Connexions Quotations

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Objectivity does not mean detachment, it means respect, that is, the ability not to distort and to falsify.
- Erich Fromm

Of all the national assets, archives are the most precious. They are the gift of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilization.
- Arthur Doughty, former chief archivist of Canada

Of course, many of those who give offence are not progressive at all, but bigots &ndash racists or homophobes. But people must be as free to offend against liberal orthodoxies as against reactionary ones. Free speech for everyone except bigots is not free speech at all.
- Kenan Malik

On the level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the imbecile flatness of the present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects..
- Karl Marx
  Capital, Volume I, Chapter 16

Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm – which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of America farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems.
- Wendell Berry

Once they were a happy race! Now they are made miserable by the white people, who are never contented but are always coming in! You do this always, after promising not to, yet you ask us to have confidence in your promises. How can we have confidence in the white people? When Jesus Christ came upon the earth, you killed him, the son of your own God, you nailed him up! You thought he was dead, but you were mistaken. And only after you thought you killed him did you worship him, and start killing those who would not worship him. What kind of a people is this for us to trust?
- Tecumseh

Once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.
- Studs Terkel

One cannot expect a corporate media system to report honestly or accurately about the corporate world.
- David Cromwell & David Edwards

One of the problems with our society is that we believe everything has to be new and different. I don’t apologize for having ideas that are ‘old’. Some of the ideas I'm fondest of aren’t just 25 or 100 years old, they’re 2,000 years old or even older.
- Ulli Diemer

One lies to oneself more than to anyone else.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

One may go so far as to say ... that the middle class is defined as the class that denies the existence of classes.
- Henri Lefebvre

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
- A.A. Milne

One of the things past movements can tell us – in detail, not just in general – is that people have always resisted injustice, and always sought to create a world based on values of community, sharing, freedom and justice.
- Ulli Diemer

The only lesson of history is that nothing is ever learned from it.
- A.J.P. Taylor

The only part of the so-called national wealth that actually enters into the collective possessions of modern peoples is their national debt.
- Karl Marx

The only way I know how to organize is to talk to one person, and then you talk to another person, and then you talk to another.
- Cesar Chavez

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
- Karl Marx

Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.
- Bertrand Russell

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Our model citizen is a sophisticate who before puberty understands how to produce a baby, but who at the age of thirty will not know how to produce a potato.
- Wendell Berry

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
- Khalil Gibran

Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.
- Immanuel Kant

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