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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:56 pm

"Capitalism shares a major portion of the blame for the rising interracial tensions and rising social disruptions both in America and Western Europe. It is in the interest of big business in Europe and the USA to import the army of cheap labor into Europe and America. As a result local capitalists cut down the wages of their own domestic workers and outsource national wealth to far away countries. Moreover, most immigrant workers, having lower IQ and little interest in historical or racial consciousness of their host countries, can better be manipulated than local workers by the new capitalist and global class. An American contractor, or German stockbroker or an French shareholder of a company in East Europe, could not care less where his home is, and what the racial or ethnic profile of his workers is — as long as he makes profit. We should not feign surprise. The founding father of capitalism, Adam Smith wrote long time ago: “The merchant is not necessarily the citizen of any country.”

Big business and international financial lobbies possess all necessary means to be listened to, either by their governments or by the Commission in Brussels, and are, generally speaking, both in favor of immigration and Europe’s enlargement. Enlargement of the EU facilitates the migration of cheap labor.

Furthermore, immigration is in full accordance with the very spirit of capitalism, which aims at the erasure of borders (“laissez faire, laissez passer “). “The flip side of foreign immigration is price dumping, “low cost” labor market and “low-skilled” workers who function as “jack of all trades not just in the service sector but also in sectors previously reserved for the locals . It should not come as a surprise that there is an emerging Holy Alliance between the capitalist Merchant and the leftist Commissar, between Big Business and the Left. The Left favors mass immigration because immigrants, in its eyes, represent now the substitute symbol of the failed old Marxian proletariat.

If we look at the profile of all European politicians in Brussels but also of those sitting in the White House we can observe that all of them are former either implicit or explicit sympathizers of Marxism who have now recycled themselves into advocates of free market, while retaining their Marxist lifestyles and their leftist mores in other fields of human endeavor, such as culture.

My first conclusion is: If we were to solve successfully non- European immigration and its consequences resulting in hatred and civil wars, we must first demystify the capitalist mystique. Foreign immigration will stop as soon as immigrants realized that permanent economic progress is just another illusion. I will not now talk about the need for state protectionism and the removal of the economy of usury and the fight against interest slavery’ which constitute the main pillars of the System. It is a typical mindset among Liberal free marketers, just like among former communists to argue that there are no alternatives to their systems. Yes there are alternatives, such as Distributism, The nationalization of the banking sectors, etc.

But let us be honest. Christianity is a Universalist religion just like the global gospel of global capitalism. When one listens to Catholic cardinal O’Malley who claims that immigrants are the future of the Church, one does not need to read Marx or listen to the Leftist advocates of multiculturalism.

In conclusion let me state the following:

We must discard the ideology of progress which is inherent to both capitalism and communism. When one wishes to have more goods, one will never have enough of it. That is the reason why ancient European religions continuously warned against the passion for money: Such as in the Gullweig myth in the Norse mythology, or in the old Greek The Myth of Midas. All these were the consequences of the lust for money (the “Rheingold Curse“).

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:58 pm

"Some men are morally opposed to violence.
Hypocritical way, they are protected by men who are not.
Violence per si, is not condemnable; violence can be morally justified.
Abdication of use violence, is also the abdication to survive, or to live free."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:40 pm

"Pure intellect, indeed, detachment from soul, is the death of Man. Intellect, self-confident and isolated in arrogant complacency, does not ennoble Man. It humiliates him, deprives him of his personality. It kills that loving participation in the life of things and creatures of which the soul, with its emotions and institutions, is capable. Intellect, by itself alone, is dead and also deadly - a principle of disintegration."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:19 pm

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The westerners, the Latins, took the Greek word orthologismos [ορθολογισμος] and translated it as rationalism, which is a commercial term, and does not mean the same thing. They lacked the proper word for it.

This reminds me of Heidegger's analysis of the Greek word aletheia [αληθεια], using the Latin veritas, later converted to the English "truth", and in the translation the concept changed meaning.
Modern academics believe they understand Hellenic thought when all they know is how it came to them through the Romans.
Nuances lost, plague us today.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:10 pm

"She was saved from prettiness by the intensity of her gaze." -Paul Bowles
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:49 pm

Benjamin wrote:
"The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble."

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:35 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:36 pm

David Wallace wrote:
In a way, what Tarantino has done with the French New Wave and with David Lynch is what Pat Boone did with rhythm and blues: He's found (ingeniously) a way to take what is ragged and distinctive and menacing about their work and homogenize it, churn it until it's smooth and cool and hygienic enough for mass consumption. Reservoir Dogs, for example, with its comically banal lunch chatter, creepily otiose code names, and intrusive soundtrack of campy pop from decades past, is a Lynch movie made commercial, i.e., fast, linear, and with what was idiosyncratically surreal now made fashionably (i.e., "hiply") surreal [...] D. Lynch is an exponentially better filmmaker than Q. Tarantino. For, unlike Tarantino, D. Lynch knows that an act of violence in an American film has, through repetition and desensitization, lost the ability to refer to anything but itself. A better way to put what I just tried to say: Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody's ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:25 am

When playing Rome - Total War they always displayed aphorisms and proverbs from antiquity about war during the loading screen. At the time I had no idea who he was but I found the ones from Thucydides to be among the best.


"A collision at sea can ruin your entire day."*

"The strong did what they could, and the weak suffered what they must."

"Self-control is the chief element in self respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage."

- Thucydides


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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:24 am


It is a bad plan that cannot be altered.
Pardon one offence and you encourage the commission of many.
We should provide in peace what we need in war.
The cruelty of war makes for peace.
Necessity knows no law except to conquer.
He is best secure from dangers who is on his guard even when he seems safe.



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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:48 pm

Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

“Nobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad, for any other goodness is usually merely inertia or lack of will-power.”
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Jan 14, 2016 7:19 pm

Quote :
What is the Meaning of Infancy? What is
the meaning of the fact that man is bom
into the world more helpless than any
other creature, and needs for a much
longer season than any other living thing
the tender care and wise counsel of his
elders? [John Fiske, 1883/1909,
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:36 pm

Adam Smith wrote:
This division of labour, from which so many advantages are derived, is not originally the effect of any human wisdom, which foresees and intends that general opulence to which it gives occasion. It is the necessary, though very slow and gradual, consequence of a certain propensity in human nature which has in view no such extensive utility; the propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another.

Whether this propensity be one of those original principles in human nature, of which no further account can be given; or whether, as seems more probable, it be the necessary consequence of the faculties of reason and speech, it belongs not to our present subject to enquire. It is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals, which seem to know neither this nor any other species of contracts.[Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Ch. 2]
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:17 pm

Reply by the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV, who asked them to submit to him.

"O sultan, Turkish devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can't slay a hedgehog with your naked arse? The devil excretes, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we've no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.

You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, pig of Armenia, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding pigs for the Christians. Now we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year with the Lord, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!"
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:37 pm

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Reply by the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV, who asked them to submit to him.

"O sultan, Turkish devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can't slay a hedgehog with your naked arse? The devil excretes, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we've no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.

You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, pig of Armenia, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding pigs for the Christians. Now we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year with the Lord, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!"

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:47 pm



"One must never have pity on those who have lost their vital force. The man who deserves our pity is the soldier at the front, and also the inventor who works honestly amidst the worst difficulties."

"As in everything, nature is the best instructor, even as regards selection. One couldn't imagine a better activity on nature's part than that which consists in deciding the supremacy of one creature over another by means of a constant struggle. While we're on the subject, it's somewhat interesting to observe that our upper classes, who've never bothered about the hundreds of thousands of German emigrants or their poverty, give way to a feeling of compassion regarding the fate of the Jews whom we claim the right to expel.

Our compatriots forget too easily that the Jews have accomplices all over the world, and that no beings have greater powers of resistance as regards adaption to climate. Jews can prosper anywhere, even in Lapland and Siberia. All that love and sympathy, since our ruling class is capable of such sentiments, would by rights be applied exclusively -- if that class were not corrupt -- to the members of our national community." - Adolf


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If you stripped Lard Ass of his titles, the arrogance of his class, and released him onto the streets of 19th century London by himself, he'd just be another blithering alcoholic degenerate trying to touch schoolchildren.

Hitler raised himself up by his merits and intrinsic abilities. You tell me which is more impressive.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:24 am

OhFortunae wrote:
Reply by the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV, who asked them to submit to him.

"O sultan, Turkish devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can't slay a hedgehog with your naked arse? The devil excretes, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we've no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.

You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, pig of Armenia, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding pigs for the Christians. Now we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year with the Lord, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!"

Epic.

In modern times, we invite Muslims to fuck our own mothers and sisters so that we aren't considered racist, Islamophobic, inhumane...
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:10 am

It would be good to memorise this prose to truly feel it; now, this too will be a good recitation for YouTube.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:20 am

D. C. WILLIAMS - THE MYTH OF PASSAGE wrote:
Time flows or flies or marches, years roll, hours pass. We may speak as if the perceiving mind were stationary while time flows by like a river ...
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:42 pm

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"I cannot, however, be insensible of the present outcry against the triviality and meanness both of thought and language, which some of my contemporaries have  occasionally introduced into their metrical compositions; and I acknowledge, that this defect, where it exists, is more dishonorable to the Writer's own character than  false refinement or arbitrary innovation, though I should contend at the same time that it is far less pernicious in the sum of its consequences."

"I believe that my habits of meditation have so formed my feelings, as that my descriptions of such  objects as strongly excite those feelings, will be found to carry along with them a purpose. If in this opinion I am mistaken, I can have little right to the name of a  Poet. For all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: but though this be true, Poems to which any value can be attached, were never produced  on any variety of subjects but by a man, who being possessed of more than usual organic sensibility, had also thought long and deeply. For our continued influxes of  feeling are modified and directed by our thoughts, which are indeed the representatives of all our past feelings; and, as by contemplating the relation of these general  representatives to each other we discover what is really important to men, so, by the repetition and continuance of this act, our feelings will be connected with  important subjects, till at length, if we be originally possessed of much sensibility, such habits of mind will be produced, that, by obeying blindly and mechanically the  impulses of those habits, we shall describe objects, and utter sentiments, of such a nature and in such connection with each other, that the understanding of the being  to whom we address ourselves, if he be in a healthful state of association, must necessarily be in some degree enlightened, and his affections ameliorated.  "

"For the human mind is capable of being excited without the  application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this, and who does not further  know, that one being is elevated above another, in proportion as he possesses this capability. It has therefore appeared to me, that to endeavour to produce or  enlarge this capability is one of the best services in which, at any period, a Writer can be engaged; but this service, excellent at all times, is especially so at the present  day. For a multitude of causes, unknown to former times, are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all  voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor. The most effective of these causes are the great national events which are daily taking place, and  the encreasing accumulation of men in cities, where the uniformity of their occupations produces a craving for extraordinary incident, which the rapid communication of intelligence hourly gratifies."

About the Poet/Poetry:

"To these qualities he has added a disposition to be affected more than other men by  absent things as if they were present; an ability of conjuring up in himself passions, which are indeed far from being the same as those produced by real events, yet  (especially in those parts of the general sympathy which are pleasing and delightful) do more nearly resemble the passions produced by real events, than any thing  which, from the motions of their own minds merely, other men are accustomed to feel in themselves; whence, and from practice, he has acquired a greater readiness  and power in expressing what he thinks and feels, and especially those thoughts and feelings which, by his own choice, or from the structure of his own mind, arise in  him without immediate external excitement."

"Aristotle, I have been told, hath  said, that Poetry is the most philosophic of all writing: it is so: its object is truth, not individual and local, but general, and operative"

"The Man of Science seeks truth as a remote and unknown  benefactor; he cherishes and loves it in his solitude: the Poet, singing a song in which all human beings join with him, rejoices in the presence of truth as our visible friend and hourly companion."

"Among the qualities which I have enumerated as principally conducting to form a Poet, is implied nothing differing in kind from other men, but only in degree. The sum of what I have there said is, that  the Poet is chiefly distinguished from other men by a greater promptness to think and feel without immediate external excitement, and a greater power in expressing  such thoughts and feelings as are produced in him in that manner. But these passions and thoughts and feelings are the general passions and thoughts and feelings of  men. And with what are they connected? Undoubtedly with our moral sentiments and animal sensations, and with the causes which excite these; with the operations  of the elements and the appearances of the visible universe; with storm and sun-shine, with the revolutions of the seasons, with cold and heat, with loss of friends and  kindred, with injuries and resentments, gratitude and hope, with fear and sorrow. These, and the like, are the sensations and objects which the Poet describes, as  they are the sensations of other men, and the objects which interest them. The Poet thinks and feels in the spirit of the passions of men."

To the reader:

"I have one request to make of my Reader, which is, that in judging these Poems he would decide by his own feelings genuinely, and not by reflection upon what will probably be the judgment of others. How common is it to hear a person say, "I myself do not object to this style of composition or this or that expression, but to such and such classes of people it will appear mean or ludicrous." This mode of criticism, so destructive of all sound unadulterated judgment, is almost universal: I have therefore to request, that the Reader would abide independently by his own feelings, and that if he finds himself affected he would not suffer such conjectures to interfere with his pleasure."
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:20 am

''Europe has not yet learned how to be German, and I think we're gonna be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the peon society that it once was in the last century. Germans are going to be at the center of that. It's a huge transformation for Europe to make. Europe is now going into Germanic mode, and Germans will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role, and without that Germanic domination, Europe will not survive.''
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:33 pm

"When one tastes mead, drink just enough, for too much and you'll surely be sick / But since mead is everlasting life, and greatly rich and strong and sweet, it is all too often that 'too much' is 'never enough'...".

''I drink not for myself alone. For my dead and locked up comrades. For their suffering families. For my fucked up and destitute relatives. For those I have FAILED. I cannot weep, so I drink.''
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:43 am

Thomas Reid wrote:
In every chain of reasoning, the evidence of the last conclusion can be no greater than that of the weakest link of the chain, whatever may be the strength of the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:11 pm

Alfred Rosenberg's 'Memoirs' (1946): wrote:
History does not stand still. The forces of life and blood exist and will be effective. The very state that today charges us with crimes against humanity, the United States of America, ought to listen with particular attentiveness to the theories of race and heredity if it wishes to preserve its power. Fourteen million Negroes and mullattoes, four to five million Jews, the Japanese in the west, and the rest, are more than America can carry without endangering the heritage of her pioneers. But if the present generation fails to do something to elude the fate of someday having twenty-five million Negroes and mulattoes, ten million Jews and half-Jews in America, then a later generation will certainly be harsh in its judgment. The Americans will have to decide whether they want a white America or whether they want to make the choice of their President ever more a question of additional concessions toward mulattoisation. In the latter case, the United States of America, in a few centuries, will go the way of Greece and Rome; and the Catholic Church, which even today has black bishops, will be the pacemaker. The day will come when the grandchildren of the present generation will be ashamed of the fact that we have been accused as criminals for having harbored a most noble thought, simply because of its deterioration in times of war through unworthy orders.

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:38 am

Sallust wrote:
At this period the empire of Rome appears to me to have been in an extremely deplorable condition ; for though every nation, from the rising to the setting of the sun, lay in subjection to her arms, and though peace and prosperity, which mankind think the greatest blessings, were hers in abundance, there yet were found, among her citizens, men who were bent with obstinate determination, to plunge themselves and their country into ruin. [Conspiracy of Catiline, Ch. 36]
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:17 pm

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"We are close to waking up when we dream that we are dreaming." [Die Lehrlinge zu Sais]

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"ἐδιζησάμην ἐμεωυτόν." [Heraclitus]

"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. Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:19 pm

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"Whoever has thought most profoundly loves what is most vital."

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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. Wed May 11, 2016 9:05 am

"Not only is justice blind, it’s mindless and heartless." - Hannibal

I agree with blind and heartless... mindless, I'm not so sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed May 11, 2016 9:09 am

The processes of nature (natural selection) are just. They are mindless.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat May 28, 2016 9:13 pm

Vilfredo Pareto wrote:
Equality is related to the direct interests of individuals who are bent on escaping certain inequalities not in their favor, and setting up new inequalities that will be in their favor, this latter being their chief concern.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:07 am

Vespian wrote:
Vae, puto deus fio.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:58 am

Lucius wrote:
In these matters, remember that it is necessary diligently to shun this fauly, and to avoid it cautiously, as a most grievous error; the fault, namely, of supposing that all the parts of animals were formed with a view to the uses to which they have been adapted; lest you should suppose that the bright luminaries of the eye were produced that we may be able to see with them; and that the pillars of the legs and thighs, built upon the feet, were united for this purpose, that we might take long steps on the road; and, moreover, that the fore-arms fitted to the stout upper arms, and the hands ministering on either side, were given us that we might perform those offices which would be necessary for the support of life.

Other suppositions of this sort—whatever explanations men give— are all preposterous, reasoning being thus perverted. For nothing was produced in the body to the end that we might use it; but that which has been produced, being found serviceable for certain ends, begets use. Neither was the faculty of seeing in existence before the light of the eyes was made, nor that of speaking with words before the tongue was formed; but rather the origin of the tongue long preceded speech, and the ears were made long before any sound was heard; and, in fine, all members as I think, existed before there was any of them discovered. They could not, therefore, have been produced for the sake of being used. [The Nature of Things]
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:22 am

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Lucius wrote:
In these matters, remember that it is necessary diligently to shun this fauly, and to avoid it cautiously, as a most grievous error; the fault, namely, of supposing that all the parts of animals were formed with a view to the uses to which they have been adapted; lest you should suppose that the bright luminaries of the eye were produced that we may be able to see with them; and that the pillars of the legs and thighs, built upon the feet, were united for this purpose, that we might take long steps on the road; and, moreover, that the fore-arms fitted to the stout upper arms, and the hands ministering on either side, were given us that we might perform those offices which would be necessary for the support of life.

Other suppositions of this sort—whatever explanations men give— are all preposterous, reasoning being thus perverted. For nothing was produced in the body to the end that we might use it; but that which has been produced, being found serviceable for certain ends, begets use. Neither was the faculty of seeing in existence before the light of the eyes was made, nor that of speaking with words before the tongue was formed; but rather the origin of the tongue long preceded speech, and the ears were made long before any sound was heard; and, in fine, all members as I think, existed before there was any of them discovered. They could not, therefore, have been produced for the sake of being used. [The Nature of Things]


Nietzsche wrote:
"The utility of an organ does not explain its origin; on the contrary! For most of the time during which a property is forming it does not preserve the individual and is of no use to him, least of all in the struggle with external circumstances and enemies.
The individual itself as a struggle between parts (for food, space, etc.) : its evolution tied to the victory or predominance of individual parts, to an atrophy, a "becoming an organ" of other parts.

[T]he essential thing in the life process is precisely the tremendous shaping, form-creating force working from within which utilizes and exploits "external circumstances"- The new forms molded from within are not formed with an end in view; but in the struggle of the parts a new form is not left long without being related to a partial usefulness and then, according to its use, develops itself more and more completely." [WTP, 647]

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:54 pm

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I see with the artist’s eye and the paintings become my windows into their souls.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:00 pm

Lyssa wrote:
life at the impersonal level is essentially an experiment of forms - life trying to steady itself through various modes of being and expression
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:35 pm

Nietzsche wrote:
The Jews are the most remarkable nation of world history because, faced with the question of being or not being, they preferred... being at any price: the price they had to pay was the radical falsification of all nature, all naturalness, all reality, the entire inner world as well as the outer...
Considered psychologically, the Jewish nation is a nation of the toughest vital energy which... took the side of all décadence instincts—not as being dominated by them but because it divined in them a power by means of which one can prevail against ‘the world.’ The Jews are the counterparts of décadents: they have been compelled to act as décadents to the point of illusion...
[T]his kind of man has a life-interest in making mankind sick, and in inverting the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ ‘true’ and ‘false’ in a mortally dangerous and world-maligning sense. (sec. 24)

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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:49 pm

Isocrates wrote:
We should not call a city happy because it attracts masses of citizens from everywhere; a fortunate city is one in which the race of the original inhabitants is best preserved.

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Regard as your most faithful friends, not those who praise everything you say or do, but those who criticize your mistakes.

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And let no one suppose that I claim that just living can be taught for, in a word, I hold that there does not exist an art of the kind which can implant sobriety and justice into depraved natures. Nevertheless, I do think that the study of political discourse can help more than any other thing to stimulate and form such qualities of character.
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PostSubject: Re: Quotes, Excerpts, Anecdotes. Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:02 am

"Orthodoxy", by G.K Chesterton wrote:
When a religious scheme is shattered it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless. Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful.
C. S. Lewis wrote:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would 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.
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