To accept opinions...

To accept opinions is to gain the good solid feeling of being correct without having to think.

-- C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite

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Bradbury on Culture and Reading

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get the people to stop reading them."

-- Ray Bradbury

Nothing new under the sun

"There is no new thing under the sun."

-- Ecclesiastes 1:9

A man's subsistence...

"Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will."

-- Alexander Hamilton

The secret in education...

"The secret in education lies in respecting the student."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chomsky on our intellectual culture

"An important fact about our intellectual culture is that people can read and write about our long-term policies of defending market democracy from the Communist threat without laughing. That takes no little talent. It is real tribute to the educational institutions and the information system."

-- Noam Chomsky

The whole conception of God...

"The whole conception of God is a conception derived from the ancient Oriental despotisms. It is a conception unworthy of free men. When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners, and all the rest of it, it seems contemptible and not worthy of self-respecting human beings. We ought to stand up and look the world frankly in the face. We ought to make the best we can of the world, and if it is not so good as we wish, after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in all these ages. A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past, or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men."

-- Bertrand Russell

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"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

-- Bertrand Russell

Test for Paranoia

"This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault."

-- Robert M. Hutchins

America's Librarians...

"We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be "protected" against what others think may be bad for them."

-- American Library Association, The Freedom to Read Statement, 2000

Nietzsche on the Mass Man

"The man who does not wish to be merely one of the mass only needs to cease to be easy on himself."

-- Nietzsche
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