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Quote Left People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations. Quote Right
Quote Left Would it be possible to stand still on one spot more majestically -- while simulating a triumphant march forward -- than it is done by the two English Houses of Parliament? Quote Right
Quote Left It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this. Quote Right
Quote Left You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas. Quote Right
Quote Left This socialism will develop in all its phases until it reaches its own extremes and absurdities. Then once again a cry of denial will break from the titanic chest of the revolutionary minority and again a mortal struggle will begin, in which socialism will play the role of contemporary conservatism and will be overwhelmed in the subsequent revolution, as yet unknown to us. Quote Right
Quote Left What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive! Quote Right
Quote Left A generation which has passed through the shop has absorbed standards and ambitions which are not of those of spaciousness, and cannot get away from them. Everything with them is done as though for sale, and they naturally have in view the greatest possible benefit, profit and that end of the stuff that will make the best show. Quote Right
Quote Left All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former -- of the corruption of the will. Quote Right
Quote Left We could hardly believe that after so many ordeals, after all the trials of modern skepticism, there was still so much left in our souls to destroy. Quote Right
Quote Left Education at school continues what has been done at home: it crystallizes the optical illusion, consolidates it with book learning, theoretica... Quote Right
Quote Left If nations always moved from one set of furnished rooms to another -- and always into a better set -- things might be easier, but the trouble is that there is no one to prepare the new rooms. The future is worse than the ocean -- there is nothing there. It will be what men and circumstances make it. Quote Right
Quote Left Human development is a form of chronological unfairness, since late-comers are able to profit by the labors of their predecessors without paying the same price. Quote Right