Connexions Quotations

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The law, in all its magnificent equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, or the steal bread.
- Anatole France


The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don’t understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
- Bertolt Brecht


A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.
- Vito Corleone, in The Godfather, by Mario Puzo


The left has always been attracted to the state the way a moth is attracted to a flame, and the darker it gets, the more it is attracted to statist and nationalist illusions.
- Ulli Diemer


The Left has engaged in the futile pursuit of “moving the NDP to the left” since 1933, achieving pretty much the same result as a dog chasing its tail.
- Ulli Diemer


Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.
- Jesus


Let thy speech be short, comprehending much in few words.
- Ecclesiastes


Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge. Each victory, it is true, in the first place brings about the results we expected, but in the second and third places it is quite different, unforeseen effects which only too often cancel the first.
- Friedrich Engels


Liberal: a power worshipper without power.
- George Orwell


A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies.
- Tennyson


Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
- John Lennon


The line that connects the bombing of civilian populations to the mountain removed by strip mining ... to the tortured prisoner seems to run pretty straight. We’re living, it seems, in the culmination of a long warfare – warfare against human beings, other creatures and the Earth itself.
- Wendell Berry


Live as though you are going to die tomorrow; read as though you are going to live forever.
- Erasmus


The long memory is the most radical idea in America. That long memory has been taken away from us. You haven’t gotten it in your schools. You’re not getting it on your television. You’re being leapfrogged from one crisis to the next. Mass media contributed to that by taking the great movements that we’ve been through and trivializing important events. No, our people’s history is like one long river. It flows down from way over there. And everything that those people did and everything they lived flows down to me, and I can reach down and take out what I need, if I have the courage to go out and ask questions.
- Utah Phillips


The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
- Kahlil Gibran


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