Quotes of the day: Lionel Trilling
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Published Friday, July 03, 2015 @ 2:52 PM EDT
Jul 03 2015

Lionel Mordecai Trilling (July 4, 1905 - November 5, 1975) was an American literary critic, author, and teacher. With wife Diana Trilling, he was a member of the New York Intellectuals and contributor to the Partisan Review. Although he did not establish a school of literary criticism, he is one of the leading U.S. critics of the twentieth century who traced the contemporary cultural, social, and political implications of literature. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he has been a subject of continued interest. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A real book reads us. I have been read by Eliot's poems and by Ulysses and by Remembrance of Things Past and by The Castle for a good many years now, since early youth. Some of these books at first rejected me; I bored them. But as I grew older and they knew me better, they came to have more sympathy with me and to understand my hidden meanings. Their nature is such that our relationship has been very intimate. No literature has ever been so shockingly personal as that of our time- it asks every question that is forbidden by polite society.

After all, no one is ever taken in by the happy ending, but we are often divinely fuddled by the tragic curtain.

At the bottom of at least popular Marxism there has always been a kind of disgust with humanity as it is and a perfect faith in humanity as it is to be.

Disgust is expressed by violence, and it is to be noted of our intellectual temper that violence is a quality which is felt to have a peculiarly intellectual sanction. Our preference, even as articulated by those who are most mild in their persons, is increasingly for the absolute and extreme, of which we feel violence to be the true sign. The gentlest of us will know that the tigers of wrath are to be preferred to the horses of instruction and will consider it intellectual cowardice to take into account what happens to those who ride tigers.

Economic man and the Calvinist Christian sing to each other like voices in a fugue. The Calvinist stands alone before an almost merciless God; no human agency can help him; his church is a means to political and social organization rather than a bridge to deity, for no priest can have greater knowledge of the divine way than he himself; no friend can console him- in fact, he should distrust all men; in the same fashion, Economic Man faces a merciless world alone and unaided, his hand against every other's.

Even the nonreligious may exercise aesthetic judgment in matters of religion, and indeed our age has given the unbelieving a sophisticated taste in religious literature.

Every neurosis is a primitive form of legal proceeding in which the accused carries on the prosecution, imposes judgment and executes the sentence: all to the end that someone else should not perform the same process.

Everything which the economist takes from you in the way of life and humanity, he restores to you in the form of money and wealth.

Freud... showed us that poetry is indigenous to the very constitution of the mind; he saw the mind as being, in the greater part of its tendency, exactly a poetry-making faculty.

If one defends the bourgeois, philistine virtues, one does not defend them merely from the demonism or bohemianism of the artist but from the present bourgeoisie itself.

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.

It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

It is one thing, then, to say, 'The Bible contains the religion revealed by God,' and quite another to say, 'Whatever is contained in the Bible is religion, and was revealed by God.' If the latter be accepted, metaphor and allegory become literal statements and the errors and absurdities of bibliolatry follow.

Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.

Some paradox of our natures leads us, when once we have made our fellow men the objects of our enlightened interest, to go on to make them the objects of our pity, then of our wisdom, ultimately of our coercion.

Somewhere in the child, somewhere in the adult, there is a hard, irreducible, stubborn core of biological urgency, and biological necessity, and biological reason that culture cannot reach and that reserves the right, which sooner or later it will exercise, to judge the culture and resist and revise it.

The aspects of society that humanism most exalts are justice and continuity. That is why humanism is always being presented with a contradiction. For when it speaks of justice it holds that the human condition is absolute; yet when it speaks of continuity it implies that society is not absolute but pragmatic and even anomalous. Its intelligence dictates the removal of all that is anomalous; yet its ideal of social continuity is validated by by its perception that the effort to destroy anomaly out of hand will probably bring new and even worse anomalies, the nature of man being what it is. 'Let justice be done though the heavens fall' is balanced by awareness that after the heavens fall justice will not ever be done again.

The definitions of humanism are many, but let us here take it to be the attitude of those men who think it an advantage to live in society, and, at that, in a complex and highly developed society, and who believe that man fulfills his nature and reaches his proper stature in this circumstance. The personal virtues which humanism cherishes are intelligence, amenity, and tolerance; the particular courage it asks for is that which is exercised in the support of these virtues. The qualities of intelligence which it chiefly prizes are modulation and flexibility.

The doctrines of Calvinism involved a reversal of values... Work had always been a curse and a means, but it had now turned into a blessing and an end. The production of goods had become an end in itself and the consumption of goods only the means to further production. The factory was not made for man but man for the factory.

The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy.

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.

We are all ill; but even a universal sickness implies an idea of health.

We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian.

We have all in some degree become anarchistic.

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.

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(July 4 is also the birthday of Marie Curie.)


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Quotes of the day: Julian Assange
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Published Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 9:21 AM EDT
Jul 02 2015

Julian Paul Assange (b. July 3, 1971) is an Australian computer programmer, publisher and journalist. He is known as the editor-in- chief of the website WikiLeaks, which he co-founded in 2006 after an earlier career in hacking and programming. WikiLeaks achieved particular prominence in 2010 when it published U.S. military and diplomatic documents leaked by Chelsea Manning. Assange has been under investigation in the United States since that time. In the same year, the Swedish Director of Public Prosecution opened an investigation into sexual offenses that Assange is alleged to have committed. In 2012, facing extradition to Sweden, he sought refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador in London and was granted political asylum by Ecuador. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Big Brother is home. He is installed in the item you just dragged home from the Apple store.

Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture them.

Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. In a modern economy it is impossible to seal oneself off from injustice.

If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers. Let it be with similar types whos hearts and heads we may be proud of. Let our grandchildren delight to find the start of our stories in their ears but the endings all around in their wandering eyes.

If we have brains or courage, then we are blessed and called on not to frit these qualities away, standing agape at the ideas of others, winning pissing contests, improving the efficiencies of the neocorporate state, or immersing ourselves in obscuranta, but rather to prove the vigor of our talents against the strongest opponents of love we can find.

It is impossible to correct abuses unless we know that they're going on.

It is the media that controls the boundaries of what is politically permissible, so better to change the media.

Large newspapers are routinely censored by legal costs. It is time this stopped. It is time a country said, enough is enough, justice must be seen, history must be preserved, and we will give shelter from the storm.

One of the best ways to achieve justice is to expose injustice.

Our number one enemy is ignorance. And I believe that is the number one enemy for everyone- it's not understanding what actually is going on in the world.

Power is a thing of perception. They don't need to be able to kill you. They just need you to think they are able to kill you.

The goal is justice, the method? is transparency. It's important not to confuse the goal and the method.

The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.

The only way to keep a secret is to never have one.

The sense of perspective that interaction with multiple cultures gives you I find to be extremely valuable, because it allows you to see the structure of a country with greater clarity, and gives you a sense of mental independence. You're not swept up in the trivialities of a nation. You can concentrate on the serious matters.

There is a view that one should never be permitted to be criticized for being even possibly in the future engaged in a contributory act that might be immoral, and that that type of arse-covering is more important than actually saving people's lives. That it is better to let a thousand people die than risk going to save them and possibly running over someone on the way. And that is something that I find to be philosophically repugnant.

Vanity in a newspaper man is like perfume on a whore; they use it to fend off a dark whiff of themselves.

We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards.

What we know is everything, it is our limit, of what we can be.

WikiLeaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than WikiLeaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian offshore stem-cell centers, former African kleptocrats, or the Pentagon.

You can't publish a paper on physics without the full experimental data and results; that should be the standard in journalism.

You have to start with the truth. The truth is the only way that we can get anywhere. Because any decision-making that is based upon lies or ignorance can't lead to a good conclusion.

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(July 3 is also the birthday of Charlotte Perkins, Franz Kafka, Tom Stoppard, and Dave Barry.)


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Quotes of the day: Medgar Evers
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Published Wednesday, July 01, 2015 @ 8:54 PM EDT
Jul 01 2015

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was a black civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the Civil Rights Movement and was a field secretary for the NAACP. Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. His murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests, as well as numerous works of art, music, and film. His widow Myrlie Evers became a noted activist in her own right later in life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Freedom has never been free.

Hate is a wasteful emotion, most of the people you hate don’t know you hate them and the rest don’t care.

I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.

If we don't like what the Republicans do, we need to get in there and change it.

In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world.

It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don't choose to live anywhere else. There's land here, where a man can raise cattle, and I'm going to do it some day.

I’m looking to be shot any time I step out of my car... If I die, it will be in a good cause. I’ve been fighting for America just as much as the soldiers in Vietnam.

Our only hope is to control the vote.

The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.

The Negro has been here in America since 1619, a total of 344 years. He is not going anywhere else; this country is his home. He wants to do his part to help make his city, state, and nation a better place for everyone, regardless of color and race.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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(July 2 is also the birthday of Herman Hesse and Thurgood Marshall.)


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Quotes of the day: Goodness
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Published Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 2:46 PM EDT
Jun 30 2015

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
-John Updike

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
-Anthony Burgess

Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.
-Michel de Montaigne

Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness.
-Blaise Pascal

Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
-Saul Bellow

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
-Henry David Thoreau

Goodness... You got to make it out of badness... Because there isn't anything else to make it out of.
-Robert Penn Warren

I believe in the basic goodness of my species, because that appears to be a positive tactic and quality that leads to better chances of survival- and in spite of our foolishness, we seem to have survived.
-James Randi

I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.
-Michel de Montaigne

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
-Leo Tolstoy

Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets headlines.
-Eugene H. Peterson

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
-Bertolt Brecht

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
-Thomas Carlyle

Only those few people who practice it believe in goodness.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
-John Jay Chapman

Our surest protection against assault from abroad has been not all our guards, gates and guns, or even our two oceans, but our essential goodness as a people. Our richest asset has been not our material wealth but our values.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

People always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.
-Eugene Ionesco

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed.
-William Saroyan

She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
-Virginia Woolf

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
-Leo Tolstoy

We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime.
-Franz Kafka

We too often forget that not only is there 'a soul of goodness in things evil,' but very generally also, a soul of truth in things erroneous.
-Herbert Spencer

When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.
-Euripides

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(July 1 is also the birthday of G.C. Lichtenberg and George Sand.)


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Quotes of the day: Thomas Sowell
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Published Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 2:37 PM EDT
Jun 29 2015

Thomas Sowell (b. June 30, 1930) is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a Bachelor's degree, graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1958 and earned a Master's degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago. Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He writes from a conservative and classical liberal perspective, advocating free market economics, and has written more than thirty books. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

Facts do not 'speak for themselves.' They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theory or visions are mere isolated curiosities.

For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert; but for every fact there is not necessarily an equal and opposite fact.

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children.

It has long been my belief that the sight of a good-looking woman lowers a man's IQ by at least 20 points. A man who doesn't happen to have 20 points to spare can be in big trouble.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.

Maturity is not a matter of age. You have matured when you are no longer concerned with showing how clever you are, and give your full attention to getting the job done right. Many never reach that stage, no matter how old they get.

Most problems do not get solved. They get superceded by other concerns.

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.

One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be and how dangerous it is to trust them.

One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.

One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans- anything except reason.

One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.

People who pride themselves on their 'complexity' and deride others for being 'simplistic' should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.

People who think that they are being 'exploited' should ask themselves whether they would be missed if they left, or whether people would say: 'Good riddance'?

Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups.

Some full professors could more accurately be described as empty professors.

Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism.

Sound bites are usually very unsound.

The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.

The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth: anonymously and posthumously.

Time was when people used to brag about how old they were- and I am old enough to remember it.

Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.

Whatever you may think about the death penalty, it has the lowest recidivism rate of any of the ways of fighting crime.

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

You can call yourself anything you want, including the queen of Sheba, but that does not give you the right to force other people to call you the queen of Sheba.

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(June 30 is also the birthday of Lena Horne.)


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Quotes of the day: Gary Busey
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Published Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 10:59 PM EDT
Jun 28 2015

William Gary Busey (b. June 29, 1944) is an American actor. He has appeared the films Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Gumball Rally (1976), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Big Wednesday (1978), Silver Bullet (1985), Eye of the Tiger (1986), Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Under Siege (1992), The Firm (1993), Rookie of the Year (1994), Surviving the Game (1994), Drop Zone (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Soldier (1998), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He made guest appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, and Entourage. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in The Buddy Holly Story. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Five parts of my brain contain alien power, whatever I do or say cannot be denied on the intergalactic highway of existence.

Fun stands for 'Finally Understanding Nothing'. And that's what's fun about fun, you don't have to get it.

Great things... only happen for the first time once.

Have a mind that's open to everything, get attached to nothing.

I don't know where I come from but I'm here now so deal with it.

I've been told by doctors and surgeons that I have the energy of ten men who have normal jobs.

If you take shortcuts, you get cut short.

It's a very strange silence that I'm living in right now. It's a silence that has a lot of activity and noise in it from a zone that I don't live in on this earth.

It's good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality enemies are friends in reverse.

Men are failed women at birth.

Never dip lower than you can dip.

Nothing changes like changes, because nothing changes but the changes.

There has got to be more to life than being a really, really, ridiculously good actor.

When you don't know, you know. When you know, you don't know but you don't know it. When you don't know you know, so you really don't know you don't know, which means you really know if it is authentic.

Winners do what losers don't want to do.

You have to remember to chase and catch your dreams, because if you don't, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that's nowhere land.

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(June 29 is also the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Oriana Fallaci.)


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Quotes of the day: John Wesley
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Published Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 6:32 PM EDT
Jun 27 2015

John Wesley (June 28, 1703 - March 2, 1791) was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it.

Be not so positive; especially with regard to things which are neither easy nor necessary to be determined.

Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast. Do not imagine that God has called you... to destroy men’s lives, and not to save them.

Beware, lastly, of imagining you shall obtain the end without using the means conducive to it. God can give the end without any means at all; but you have no reason to think He will.

Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can.

I am always in haste, but never in a hurry.

In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church.

Let it be observed, that slovenliness is no part of religion; that neither this, nor any text of Scripture, condemns neatness of apparel. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.

Lord, let me not live to be useless!

Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!

Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own.

Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.

Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.


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Quote of the decade:
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Published Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 12:17 AM EDT
Jun 27 2015

History can’t be a sword to justify injustice or a shield against progress. It must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, how to break the cycle, a roadway toward a better world.
-Barack Obama


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Quotes of the day: Grace Lee Boggs
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Published Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 9:42 PM EDT
Jun 26 2015

Grace Lee Boggs (b. June 27, 1915) is an American author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist. She is known for her years of political collaboration with C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in the 1940s and 1950s. She eventually went off in her own political direction in the 1960s with her husband of some forty years, James Boggs, until his death in 1993. By 1998, she had written four books, including an autobiography. In 2011, still active at the age of 95, she wrote a fifth book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, co-written by Scott Kurashige and published by the University of California Press. Her life is the subject of the documentary film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs released in 2013, produced and directed by the American filmmaker Grace Lee. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Activism can be the journey rather than the arrival.

Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.

Don't get stuck in old ideas. Keep recognizing that reality is changing and that your ideas have to change.

History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories- triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally- has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.

I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.

Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after.

Our challenge, as we enter the new millennium, is to deepen the commonalities and the bonds between these tens of millions, while at the same time continuing to address the issues within our local communities by two-sided struggles that not only say "No" to the existing power structure but also empower our constituencies to embrace the power within each of us to crease the world anew.

People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.

Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.

Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas.

The main reason why Western civilization lacks Spirituality, or an awareness of our interconnectedness with one another and the universe, according to Gandhi, is that it has given priority to economic and technological development over human and community development.

The struggle we're dealing with these days, which, I think, is part of what the 60s represented, is how do we define our humanity?

We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.

We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other. We urgently need to bring the neighbor back into our hoods, not only in our inner cities but also in our suburbs, our gated communities, on Main Street and Wall Street, and on Ivy League campuses.

What time is it on the clock of the world?

When you read Marx (or Jesus) this way, you come to see that real wealth is not material wealth and real poverty is not just the lack of food, shelter, and clothing. Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.

You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. And you do choose how you think.

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(June 27 is also the birthday of Emma Goldman, H. Ross Perot, and Helen Keller.)


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Quotes of the day: Bernard Berenson
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Published Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:38 PM EDT
Jun 25 2015

Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in pioneering art attribution and therefore establishing the market for paintings by the "Old Masters". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.

Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second.

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.

Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

International affairs will be placed on a better footing when it is understood that there is no way of punishing a people for the crimes of its rulers.

Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated but for our qualities.

Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.

Taste begins when appetite is satisfied.

The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.

You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.

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(June 26 is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck.)


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