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Integrity’s a Neutral Value – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Integrity’s a Neutral Value – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Integrity’s a neutral value. Hyenas have integrity, too. They’re pure hyena.

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Die Game – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

October 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Die Game – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Philosophy, Quotes

“I am sorry. But it is a bad sign. I am disturbed, and wonder sometimes how I’ll ever get through life.” “One lives through it, Charlie.” “Some things seem to kill one.” “Then die. We must all do that. But die, as they say, game.”

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Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eventually All Things Are Known. And Few Matter – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Eventually all things are known. And few matter.

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Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, History, Humanism, Philosophy, War, WW1

In 1934 Atatürk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen Allied soldiers had docked near Gallipoli and that its passengers were mounting at the site. He sent them a moving message that is now chiseled, in English translation, into a memorial stone there. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,” he […]

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They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves, according to the laws of their own twisted ethics and twisted logic; they were all guilty, although not of those deeds of which they accused themselves. There was no way back for them. Their exit from the stage […]

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Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Means and Ends, Philosophy, Politics

‘My point is this,’ he said; ‘one may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions. That is the first commandment for us. Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery. To sit down and let oneself be hypnotized by one’s own navel, to turn up one’s […]

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When the existence of the Church is threatened, she is released from the commandments of morality – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on When the existence of the Church is threatened, she is released from the commandments of morality – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Philosophy, Politics, Religion

‘When the existence of the Church is threatened, she is released from the commandments of morality. With unity as the end, the use of every means is sanctified, even cunning, treachery, violence, simony, prison, death. For all order is for the sake of the community, and the individual must be sacrificed to the common good.’ […]

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Confrontation with death always altered the mechanism of thought – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on Confrontation with death always altered the mechanism of thought – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Rubashov wondered what other surprises his mental apparatus held in store for him. He knew from experience that confrontation with death always altered the mechanism of thought and caused the most surprising reactions – like the movements of a compass brought close to the magnetic pole.

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Where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without shadow – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov · Extremism, Morality, Quotes, Religion

‘As soon as you appeared on this roof you made yourself ridiculous. It was your tone of voice. You spoke your words as though you denied the very existence of the shadows or of evil. Think, now: where would your good be if there were no evil and what would the world look like without […]

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The package jumped into his briefcase of its own accord – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov

July 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on The package jumped into his briefcase of its own accord – “The Master and Margarita” – Mikhail Bulgakov · Morality

‘It’s not proper …’ ‘I won’t hear any objection,’ Koroviev whispered right in his ear. ‘We don’t do this sort of thing but foreigners do. You’ll offend him, Nikanor Ivanovich, and that might be awkward. You’ve earned it …’ ‘It’s strictly forbidden …’ whispered the chairman in a tiny voice, with a furtive glance around. […]

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