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  • #301
    Jon Stewart
    “If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American -- our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.”
    Jon Stewart

  • #302
    Noam Chomsky
    “If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #303
    Aldous Huxley
    “But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #304
    Salman Rushdie
    “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
    Salman Rushdie

  • #305
    Theodore Roosevelt
    “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

  • #306
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #307
    Jim Morrison
    “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.”
    Jim Morrison

  • #308
    John Steinbeck
    “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #309
    “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
    John Philpot Curran

  • #310
    Malcolm X
    “If you're not ready to die for it, take the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.”
    Malcolm X

  • #311
    Albert Einstein
    “Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #312
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #313
    “On Writing: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays

    1. A beginning ends what an end begins.

    2. The despair of the blank page: it is so full.

    3. In the head Art’s not democratic. I wait a long time to be a writer good enough even for myself.

    4. The best time is stolen time.

    5. All work is the avoidance of harder work.

    6. When I am trying to write I turn on music so I can hear what is keeping me from hearing.

    7. I envy music for being beyond words. But then, every word is beyond music.

    8. Why would we write if we’d already heard what we wanted to hear?

    9. The poem in the quarterly is sure to fail within two lines: flaccid, rhythmless, hopelessly dutiful. But I read poets from strange languages with freedom and pleasure because I can believe in all that has been lost in translation. Though all works, all acts, all languages are already translation.

    10. Writer: how books read each other.

    11. Idolaters of the great need to believe that what they love cannot fail them, adorers of camp, kitsch, trash that they cannot fail what they love.

    12. If I didn’t spend so much time writing, I’d know a lot more. But I wouldn’t know anything.

    13. If you’re Larkin or Bishop, one book a decade is enough. If you’re not? More than enough.

    14. Writing is like washing windows in the sun. With every attempt to perfect clarity you make a new smear.

    15. There are silences harder to take back than words.

    16. Opacity gives way. Transparency is the mystery.

    17. I need a much greater vocabulary to talk to you than to talk to myself.

    18. Only half of writing is saying what you mean. The other half is preventing people from reading what they expected you to mean.

    19. Believe stupid praise, deserve stupid criticism.

    20. Writing a book is like doing a huge jigsaw puzzle, unendurably slow at first, almost self-propelled at the end. Actually, it’s more like doing a puzzle from a box in which several puzzles have been mixed. Starting out, you can’t tell whether a piece belongs to the puzzle at hand, or one you’ve already done, or will do in ten years, or will never do.

    21. Minds go from intuition to articulation to self-defense, which is what they die of.

    22. The dead are still writing. Every morning, somewhere, is a line, a passage, a whole book you are sure wasn’t there yesterday.

    23. To feel an end is to discover that there had been a beginning. A parenthesis closes that we hadn’t realized was open).

    24. There, all along, was what you wanted to say. But this is not what you wanted, is it, to have said it?”
    James Richardson

  • #314
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “My dear friend, what is this our life? A boat that swims in the sea, and all one knows for certain about it is that one day it will capsize. Here we are, two good old boats that have been faithful neighbors, and above all your hand has done its best to keep me from "capsizing"! Let us then continue our voyage—each for the other's sake, for a long time yet, a long time! We should miss each other so much! Tolerably calm seas and good winds and above all sun—what I wish for myself, I wish for you, too, and am sorry that my gratitude can find expression only in such a wish and has no influence at all on wind or weather!”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #315
    Sun Tzu
    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
    Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  • #316
    Sun Tzu
    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
    Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  • #317
    Benjamin Franklin
    “Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  • #318
    Nicholas Sparks
    “you have to love something before you can hate it.”
    Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

  • #319
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #320
    Herbert Hoover
    “Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.”
    Herbert Hoover

  • #321
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I write nothing for publication, and last of all things should it be on the subject of religion. On the dogmas of religion as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarrelling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Were I to enter on that arena, I should only add an unit to the number of Bedlamites.

    [Letter to Mathew Carey, 11 November 1816]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #322
    George S. Patton Jr.
    “Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself and to American tradition.”
    George S. Patton Jr.

  • #323
    Nelson Mandela
    “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
    Nelson Mandela

  • #324
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #325
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #326
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #327
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #328
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #329
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #330
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation