Connexions Quotations

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The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
- Bertrand Russell


The shadow which haunts the power structure is the danger that those who are controlled will come to realize that they are powerless only so long as they think they are. Once people stop believing they are powerless, then the whole edifice which they support is in danger of collapse.
- Ulli Diemer


Since it is not for us to create a plan for the future that will hold for all time, all the more surely what we contemporaries have to do is the uncompromising critical evaluation of all that exists, uncompromising in the sense that our criticism fears neither its own results nor the conflict with the powers that be.
- Karl Marx


Since the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely and with less danger scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all manner of tractates and hearing all manner of reason? And this is the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read.
- John Milton


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Amelia Earhart


So please, my American friends, don’t let your political leaders and the establishment fool you into believing the slogan, “They hate us (Americans) because they envy our freedom.” You have precious little freedom left anyway, but you are hated not for the freedom your parents once had, you are hated because you are denying us our freedom.
- Shaukat Qadir


So-called ‘liberal democracy’ has become a lethal shield that protects capitalism from the threat of proper democracy.
- David Cromwell and David Edwards, MediaLens.org


The social transformation we are working for is a long revolution – a process that requires the efforts of generations of activists.
- Ulli Diemer


Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.
- Marx, The Grundrisse (1857)


Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
H.D. Thoreau


Some want a full censorship, others a half censorship; some want three-eighths freedom of the press, others none at all. God save me from my friends!
- Karl Marx


Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


The struggle of humanity against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
- Milan Kundera


Struggles for justice are not a fringe phenomenon. They are a force that has changed the world, that can change the world, and that will change the world.
- Ulli Diemer


Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It


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