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  • #1
    Marjane Satrapi
    “The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
    Are my trousers long enough?
    Is my veil in place?
    Can my make-up be seen?
    Are they going to whip me?

    No longer asks herself:
    Where is my freedom of thought?
    Where is my freedom of speech?
    My life, is it liveable?
    What's going on in the political prisons?”
    Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis

  • #2
    Neal Stephenson
    “By outward appearances, Cantabrigia Five was a video journalist. But it made sense that, in a world where no police or military action could be judged successful unless it looked good to ordinary persons watching it on video screens, she was also a general.”
    Neal Stephenson, Seveneves

  • #3
    Ozzie Zehner
    “Wind is renewable. Turbines are not.”
    Ozzie Zehner, Green Illusions

  • #4
    Stanisław Lem
    “When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy.”
    Stanislaw Lem

  • #5
    Stephen Hawking
    “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”
    Stephen Hawking

  • #6
    Winston S. Churchill
    “The truth deserves a bodyguard of lies.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #7
    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use
    “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #8
    John Steinbeck
    “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #9
    Jonathan Franzen
    “But the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.”
    Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

  • #10
    Noam Chomsky
    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”
    Noam Chomsky, The Common Good

  • #11
    Rahm Emanuel
    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.”
    Rahm Emanuel

  • #12
    Philip Roth
    “Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.”
    Philip Roth

  • #13
    John Wayne
    “The worst part of it has been, I think, the adverse effect on family life. It kills off family conversation. And it’s harder to get your children to read books. I became a confirmed reader when I was growing up in Glendale. I’ve loved reading all my life. Now I’ve got this daughter, Aissa, a very bright young lady -- but it is a hard job to get her to read. Television’s just too easy.”
    John Wayne

  • #14
    Neal Stephenson
    “Princess Nell had to reconstruct them, learning the language, which was extremely pithy and made heavy use of parentheses.”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age

  • #15
    “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

  • #16
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    “A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.”
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  • #17
    Arundhati Roy
    “It's being made out that the whole point of the war was to topple the Taliban regime and liberate Afghan women from their burqas, we are being asked to believe that the U.S. marines are actually on a feminist mission.”
    Arundhati Roy, Come September

  • #18
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Then Aragorn was abashed, for he saw the elven-light in her eyes and the wisdom of many days; yet from that hour he loved Arwen Undómiel daughter of Elrond.”
    Tolkien, J.R.R

  • #19
    Douglas Adams
    “Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe.”
    Douglas Adams

  • #20
    Nick Flynn
    “By the time I'm nine I know the world is a dangerous place.  I've heard whispers about razorblades in apples, about Charlie Manson and his family.  But no one is offering any clear information.”
    Nick Flynn
    tags: funny

  • #21
    “Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand.”
    Archibald Putt

  • #22
    Mary Beard
    “Caesar quoted in Greek two words from the Athenian comic playwright Menander: literally, in a phrase borrowed from gambling, ‘Let the dice be thrown.’ Despite the usual English translation – ‘The die is cast’, which again appears to hint at the irrevocable step being taken – Caesar’s Greek was much more an expression of uncertainty, a sense that everything now was in the lap of the gods. Let’s throw the dice in the air and see where they will fall! Who knows what will happen next?”
    Mary Beard, S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome

  • #23
    Peter Pomerantsev
    “There is a spate of prime-time documentaries about "psychological weapons." One is The Call of the Void. It features secret service men who inform the audience about the psychic weapons they have developed. The Russian military has "sleepers," psychics who can go into a trance and enter the world's collective uncounscious, its deeper soul, and from thence penetrate the minds of foreign statesmen to uncover their nefarious designs. One has entered the mind of the US president and then reconfigured the intentions of one of his advisers so that whatever hideous plan the US had hatched has failed to come off. The message is clear: if the secret services can see into the US president's mind, they could definitely see into yours; the state is everywhere, watching your every thought.”
    Peter Pomerantsev, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia

  • #24
    “Assisted by Samuel Collins, the tsar embarked on a series of scientific and alchemical experiments, to conduct which he imported a range of new devices – phials, metals, lenses and measuring instruments – from the German lands. These were exotica in their own right, and since they had no native Russian names, many were called by their original German ones, beginning a long tradition of importing German scientific terms into the Russian language.”
    Catherine Merridale, Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin

  • #25
    Jerome K. Jerome
    “It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.”
    Jerome K. Jerome

  • #26
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.”
    Vladimir Nabokov

  • #27
    Gary Shteyngart
    “Being a full prof at the University of Texas at El Paso meant living like a managing director at Barclays. Barry had always wondered why people who were just upper-middle class in New York chose to stay there, given that they could live like minor dictators in the rest of the country. “You’re negative arbing yourself,” he used to say.”
    Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success