Trains of thought

The right question is usually more important than the right answer.” Plato

We think there is color, we think there is sweet, we think there is bitter, but in reality there are atoms and a void.”  Democritus

“For a country, everything will be lost when the jobs of an economist and a banker become highly respected professions.”   Baron de Montesquieu

“The threat today is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to “be active”, to “participate”, to mask the Nothingness of what goes on.”  Slavoj Žižek

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”  Bertrand Russell.

  “Nobody is going to pour truth into your brain. It’s something you have to find out for yourself.”  Noam Chomsky

The true method of knowledge is experiment.” William Blake We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” Carl Sagan

The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” Tom Clancy“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”  Emile Zola

“Keep reading books, but remember that a book’s only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.”  Maxim Gorky

“The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mine and found people simple enough to believe him was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had some one pulled up the stakes or filled in the ditch and cried out to his fellow men: “Do not listen to this imposter. You are lost if you forget that the fruits of the earth belong to all and the earth to no one!” ” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” Tacitus

“The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes…. The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation.” Seneca the Younger

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” Epicurus

“The deeper I go in considering the vanities of popular reasoning, the lighter and more foolish I find them. What greater stupidity can be imagined than that of calling jewels, silver, and gold “precious,” and earth and soil “base”? ”  Galileo Galilei

“You know better than I that in a Republic talent is always suspect. A man attains an elevated position only when his mediocrity prevents him from being a threat to others. And for this reason a democracy is never governed by the most competent, but rather by those whose insignificance will not jeopardize anyone else’s self-esteem.”  Niccolo Machiavelli.

“A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.”  Baron de Montesquieu

“Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that is celebrated with champagne…Oh no! It’s a…long distance race, quite solitary and very exhausting.”  Albert Camus

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? ”  Charles Bukowski

“I don’t drink much and I smoke very little. I guess my only bad habit is robbing banks. Now you see, fellas, I ain’t such a bad guy at heart.” John Dillinger

“Life is very short, and it ought not to be spent crawling at the feet of miserable scoundrels.” Stendhal

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”  Jonathan Swift

“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.” George Orwell.“Open your mind and let the pictures out.”  William S. Burroughs

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”  Ansel Adams“If ignorance were enough to make things not exist, the world would be more like a lot of people think it is. But it’s not. And it’s not.” William Gibson

“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” Roland Barthes

“Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is. ” Jean-Paul Sartre

“Total surveillance is increasingly the general condition of society as a whole.”  Michel Foucault

“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell

“There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.”   Isaac Asimov

“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”   John Stuart Mill

“I cannot accept the definition of collective good as articulated by a privileged minority in society, especially when that minority is in power.”  Wole Soyinka

“Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.”  William Westmoreland.  (General US Army)

“We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.” Jean Baudrillard

“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’. ” Philip K. Dick

“And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.”  William Gibson

“Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.   Denis Diderot

“History is made up of fragments and absences. What is left out is as significant as what is included.”
Walter Benjamin

“The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.”   Albert Camus

“All artforms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: the art of living.”   Bertolt Brecht

“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.”   John Locke

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”   Heraclitus

The photographic image… is a message without a code.”                 Roland Barthes

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”   Thomas Paine

“Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.” Arthur Schopenhauer

  “Life has no meaning a priori…     It is up to you to give it a meaning,     and  value is nothing but the meaning that you choose.”                       Jean Paul Sartre

“A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in   metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties. ”         Karl Marx

“I sit astride life like a bad rider on a horse.  I only owe it to the horse’s    good nature that I am not thrown off at this very moment.”    Ludwig Wittgenstein    ” Do not ask who I am and do not ask me to remain the same.”          Michel Foucault

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Trains of thought

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