Childhood is the most vile and abject state of human nature, after that of death. Advertisements Continue reading Pierre de Bérulle (1575-1629), on Childhood ::
What is this formidable Roman army? … [T]he only bond of union among them is fear. And whenever terror ceases to work upon the minds of that mixed multitude, they who now fear, will then hate their tyrannical master. Continue reading Calgacus, of the Caledonian Army (??-84), on Tyranny ::
What is the giving up of life, to a noble soul, or to ten thousand noble souls, compared with the giving up of fifteen dollars out of the greedy grip of the meanest white man that ever lived on the face of the Earth? Continue reading Mark Twain (1835-1910), on Moral Relativity ::
For man sometimes loves suffering terribly much, to the point of passion, and that is a fact. Here there’s not even any need to consult world history; just ask yourself, if you’re a human being and have had any life at all. As for my personal opinion, to love just well-being alone is even somehow indecent. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s sometimes also very … Continue reading Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) ::
Never think that war, no matter how necessary or justifiable, is not a crime. Continue reading Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) ::
…if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and pleasure/ Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor/ Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
To not know what came before you is to forever be a child. Continue reading Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) ::
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
MARK TWAIN (1985-1910)