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  • #1
    “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
    Voltaire, Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede, Professeur de Théologie à Genève, par un Proposant: Ou Extrait de Diverses Lettres de M. de Voltaire

  • #2
    Blaise Pascal
    “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of... We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart." - Blaise Pascal”
    Blaise Pascal

  • #3
    Ken Kesey
    “All I know is this: nobody's very big in the first place, and it looks to me like everybody spends their whole life tearing everybody else down.”
    Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • #4
    Gustave Le Bon
    “Crowds exhibit a docile respect for force, And are but slightly impressed by kindness, Which for them is scarcely other than a form of weakness. Their sympathies have never been bestowed upon easy going masters, but the tyrants who vigorously oppressed them. It is to these latter that they always erect the loftiest statues. It is true that they willingly trample on the despot whom they have stripped of his power, but it is because having lost his power he resumes his place among the feeble who are to be despised because they are not to be feared. The type of hero dear to a crowd will always have the semblance of a Caesar, His insignia attract them, His authority overawes them, and his sword instils them with fear.”
    Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
    tags: power

  • #5
    Gustave Le Bon
    “Words whose sense is the most ill-defined are sometimes those that possess the most influence. Such, for example, are the terms democracy, socialism, equality, liberty, &c., whose meaning is so vague that bulky volumes do not suffice to precisely fix it. Yet it is certain that a truly magical power is attached to those short syllables, as if they contained the solution of all problems.”
    Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

  • #6
    Gustave Le Bon
    “Isolated, he may be a cultivated individual; in a crowd, he is a barbarian—that is, a creature acting by instinct.”
    Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd; study of the popular mind

  • #7
    George Bernard Shaw
    “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska the Bolshevik Empress

  • #8
    “Besides, since impotency in this act is sometimes due to coldness of nature, or some natural defect, it is asked how it is possible to distinguish whether it is due to witchcraft of not. Hostiensis gives the answer in his Summa (but this must not be publicly preached): When the member is in no way stirred, and can never perform the act of coition, this is a sign of frigidity of nature; but when it is stirred and becomes erect, but yet cannot perform, it is a sign of witchcraft.”
    Heinrich Kramer, Malleus Maleficarum

  • #9
    Taslima Nasrin
    “Let humanity be the other name for religion.”
    Taslima Nasrin, Lajja

  • #10
    Taslima Nasrin
    “Jonathan Swift: ‘We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
    Taslima Nasrin, Lajja

  • #11
    Taslima Nasrin
    “It is said that peace is the basic tenet of all religion. Yet it is in the name of religion that there has been so much disturbance, bloodshed and persecution. It is indeed a pity that even at the close of the twentieth century we've had to witness such atrocities because of religion. Flying the flag of religion has always proved the easiest way to crush to nothingness human beings as well as the spirit of humanity.”
    Taslima Nasrin, Lajja: Shame

  • #12
    Taslima Nasrin
    “It's foolish to confront a weapon with bare hands.”
    Taslima Nasrin

  • #13
    “Nothing is written.”
    Lawrence of Arabia