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Quote Left When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history. Quote Right
Quote Left God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out. Quote Right
Quote Left The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. Quote Right
Quote Left The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. Such intuitions give the appearance of miraculous flushes, or short-circuits of reasoning. In fact they may be likened to an immersed chain, of which only the beginning and the end are visible above the surface of consciousness. The diver vanishes at one end of the chain and comes up at the other end, guided by invisible links. Quote Right
Quote Left Nobody before the Pythagorean had thought that mathematical relations held the secret of the universe. Twenty-five centuries later, Europe is still blessed and cursed with their heritage. To non-European civilizations, the idea that numbers are the key to both wisdom and power, seems never to have occurred. Quote Right
Quote Left Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition. Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test; his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won't triumph over his fate. Quote Right
Quote Left Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which Quote Right
Quote Left If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction. Quote Right
Quote Left If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out. Quote Right
Quote Left Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means. Quote Right
Quote Left Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the ol... Quote Right