Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Read More
You can tell when a war starts,
but when does the prewar start?
If there are rules about that, we should pass them on.
Hand them down inscribed in clay, in stone.
What would they say?
Among other things they would say:
Do not let your own people deceive you.
(From Cassandra; A Novel by Christa Wolf) Read More
Better a thousand times take one’s chance with death, than accept a life
one did not want
thousand times take one’s chance with death, than accept a life one did not
want. But best of all to persist and persist, and persist for ever, till one
were satisfied in life.
From Women in
Love, by D. H. Lawrence Read More
We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but
when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what w
It is an uneasy lot at best, to be what we call highly
taught and yet not to enjoy: to be present at this great spectacle of life and
never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self – never to be fully
possessed by the glory we behold, never to have our consciousness rapturously
transformed into the vividness of a thought, the ardour of a passion, the
energy of an action, but always to be scholarly and uninspired, ambitious and
timid, scrupulous and dim-sighted.
From Middelmarch, by George Elliot Read More