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  • #1
    Garrison Keillor
    “Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.”
    Garrison Keillor

  • #2
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
    Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • #3
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”
    Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

  • #4
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #5
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #6
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #7
    Aldous Huxley
    “But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.'

    'In fact,' said Mustapha Mond, 'you're claiming the right to be unhappy.'

    'All right then,' said the Savage defiantly, 'I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.'

    'Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.' There was a long silence.

    'I claim them all,' said the Savage at last.

    Mustapha Mond shrugged his shoulders. 'You're welcome," he said.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #8
    Ray Bradbury
    “You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #9
    Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    “To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."
    General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.”
    Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

  • #10
    Groucho Marx
    “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
    Groucho Marx



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