We were together. I forget the rest. Walt Whitman
Certain readers resented me when they could no longer recognize their territory, their institution.
"Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a courtesan writer of Fidel Castro,who turned a blind eye on abuses committed against Cuban dissidents" Mario Vargas Llosa
"To create man was a fine and original idea; but to add the sheep was a tautology."Mark Twain
I did not think that the Islamic regime or the Shah were the only forces responsible for what happened to us. I wanted to know what right did the rest of the society play in bringing about this revolution. I still think that different groups with different views should have an honest assessment of their past mistakes, not other people’s mistakes but their own. This is not about blaming ourselves or others, but in order to understand where we were in order to know where we are going.
Azar Nafisi, 'From Lolita to Tehran'
Everyone is tempted by the eloquence of speech
but I am a slave to the Master of Silence. Rumi
...for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey ...Robert Greene (dramatist) on William Shakespeare
"It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy."Goerge Orwell, 1984, Page 97
A World of Women;Women of the World/ celebrating March * this Friday in San Francisco A World of Women;Women of the World/March * /San Francisco
“From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.”Franz Kafka, The Trial
Tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the flame.supposedly by Gustav Mahler
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
"I've been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." Mark Twain
When men stop believing in God,
it isn't that they then believe in nothing:
they believe in everything.Umberto Eco
The books we need are the kind that act upon us like a misfortune, that makes us suffer like the death of someone we love more than ourselves, that make us feel as though we were on the verge of suicide, or lost in a forest remote from all human habitation—a book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.Franz Kafka
Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to be able to go on livingCarl Jung
Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity--
people with a slovenly biography--
sadists, mental freaks, traitors.Ilya Ehrenburg
Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! William Shakespeare
The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.
To live is to love, rest is silence.Paolo Coelho
NOT SO long ago, asylum seekers turned to the United States, seeking refuge from repressive states. Now the United States is one of those repressive states. —Washington Post Editorial