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  • #1
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.

    Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.

    But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many--perhaps most--of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven--or hell.

    How many of those potential heavens and hells are now inhabited, and by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest is a million times farther away than Mars or Venus, those still remote goals of the next generation. But the barriers of distance are crumbling; one day we shall meet our equals, or our masters, among the stars.

    Men have been slow to face this prospect; some still hope that it may never become reality. Increasing numbers, however are asking; 'Why have such meetings not occurred already, since we ourselves are about to venture into space?'

    Why not, indeed? Here is one possible answer to that very reasonable question. But please remember: this is only a work of fiction.

    The truth, as always, will be far stranger.”
    Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey


  • #2
    Howard Zinn
    “Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #3
    Howard Zinn
    “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
    Howard Zinn


  • #4
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #5
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #6
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  • #7
    Albert Camus
    “Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
    Albert Camus


  • #8
    Albert Camus
    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
    Albert Camus


  • #9
    Fernando Pessoa
    “There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet


  • #10
    Franz Kafka
    “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
    Franz Kafka


  • #11
    Ernest Becker
    “The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there.”
    Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death


  • #12
    Ernest Becker
    “What does it mean to be a self-conscious animal? The idea is ludicrous, if it is not monstrous. It means to know that one is food for worms.”
    Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death


  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #14
    Eduardo Galeano
    “In 1492, the natives discovered they were indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be burnt alive who worships the Sun the Moon the Earth and the Rain that wets it.”
    Eduardo Galeano, Los hijos de los días


  • #15
    Pyotr Kropotkin
    “Prisons are universities of crime, maintained by the state.”
    Pyotr Kropotkin, In Russian and French Prisons


  • #16
    Christopher McCandless
    “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
    Christopher McCandless


  • #17
    Christopher McCandless
    “Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, 'cause "the West is the best." And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.

    --Alexander Supertramp, May 1992”
    Christopher McCandless


  • #18
    Vandana Shiva
    “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to
    remember that the planet is carrying you.”
    Vandana Shiva


  • #19
    Frank Zappa
    “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #20
    Frank Zappa
    “Nobody looks good with brown lipstick on.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #21
    Frank Zappa
    “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”
    Frank Zappa, Real Frank Zappa Book


  • #22
    Frank Zappa
    “Definition of rock journalism: People who can't write, doing interviews with people who can't think, in order to prepare articles for people who can't read.”
    Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book


  • #23
    Frank Zappa
    “A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.”
    Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book


  • #24
    Frank Zappa
    “Music is the only religion that delivers the goods.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #25
    Margaret Atwood
    “The trickle-down theory of economics has it that it's good for rich people to get even richer because some of their wealth will trickle own, through their no doubt lavish spending, upon those who stand below them on the economic ladder. Notice that the metaphor is not that of a gushing waterfall but of a leaking tap: even the most optimistic endorsers of this concept do not picture very much real flow, as their language reveals" pg. 102.”
    Margaret Atwood, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth


  • #26
    Joseph Heller
    “-You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You're dangerous and depraved, and you ought to be taken outside and shot!”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22


  • #27
    Simone Weil
    “Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
    Simone Weil


  • #28
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower


  • #29
    George Bernard Shaw
    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?”
    George Bernard Shaw




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