"You can even forget about evil.
I looked in the mirror and saw myself stealing things with a devil.
We re-arranged your room together.
We enjoyed feeling hopeless.
‘It’s a difficult country without lanterns,’ I said.
We studied old maps and he showed me where to go.
But here you had already planted a garden of your laughing.
I smiled and we held a big burning light."
- Dan Ivec, The Disposal of Evil, 1926
Thread: Favourite Quotes
01-17-2016, 08:48 PM #1041"I dreamed at that time of living alone, of never marrying, of becoming strong and peaceful without talking too much, without asking for help. I wanted to work on myself, to be freer and freer...I thought morals had no meaning; being good or bad made no difference as long as you were absolutely true...Souls seemed to me temples that had to be guarded, and inside them there were always strange ceremonies going on, known only to their priests, their custodians."
01-17-2016, 11:46 PM #1042
"You only need to hang mean bastards, but mean bastards you need to hang."tiny purple fishes run laughing through your fingers
and you want to take her with you, to the hard land of the winter
01-18-2016, 10:47 AM #1043
"It may be worth giving a short, no doubt, incomplete, list of false theories of nationalism:
1.It is natural and self-evident and self generating. If absent, this must be due to forceful repression.
2.It is an artificial consequence of ideas which did not need ever to be formulated, and appeared by a regrettable accident. Political life even in industrial societies could do without it.
3.The Wrong Address Theory favoured by Marxism: Just as extreme Shi'ite Muslims hold that Archangel Gabriel made a mistake, delivering the Message to Mohamed when it was intended for Ali, so Marxists basically like to think that the spirit of history or human consciousness made a terrible boob. The awakening message was intended for classes, but by some terrible postal error was delivered to nations. It is now necessary for revolutionary activists to persuade the wrongful recipient to hand over the message, and the zeal it engenders, to the rightful and intended recipient. The unwillingness of both the rightful and the usurping recipient to fall in with this requirement causes the activist great irritation.
4.Dark Gods: Nationalism is the re-emergence of the atavistic forces of blood or territory. This is the view shared often by both lovers and haters of nationalism. The former think of these dark forces as life-enhancing, the latter as barbarous. In fact, man of the age of nationalism is neither nicer nor nastier than men of other ages. There is some slight evidence that he may be nicer. His crimes are equalled by those of other ages. They are more conspicuous only because, precisely, they have become more shocking, and because they are executed with more powerful technological means.
Not one of these theories is remotely tenable."
- Ernest Gellner: Nations and Nationalism
01-26-2016, 03:03 PM #1044
01-26-2016, 03:09 PM #1045
01-26-2016, 06:44 PM #1046
Nearly 100% of innovation—from business to politics—is inspired not by "market analysis" but by people who are supremely pissed off by the way things are.
01-26-2016, 08:49 PM #1047
“until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
― george orwellIn challenge lies opportunity.
01-27-2016, 10:09 AM #1048
01-31-2016, 12:48 AM #1049
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01-31-2016, 11:42 PM #1050
“Good news is only really good to those directly involved. Most people lead such futile and useless lives that only bad news makes them feel better. If not better, certainly gooder. If one cannot gain recognition for anything else, he can rest well with the assurance that he is "good", which in most case equates with "right". Were it not for an evil to rail against he might just as well never have been born. Yes, evil is the great savior and sustainer of those who condemn it most.”
“In order to perform the supernatural, you must first be able to accomplish the supernormal.”
“It is a terrifying thing when the animals laugh at the hunter. Take a tip from Harlequin and the Joker. If you imitate a fool well, you are not likely to be fooled by others. To be it bluntly, albeit unorginally: "A fool who knows he is a fool is indeed a wise man.”
- ASLVobviously you're going to get nothing from reading this