Connexions Quotations

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The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
- Bertrand Russell


The fallacy of national ‘self-determination’ The hidden meaning, the real essence, of the slogan ‘the right to self-determination’, is the belief that it is neither possible or desirable for two or more ethnic or language groups to live together in one country. I cannot imagine a more pessimistic and less socialist point of view.
- Ulli Diemer


Far from according respect, the multiculturalist censor treats people not as autonomous beings but as incapable victims needing special protection. The result is an auction of victimhood as every group attempts to outbid all others as the one feeling most offended.
- Kenan Malik


The first casualty of war is truth.
- Rudyard Kipling


First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
- Bertrand Russell


The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
- Barry Commoner


First they arrested the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat, so I did nothing. Then they arrested the trade unionists and I did nothing because I was not one. And then they came for the Jews and Catholics, but I was neither a Jew nor a Catholic and I did nothing. At last they came and arrested me, and there was no one left do anything about it.
- Pastor Martin Niemoller


For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.
- Karl Marx


For nearly 40 years we have raised to prominence the idea of the class struggle as the immediate driving force of history, and particularly the class struggle between bourgeois and the proletariat as the great lever of the modern social revolution; ... At the founding of the International, we expressly formulated the battle cry: The emancipation of the working class must be the work of the working class itself.
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels


A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad.
- Albert Camus


Free trade is fine for economics departments and newspaper editorials, but nobody in the corporate world or the government takes the doctrines seriously. The parts of the U.S. economy that are able to compete internationally are primarily the state-subsidized ones: capital-intensive agriculture (agribusiness, as it’s called), high-tech industry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, etc.
- Noam Chomsky


Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
- George Orwell


Freedom only for supporters of the government, only for the members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Not because of any fanatical concept of “justice” but because all that is instructive, wholesome and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effectiveness vanishes when “freedom” becomes a special privilege.
- Rosa Luxemburg


From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs.
- Karl Marx


A fundamental fallacy is the belief that because something is bad, or appears to some to be bad, it ought to be banned.
- Ulli Diemer


The fundamental job of the imagination in ordinary life, then, is to produce, out of the society we have to live in, a vision of the society we want to live in.
- Northrop Frye


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