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  • #1
    George Orwell
    “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #2
    Ernesto Sabato
    “A veces creo que nada tiene sentido. En un planeta minúsculo, que corre hacia la nada desde millones de años, nacemos en medio de dolores, crecemos, luchamos, nos enfermamos, sufrimos, hacemos sufrir, gritamos, morimos, mueren y otros están naciendo para volver a empezar la comedia inútil.”
    Ernesto Sábato, El túnel

  • #3
    David Foster Wallace
    “The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #4
    Peter  May
    “Tri rudan a thig gun iarraidh: an t-eagal, an t-eudach’s an gaol. (Three things that come without asking: fear, love and jealousy.)”
    Peter May, The Blackhouse

  • #5
    Andrea Wulf
    “Humboldt ‘read’ plants as others did books – and to him they revealed a global force behind nature, the movements of civilizations as well as of landmass. No one had ever approached botany in this way.”
    Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

  • #6
    Andrea Wulf
    “The effects of the human species’ intervention were already ‘incalculable’, Humboldt insisted, and could become catastrophic if they continued to disturb the world so ‘brutally’. Humboldt would see again and again how humankind unsettled the balance of nature.”
    Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

  • #7
    John Muir
    “The sun shines not on us but in us.”
    John Muir

  • #8
    John Muir
    “The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.”
    John Muir, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf

  • #9
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Things do not change; we change.”
    henry david thoreau, Walden

  • #10
    Shannon L. Alder
    “Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.”
    Shannon L. Alder

  • #11
    Marguerite Yourcenar
    “The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.”
    Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian

  • #12
    Marguerite Yourcenar
    “Our great mistake is to try to exact from each person virtues which he does not possess, and to neglect the cultivation of those which he has.”
    Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian

  • #13
    Heinrich Böll
    “I don't trust Catholics," I said, "because they take advantage of you."
    "And Protestants?" he asked with a laugh.
    "I loathe the way they fumble around with their consciences."
    "And atheists?" He was still laughing.
    "They bore me because all they ever talk about is God.”
    Heinrich Böll, The Clown

  • #14
    Heinrich Böll
    “A family without a black sheep is not a typical family.”
    Heinrich Böll

  • #15
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #16
    Lord Byron
    “There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.”
    George Gordon Byron

  • #17
    Lord Byron
    “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society, where none intrudes,
    By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
    I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
    From these our interviews, in which I steal
    From all I may be, or have been before,
    To mingle with the Universe, and feel
    What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
    Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

  • #18
    George Orwell
    “The mistake you make, don't you see,is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You're trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can't. One's got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can't put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning.”
    George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • #19
    Siddhartha Mukherjee
    “Freaks become norms, and norms become extinct. Monster by monster, evolution advanced”
    Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History

  • #20
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
    Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

  • #21
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him?

    No, thank you,' he will think. 'Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy.”
    Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

  • #22
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “At the beginning of human history, man lost some of the basic animal instincts in which an animal's behavior is embedded and by which it is secured. Such security, like paradise, is closed to man forever; man has to make choices. In addition to this, however, man has suffered another loss in his more recent development inasmuch as the traditions which buttressed his behavior are now rapidly diminishing. No instinct tells him what he has to do, and no tradition tells him what he ought to do; sometimes he does not even know what he wishes to do. Instead, he either wishes to do what other people do (conformism) or he does what other people tell him to do (totalitarianism).”
    Viktor Emil Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

  • #23
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.”
    Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

  • #24
    “Einstein has put an end to this isolation; it is now well established that gravitation affects not only matter, but also light.”
    Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, The Einstein Theory of Relativity A Concise Statement

  • #25
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #26
    John  Williams
    “That is the very best time of life, he thought again: when you are very young, when living is a simple, perfect succession of golden days.”
    John Williams, Nothing But the Night

  • #27
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
    Friedrich Nietzsche