Fear and Rage - Quotes
I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose.
Where it is duty to worship the sun, it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
What is to give light must endure burning.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
The truth shall make you free, but first it shall piss you off.
The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen. Or maybe one that wasn't going to happen, does.
Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great...
He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born to die, and reasoning but to err.
Cogita tute - think for yourself.
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
A political convention is after all not a meeting of a corporation's board of directors; it is a fiesta, a carnival, a pig-rooting, horse-snorting, band-playing, voice-screaming medieval get-together of greed, practical lust, compromised idealism, career-advancement, meeting, feud, vendetta, conciliation, of rabble-rousers, fist fights (as it used to be), embraces, drunks (again as it used to be) and collective rivers of animal sweat.
Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions
I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.
Success has killed more men than bullets.
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
It's not the bullet with my name on it that worries me. It's the one that says "To whom it may concern."
London Guardian, 1991
"Judge not, that ye be not judge"... is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself. There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices; so long as men have to make choices, there is no escape from moral values; so long as moral values are at stake, no moral neutrality is possible. To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accesory to the torture and murder of his victims. The moral principle to adopt... is: "Judge, and be prepared to be judged."
I must create a system, or be enslav'd by another man's.
You said that you wanted to put us upon a reservation, to build us houses and make us medicine lodges. I was born where there were no enclosures and everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls.
The Comanche at The Council of Medicine Lodge Creek 1867
I am nothing and should be everything.
You can be watching T.V. and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All Cokes are the same and all Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.
NATIONALISM IS A CREATED PRODUCT.
Show me an idealistic person who says that life must be preserved at any cost and I will show you a practical person who will betray anyone, anytime, to remain alive.
The creation continues incessantly through the media of man. But man does not create... he discovers.
Those who look for the laws of nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Copiers do not collaborate. Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear and punishment and hope of reward after death. It is therefore easy to see why the Churches have always fought science and persecuted its devotees.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
I think; therefore I am.
Discourse on the Method
Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase... the human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.
We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn)
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all.
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.
Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature - is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.
Don't get mad - get even.
I don't speak for others and they don't speak for me.
I've been through many strange confusions
Splitting myself into too many faces
Now the mirror's broken
I can see the worms behind
Anticipation is a richly hidden castle standing far from fear.
Truth, like the sun, cannot be directly observed.
Mourning is for the living.
We'll burn that bridge when we come to it.
There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.
Thoughts are the gun, words are the bullets, deeds are the target, the bulls-eye is heaven.
While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself.
A storm is coming; our storm. Emperor - we come for you!