Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Quotations

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‎"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment". Ralph Waldo Emerson. (It is easy to invent a false self, though, and act the part for so long that one forgets who one really is.)
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." 
Aristotle
 
"In my opinion all men are equal when it comes to a knowledge of the gods." - Herodotus

The library is full of stories of supposed triumphs, which makes me very suspicious of it. It's misleading for people to read about great successes, since even for middle-class and upper-class white people, in my experience, failure is the norm.
Kurt Vonnegut, from Hocus Pocus (1990)

"Thrillers are more like real life than real life is." 
Graham Greene
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” Cicero
‎"Monarchy considers man in his ties with society; a republic considers man independently of his relations to society." Louis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald, French counter-revolutionary philosopher 

3 comments:

  1. Monarchy,then a republic,then a social democracy,then make a sharp left and...watch for the signs..1984.

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  2. Treason from within brought to mind the academics beavering away to 'deconstruct' society and rebuild it on rational principles.

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  3. Yes how right you are.The arrogant bas*****.And it shows that many in and of the academy did not learn or understand the principles of rational principles. Forgive me if I only amuse myself. Of course I meant to say logic,rational thought,critical thinking.Histories of the world might be helpful too.

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