by the manipulation of guilt, by the Setting of rules which induce guilt if broken.
Gabriel Vahanian

Time does not repeat itself. It can only be given or forgiven.

George Paloczi-Horvath

They fell in love so deeply with the generation of tomorrow, with the mankind to come, that there was hardly any love left for those who happened to live in today's world. They were brought up in a Manner which only filled their hearts with cold and abstract feelings, and they thought that the generation of the day after tomorrow could be happy even if it was conceived in suspicion and fear.
Gaetano Salvemini

The historian amputates reality.

Jos Quintero

A great man for the arts should be celebrated not because of the past, but for the future.

Gilda Radner

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I have learned the hard way that some poems do not rhyme, and some stories do not have a clear beginning middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the most of it without knowing what is going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
David Howe

Sometimes I think all the trouble in the world is caused by intellectuals who have an idea.
Bella Lewitzky

Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you cant force it.
Gottfried Benn

He who has money, lives long: he who has authority, can do no wrong: he who has might, establishes right. Such is history! Ecce historia!

John T. Noonan, Jr.

The users of any system --scientific, theological, legal --encounter points where their premises and Their practices are inconsistent. These gaps in the system must be bridged or the system changed. To bridge the gaps, those who accept the system employ fictions... Fictions are a necessity of law.
David Hockney

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. Hes not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, hes really needed.
George R. Bach

Anger cannot be dishonest.

Theodor Mommsen

History is neither written nor made without love or hate.

H. R. Haweis

Give God the margin of eternity to justify himself.

Etienne Gilson

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.
H.G. Rickover

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.
Morris R. Cohen

Inertia is the first law of history, as it is of physics.

Warren Sylvester Smith

In history there are no real beginnings.

Hans Eysenck

I always felt that a scientist owes the world only one thing, and that is the truth as he sees it. If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad. Tact and diplomacy are fine in international relations, in politics, perhaps even in business; in science only one thing matters, and that is the facts.

Warren I. Susman

Myth, memory, history-these are three alternative ways to capture and account for an elusive past, each with its own persuasive claim.
Henry Alford

Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail; but in conveying a right impression.
John Aikin

To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor's prohibited list.


All true wisdom is only learned far from the dwellings of men, out in the great solitudes, and is to be attained through suffering.
J.J. Bachofen

Language deals in successive particulars; it expresses bit by bit what must be brought home to the soul at a single glance if it is to affect us profoundly. Words make the infinite finite. Symbols carry the spirit beyond the finite world of becoming into the realm of infinite being.

James Q. Wilson

Mankinds moral sense is not a strong beacon light, radiating outward to illuminate in sharp outline all that it touches. It is, rather, a small candle

flame, casting vague and multiple shadows, flickering And sputtering in the strong winds of power and passion, greed and ideology. But brought close to the heart and cupped in ones hands, it dispels the darkness and warms the soul.
James C. Livingston

Religion is that system of activities and beliefs directed toward that which is perceived to be of sacred value and transforming power.

James Redfield

Life is really about a spiritual unfolding that is personal and enchanting -- an unfolding that no science or philosophy or religion has yet fully clarified.
James W. Iman Janet Frame

I was born lost and I don't much like the idea of being found.

For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own Destruction.
Arthur Schnitzler

Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness, of a belief.
Grace Aguilar

Truth is the vital breath of Beauty; Beauty the outward form of Truth.
Jaroslav Pelikan

An agnostic position is one that leaves open the question whether there exists a god or gods, professing to find such a question unanswered or unanswerable. For the atheist, the question has been answered, and in the negative.

Fascism will come to America in the guise of National Security.

Jim Potts

Jim Garrison

Every man's life is worthy of a novel.

Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky

All our knowledge - past, present, and future - is nothing compared to what we will never know.
Milovan Djilas

Absolute despotism equates itself with the belief in absolute human happiness --that it is an allinclusive and universal tyranny.

Tyranny is to compel men not to think as they do, to compel men to express thoughts that are not Their own.
Harvey Cox

"History" is the name we as human beings give to the horizon of consciousness within which we live.
Joseph Freeman

Everyone falsifies history even if it is only his own personal history. Sometimes the falsification is deliberate, sometimes unconscious; put always the past is altered to suit the needs of the present. The best we can say of any account is not that it is the real truth at last, but that this is how the story appears now.
Graham Reed

People with overvalued ideas are prominent in political movements and religious cults, as well as in Crank organizations and extreme minority groups... In all of these areas of activity, it is not so much The content of the belief that is significant but its preoccupying power, and the degree to which the Believer finds it necessary to force his ideas on others.
Oscar Ameringer Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich

by promising to protect each from the other.

Henry Hawkins

One cannot look too closely at and weigh in too golden scales the acts of men hot in their political excitement.
Julie Andrews

All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.

George H. Szanto

An ideology is comprised of interconnected series of specific juxtapositions of values and beliefs. These values and beliefs may be drawn from the real world, or they may be an idealization of it an Idealization of the world as it was, or as it should be.
Karlfried G. Durckheim

Life is not truly Life while the thought of death can still disturb it.

King Abdullah II

Today more than ever we need creative minds to address the issues of the age. And one of the most urgent is this: How can humanity know so much, achieve so much, and still fail so many people so badly?
Cecil, William

All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between these extremes.

Kurt Goldstein

When anxiety besets groups or nations, it may force individuals into very strange situations and lead Them to renounce reason and freedom to a degree that seems unbelievable to the objective observer.
E. P. Thompson

At a certain point one ceases to defend a certain view of history; one must defend history itself.
Karl Albrecht

The typical human life seems to be quite unplanned, undirected, unlived, and unsavored. Only those who consciously think about the adventure of living as a matter of making choices among options, which they have found for themselves, ever establish real self-control and live their lives fully.
Madame Roland

Oh Liberty! Oh Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name.

Kurt Lewin

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.

Lama Govinda

To the enlightened man...whose consciousness embraces the universe, to him the universe becomes his "body." From this vantage point, religious traditions can be reinterpreted in a manner that assists healing, corrects distortions, and expands vision.

Larry Graham

Leonhard Ragaz Jean Dubuffet

Art is the most passionate orgy within mans grasp.

Lynn Lavner

The church must be the critic and guide of the state, and never its tool.

Gamaliel Bailey

Where doubt is, there truth is-it is her shadow.

Lynn V. Andrews

I knew without a glimmer of doubt that all things in the universe were connected by a living truth that would not relent its continuing search for wholeness until every form of life was united.
Mahmud Shabistari

Man's heart is the central point and heaven the circumference.

Harold Burr

Nature seems reluctant to reveal her secrets to the intellectually arrogant.

Malcolm, Andrew

646. Belief systems are...based on ideas that are held to be self-evidently true. And as they are selfEvident there is obviously no need to prove that they are true. To those who do not believe no Explanation is possible. Andrew Malcolm
Maria De Beausacq

The power of habit and the charm of novelty are the two adverse forces which explain the follies of mankind.
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

In all nations truth is the most sublime, the most simple, the most difficult, and yet the most natural thing.
Mark Millar

Artists, no matter how good their intentions, are always slower than they think.

Mary Gilmore

Youth troubles over eternity, age grasps at a day and is satisfied to have even the day.
Harold H. Bloomfield

The irony of love is that it guarantees some degree of anger, fear and criticism.
Milibrand, Ralph

All concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict--how to contain it, or abolish it.
Joan Boaz

Noise is an imposition on sanity, and we live in very noisy times.

Millard Fillmore

354. Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were Not the offspring of our own revolution. They existed before.
Morgan, D

If you hear a different drummer - dreamer, take a chance . . . The road you choose to travel means the difference in the dance.
Nick Aaron Ford

Educations chief concern is its search for truth; propagandas chief concern is its determination to Incite action or active belief. True education always seeks its goal by discarding all that it discovers To be false, biased and misleading, while propaganda often seeks its goal either by hiding or ignoring The false and the misleading or deliberately distorting and using them to advantage in its efforts to Support with emotional fervor biased attitudes and opinions.
O'Keefe, Caldwell

I never have found the perfect quote. At best I have been able to find a string of quotations which merely circle the ineffable idea I seek to express.
Pamuk, Orhan

The question we writers are asked most often, the favorite question, is: Why do you write? I write because I have an innate need to write. I write because I cant do normal work as other people do. I write because I want to read books like the ones I write. I write because I am angry at everyone. I write because I love sitting in a room all day writing. I write because I can partake of real life only by changing it. I write because I want others, the whole world, to know what sort of life we lived, and continue to live, in Istanbul, in Turkey. I write because I love the smell of paper, pen, and ink. I write because I believe in literature, in the art of the novel, more than I believe in anything else. I write because it is a habit, a passion. I write because I am afraid of being forgotten. I write because I like the glory and interest that writing brings. I write to be alone. Perhaps I write because I hope to understand why I am so very, very angry at everyone. I write because I like to be read. I write because once I have begun a novel, an essay, a page I want to finish it. I write because everyone expects me to write. I write because I have a childish belief in the immortality of libraries, and in the way my books sit on the shelf. I write because it is exciting to turn all lifes beauties and riches into words. I write not to tell a story but to compose a story. I write because I wish to escape from the foreboding that there is a place I must go butas in a dreamcant quite get to. I write because I have never managed to be happy. I write to be happy
John Irving

Half my life is an act of revision.

Peter McWilliams

The Bible, taken as a whole, can be used to praise or condemn practically any human activity, thought, belief, or practice.

Harry Thomas Buckle

There will always be a connection between the way in which men contemplate the past and the way in which they contemplate the present.
Philip Slater

Change can take place only when liberal and radical pressures are both strong. Intelligent liberals have always recognized the debt they owe to radicals, whose existence permits liberals to push further than they would otherwise have dared, all the while posing as compromisers and mediators. Radicals, however, have been somewhat less sensible of their debt to liberals, partly because of the rather single-minded discipline radicals are almost forced to maintain, plagued as they always are by liberal backsliding and timidity on the one hand and various forms of selfdestructiveness and romantic posing on the other.... Liberal reforms and radical change are thus complementary rather than antagonistic. Together they make it possible continually to test the limits of what can be done. Liberals never know whether the door is unlocked because they are afraid to try it. Radicals, on the other hand, miss many opportunities for small advances because they are unwilling to settle for so little.

Eliot Pattison

Our life is the instrument we use to experiment with the truth.

Cassady, Neil

Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other.
Powell, Amy

I know that a creed is the shell of a lie.

Eugene Sue

When the crowd hurls itself in blind fury upon its victims...the collective murder does not seem so Frightful to them because they share a feeling of unity and purposefulness.
Marcia Cavell

Hope is the other side of history.

McPherson, William

672. Ideology has been defined as the conversion of ideas into social levers or the combination of

factual propositions and value judgments. As these definitions imply, ideology is a mixture of Abstract values and concrete social prescriptions; the values may be enduring but the social Prescriptions tend to be time-bound.
James Monaco

The record - history - exists only in the media, and the people who make the media, make history.
Bernard Levin

No amount of manifest absurdity could deter those who wanted to believe from believing.
Prince Charles Windsor

People think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability...What is wrong with everyone nowadays? Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities? This is to do with the learning culture in schools as a consequence of a child-centered system which admits no failure...This is the result of social utopianism which believes humanity can be genetically and socially engineered to contradict the lessons of history.

Stephen Bayley

As the twentieth century ends, commerce and culture are coming closer together. The distinction between life and art has been eroded by fifty years of enhanced communications, ever-improving reproduction technologies and increasing wealth.

Richard Garriott

Chaos and order are not enemies, only opposites.

Sandra Bierig

To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Men are suffering from the fever of violent emotion, and so they make a philosophy of it. It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His

name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity.

McConnell, Stuart

664. Any coherent nationalist program has at least two essential components: an ideology of sameness, And an ideology of obligation. An ideology of sameness bounds the nation, limiting its membership to those who are thought alike in some way, while excluding those thought unlike.

Geoffrey Barraclough

[History is] not factual at all, but a series of accepted judgments.

Ludovico Ariosto

There never was such beauty in another man. Nature made him, and then broke the mould.
Conrado I. Generoso

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself.

Simon & Garfunkel

People talking without speaking; People hearing without listening; People writing songs that voices never share, and no one dare disturb the sound of silence..
Single Quotes Aalto, Alvar

Our time is so specialized that we have people who know more and more or less and less.
Laskey, M. J.

Laskey, M. J. The reformer, in the eyes of the militant, is the despicable betrayer of the true cause... The Revolutionary, in the eyes of the moderate, is the crazed subverter of a fragile social order. He comes To destroy. He adores the fire and longs for the ashes.... His demands can never be met.
Dave T. Gentry

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.

Plamenatz, John Petrov

To be ideological has nothing to do with the intentions of the theorists. it has only to do with the Motives and feelings of the persons who accept the beliefs and with how they behave as a result of Accepting them.

William Hesseltine

Writing intellectual history is like trying to nail jelly to the wall.

Swami Brahmananda

In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace.
Tadao Ando

People tend not to use this word beauty because it's not intellectual - but there has to be an overlap between beauty and intellect.
Daniel Barenboim

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.
Robert Turnbull

Doubt, indeed, is the disease of this inquisitive, restless age. It is the price we pay for our advanced intelligence and civilization. It is the dim night of

our resplendent day. But as the most beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith which springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best.
Natalie Angier

Among the more irritating consequences of our flagrantly religious society is the special dispensation that mainstream religions receive. We all may talk about religion as a powerful social force, but unlike other similarly powerful institutions, religion is not to be questioned, criticized or mocked.
Paul Herr

A man can only liberate himself by himself and for himself. There is no other way - all else is madness or collaboration.
Masaryk, Thomas

Revolution or dictatorship can sometimes abolish bad things, but they can never create good and lasting ones. Impatience is fatal in politics.
Richard Avedon

I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable.
Greeley, Andrew

We are born with two incurable diseases, life, from which we die, and hope, which says maybe death isn't the end.
Svetlana Alliluyeva John Trapp

It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes. Unity without truth is no better than conspiracy.

William Bosenbrook

In mass societies, myth takes the place of history.

Thomas Berger

What is art but a way of seeing?

Adam L. Carley

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
Louis Kossuth

The cause of freedom is identified with the destinies of humanity, and in whatever part of the world it gains ground by and by, it will be a common gain to all those who desire it.
Reginald Blyth

If all men lead mechanical, unpoetical lives, this is the real nihilism, the real undoing of the world.

Rudolf Bultmann

There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting.
Philip D. Harvey

Art that teaches us, moves us, challenges us to think about the human condition in new ways, and is often shocking and disturbing. It is intended to be.
August Strindberg

A man with a so-called character is often a simple piece of mechanism; he has often only one point of view for the extremely complicated relationships of life.

Channing E. Phillips

Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.
Fernando de Pujas

Love is a hidden fire, a pleasant sore, a delicious poison, a delectable pain, an agreeable torment, a sweet and throbbing wound, a gentle death.
Gerald A. Larue

We cannot waste time simply arguing with true believers. We have a higher duty to set forth where all can appreciate them the ethics we embrace based on the recognition that there is but one human family. We call for the right of all to personal safety, security, personal liberty, privacy, universal health care, equal protection under the law, democratic participation in the formation of laws and all other universal concerns that provide dignity, meaning and purpose in living.
Joseph Wood Krutch

Poetry, mythology, and religion represent the world, as man would like to have it, while science represents the world as he gradually comes to discover it.

Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Erik von

582. The lack of well-grounded convictions, the absence of belief in truth create a dangerous hunger. And

Since nature abhors a vacuum, the absolutes of totalitarian systems find ready-made acolytes.
James Connolly

237. An agitation to attain a political or economic end must rest upon an implied willingness and ability to use force. Without that it is mere wind and attitudinizing.
Hundal, Sunny

Not much annoys me more than the stereotype that to be liberal is to be full of guilt. To be socially liberal, in my view, is to be more mindful of compassion and empathy for others.
N. S. Briefe

In our movement the two extremes come together: the Communists from the left and the officers and Students from the Right. These two have always been the most active elements, and it was the Greatest crime that they used to oppose each other in street fights. The Communists were the Idealists of Socialism.
Matthew Berry

Should we cover our heads and whimper because reality is not as we would have it? Beautiful lies are not superior to horrible truths, so why not hear the truth even when it is vulgar?

Jan Zamoiski

Rhetoric is nothing but reason well dressed and argument put in order.
E. L. Woodword

History itself touches only a small part of a nation's life. Most of the activities and sufferings of the people ... have been and will remain without written record.
Meyer, Frank S.

Communist theory is powerful not because it is true; most obviously it is not. It is powerful because It is believed. Each aspect may be intellectually weak enough on its own, but in the total theoretical Structure each strengthens the other and a unified view is created. Theories which, standing on their Own would be ludicrous take on the seeming luminosity of truth.

Ben Kingsley

Great drama deals with the struggle for people's selves. You see it on the screen. Everyone is involved with the struggle with their own soul, struggling for that soul and to possess that soul.

Camara, Dom Helder When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist.

Florence R. Kennedy

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

Angela Y. Davis

Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
Alan Bennett

I have never understood disliking for war. It panders to instincts already catered for within the scope of any respectable domestic establishment.
Hilton Kramer

The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
Alfredo Rocco

For liberalism, the individual is the end, and society the means. For fascism, society is the end, Individuals the means, and its whole life consists in using individuals as instruments for its social ends.
Kolakowski, Leszek

Marxism has been the great fantasy of our century. It was a dream offering the prospect of a society of perfect unity, in which all human aspirations would be fulfilled and all values reconciled.
Alexander Bain Prabhushri

Instinct is untaught ability. Religion is a bridge to the spiritual - but the spiritual lies beyond religion. Unfortunately, in seeking the spiritual we may become attached to the bridge rather than crossing over it.

Georges Duhamel

I respect the idea of God too much to hold it responsible for a world as absurd as this one is.
Philippe Quinault

It is not wise to be wiser than necessary.

James Payn

A great philosopher has stated that the worst evil of poverty is, that it makes folks ridiculous; by which, I hope, he only means that, as in the above case, it places them in incongruous positions.

Alan Briskin

Genuine change is never a function of dominance, or even education, but of empathy and common ground.
Byron Danelius

Religion provides the solace for the turmoil that it creates.

Corn, Alan

To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.

George F. Will

With so many perfectionist dreams, from Rousseaus to Marxs, thoroughly discredited, it is late in the day for serious people to believe that something straight can be made from the crooked timber of Humanity.
Ilka Chase

Democracy is not an easy form of government, because it is never final; it is a living, changing organism, with a continuous shifting and adjusting of balance between individual freedom and general order.

Neil J. Kressel

When it comes to thinking, authoritarians abhor the unconventional, preferring instead to adhere Rigidly to whatever values prevail in their surroundings. Thus, they often find themselves idealizing the moral authorities of the ethnic, religious, or political groups to which they belong.

Irving, Edward

God's unchangeableness is the very foundation of desire and hope and activity in things religious as in things natural. The uniformity of nature's operations in the one, and the constancy of God's promises in the other, give aim and certainty to events.
Henry Sloane Coffin

God is to me that creative Force, behind and in the universe, who manifests Himself as energy, as life, as order, as beauty, as thought, as conscience, as love.
Irion, Mary Jean

Christianity was a great religion. It has been over for a hundred years now; whatever the twentieth century knows of it can be thought of as a lingering unreality preserved in the church. When something even so small as a light bulb goes out, the eyes for a moment still see it; and a sound after it is made will have, in the right places, an echo. So it is not at all strange that when something so huge as a world religion goes out, there remains for a century or more in certain places some notion that it is still there.
Douglas McManaman

Ideological thinking does not begin with the real in order to understand the natures of things, but Begins in the mind, that is, with the theoretical system through which the real is interpreted. It begins With an already constituted scheme, a ready-made epistemological superstructure a structure Through which certain data will be interpreted as significant while other data will remain relatively Meaningless.
Jules Renard

Our dream dashes itself against the great mystery like a wasp against a window pane. Less merciful than man, God never opens the window.

Donald Curtis

The more I understand about myself, the more I understand about the world. The more I understand about my world, the freer I am from it.

Macridis, Roy

Macridis, Roy

665. What separates theory or philosophy from ideology is that the first two involve contemplation, Organization of ideas and whenever possible, demonstration, ideology

incites people into action Ideologies are inevitably highly simplified, and even distorted versions of the original [philosophical] Doctrines. Macridis, Roy
John Hope Franklin

The writing of history reflects the interests, predilections, and even prejudices of a given generation.
J. L. Talmon

This is the curse of salvationist creeds: to be born out of the noblest impulses of man, and to Degenerate into weapons of tyranny. An exclusive creed cannot admit opposition. It is bound to feel Itself surrounded by innumerable enemies.... Political Messianism is bound to replace empirical Thinking and free criticism with reasoning by definition, based on a priori collective concepts which Must be accepted whatever the evidence of the senses.
John Andrew Rice

One ceases to be lonely only in recollection; perhaps that is why people read history.
Butler D. Shaffer

Every religion or cause grows out of a desire either to make ones own life more effortless, or to control and manipulate other people in order to enforce behavior in conformity with the expectations Of the true believers.
Joel Goldsmith

God is an experience and no one knows God until he has had that experience.
Hildegard Goos-Mayr

Generally speaking, the first nonviolent act is not fasting, but dialogue. The other side, the adversary, is recognized as a person; he is taken out of his anonymity and exists in his own right, for what he really is, a person. To engage someone in dialogue is to recognize him, have faith in him. At every step in the nonviolent struggle, at every level we try tirelessly to establish a dialogue, or reestablish it if it has broken down. When I say 'the other side,' that could be a group of persons or a government.

Hildegard Goos-Mayr
Roy P. Basler

To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity.
Jean Goss

All ideologies end up killing people. If you separate love from nonviolence you turn nonviolence into an ideology, a gimmick. Structures that are not inhabited by justice and love have no liberating or reconciling force, and are never sources of life.
George Jean Nathan

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
James Harvey Robinson

In its amplest meaning History includes every trace and vestige of everything that man has done or thought since first he appeared on the earth.
Robert Keith Leavett

People dont ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.
Robert M. Price

"Heresy," by the way, simply means "choice." It came to mean "thought crime," implying it was blasphemy to presume to choose your own belief instead of swallowing what the bishops spoon-fed you.

A. F. Pollard

History, in a democratic age, tends to become a series of popular apologies, and is inclined to assume that the people can do no wrong.
Hermann Goering

Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars. Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the

bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Sidney E. Mead

History, in brief, is an analysis of the past in order that we may understand the present and guide our conduct into the future.
Howard Gardner

405. While the public may need ultimately to rally around some kind of a central figure, the choice of a Specific leader is largely accidental. The leader who would succeed, then, is the one who best Senses and delivers what an audience already desires.
Gidlow, Elsa

We consider the artist a special sort of person. It is more likely that each of us is a special sort of artist.
Judith Sklar

The reason that ideology has been represented so often as a type of religiosity is, of course, a Response to the terrifying fervor expressed by the number of modern mass-movements. It is the Emotional element of Nazism, communism and other revolutionary movements all over the world that Is so reminiscent of many of the old popular heresies.
Eric Berne

Each person designs his own life, freedom gives him the power to carry out his own designs, and power gives the freedom to interfere with the designs of others.
Willa Appel

In part, the totalitarian state is sustained because individuals terrorize themselves they become accomplices in their own tyranization, censoring what they say and even what they allow themselves to think and feel.
Leon Blum

The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.
Alexis DeVeaux

To change is to be vulnerable. And to be vulnerable is to be alive.

William Allingham

I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should

consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work?''

Ernst Toller

The basis of fascism is a blind belief and a contempt for reason. Fascism exploits the fear of reason Which lives secretly in the conscious and subconscious minds of many people. Reason means Facing life and facts.
Gabriel Byrne

It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said, 'We are born alone. We live alone. We die alone. And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we're not, we cling to.'
Jean Guehenno

The highest form of purity is to be pure among the impure, in the world, at the head of a great newspaper or at the podium of an assembly it is to challenge men, sects, and parties, to conceive at every moment of what is possible and to undertake to do it, and yet to remain on the straight and narrow path. And that neither ineffective nor futile. There can be no doubt that the ends do not always justify the means.
Berle, Adolf

The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.

P. C. Hodgell

That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.

Anthony Storr

If a dictator is to hold on to power even when the country is in trouble, he must ensure that he is Totally in control and that no rival has a chance of supplanting him. To do so requires the apparatus of informers, secret police and spies which is so characteristic of dictatorial regimes. Anthony

Charles Austin Beard

The artist does not illustrate science (but) he frequently responds to the same interests that a scientist does.

Michael Blain

Just as people can be talked into buying things they do not need, so the political leader can talk the Desire for revenge into people. The rhetoric of enemies is a potent means

of gaining and Sustaining social integration in modern society.

John Berryman

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, hes in business.

Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Morality has need, that it may be well received, of the mask of fable and the charm of poetry: truth pleases less when it is naked; and it is the only virgin whom we best like to see a little clothed.
Alexander A. Bogomoletz

One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life. The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
Billy Bragg

Ada Bethune

To seek after beauty as an end, is a wild goose chase, a will-o'-the-wisp, because it is to misunderstand the very nature of beauty, which is the normal condition of a thing being as it should be.
Kenneth R. Hoover

Imposing utopia though the state, or leaving its arrival to the voluntary action of self-interested Individuals, carries great hazards. Basic human rights are the first casualty of the statist method, and the loss of community values is frequently the result of the second.

Jane Hendrix

Not living in the present is a form of denial. It's easier to live in the past or future because then you don't have to be responsible for the present.

Barry E. Blood, Sr.

Man, in so far as he is not subject to natural forces, is free to work out his own destiny. The responsibility is his, and so is the opportunity.
Joshua Harris

Real love is always fated. It has been arranged before time. It is the most meticulously prepared of coincidences. And fate, of course, is simply a secular term for the will of God, and coincidence for His grace. When we hold back on life, life holds us back.
Huang Po Mary Manin Boggs

When thoughts arise, then do all things arise? When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish?


Every thought that crops up in the mind is in itself a test to see what one's reaction will be.
Robert Boguslaw

We tend to think of Utopians as being starry-eyed philosophers or wild-eyed reformers but there is a new breed of utopians afoot, threatening to rush down all the existing pathways and blind alleys Frequented since the days of Plato. These people are known by such titles as system engineer, computer manufacturer, and system designersThe new utopians are concerned with non-people and people substitutesThey are concerned with neither souls nor stomachs.
Mariono Azuela

Thinkers prepare the revolution, bandits carry it out.

Daniel E. Pals

Theoretical constructs have a certain timeless quality, like the theorems of geometry. Their value lies in calling certain key questions continuously to mind for reflection and reconsideration.
Mahfouz Naguib

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Douglas Everett

There are some people, who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.

Richard Baxter Robert Dato

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity. Wishes expand in direct proportion to the resources available for their gratification.
James D. Watson

In the last analysis, there are only atoms. There's just one science, Physics; everything else is social work.

Darcy Maxwell

It is seldom that we go beyond our teachers.

Theresa, Saint Katha Pollitt

Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe. In a better world, science teachers would teach creationism along with evolution as an exercise in critical thinking.

Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.
Raymond C. Knox

The highest aim of not to condemn and to destroy, but to fulfill.

Jonathan Eibeschutz

All passions contain an element of sadness.

Patrick Hazard

History in our kind of society is not a luxury but a necessity.

Giuseppe Peano In every science, after having analyzed the ideas, expressing the more

complicated by means of the more simple, one finds a certain number that

cannot be reduced among them, and that one can define no further. These are the primitive ideas of the science; it is necessary to acquire them through experience, or through induction; it is impossible to explain them by deduction.
Marlene Dietrich

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself.

White, Walter

Reality is a term for people who refuse to see things as they can be, so that they might be, instead seeing things as they are, and lazily assuming that's how they'll always be.
Vaclav Hlavaty

The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith. We must apply our humble efforts to the construction of a more just and humane world. And I want to declare emphatically: Such a world is possible. To create this new society, we must present outstretched and friendly hands, without hatred and rancor, even as we show great determination and never waver in the defense of truth and justice. Because we know that we cannot sow seeds with clenched fists. To sow we must open our hands.

Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Ellen Key

Ellen Key 550. The worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually They would revolt with their whole being.
Adams, Phillip

Marx was wrong. Religion is not the opiate of the people. Opium suggests something soporific, numbing, dulling. Too often religion has been an aphrodisiac for horror, a Benzedrine for bestiality. At its best it has lifted spirits and raised spires. At its worst it has turned entire civilizations into cemeteries.

Claude Nicole

A truth which one has never heard causes the soul surprise at first, which touches it keenly; but when it is accustomed to it, it becomes very insensible there.
Sonia Croquette

Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you

choose and the use establish the life you experience.

Pope John Paul II

Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourishWe need each other to be what we must be, what we are called to be.
Capp, Al

Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Cage, John Platen

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. Man values life as a sacred jewel in such a way that he reveres him most who haughtily scorns it.

Bernard Cornwell

Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience is almost certainly a bore.
Phillip Kitcher

Anxieties about ourselves endure. If our proper study is indeed the study of humankind, then it has seemed-and still seems-to many that the study is dangerous. Perhaps we shall find out that we were not what we took ourselves to be. But if the historical development of science has indeed sometimes pricked our vanity, it has not plunged us into an abyss of immorality. Arguably, it has liberated us from misconceptions, and thereby aided us in our moral progress. The theory of evolution explains to us what our ancestry has been. It does not explain away our worth. Why should we be afraid to learn more about what we are? Phillip Kitcher

Adams, William

If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Professor Blackie

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
Ted Koppel

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.

Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.

George Wald

Bernard Crick

Bernard Crick Totalitarian rule marks the sharpest contrast imaginable with political rule, and ideological thinking Is an explicit and direct challenge to political thinking. The totalitarian believes that everything is Relevant to government and that the task of government is to reconstruct society according to the Goals of an ideology.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

Tzara, Tristan

Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.

Dante Germino

To the ideologist, reality has at last bared her secrets and the world is waiting for conquest by those Who have the necessary knowledge that man himself is the ultimate creator of reality. Knowledge And power are joined in ideology in such a way that the only knowledge deserving of the name is that Which is instrumental to attaining power and dominion over the environment and, ultimately, over Man himself in his innermost being. Reality to ideological thought is something that needs to be made up rather than made out."
Wayne Kramer

Truth and love are my law and worship; Form and conscience my manifestation and guide; Nature and peace are my shelter and companion; Order is my attitude; Beauty and perfection are my attack.


No truth remains a truth the moment it is given expression. It becomes a concept.

Lawrence Dennis

Integration of government agencies and coordination of authority maybe called the keystone principle of fascist administration.
Agesilaus II

If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory. Agesilaus II
Nathaniel Parker Willis

The smallest pebble in the well of truth has its peculiar meaning, and will stand when man's best monuments have passed away.


Men perish because they cannot join the beginning with the end.
Alice Paul

I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.
Doug Macleod

The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision.

Steven Ernest

SOME philosophy has turned out to have no value, reached a dead-end and collapsed under its own weight. Some philosophy is just abstractions piled upon abstractions, and loses touch with reality, i.e., practical value. Some -but not all. But to say philosophy as a concept is over is absurd.
Hermann Ebbinghaus

A poem is learned by heart and then not again repeated. We will suppose that after a half year it has been forgotten: no effort of recollection is able to call it back again into consciousness.

Kenny Marchant

America and its allies are engaged in a war against a terrorist movement that spans all corners of the globe. It is sparked by radical ideologues that breed hatred, oppression, and violence against all of their declared enemies.
Amory, Cleveland

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.


Every individual does penance for (his) separation from the boundless.
Julian P. Johnson

Nature is always generous and kind even though we may not always like her ways.

Alfred Brendel

Art gives a sense of order, life is basically chaotic, and there's a tension between them. A sense of order comes from chaos and contains a bit of it, but it is the sense of order that is important in a work of art...
John Humpstone

The highest life is a broken column; the fairest life, a tar niahed gem; the richest life, an unripened fruit.
Candice Bergen

People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.
Heraklietos of Ephesos

Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.

Antoine Bret

The first sigh of love is the last of wisdom.

Marjory Stoneham Douglas

Life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary.

Sid Taylor

Wisdom is perishable. Unlike information or knowledge, it cannot be stored in a computer or recorded in a book. It expires with each passing generation.
Augusta A. Ward

Truth has never been, can never be, contained in any one creed or system.

Yogi Swami

Truth is betrayed by the first attempt at articulation.

Cheryl Canfield

One spoken word can make or mar the destiny of a being. The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

Stephen E. Ambrose

John Petrov Plamenatz

To be ideological has nothing to do with the intentions of the theorists. it has only to do with the Motives and feelings of the persons who accept the beliefs and with how they behave as a result of Accepting them.
Cyril Bailey

If we think that this search for God is a vain search and that there is no reality to be discovered...then the history of religion becomes a study of the aberrations of the human mind.

Ludwig Borne

Pain is the father, and love is the mother, of wisdom.

John Drummond

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure if you dont like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you dont like it, you dont understand and you ought to find out.
Patmore, Coventry

Fortunately for themselves and the world, nearly all men are cowards and dare not act on what they Believe. Nearly all of our disasters come of a few fools having the courage of their convictions.
J. L. Basford

One who uses many periods is a philosopher; many interrogations, a student; many exclamations, a fanatic.
Robert Stonet

Life is a means of extracting fiction. Everything in this world can be imitated; except truth, for truth that is imitated is no longer truth.

Menachem Mendel of Kotzk

Munger, Thornton T.

Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise; for goodness, and we are

not good; for overcoming evil, and evil remains; for patience and sympathy and love, and yet we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish. We are keyed not to attainment, but to the struggle toward it.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Life is a challenge, meet it; life is love, share it; life is a dream, realize it; life is a game, play it.
John Henry Boetcker

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
John William Fletcher

361. Fanaticism is the child of false zeal and of superstition, the father of intolerance and of persecution.

Hansell B. Duckett

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.

Eugene Field

Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other.
Owen C. Middleton

Truth is not beautiful, neither is ugly, Why should it be either? Truth is Truth.
Michael Freeden

Ideologies aim at cementing the word-concept relationship. By determining the meaning of a concept they can attach a single meaning to a political term.
Walter Schubart

In future generations, people will find difficulty in understanding how at one time generations existed who did not regard the idea of God as the highest concept of which man is capable, but who, on the contrary, were ashamed of it and considered the development of atheism a sign of progress in the emancipation of human thought.
Carol Shields

Every man gets a narrower and narrower field of knowledge in which he must be an expert in order to compete with other people. There are

chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.
H.J. Perkinson

Man stops growing when he ceases being critical, when he ignores or refuses to admit that what he Has created his knowledge, his social arrangements contain contradictions and adverse Consequences. Man can ignore his condition of fallibility and declare that his knowledge is true, that His actions are good. He can claim to be God. At this point he becomes a fanatic.
Joanna Macy

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.

David Merzel

We spend all our time looking for some concept of Truth, but Truth is what is left when we drop all concepts.
Shirley Williams

The saddest illusion of the revolutionary is that revolution itself will transform the nature of human beings.
Cesare Beccaria

Fanaticism is that which is founded on pride and which glories in persecution.

Lu Yen

The secret of the magic of life consists in using action in order to attain nonaction. One must not wish to leap over everything and penetrate directly.
Fred Hoyle

Religion is but a desperate attempt to find an escape from the truly dreadful situation in which we find ourselves. Here we are in this wholly fantastic universe with scarcely a clue as to whether our existence has any real significance. No wonder then that many people feel the need for some belief that gives them a sense of security, and no wonder that they become very angry with people like me who say that this is illusory.

Ulrike Meinhof

Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more.

D. Guttman

The terrorist asserts that he loves only the socially redeeming qualities of

his murderous act, not the act itself.

Simon Vestdijk

The poetical intention, if concentrated enough, is already poetry, or rather is the essence of poetry, and is the only thing that lends meaning to the poetry. Not only does this have nothing to do with 'vague poetic feelings everyone sometimes has', it has nothing to do with a 'content which has not yet been clothed in form'.
David McBride

Look into the world, and let it stare back at you.

Felix E. Schelling

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.

John Enoch Powell

All revolutionaries become conservative in the very act of affecting their revolution. From the moment a change has been brought about, their concern is to prevent it from being reversed.
Gerald Priestland

Creeds are devices to keep heretics out rather than to draw people in.
Auberon Herbert

476. When once you have plunged into the strife for power, it is the fear of those who are seeking for Power over you that so easily persuades to all the great crimes.
Eva Young

* To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

Jean-Luc Marion

We live with love as if we knew what it was about. But as soon as we try to define it, or at least approach it with concepts, it draws away from us.
Zadok Rabinwitz

A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.

Alice Walker

What the mind doesn't understand it worships or fears.

Louis Gottschalk

History is life; he who has not lived, or has lived only enough to write a doctoral dissertation, is too inexperienced with life to write good history.
Amy Powell

790. I know that a creed is the shell of a lie. (1874-1925),

Veuillot, Louis

The ruins of peace are more difficult to repair than the ruins of war. A bridge is more quickly replaced, a house more quickly rebuilt, an orchard more quickly replanted than a brothel is erased. As for men, they replace each other on their own, and war kills fewer souls than peace does. There is not a single positive article against war...It is peace above all else which wages war against God.
Peter Abelard

The first key to wisdom is this - constant and frequent questioning....for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
George D. Herron

George D. Herron

No man ever rules other men for their own good; no man was ever rightly the master of the minds and bodies of his brothers; no man ever ruled other men for anything except for their undoing and for his own brutalization.
Sholom Aleichem

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, and a tragedy for the poor.

Daniel Berrigan

A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.

Ralph Sockman

The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion. As liberty of thought is absolute, so is liberty of speech, which is inseparable from the liberty of thought. Liberty of speech, moreover, is essential not only for its own sake but for the sake of truth, which requires absolute liberty for the utterance of unpopular and even demonstrably

Gertrude Himmelfarb

false opinions.
Leonardo Sciascia

The truth is at the bottom of a well. You look in a well, and you see the sun or the moon, but if you jump in, theres no longer the sun or moon; theres the truth.
Carl N. Degler

The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.

Robinson, James Harvey

History ... may be regarded as an artificial extension and : broadening of our memories and may be used to overcome the natural bewilderment of all unfamiliar situations.
Juan Cole

An occupying power has no right to make significant alterations in the character of the occupied society, to change the laws all around, without a strong security reason and so forth.

Gene Sharp

Utopians are often especially sensitive to the evils of the world and, craving certainty, purity, and completeness, firmly reject the evil as totally as possible, wishing to avoid any compromise with Them. They await a new world which is to come into being as an act of God, by a change in the Human spirit, by autonomous changes in economic conditions, or by a deep spontaneous social upheaval all beyond deliberate human control.
Jonathan Miller

In some awful, strange, paradoxical way, atheists tend to take religion more seriously than the practitioners.
Frederic Harrison

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling it never forgives the preaching of a new gospel.
Paul Horgan

A reason that the past is so hated by the young is that there is no way to be entirely free of it.

Maurice Powicke

Problems cannot all be solved, for, as they are solved, new aspects are continually revealed: the historian opens the way, he does not close it.
Pastor N. Pizzor

The greatest spiritual truths, with the greatest ability to transform our lives, are often the ones that look superficially like the twisted and sick rantings of a permanently-adolescent mental inadequate. To fly, we have to have resistance.

Maya Lin

Lynn Berleffi Darr

History is reading all that you can as fast as you can and - remembering as much as you can.
Franklyn S. Haiman

Democratic society is built upon the principle that the end does not justify the means.
J.J.C. Smart

Philosophy is primarily concerned with what there is in the world and with what we ought to do about it.
Rudolf Carnap

In science there are no 'depths'; there is surface everywhere.

John M. Ludwig

Each person that has ever lived has had the same problem. They wanted to be remembered by everyone for what they were. To be forgotten is worse than death. People wanted to be remembered by other things than books and stories. But in the end that's all we can be remembered by. There's nothing you can do at this points but live. But when I'm to die I want to be remembered by one thing. I want people to say "He was the type of person that believed and saw the good in others even when they couldn't believe or see it in themselves." That is how I want to be remembered.
Denis de Rougemont

A myth is a story which describes and illustrates in dramatic form certain deep structures of reality.
John F. Post

The real drama in philosophy remains where it has always been, in pairing the rage for order with delight in near chaotic variety. And the highest challenge is to express the two entwined, to express them by a harmony of argument and metaphor, of logic and passion, so that we may understand and respond with all that is best in us.
Eugenie Scott

Science is a limited way of knowing, looking at just the natural world and natural causes. There are a lot of ways human beings understand the universe -- through literature, theology, aesthetics, art or music.

G.B. Caird

All history is an attempt to find pattern and meaning in a section of human experience, and every historian worthy of the name raises questions about man's ultimate destiny and the meaning of all history to which, as history, he can provide no answers. The answers belong to the realm of theology.

Luther P. Gerlach

A truly committed movement participant experiences an intensity of involvement over ideological differences that the ordinary person feels only for events which threaten his immediate well-being, his family, or home.

The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient.... They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels. Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

James Boswell

Ivan Soll

The job of the thinker is to bring deep treasures to the surface for illumination or return to the surface with illuminating reports of what one has seen below.
Ian McKellen

Cars are dreadful things. You get inside them and you think that's the world. It is not the world. And you don't own that bit of space you're in.

And people who live in cars go and do dreadful things to other people because they stop seeing them as human beings who they might fall in love with, or greet, or shake hands with.

F.G. Trafford

All truth contains an echo of sadness.

Frederic William Maitland

It is very hard to remember that events now long in the past were once in the future.
Frank L. Cobb

There is revolution in reaction, as well as radicalism, and Toryism speaking a jargon of law and order may often be a graver menace to liberty than radicalism bellowing the empty phrases of the soapbox demagogue.
Pascal Boyer

That mortality is unbearable or makes human existence intrinsically pointless is a culture-specific speculation and by no means provides universal motivation [to explain mortality through religion]."
Leonard Baskin

Art is man's distinctly human way of fighting death.

Meyer, Frank S.

Meyer, Frank S. 682. Communist theory is powerful not because it is true; most obviously it is not. It is powerful because It is believed. Each aspect may be intellectually weak enough on its own, but in the total theoretical Structure each strengthens the other and a unified view is created. Theories which, standing on their Own would be ludicrous take on the seeming luminosity of truth..
Edward Ericson

The cosmos is neither moral nor immoral; only people are. He who would move the world must first move himself.

Holt, W. Stull

History was a damn dim candle over a damn dark abyss.

Jean Sismondi

Suffering is the surest means of making us truthful to ourselves.

Aubrey Menan

That is the whole trouble with being a heretic. One usually must think out everything for oneself.
Alice Hubbard

Anyone who idolizes you is going to hate you when he discovers that you are fallible. He never forgives. He has deceived himself, and he blames you for it.
Carpenter, Edmund

History is full of delightful reversals, where the opposite of what one predicts comes true.

Edgar Saltus

Edgar Saltus Skepticism is history's bedfellow.

Hellmut Walters

To be persuasive, we must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful.

G. R. Elton

Since historical reconstruction is a rational process, only justified and indeed possible if it involves the human reason, what we call history is the mess we call life reduced to some order, pattern and possibly purpose.
W. E. H. Lecky

The doctrine of a material hell in its effect was to chill and deaden the sympathies, predispose men to inflict suffering, and to retard the march of civilization.
Elinor MacDonald

Much in man's world looks evil and ugly to us because we are seeing everything in an unfinished state of evolution.
Alexander Bickel

Our recent revolutionists have offered us hatred. They despise and dehumanize the persons, and they condemn the concerns and aspirations of the vast majority of their countrymen.
Jonathan Rauch

In a liberal scientific society, to claim that you are above error is the height of irresponsibility.

Lord Lyttleton

Love can hope where reason would despair.

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer

Each truth sparkles with a light of its own, yet it always reflects some light upon another; a truth, while lighting another, springs from one, in order to penetrate another. The first truth is an abundant sense, from which all others are colored, and each particular truth, in its turn, resembles a great river that divides into an infinite number of rivulets.

Norman O. Brown

History is the enactment of ritual on a permanent and universal stage; and its perpetual commemoration.

Cushing Strout

Writing history is a perpetual exercise in judgment.

Pablo Neruda

Someday, somewhere anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.
Groucho Marx

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

Alexandre Charles Auguste Bisson

Our life is like some vast lake that is slowly filling with the stream of our years. As the waters creep surely upward the landmarks of the past are one by one submerged. But there shall always be memory to lift its head above the tide until the lake is overflowing.
Jakob Burckhardt

History is still in large measure poetry to me.

Anthony V. Bouza

Artists are prophets. They define the meaning of our lives and point the way. Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.

Frank Zappa

Lawrence Kelemen

In the facades we put on for others we demonstrate our potential; through our children we reveal our reality.
Overby, Mark

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.
Wallace Stegner

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
Beldoch, Michael

Beliefs exist to correct reality, and to the extent that reality is or represents the truth, beliefs are Necessarily a variant of lies. Our need to believe becomes dominant precisely where our knowledge Of reality is either insufficient or unpleasant or both. It should come as no surprise to us that (people) use their systems of belief as congenial forms of denying crucial truths.
Edward Wortley Montagu

Truth will ever be unpalatable to those who are determined not to relinquish error.
Alessandro Pavolini

Life, you are our friend. Death, our lover.

Rudolf Virchow

The task of science is to stake out the limits of the knowable, and to center consciousness within them.
Gilbert Ryle

A myth is, of course, not a fairy story. It is the presentation of facts belonging to one category in the idioms appropriate to another. To explode a myth is accordingly not to deny the facts but to re-allocate them.

Morris Ginsberg

In the course of historical development man is slowly rationalized and that man is moralized in proportion as he becomes more rational.
Wilkie, Wendell

Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it, we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the color of their skin.

Christopher Hampton

I always divide people into two groups. Those who live by what they know to be a lie and those who live by what they believe, falsely, to be the truth.

G.B. Smith

It is more or less clearly seen that a vital religious faith must find expression in the world in which modern man must live. To rest religion on events which cannot be repeated means to isolate it from the daily experience of man today.
Anthony Braxton Brzezinski, A.K.

Everybody in America is angry about something.

The process of shaping new principles or changing old ones is not without its tensions. One could almost say that there is a kind of dialectical relationship between an ideologically oriented party and reality.
Charles Seigniors

History is not a science; it is a method.


Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.
William Walters Sargant

What is new is not always true, and what is true is not always new.

Archibald A. Hodge

It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.


Spirit does not suffer; suffering is not spiritual.

Sean O'Casey

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

Ellen Key

Art, that great undogmatized church.

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.

George Higgins

Egotism: the art of seeing in yourself what others cannot see.

Max Dublin

In Marxs version of utopiagovernment of the sort we know would no longer be necessary Because of the so-called withering: of the state into civil society. What is critical here, however, and What makes Marxist prophecy no different from many strains to be found in the West, is that the last Stage exists always at some unknown point in the future and justifies the injustices, inconveniences And inequities which must be borne between now and then.
Ernest Wilson

We are all sons of heaven, wandering in a strange country, homesick for our God-self, our true self.

Lord Bolingbroke S.C. Ford

History is philosophy teaching by example and also by warning. We have never had a problem creating answers, even correct ones. Our dilemma has always being in attempting to find the right questions.
Gary Sloan

Science not only has not found God, it isn't even looking for him.
Rita Dove

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

Clive Barnes

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.
Geoffrey F. Abert

When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life. Christianity exceeds all other faiths in its power to deform and finally invert the mental process.

Ida White

Gerald Alper

No fact of cult life is more important, when it comes to successful indoctrination of new members, that its isolation. Anyone who enters the inner recesses of a cult soon realizes that what is being left behind is the world as we know it. A cult represents a compromise against a threatened psychotic loss of reality: one the one hand, it denies or losesan unbearable outer reality; on the other hand, it reinvents it in a manner that, (unlike with the psychotic), elicits considerable and comforting consensual validation.
Annie Besant

Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.
Norman Cohn

A world purified of all evil and in which history is to find its consummation these ancient imaginings are with us still.
Pierre Bourdieu

The most successful ideological effects are those which have no need for words, and ask no more than conspicuous silence.

Alex Carey

The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.

Ernest Schachtel

Memory is never impersonal (e.g. never 'nonsense'), but operates on the basis of the significance for the given person.

Samuel Levenson

How wise are thy commandments, Lord. Each of them applies to somebody I know.

Varro, Marcus Terentius

# Nature made the fields and man the cities.

Robert Leighton

The only true knowledge of things is the knowledge of their causes.

Cornett, Carlton

In a world increasingly filled with complex choices and few corresponding certainties, it is Understandable that we search for security in absolutes. There is no shortage of movements, Groups, and systems, both religious and secular, that promulgate such absolutes. However, absolutes are not consistent with the ambivalence and elegant complexity inherent in the human condition.
Ivern Ball

Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch. A politician is a person who can make waves and then make you think he's the only one who can save the ship.
Max Scheler

When hatred does not dare come out in the open it can be easily expressed in the form of ostensible love -love for something which has features that are the opposite of those of the hated object. This can happen in such a way that the hatred remains secret.
Lord D'Abernon

The worst atrocities are probably committed by those who are most afraid.
Ernst Troeltsch

History within itself cannot be transcended. ... In history itself there are only relative victories. Ernst Troeltsch
Roberto Rossellini

I am not a pessimist; to perceive evil where it exists is, in my opinion, a form of optimism.

Douglas N. Morgan

We humans carry within us the seeds of our own destruction, and we nourish them continuously. We must hate as well as love. We will to destroy ourselves and our fellowmen, as well as to create and protect them.
Allan Levite

The idea that community welfare overrides individual rights was a product of self-sacrifice. Under its sway, individuals have been viewed as expendable, leading to predictably bloody consequences. And as long as self-sacrifice -as opposed to its results is seen as noble, such fanatics will implement their plans with as much bloodshed as seems necessary.
Margaret Oliphant

Temptations come, as a general rule, when they are sought.

Kenneth Minogue

Kenneth Minogue Ideology is systematically destructive of political ideas and values because it represents the Imperfections of the human condition as the necessary deficiencies of an oppressive system, Judging everything in terms of a concealed absolute constructed from the human essence itself.
Oberst, Conor

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.

Geoffrey Barraclough

History is not factual at all, but a series of accepted judgments. Geoffrey Barraclough
Thomas W. Higginson

Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges. If the American dream is for Americans only, it will remain our dream and

Rene de Visme Williamson

never be our destiny.

Croce, Benedetto

Woe to the man who seeks to shed a brilliant light in a place where people want to keep in darkness and shadow.

Marc Bloch

History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical.
Thomas Molnar

694. Ideologies always stem from a real grievance, an intolerable situation, a threat.... Then someone Elaborates a theory in the center of which is found that correction of the situation, a redress of the Grievance. However, they theory concentrates so exclusively on the originating cause that it Becomes one-sided, obliquely relevant to the entirety of mans situation.
Herbert J. Muller

Science remains the author of our major problem, in its gift of tremendous power that has been terribly abused; but for the wise use of this power we need more, not less, of the objective dispassionate scientific spirit. For our philosophical purposes we need more of its integrity and its basic humility, its respect at once for the fact and the mystery.

Ken Burns

History isn't really about the past - settling old scores. It's about defining the present and who we are.
Mal Pancoast

We invent the world through language. The world occurs through language.
Francis Jeffrey

God help us! it is a foolish little thing, this human life, at the best; and it is half ridiculous and half pitiful to see what importance we ascribe to it, and to its little ornaments and distinctions.
Donald Creighton

History is the record of encounters between character and circumstance.

Gertrude Atherton

Fanaticism is a more powerful combatant than avarice (i.e. greed).

Coulson Turnbull

It was proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Carl Schurz

Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.

Richard Holloway

If conservatives believe in original sin but not in redemption, then liberals believe in redemption but not in original sin. They are deficient in the tragic sense of life, which is why they tend to identify the source of the ills that beset us as not in ourselves, but in external impediments to human well-being: remove these external obstacles, goes the mantra, and the kingdom will come on earth as it is in the heaven of the liberal's imagination.
Armand Salacrou

The existence of a world without God seems to me less absurd than the presence of a God, existing in all his perfection, creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of Hell.
Dresden James

The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.

John Ciardi

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.
Adolf von Harnack

We study history in order to intervene in the course of history.

David Jenkins

No statement about God is simply, literally true. God is far more than can be measured, described, defined in ordinary language, or pinned down to any particular happening.
Laurence Hope

For this is Wisdom; to love, to live, To take what fate or the Gods may give, To ask no question, to make no prayer, To kiss the lips and caress the hair, Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow, To have, to hold and in time, let go.

Georges Lefebvre

The moralist must praise heroism and condemn cruelty; but the moralist

does not explain events.

Charlotte Saunders Cushman

Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.
Silvan Tompkins

Violence and suffering are critical in a democratic society, in heightening antipathy for violations of democratic values and in heightening sympathy for the victims of such violations.

Malcolm Cowley

A man rising in the world is not concerned with history; he is too busy making it. But a citizen with a fixed place in the community wants to acquire a glorious past just as he acquires antique furniture. By that past he is reassured of his present importance; in it he finds strength to face the dangers that lie in front of him.
W. C. Williams

No opinion can be trusted; even the facts may be nothing but a printer's error.
James O. McIntyre

Nature is organized confusion, man is confused organization. In our time a secret manifesto is being written. It is the longing to know our authentic vocation in the world, to find the work and the way of being that belongs to each of us.

Theodore Roszak

Hervey Allen

Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages.

Jean Tooner

Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.
Lewis Browne

It may be laid down as an axiom that a man who does not live the life of the mob will not think its thoughts either.
Midge Decter

The hatred of the youth culture for adult society is not a disinterested judgment but a terror-ridden refusal to be hooked into the, if you will, ecological chain of breathing, growing, and dying. It is the demand, in other words, to remain children.
Louis Orr

Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor

can it reduce friendship or statesmanship to a formula.

Richard Salter Storrs

Just as soon as any conviction of important truth becomes centraland vital, there comes the desire to utter it--a desire which is immediate and irresistible. Sacrifice is gladness, service is joy, when such an idea becomes a commanding power.

May Lamberton Becker Harvey Cox

We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves. All human beings have an innate need to hear and tell stories and to have a story to live by ... religion, whatever else it has done, has provided one of the main ways of meeting this abiding need.
Leon Battista Alberti

Beauty - the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole.
Lindsay Anderson

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.

Irving Brant

In the present day, religious phraseology [in politics] is less an expression of feeling than a cloak to hide the absence of it.

Mary Arnim

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty --excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable --should persist after the beauty was gone.
Matthew Alper

In the "higher" animals, most particularly among the mammals, threatening circumstances elicit a particular type of pain we refer to as anxiety. Anxiety constitutes a type of pain meant to prompt these "higher" order animals to avoid potentially hazardous circumstances. For example, a rabbit is cornered by a mountain lion. In such a situation, the rabbit is pumped with adrenaline, charged with the painful symptoms of anxiety, all meant to incite the rabbit to most effectively escape from the source of its discomfort, in this case the mountain lion. In its healthiest form, anxiety is meant to prompt an animal to avoid or escape a potentially hazardous experience. In humans, however, once we became aware of the fact that death was not only inescapable but that it could come at any moment, we were left in a state of constant mortal peril, a state of unceasing anxiety -- much like rabbits perpetually cornered by a mountain lion from which there is no escape. With the emergence of self-awareness, humans became the dysfunctional animal, rendered helpless by an inherent and unceasing anxiety disorder. Unless nature could somehow relieve us of this debilitating awareness of death, it's possible our species might have soon become extinct. It was suddenly critical that our animal be modified in some way that would allow us to maintain self-conscious awareness, while enabling us to deal with our unique awareness of our own

mortalities, of death.
Robert Barany

The incorrectness and weaknesses of a theory cause other minds to formulate the problems more exactly and in this way scientific progress is made.
Thomas Reid

A philosopher is, no doubt, entitled to examine even those distinctions that are to be found in the structure of all languages... in that case, such a distinction may be imputed to a vulgar error, which ought to be corrected in philosophy.

Stanley Rothman

Stanley Rothman Power relations are the central concern for the paranoids, who tend to alternate between aggression and submissiveness. In situations where they can dominate, they are ruthless in their self-assertion. When faced with a worthy antagonist, however, they retreat into submissiveness. They can not Conceive of situations that involve a combination of competition and cooperation. In their world, one either dominates or is dominated.

To search for perfection is all very well, but to wait for Heaven is to live here in Hell.
Stephanie Rhea

Power resides not in aggressiveness, but in conscious choice.

Jacinto Benavente Paul Engle

The more we reduce the size of our world, the more we shall be its master. Poetry is ordinary language raised to the nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. The power to define is the power to choose.

Michael O'Neal

Thomas Brooks

God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.

Trygve Lie

Wars occur because people prepare for conflict, rather than peace.

Walther Rathenau Ernst Hubber

506. The Fuhrer is no representative of a particular group whose wishes he must carry out. He is no organ of the state in the sense of a mere executive agent. He is rather the bearer of the collective Will of the people. In his will the will of the people is realized. He transforms the mere feelings of the People into a conscious will.


No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so.
Yu, Cao

Art for arts sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.


Silence is the sanctuary of the prudent; it conceals not only secrets but also imperfections.
New Document The Gospel of Buddha

Truth desires to appear; truth longs to become conscious; truth strives to know itself.

The Zohar

God conceals himself from the mind of man, but reveals himself to the heart.