Connexions Quotations

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Nationalism is an infantile disease, it is the measles of mankind.
- Albert Einstein


The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
- George Orwell


The nationality question... cannot be settled by the use of some vague cliché, even such a fine-sounding formula as “the right of all nations to self-determination”. For such a formula expresses either absolutely nothing, so that it is an empty, noncommittal phrase, or else it expresses the unconditional duty of socialists to support all national aspirations, in which case it is simply false.
- Rosa Luxemburg


The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
- Samuel Johnson


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


Neoliberal house of horrors
If Hitchcock had made a film about neoliberal economics, the Chicago School of Economics would be the Bates Motel, Milton Friedman would be the demented proprietor, and Friedrich Hayek would be the dead mother in the attic.
- Ulli Diemer


Never impose your language on people you wish to reach. - Abbie Hoffman
- Abbie Hoffman


The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it.
- Samuel Johnson


A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus


Nine-tenths of the activities of a modern Government are harmful; therefore the worse they are performed, the better.
- Bertrand Russell


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse


“No, I won’t.”
Bertrand Russell's reply to the magistrate who asked him whether he would pledge himself to "good behaviour" in the future, after Russell had been arrested at an anti-nuclear sit-in in September 1961. As a result of his refusal, Russell, 89 years old at the time, was sent to jail.


No legacy is so rich as honesty.
- William Shakespeare


No person combats freedom; at most they combat the freedom of others. Hence every kind of freedom has always existed, only at one time as a special privilege, at another as a universal right.
- Karl Marx


No rules, however wise, are a substitute for affection and tact.
- Bertrand Russell


Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
- Hegel


Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.
- Stephen Jay Gould


Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein


Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci


The notion of giving offence suggests that certain beliefs are so important or valuable to certain people that they should be put beyond the possibility of being insulted, or caricatured or even questioned. The importance of the principle of free speech is precisely that it provides a permanent challenge to the idea that some questions are beyond contention, and hence acts as a permanent challenge to authority. This is why free speech is essential not simply to the practice of democracy, but to the aspirations of those groups who may have been failed by the formal democratic processes. The real value of free speech, in other words, is not to those who possess power, but to those who want to challenge them. And the real value of censorship is to those who do not wish their authority to be challenged.
- Kenan Malik


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