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If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all.

We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquility.
The consistent anarchist should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a vanguard party, or a State bureaucracy.
The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.
I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.
I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. (III.i.49�61) The Merchant of Venice
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god -- the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!
Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.
As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.
What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
The rebel can never find peace. He knows what is good and, despite himself, does evil. The value which supports him is never given to him once and for all -- he must fight to uphold it, unceasingly.
I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion.
Youre required to fight the government since they are not obeying the laws of the constitution and it says in the constitution to fight them if they are not.
The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it -- and sometimes three.
To be in a world which is a hell, to be of that world and neither to believe in or guess at anything but that world is not merely hell but the only possible damnation: the act of a man damning himself. It may be -- I hope it is -- redemption to guess and perhaps perceive that the universe, the hell which we see for all its beauty, vastness, majesty, is only part of a whole which is quite unimaginable.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
No such thing as a man willing to be honest --that would be like a blind man willing to see.
This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
The fact that you are willing to say, I do not understand, and it is fine, is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is the quiet acceptance of what is.
Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.
There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.
Self-actualized people are independent of the good opinion of others.
Softly and kindly remind yourself, I cannot own anything. It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.
You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.
Every man is his own chief enemy.
Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.
Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, but the one most responsive to change.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.
I don't have to have faith, I have experience.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.
The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.
Fear is the foundation of most government.
Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit -- Life!
Assent -- and you are sane -- , demur -- you're straightway dangerous -- , and handled with a Chain -- .
The most exquisite paradox as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm -- as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself.
Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.

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