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The World for People who Think

Quote of the Day

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

- Oscar Wilde

Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased - thus do we refute entropy.

- Spider Robinson

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.

- Plato

It does not require great art, or magnificently trained eloquence, to prove that Christians should tolerate each other. I, however, am going further: I say that we should regard all men as our brothers. What? The Turk my brother? The Chinaman my brother? The Jew? The Siam? Yes, without doubt; are we not all children of the same father and creatures of the same God?

- Voltaire

"An extraordinary and very perilous state of affairs had been created in the [US] South by the sudden and absolute emancipation of the negroes. Here was a vast laboring, landless, homeless class, once slaves, now free; unpractised in liberty, unschooled in self-control; never sobered by the discipline of self-support never established in any habit of prudence; excited by a freedom they did not understand, excited by false hopes; bewildered and without leaders, and yet insolent and aggressive; sick of work, covetous of pleasure - a host of dusky children untimely put out of school."

Future (Democratic) President under whose leadership the US set out to 'make the world safe for democracy'.

(From 'The Reconstruction of the Southern States', Atlantic Monthly, 1901)

- Woodrow Wilson

Reality denied comes back to haunt.

- Philip K. Dick

Many are called but few get up.

- Oliver Herford

For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

- C.S. Lewis

"You were supposed to attack civilians, women, children, innocent people from outside the political arena. For one simple reason: to force the public to turn to the State, turn to the regime, and ask for greater security. This was precisely the role of the Right in Italy. It placed itself at the service of the State under an aptly termed 'Strategy of Tension'. They had to get ordinary people to accept that at any moment over a period of 30 years, from 1960 to the mid-80s, a state of emergency could be declared. So, people would willingly trade part of their freedom for the security of being able to walk the streets, go on trains or enter a bank. This is the political logic behind all the bombings. They remain unpunished because the State cannot condemn itself."

~ Italian neo-fascist whose prosecution led to the discovery of NATO's 'Gladio' networks across Western Europe

- Vincenzo Vinciguerra