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  • #1
    Frantz Fanon
    “The basic confrontation which seemed to be colonialism versus anti-colonialism, indeed capitalism versus socialism, is already losing its importance. What matters today, the issue which blocks the horizon, is the need for a redistribution of wealth. Humanity will have to address this question, no matter how devastating the consequences may be.”
    Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

  • #2
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “One's very own free, unfettered desire, one's own whim, no matter how wild, one's own fantasy, even though sometimes roused to the point of madness-all this constitutes precisely that previously omitted, most advantageous advantage which isn't included under any classification and because of which all systems and theories are constantly smashed to smithereens.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

  • #3
    Arundhati Roy
    “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

  • #4
    George Gordon Byron
    “Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.”
    George Gordon Byron

  • #5
    Henry James
    “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
    Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
    tags: tea

  • #6
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

  • #7
    William Shakespeare
    “LUCIUS. Art thou not sorry for these heinous deeds?

    AARON. Ay, that I had not done a thousand more.
    Even now I curse the day- and yet, I think,
    Few come within the compass of my curse-
    Wherein I did not some notorious ill;
    As kill a man, or else devise his death;
    Ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it;
    Accuse some innocent, and forswear myself;
    Set deadly enmity between two friends;
    Make poor men's cattle break their necks;
    Set fire on barns and hay-stacks in the night,
    And bid the owners quench them with their tears.
    Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves,
    And set them upright at their dear friends' door
    Even when their sorrows almost was forgot,
    And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,
    Have with my knife carved in Roman letters
    'Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.'
    Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things
    As willingly as one would kill a fly;
    And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
    But that I cannot do ten thousand more.”
    William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus

  • #8
    Frantz Fanon
    “Violence is man re-creating himself. ”
    Frantz Fanon

  • #9
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #10
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile or On Education

  • #11
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • #12
    Karl Marx
    Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.”
    Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

  • #13
    Karl Marx
    “To be radical is to grasp things by the root.”
    Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

  • #14
    Karl Marx
    “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.”
    Karl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

  • #15
    Elie Wiesel
    “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
    Elie Wiesel

  • #16
    Bertrand Russell
    “To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.”
    Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy

  • #17
    Michel Foucault
    “People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”
    Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

  • #18
    George Orwell
    “For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?”
    George Orwell, 1984

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • #20
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #21
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “And the more I drink the more I feel it. That's why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink.... I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #22
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “This pleasure comes precisely from the sharpest awareness of your own degradation; from the knowledge that you have gone to the utmost limit; that it is despicable, yet cannot be otherwise; that you no longer have any way out; that you will never become a different man.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • #23
    “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    Narcotics Anonymous

  • #24
    Albert Einstein
    “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #25
    Bob Marley
    “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
    Bob Marley

  • #26
    Bob Marley
    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
    Bob Marley

  • #27
    Bertrand Russell
    “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”
    Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

  • #28
    James Madison
    “The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”
    James Madison

  • #29
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    Mark Twain

  • #30
    Jean Baudrillard
    “The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters—there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void.... That’s why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.”
    Jean Baudrillard

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