She wouldn’t say what we both knew. “The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true: is that it? But you know it is true now. I can almost tell you the day when you knew it is true. Why won’t you say it, even to yourself?”
By William Faulkner || As I Lay Dying
Understanding doesn’t come free…The task is somewhere between awfully difficult and utterly hopeless for an isolated individual. But it’s feasible for anyone who is part of a cooperative community..Same holds for ‘intellectual self-defense.’ It takes a lot of self-confidence - perhaps more self-confidence than one ought to have - to take a position alone because it seems to you right, in opposition to everything you see & hear.
By Noam Chomsky || On Staying Informed and Intellectual Self-Defense
To call the domestication of an animal an “improvement” almost sounds like a joke to us. Anyone who knows what goes on in a zoo will have doubts whether beasts are “improved” there. They become weak, they become less harmful, they are made ill through the use of pain, injury, hunger, and the depressive affect of fear. - The same thing happens with domesticated people who have been “improved” by priests.
By Friedrich Nietzsche
The less you eat, drink and buy books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorise, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save – the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor rust will devour – your capital. The less you are, the less you express your own life, the more you have, i.e., the greater is your alienated life, the greater is the store of your estranged being.
By Karl Marx || Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844)