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  • #1
    Tony Judt
    “Undergraduates today can select from a swathe of identity studies.... The shortcoming of all these para-academic programs is not that they concentrate on a given ethnic or geographical minority; it is that they encourage members of that minority to study themselves - thereby simultaneously negating the goals of a liberal education and reinforcing the sectarian and ghetto mentalities they purport to undermine.”
    Tony Judt, The Memory Chalet

  • #2
    Christopher Hitchens
    “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #3
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.”
    Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #4
    Christopher Hitchens
    “[E]xceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.”
    Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #5
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”
    Christopher Hitchens, god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

  • #6
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The struggle for a free intelligence has always been a struggle between the ironic and the literal mind.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #7
    Shelby Foote
    “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”
    Shelby Foote

  • #8
    George Orwell
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #9
    George Orwell
    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
    George Orwell

  • #10
    George Orwell
    “Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”
    George Orwell

  • #11
    George Orwell
    “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
    George Orwell

  • #12
    George Orwell
    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
    George Orwell

  • #13
    George Orwell
    “Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #14
    George Orwell
    “Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.”
    George Orwell

  • #15
    George Orwell
    “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”
    George Orwell

  • #16
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #17
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #18
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #19
    I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #20
    Mark Twain
    “′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don't read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #21
    Erasmus
    “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
    Erasmus

  • #22
    Thomas Jefferson
    “I cannot live without books.”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #23
    Bertrand Russell
    “There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #24
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
    Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

  • #25
    Oscar Wilde
    “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #26
    Stephen King
    “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
    Stephen King

  • #27
    Stephen King
    “When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.”
    Stephen King, Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

  • #28
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #29
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Siempre imaginé que el Paraíso sería algún tipo de biblioteca.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #30
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “The original is unfaithful to the translation.”
    Jorge Luis Borges
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