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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:00 pm

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"There are but three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the warrior and the poet. To know, to kill and to create. The rest of mankind may be taxed and drudged, they are born for the stable, that is to say, to practise what they call professions." [Baudelaire]

"...A man of good family concealed his work when need compelled him to labour. The slave laboured under the weight of the feeling that he did something contemptible: the "doing" itself was something contemptible. "Only in otium and bellum is there nobility and honour:" so rang the voice of ancient prejudice! " -N
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:28 pm

"Egalitarian Man has made himself godlike; even we who oppose him learn, see, and think in ways that serve him. Even the way we think about ourselves, down to the language we use to describe our ideas, serves him: he is a liberal, so we are anti-liberal; he is modern, so we are anti-modern; he is a feminist, so we are anti-feminist; he is democratic, so we are anti-democratic; he is a communist, so we are anti-communist; he is for immigration, we are against it; he is for diversity, we are against it; he is for equality, we are against it; he is for globalization, we are against it; he is for materialism, we are against that too. We seem to be a negation of everything he is. Egalitarian Man sets the vocabulary; we learn it and just say no to everything. Hence, he can portray himself as positive, and us as negative.

This means that if we are to play by our own rules, we have to develop our own way of communicating our ideas. This begins by developing our own terminology. We do not use the enemy’s words, let alone negations of those words. We do not say we are “inegalitarian”; we say we celebrate difference. What are the Lefties going to say? That they are anti-difference? And if they say they are anti-difference, does not that make them totalitarian? And if they are totalitarian, WILL THEY APOLOGIZE FOR THE GULAGS? We set the rules and we put them on the back foot." [Alex Kurtagic]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:29 pm

"The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society. Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.
The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral. The building of great armaments when the great enemy was within; the decay of individual responsibility. The decay of religion, fading into a mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide the people." [Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire]

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"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:31 pm

"So whoever worships another divinity than his Self, thinking: ‘He is one and I another,’ he knows not. He is like a sacrificial animal for the gods." [Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:32 pm

"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse." [Castaneda, Tales of Power]

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"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:33 pm

"At certain existential peaks, just as heat is transformed into light, life becomes free of itself; not in the sense of the death of individuality or some kind of mystical shipwreck, but in the sense of a transcendent affirmation of life, in which anxiety, endless craving, yearning and worrying, the quest for religious faith, human supports and goals, all give way to a dominating state of calm. There is something greater than life, within life itself, and not outside of it. This heroic experience is valuable and good in itself, whereas ordinary life is only driven by interests, external things and human conventions." [Evola, Meditations on the Peaks]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:33 pm

"In the annihilation of the family the eternal traditions of the family are destroyed; in the collapse of traditions, lawlessness overcomes the whole family." [Bhagavad-Gita, 1.41]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:34 pm

"'Everything except language
Knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
Knows nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe.

Even this fool of a body
lives it in part, and would
have full dignity within it
but for the ignorant freedom
of my talking mind.'' [Les Murray, The Meaning of Existence]

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"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:34 pm

"The real subject can exist only in the capacity of a subject that has been reconnected (subjet réel vs. subjet relié) - reconnected to particular heritages, to particular adherences. In other words, there cannot be a subject preceding its associations; no subject can exist to which some characteristics could be attributed outside all associations....

The category of 'people' cannot be confounded with language, race, class, territory, or nation alone. A people is not a transitory sum of individuals. It is not a chance aggregate. It is a reunion of the inheritors of a specific fraction of human history, who, on the basis of their sense of common identity, develop the will to pursue their own history and give themselves a common destiny." [Alain de Benoist]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:35 pm

"In modern states, the citizen is politically impotent. A citizen, it is true, may complain, make suggestions, or cause disruptions, but in the ancient world these were privileges that belonged to any slave." [Mark Mirabello, Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:36 pm

"Liberalism is an escape from hardness into softness, from masculinity into femininity, from history into herd-grazing, from reality into herbivorous dreams, from Destiny into happiness.'' [Yockey, Imperium]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:37 pm

"What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it heaven." [Friedrich Holderlin]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:42 pm

"I am not preaching anti-intellectuality, but extolling the licentiousness and chthonian violence of re-integration. The affliction which Indo-Europeans suffer from is entirely mental and subjective; they are chronically afraid of their own shadow in Jungian terms. If the civilisation which their ancestors created has any future at all then they must overcome their resistance to barbarism; they must o'erleap it on the altar of high culture.'' [Jonathan Bowden, Why I write]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:44 pm

"When we affirm that philosophy begins with wonder, we are affirming in effect that sentiment is anterior to reason. We do not undertake to reason about anything until we have been drawn to it by an affective interest. In the cultural life of man, therefore, the fact of paramount importance about anyone is his attitude toward the world." [Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences]

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"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:49 pm

"It is doubtless very savage that kind of valor of the old Northmen. Snorro tells us they thought it a shame and misery not to die in battle; and if natural death seemed to be coming on, they would cut wounds in their flesh, that Odin might receive them as warriors slain. Old kings, about to die, had their body laid into a ship; the ship sent forth, with sails set and slow fire burning it; that, once out at sea, it might blaze up in flame, and in such manner bury worthily the old hero, at once in the sky and in the ocean! Wild bloody valor; yet valor of its kind; better, I say, than none. In the old Sea-kings too, what an indomitable rugged energy! Silent, with closed lips, as I fancy them, unconscious that they were specially brave; defying the wild ocean with its monsters, and all men and things;—progenitors of our own Blakes and Nelsons! No Homer sang these Norse Sea-kings; but Agamemnon's was a small audacity, and of small fruit in the world, to some of them;—to Hrolf's of Normandy, for instance! Hrolf, or Rollo Duke of Normandy, the wild Sea-king, has a share in governing England at this hour.

Nor was it altogether nothing, even that wild sea-roving and battling, through so many generations. It needed to be ascertained which was the strongest kind of men; who were to be ruler over whom. Among the Northland Sovereigns, too, I find some who got the title Wood-cutter; Forest-felling Kings. Much lies in that. I suppose at bottom many of them were forest-fellers as well as fighters, though the Skalds talk mainly of the latter,—misleading certain critics not a little; for no nation of men could ever live by fighting alone; there could not produce enough come out of that! I suppose the right good fighter was oftenest also the right good forest-feller,—the right good improver, discerner, doer and worker in every kind; for true valor, different enough from ferocity, is the basis of all. A more legitimate kind of valor that; showing itself against the untamed Forests and dark brute Powers of Nature, to conquer Nature for us. In the same direction have not we their descendants since carried it far? May such valor last forever with us!" [Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes]

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"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:51 pm

"That the man Odin, speaking with a Hero's voice and heart, as with an impressiveness out of Heaven, told his People the infinite importance of Valor, how man thereby became a god; and that his People, feeling a response to it in their own hearts, believed this message of his, and thought it a message out of Heaven, and him a Divinity for telling it them: this seems to me the primary seed-grain of the Norse Religion, from which all manner of mythologies, symbolic practices, speculations, allegories, songs and sagas would naturally grow. Grow,—how strangely! I called it a small light shining and shaping in the huge vortex of Norse darkness. Yet the darkness itself was alive; consider that. It was the eager inarticulate uninstructed Mind of the whole Norse People, longing only to become articulate, to go on articulating ever farther! The living doctrine grows, grows;—like a Banyan-tree; the first seed is the essential thing: any branch strikes itself down into the earth, becomes a new root; and so, in endless complexity, we have a whole wood, a whole jungle, one seed the parent of it all. Was not the whole Norse Religion, accordingly, in some sense, what we called "the enormous shadow of this man's likeness"? Critics trace some affinity in some Norse mythuses, of the Creation and such like, with those of the Hindoos. The Cow Adumbla, "licking the rime from the rocks," has a kind of Hindoo look. A Hindoo Cow, transported into frosty countries. Probably enough; indeed we may say undoubtedly, these things will have a kindred with the remotest lands, with the earliest times. Thought does not die, but only is changed. The first man that began to think in this Planet of ours, he was the beginner of all. And then the second man, and the third man;—nay, every true Thinker to this hour is a kind of Odin, teaches men his way of thought, spreads a shadow of his own likeness over sections of the History of the World." [Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes]

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"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really...How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless." [Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky]

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"All that exists is just and unjust and equally justified in both." [Aeschylus, Prometheus]

"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:52 pm

"We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who, during the eruption of Vesuvius, died at his post because they forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one thing that can not be taken from a man." [Spengler]

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"All that exists is just and unjust and equally justified in both." [Aeschylus, Prometheus]

"The history of everyday is constituted by our habits. ... How have you lived today?" [N.]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:54 pm

perpetualburn wrote:
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"There are but three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the warrior and the poet. To know, to kill and to create. The rest of mankind may be taxed and drudged, they are born for the stable, that is to say, to practise what they call professions." [Baudelaire]
"...A man of good family concealed his work when need compelled him to labour.  The slave laboured under the weight of the feeling that he did something contemptible: the "doing" itself was something contemptible.  "Only in otium and bellum is there nobility and honour:" so rang the voice of ancient prejudice! " -N

Thanks; and the other way also:

"The medieval peasant prior to the 13th century does not compare himself to the feudal lord, nor does the artisan compare himself to the knight. … From the king down to the hangman and the prostitute, everyone is "noble" in the sense that he considers himself as irreplaceable. In the "system of free competition", on the other hand, the notions on life’s tasks and their value are not fundamental, they are but secondary derivations of the desire of all to surpass all the others. No "place" is more than a transitory point in this universal chase." [Max Scheler]

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"The modernist thirst for originality makes the mediocre artist believe that the secret of originality consists simply in being different." [Nicolas Davila]



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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:55 pm

"No more war; no more markedness of races, peoples, states, or religions; no lawbreakers or adventurers; no conflicts owing to overlordship and otherness; no more hatred or settling of scores, only unending convenience through all millennia. Even today, where we are witnessing the end-phase of this trivial optimism, such sillinesses makes one bethink with dread the god awful boredom — the taedium vitae of the Roman Imperial age — which spreads over the soul merely by reading of such idylls, whereof even only a partial realisation would lead to murder and self-murder on a massive scale." [Spengler, Man and Technics]

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"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." [Camus]



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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:58 pm

"Chivalry is uneconomical; it boasts of penury. It says with Ventidius that "ambition, the soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss, than gain which darkens him." Don Quixote takes more pride in his rusty spear and skin-and-bone horse than in gold and lands, and a samurai is in hearty sympathy with his exaggerated confrère of La Mancha. He disdains money itself,—the art of making or hoarding it. It is to him veritably filthy lucre. The hackneyed expression to describe the decadence of an age is "that the civilians loved money and the soldiers feared death." [Inazo Nitobe]

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"A sign which almost always accompanies the decadence of an aristocracy is the invasion of humanitarian sentiments and delicate "sob-stuff” which renders it incapable of defending its position. We must not confuse violence and force. Violence usually accompanies weakness. We can observe individuals and classes, who, having lost the force to maintain themselves in power, become more and more odious by resorting to indiscriminate violence. A strong man strikes only when it is absolutely necessary-and then nothing stops him. Trajan was strong but not violent; Caligula was violent but not strong." [Vilfredo Pareto]

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"One of the deepest and strangest of all human moods is the mood which will suddenly strike us perhaps in a garden at night, or deep in sloping meadows, the feeling that every flower and leaf has just uttered something stupendously direct and important, and that we have by a prodigy of imbecility not heard or understood it. There is a certain poetic value, and that a genuine one, in this sense of having missed the full meaning of things. There is beauty, not only in wisdom, but in this dazed and dramatic ignorance" [G.K.Chesterton]

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"What is here described as Civilization, then, is the stage of a Culture at which tradition and personality have lost their immediate effectiveness, and every idea, to be actualized, has to be put into terms of money." [Spengler]

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"For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution." [Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn]

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"What do you despise? By this you are truly known."

"There existed no need on Caladan to build a physical paradise or a paradise of the mind — we could see the actuality all around us. And the price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life — we went soft, we lost our edge."

"The mind can go either direction under stress- toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training."

"No more terrible disaster could befall your people than for them to fall into the hands of a Hero."

"My father once told me that respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. "Something cannot emerge from nothing," he said. This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable "the truth" can be."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:52 pm

Lovely. I just finished reading Book 2 of Dune.

Was always a freak for the first novel. So quotable!

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:03 pm

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I just finished reading Book 2 of Dune.
I just got around reading the Dune novel for the first time. I started a few years ago but I let myself get distracted. I like the take on religion in it too, besides all the other awesome things.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:06 pm

"When law and duty are one, united by religion, you never become fully conscious, fully aware of yourself. You are always a little less than an individual."

"The Guild navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they’d chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation."

"The eye that looks ahead to the safe course is closed forever."

"Try looking into that place where you dare not look! You'll find me there, staring out at you!"

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:36 pm

The Germanic Spirit - Strengths and Weaknesses

"By tradition, culture, heritage, education and outlook I am Latin and Hellenic.  I thus feel perfectly comfortable with expressing what Europeans consciously or unconsciously expect from the Germanic spirit, which extends far beyond the borders of Germany.  What are the 'ancient' Germanic qualities that have long contributed to shape Europe?

"Firstly, a democratic fibre--understood in the etymological sense of the term, as the situating of the will of the people above any judge's decrees, whereby it is this will that is the basis of the law and not vice-versa.  Communitarian solidarity is here regarded as more important than socio-economic hierarchies.  Respect for women, the keeping of one's word ('frankness'), honesty in business, punctuality, active dynamism, creative inventiveness, skill in collective organization and scientific rigor: these are all Germanic qualities.

"Yet the Germanic soul also has its drawbacks, which is why it should be tempered with the different mental dispositions of its European cousins.  Take its Romantic tendency to 'go to the very end of things,' . . . so aptly identified in the early Nineteenth century.  This excess can lead to both exacerbated nationalism and organized, suicidal and masochistic laxity . . . to statism as much as anarchy, suicidal militarism as much as suicidal pacifism, self-exaltation as much as self-flagellation, and complete materialism on the part of individual consumerists--homo BMW--as much as disembodied and inert spirituality.

"The fact remains that the block of Germanic populations lies at the axial centre of our continent (which is currently undergoing a difficult process of unification) and contributes to shape many vast regions.  The Germanic soul permeates the most dynamic aspects of all European countries.  'Germanic,' however, means more than merely 'German.'  De Gaulle's plan for European independence, the Ariane rockets, the Concorde and the Airbus are all components of a political project whose cultural essence is Roman (the will to imperial power), while also being informed by Celtic ardor and Germanic rigor and engineering skill."  

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"Two versions of revolutionary thought exist, as Lenin--following Machiavelli--had perfectly grasped.  The first is the siege approach, which leads to failure.  It is the strategy of the lion which ends up dying a brave death, pierced by lances.  This strategy rejects all tactical alliances and temporary compromises in the name of a misleading notion of doctrinal purity.  One sees oneself here as being under siege rather than as a conqueror.  He leads the assault with gaudy red trousers, his moustache in the wind, only to be hacked down by enemy machine-guns.

"The second revolutionary approach is attack.  The means used here are subordinate to one's end.  This is the strategy of the fox which always manages to steal the hens at night.  Those who adopt it are willing to sign alliances with useful idiots and turncoats, and know how to hide a sword under their toga to strike all the harder.  They know how to lay ambushes and show patience and steadfastness, and to conceal their radical aims.  They know how to make temporary concessions without forgetting about their genuine objectives, sustained by an iron will.  They practice the art of deception which Nietzsche commended.  Like good sailors, they know how to steer clear of obstacles and sail against the wind without losing sight of the harbour, their final destination.

"The former revolutionary perspective is Romantic: it stems from our Germanic and Celtic roots.  The latter is Classical: it stems from our Greek and Roman roots.  The former perspective cannot lead to the seizing of power; but once power has been seized, it will find its rightful place once more."

--Guillaume Faye, Archeofuturism

I like this idea of the Classical spirit as cunning; it brings to mind the metis discussed in Detienne and Vernant's Cunning Intelligence in Greek Culture and Society, which Lyssa recommended.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:06 pm

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The costs for a one-sided eroticization are high. In reality, the "darkening" of the thymotic dimension makes human behavior incomprehensible. This is a surprising result, considering this darkening could have only been reached through psychological enlightenment. Once one subscribes to this mistaken view, it becomes impossible to understand human beings in situations of tension and struggle. As usual, this failure to understand supposes the failure everywhere, just not in one's own field of vision.
The moment that "symptoms" such as pride, indignation, rage, ambition, overzealous self-assertiveness, and acute readiness to fight occur, the member of the thymos-forgetting therapeutic culture retreats into a belief that the aggressive people must be victims of a neurotic complex. Therapists, according to this assumption, stand in the tradition of Christian moralists.
These moralists speak of the natural disease of self-love as soon as thymotic energies begin to openly reveal themselves. Had Europeans not heard about pride— or likewise rage—from the days of the church fathers, when such impulses would have been taken as signs pointing to the abyss for those cast away? Indeed, since the time of Gregory I, pride, also known by the name of superbia, is at the top of the list of cardinal sins. Almost two centuries earlier St. Augustine had described pride as the matrix for a revolution against the divine. For the church fathers superbia signified a conscious state of not wanting as the Lord wants (an impulse whose more frequent appearance in monks or civil servants seems understandable). To claim that pride is the mother of all vices expresses the conviction that human beings have been created to obey, and every inclination that leads out of hierarchical relationships could only mean a step toward corruption.
The shift toward eroticism to explain human behavior cannot have been lead by anybody but a Jew: Freud.
This shift totally neglects the masculine psychology, and more importantly stops at eros, not going further into the reason why eros, sexuality, comes about to begin with.

Death is the "problem" sex addresses, and so man is totally given over to his rejection of it, using an instinctive, automatic drive; one that oftentimes reduces reason, the higher cognitive mind, to no more than a spectator.

Thymos,, that rage, rage against the night, is not an illness a man must he healed of.

What precedes growth, reproduction, creating and procreating?
Yes, self-maintenance, self-sustenance, conservation of what already exists, agon, war, struggle against what degrades, disorders, decomposes, decays, chaos measured by time.

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This means that if we are to play by our own rules, we have to develop our own way of communicating our ideas. This begins by developing our own terminology. We do not use the enemy’s words, let alone negations of those words. We do not say we are “inegalitarian”; we say we celebrate difference. What are the Lefties going to say? That they are anti-difference? And if they say they are anti-difference, does not that make them totalitarian? And if they are totalitarian, WILL THEY APOLOGIZE FOR THE GULAGS? We set the rules and we put them on the back foot." [Alex Kurtagic]
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and of his face: He is profound, impenetrable; he dissimulates bad offices,
smiles at his enemies, controls his irritation, disguises his passions,
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The same man may even govern several women;
he cultivates their mind and their memory, fixes and determines their religion;
he even undertakes to rule their hearts.
They will approve and disapprove, praise and condemn, only after having consulted his gaze and his expression.
He is entrusted with their joys and sorrows, their desires, jealousies, hatreds and loves;
he makes them break with their lovers;
he estranges husbands and wives, and then brings about reconciliations, and takes advantage of the interregnum.
He looks after their business affairs, promotes their lawsuits, and visits their judges;
he provides them with his own doctor, his tradesmen, his workmen;
he takes it upon himself to choose their homes and furniture, their carriage and horses.
He may be seen beside them in their coaches, in the city streets and walks, as well as in their pew at a sermon and in their box at the play;
he goes visiting with them; he accompanies them to the baths, to watering-places, on journeys;
he has the most comfortable room in their country house.
He grows old with his authority undiminished; a little wit and much time to waste enable him to preserve it; children, heirs, the daughter-in-law, the niece, the servants, all depend on him.
He began by making himself respected; he ends by making himself feared.
This oldest, most necessary of friends dies unwept; and ten women over whom he tyrannized inherit freedom by his death.''

''Most women have no principles; they follow their hearts, and depend for their morals on the men they love.''

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:44 am

Quotes from Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men:


Sheriff Bell:

"We come here from Georgia.  Our family did.  Horse and wagon.  I pretty much know that for a fact.  I know they's a lot of things in a family history that just plain aint so.  Any family.  The stories gets passed on and the truth gets passed over.  As the sayin goes.  Which I reckon some would take as meanin that the truth cant compete.  But I dont believe that.  I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet.  It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time.  You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.  You cant corrupt it because that's what it is.  It's the thing you're talkin about.  I've heard it compared to the rock--maybe in the bible--and I wouldnt disagree with that.  But it'll be here even when the rock is gone.  I'm sure they's people would disagree with that.  Quite a few, in fact.  But I never could find out what any of them did believe.

"You always tried to be available for your social events and I would always go to things like cemetary cleanins of course.  That was all right.  The women would fix dinner on the ground and of course it was a way of campaignin but you doin somethin for folks that couldnt do it for theirselves.  Well, you could be cynical about it I reckon and say that you just didnt want em comin around at night.  But I think it goes deeper than that.  It is community and it is respect, of course, but the dead have more claims on you than what you might want to admit or even what you might know about and them claims can be very strong indeed.  Very strong indeed.  You get the feelin they just don't want to turn loose.  So any little thing helps, in that respect."

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"You're askin me to believe what you say.  But you're the one sayin it."

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"I wont talk about the war neither.  I was supposed to be a war hero and I lost a whole squad of men.  Got decorated for it.  They died and I got a medal.  I dont even need to know what you think about that.  There aint a day I dont remember it.  Some boys I know come back they went on to school up at Austin on the GI Bill, they had hard things to say about their people.  Some of em did.  Called em a bunch of rednecks and all such as that.  Didn't like their politics.  Two generations in this country is a long time.  You're talkin about the early settlers.  I used to tell em that havin your wife and childred killed and scalped and gutted like fish has a tendency to make some people irritable but they didn't seem to know what I was talkin about.  I think the sixties in this country sobered some of em up.  I hope it did.  I read in the papers here a while back some teachers come across a survey that was sent out back in the thirties to a number of schools around the country.  Had this questionnaire about what was the problems with teachin in the schools.  And they come across these forms, they'd been filled out and sent in from around the country answerin these questions.  And the biggest problems they could name was things like talkin in class and runnin in the hallways.  Chewin gum.  Copyin homework.  Things of that nature.  So they got one of them forms that was blank and printed up a bunch of em and sent em back out to the same schools.  Forty years later.  Well, here come the answers back.  Rape, arson, murder.  Drugs.  Suicide.  So I think about that.  Because a lot of the time ever when I say anything about how the world is going to hell in a handbasket people will just sort of smile and tell me I'm gettin old.  That it's one of the symptoms.  But my feelin about that is that anybody that cant tell the difference between rapin and murderin people and chewin gum has got a whole lot bigger of a problem than what I've got.  Forty years is not a long time neither.  Maybe the next forty of it will bring some of em out from under the ether.  If it aint too late.  

"Here a year or two back me and Loretta went to a conference in Corpus Christi and I got set next to this woman, she was the wife of somebody or other.  And she kept talkin about the right wing this and the right wing that.  I aint even sure what she meant by it.  The people I know are mostly just common people.  Common as dirt, as the sayin goes.  I told her that and she looked at me funny.  She thought I was sayin somethin bad about em, but of course that's a high compliment in my part of the world.  She kept on, kept on.  Finally told me, said:  I dont like the way this country is headed.  I want my granddaughter to be able to have an abortion.  And I said well mam I don't think you got any worries about the way the country is headed.  The I see it goin I dont have much doubt but what she'll be able to have an abortion.  I'm going to say that not only will she be able to have an abortion, she'll be able to have you put to sleep.  Which pretty much ended the conversation."

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Llewellyn Moss:

"Things happen to you they happen.  They dont ask first.  They dont require your permission."

"It's not about knowin where you are.  It's about thinkin you got there without takin anything with you.  Your notions about startin over.  Or anybody's.  You dont start over.  That's what it's about.  Ever step you take is forever.  You cant make it go away.  None of it.  . . .  You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday dont count.  But yesterday is all that does count.  What else is there?  Your life is made out of the days it's made out of.  Nothin else.  You might think you could run away and change your name and I dont know what all.  Start over.  And then one mornin you wake up and look at the ceilin and guess who's layin there?"
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:19 am

Some more from Dune Messiah, the one Anfang was quoting:

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A feeling came over [Paul] that the city out there had been translated into an odd symbol for his universe.  The buildings he could see had been erected on the plain where his Fremen had obliterated the Sardaukar legions.  Ground once trampled by battles rang now to the rushing clamor of business.

Keeping to the balcony's outer edge, Paul strode around the corner.  Now his vista was a suburb where city structures lost themselves in rocks and the blowing sand of the desert.  Alia's temple dominated the foreground; green and black hangings along its two-thousand-meter sides displayed the moon symbol of Muad'dib.

A falling moon.

Paul passed a hand across his forehead and eyes.  The symbol-metropolis oppressed him.  He despised his own thoughts.  Such vacillation in another would have aroused his anger.

He loathed his city!

Rage rooted in boredom flickered and simmered deep within him, nurtured by decisions that couldn't be avoided.  He knew which path his feet must follow.  He'd seen it enough times, hadn't he?  Seen it!  Once . . . long ago, he'd thought of himself as an inventor of government.  But the invention had fallen into old patterns.  It was like some hideous contrivance with plastic memory.  Shape it any way you wanted, but relax for a moment, and it snapped into the ancient forms.  Forces at work beyond his reach in human breasts eluded and defied him.

Paul stared out across the rooftops.  What treasures of untrammeled life lay beneath those roofs?  He glimpsed leaf-green places, open plantings amidst the chalk-red and gold of the roofs.  Green, the gift of Muad'dib and his water.  Orchards and groves lay within his view--open plantings to rival those of fabled Lebanon.

"Muad'dib spends water like a madman," Fremen said.

Paul put his hands over his eyes.

The moon fell.

He dropped his hands, stared at his metropolis with clarified vision.  Buildings took on an aura of monstrous imperial barbarity.  They stood enormous and bright beneath the northern sun.  Colossi!  Every extravagance of architecture a demented history could produce lay within his view: terraces of mesa proportion, squares as large as some cities, parks, premises, bits of cultured wilderness.

Superb artistry abutted inexplicable prodigies of dismal tastelessness.  Details impressed themselves upon him: a postern out of most ancient Baghdad . . . a dome dreamed in mythical Damascus . . . an arch from the low gravity of Atar . . . harmonious elevations and queer depths.  All created an effect of unrivaled magnificence.

A moon!  A moon!  A moon!

Frustration tangled him.  He felt the pressure of mass-unconscious, that burgeoning sweep of humankind across the universe.  They rushed upon him with a force like a gigantic tidal bore.  He sensed the vast migrations at work in human affairs: eddies, currents, gene flows.  No dams of abstinence, no seizures of impotence nor maledictions could stop it.  

Muad'dib's Jihad was less than an eye-blink in this larger movement.  The Bene Gesserit swimming in this tide, that corporate entity trading in genes, was trapped in the torrent as he was.  Visions of a falling moon must be measured against other legends, other visions in a universe where even the seemingly eternal stars waned, flickered, died . . .

What mattered a single moon in such a universe?"
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:15 pm

"When you see a woman who can go nowhere without a staff of admirers, it is not so much because they think she is beautiful, it is because she has told them they are handsome." - Jean Giraudoux
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:58 pm

"Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me." -- Darth Bane
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:19 pm

"As early as the earliest Brahmans, an extremism of abstinence came about, driven by the fantastic belief that the metabolism is but one of the illusions with which Maya, the sensuous veil maker, makes fools of humans. By expanding abstinence from food to a somatic-spiritual technique, they transformed hunger into a voluntary act of fasting; they turned a humiliating passivity into an ascetic action. The dis­ empowerment of hunger led directly to the emancipation from the compulsion to work. Whoever chooses abstinence exits the producing life and knows only exercises. The early cultures of beggar monks in Asia and Europe prove that for their fellow humans, the spectacle of the spirit's superiority to the minimized body was worth a sacrifice: alms were the entrance fee for the theatre of spiritual triumphs. One could say that those who made donations to the monks were falling for priestly deception, but the psychological reality was very differ­ ent. The ancient beggar economy belongs to the realm of the search for autonomy, even for the poorest of the poor: someone who has almost nothing, yet shares the most frugal meal with someone else, partiCipates in the ascetic victory over the law of scarcity. ...Let us note that the old workers' movement in Europe still knew something about the first rebellion against the tyranny of need. Whether starving or eating: solidarity..." [Sloterdijk, You Must Change Your Life]

"Like the hunger artist, the athletes have a message for the psychologically poorest and the physically weakest that is worth sharing in: the best way to escape from exhaustion is to double the load. Even someone who cannot imagine following this maxim literally should still draw inspiration from it. The theory that there is always room to go higher is one that concerns everyone."[ib.]

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