Connexions Quotations

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The past is never dead, it’s not even past.
- William Faulkner


Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will
- Romain Rolland


A philosopher produces ideas, a poet poems, a clergyman sermons, a professor compendia and so on. A criminal produces crimes. If we take a closer look at the connection between this latter branch of production and society as a whole, we shall rid ourselves of many prejudices. The criminal produces not only crimes but also criminal law, and with this also the professor who gives lectures on criminal law and in addition to this the inevitable compendium in which this same professor throws his lectures onto the general market as “commodities”.
- Karl Marx
  Theories of Surplus Value


The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
- Karl Marx


Please don’t believe
The use of force
Is how we change the social course;
The use of force
You surely know
Is how we keep the status quo.
- John Rooke


Power to the imagination.
- Graffiti, Paris May 1968


The press lies continually and has to deny even any consciousness of lying, and must cast off all shame.
- Karl Marx


Private enterprise ideology falls on us, day and night, like acid rain.
- Herschel Hardin


The problem with leaderless uprisings taking over is that you don’t always know what you get at the other end. If you are not careful you could replace a bad government with one much worse!
- Chinua Achebe


Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. They tend always to narrow the ground of judgment. But amateur standards, the standards of love, are always straining upward toward the humble and the best. They enlarge the ground of judgment. The context of love is the world.
- Wendell Berry


Proletarian revolutions ... criticize themselves constantly, interrupt themselves continually in their own course, come back to the apparently accomplished in order to begin it afresh, deride with unmerciful thoroughness the inadequacies, weaknesses and paltrinesses of their first attempts, seem to throw down their adversary only in order that he may draw new strength from the earth and rise again more gigantic before them, recoil ever and anon from the indefinite prodigiousness of their own aims, until the situation has been created which makes all turning back impossible, and the conditions themselves cry out...

Karl Marx, 1851


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