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Quote Left I did not believe political directives could be successfully applied to creative writing . . . not to poetry or fiction, which to be valid had to express as truthfully as possible the individual emotions and reactions of the writer. Quote Right
by Langston Hughes | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left The right to discuss freely and openly, by speech, by the pen, by the press, all political questions, and to examine and animadvert (speak out) upon all political institutions, is a right so clear and certain, so interwoven with our other liberties, so necessary, in fact to their existence, that without it we must fall at once into depression or anarchy. To say that he who holds unpopular opinions must hold them at the peril of his life, and that, if he expresses them in public, he has only himself to blame if they who disagree with him should rise and put him to death, is to strike at all rights, all liberties, all protection of the laws, and to justify and extenuate all crimes. Quote Right
by William Cullen Bryant | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society. Its art is the art of social life, and its end is fitness for the world. It neither confines its views to particular professions on the one hand, nor creates heroes or inspires genius on the other. Works indeed of genius fall under no art; heroic minds come under no rule; a University is not a birthplace of poets or of immortal authors, of founders of schools, leaders of colonies, or conquerors of nations. It does not promise a generation of Aristotles or Newtons, of Napoleons or Washingtons, of Raphaels or Shakespeares, though such miracles of nature it has before now contained within its precincts. Nor is it content on the other hand with forming the critic or the experimentalist, the economist or the engineer, though such too it includes within its scope. But a University training is the great ordinary means to an great but ordinary end; it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mind, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular enthusiasm and fixed aims to popular aspiration, at giving enlargement and sobriety to the ideas of the age, at facilitating the exercise of political power, and refining the intercourse of private life. It is the education which gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. Quote Right
by John Henry Newman | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. Quote Right
by Aldous Huxley | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Before you kill something make sure you have something better to replace it with; something better than political opportunist slamming hate horse shit in the public park. Quote Right
by Charles Bukowski | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills? Quote Right
by Kahlil Gibran | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left America is said to be the arena on which the battle of freedom is to be fought; but surely it cannot be freedom in a merely political sense th... Quote Right
by Henry David Thoreau | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Cant is always rather nauseating; but before we condemn political hypocrisy, let us remember that it is the tribute paid by men of leather to ... Quote Right
by Aldous Huxley | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon. Quote Right
by Irving Layton | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left My aversion from music rests on political grounds. Quote Right
by Thomas Mann | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change-within himself, not on the outside. Quote Right
by Joseph Brodsky | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left There is something suspicious about music, gentlemen. I insist that she is, by her nature, equivocal. I shall not be going too far in saying at once that she is politically suspect. Quote Right
by Thomas Mann | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas. Quote Right
by Aldous Huxley | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left ...Women's Studies can amount simply to compensatory history; too often they fail to challenge the intellectual and political structures that ... Quote Right
by Adrienne Rich | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Whether you want it or not, your genes have a political past,... Quote Right
by Wislawa Szymborska | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left As industrial technology advances and enlarges, and in the process assumes greater social, economic, and political force, it carries people away from where they belong by history, culture, deeds, association and affection. Quote Right
by Wendell Berry | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children. Quote Right
by June Jordan | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination. Quote Right
by Irving Layton | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left We assume that politicians are without honor. We read their statements trying to crack the code. The scandals of their politics: not so much that men in high places lie, only that they do so with such indifference, so endlessly, still expecting to be believed. We are accustomed to the contempt inherent in the political lie. Quote Right
by Adrienne Rich | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure. Quote Right
by Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left The truth, I am convinced, is that there is no longer a poetical audience among the higher class of minds, that moral, political, and physical science have entirely withdrawn from poetry the attention of all whose attention is worth having; and that the poetical reading public being composed of the mere dregs of the intellectual community, the most sufficing passport to their favour must rest on the mixture of a little easily-intelligible portion of mawkish sentiment with an absolute negation of reason and knowledge. Quote Right
by Thomas Love Peacock | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us. Quote Right
by Anthony Burgess | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left Cant is always rather nauseating; but before we condemn political hypocrisy, let us remember that it is the tribute paid by men of leather to men of God, and that the acting of the part of someone better than oneself may actually commit one to a course of behavior perceptibly less evil than what would be normal and natural in an avowed cynic. Quote Right
by Aldous Huxley | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left If any of us hopes to survive, s/he must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic. Quote Right
by June Jordan | ...go to quote |
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Quote Left In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will. Quote Right
by Joseph Brodsky | ...go to quote |
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