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  • #1
    George Orwell
    “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #2
    Michael Ondaatje
    “We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

    I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
    Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

  • #3
    Chalmers Johnson
    “History teaches us that the capacity for things to get worse is limitless.”
    Chalmers Johnson

  • #5
    Albert Camus
    “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
    Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
    Walk beside me… just be my friend”
    Albert Camus

  • #6
    Charles Darwin
    “Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
    Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

  • #7
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #9
    James Bovard
    “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”
    James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty

  • #10
    Herman Melville
    “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”
    Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

  • #11
    Gertrude Stein
    “We are always the same age inside. ”
    Gertrude Stein

  • #12
    Bill McKibben
    “There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it's not really there.”
    Bill McKibben, The End of Nature

  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce.”
    Mark Twain

  • #14
    Michael Pollan
    “Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.”
    Michael Pollan

  • #15
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea. Let us sing when we can, and forget the rest..”
    H.P. Lovecraft

  • #16
    Gore Vidal
    “To a born-again atheist like myself, it is clear that each of us has multiple selves, talents, perceptions. But to the Roman Catholic, unity is all.”
    Gore Vidal, At Home: Essays 1982-1988

  • #17
    Michael Chabon
    “Every generation loses the Messiah it has failed to deserve.”
    Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union

  • #18
    Oliver Sacks
    “My religion is nature. That’s what arouses those feelings of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.”
    Oliver Sacks

  • #19
    Albert Camus
    “If there were a party of those who aren't sure they're right, I'd belong to it.
    ~(Camus, as quoted by Tony Judt)
    Albert Camus

  • #20
    Howard Zinn
    “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #21
    Tina Fey
    “And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course —those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff, But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.”
    Tina Fey

  • #22
    E.E. Cummings
    “i like my body when it is with your
    body. It is so quite new a thing.
    Muscles better and nerves more.
    i like your body. i like what it does,
    i like its hows. i like to feel the spine
    of your body and its bones, and the trembling
    -firm-smooth ness and which i will
    again and again and again
    kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
    i like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz
    of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes
    over parting flesh ... And eyes big love-crumbs,

    and possibly i like the thrill

    of under me you so quite new.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #23
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
    Søren Kierkegaard

  • #24
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #25
    Allan Bloom
    “The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is.”
    Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

  • #26
    Nicole Krauss
    “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

  • #27
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline
    “If you aren't rich you should always look useful.”
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

  • #28
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #29
    Bill McKibben
    “TV makes it so easy to postpone living for another half hour.”
    Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information

  • #30
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #31
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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