Connexions Quotations

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Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn’t know you left open.
- John Barrymore

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
- Muhammed Ali

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
- Thomas Paine

He who would do good to another, must do it in Minute Particulars, General Good is the plea of the scoundrel hypocrite & flatterer.
- William Blake

Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
- Karl Marx

Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.
- Studs Terkel

History advances wearing a mask.
- G.W.F. Hegel

History does nothing, it “possesses no immense wealth”, it “wages no battles”. It is human beings, real, living human beings who do all that, who possess and fight; “history” is not, as it were, a person apart, using human beings as a means to achieve its own aims; history is nothing but the activity of human beings pursuing their aims.
- Karl Marx

History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.
- Howard Zinn

History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories - triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally – has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.
- Grace Lee Boggs

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.
- Emily Dickinson

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante

How can a government, entrusted with the safety and health of its people, conscientiously barter away in the name of an economic idea that people’s ability to feed itself? And if people lose their ability to feed themselves, how can they be said to be free?
- Wendell Berry

How come you don’t work fourteen hours a day? Your great-great-grandparents did. How come you only work the eight-hour day? Four guys got hanged fighting for the eight-hour day for you.
- Studs Terkel

How sour and bitter most left writing on culture has become. Sometimes it sounds as if culture were just one more Department of Exploitation and Oppression, containing nothing luminous or valuable in itself. At other times, it sounds as if people’s minds were empty vessels with nothing inside except what Capital put there. Read, or try to read, a few articles on “hegemonic/counterhegemonic discourse.” The way these guys write, it’s as if the world has passed them by.
- Marshall Berman
  Adventures in Marxism

The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society. Production by an isolated individual outside society ... is as much of an absurdity as is the development of language without individuals living together and talking to each other.
- Karl Marx

Human beings make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like an nightmare on the brains of the living.
- Karl Marx
  Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

A human’s best chance for something approximating life everlasting lies in the memory of others.
- William Least Heat-Moon

Humans merely share the earth. We can only protect the land, not own it.
- Chief Seattle (Si'ahl)

We’re going to fight racism not with racism, we’re going to fight it with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with Black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.
- Fred Hampton

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