That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.
Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.
Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.
— Robinson Jeffers
Such is the irresistable nature of the truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
— Thomas Paine
With words we still name our losses and our endurance. We do this because we have no other recourse, but also because man is incurably open to words and slowly they form his judgement. This judgement, which those in power habitually fear, is formed slowly like a riverbed, by currents of words. But words make such currents only when they are credible.
— John Bergen
The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even — if you will — eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn’t be happy with.
— Joseph Brodsky
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
– Blaise Pascal
People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
— Kurt Vonnegut
We have no ideas, and they are pretty firm.
What if you could make humans do the wise thing, like the way you could make them laugh?
— Joan Slonczewski