Own Only What You Can Always Carry With You

"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people.  Let your memory be your travel bag." -- Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008, Russia novelist)                     


"For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life." -- William Blake (1757-1827, English poet, engraver, and painter)                       

Treat Me Right

"I got a simple rule about everybody.  If you don;t treat me right -- shame on you!" -- Louis Daniel Armstrong ("Satchmo", 1900-1971, U.S. jazz    trumpeter)                                             


"When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not." -- "Mark Twain" (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835-1910, U.S. author    and humorist)                              

Marxism and Real Humanism

"Even in regard to misery Marx sees more than just misery, unlike all the abstract sympathizers and especially the abstract utopians.  For Marx, the explosive factor in poverty really becomes a dynamic, explosive force, directed against the cause of...


Socialism does not advocate private charity or public welfare. Socialism does not subscribe to philanthropic condescension from above.  People need to engage in productive and creative work. People have a need to work, to produce, just as we...


Real political freedom does not depend on a slave economy.  Bourgeois freedom depends on a slave economy, although within the period of bourgeois rule slavery itself has evolved from chattel slavery to wage slavery.   ...

Theory and Criticism

"It is a law of psychology that the theoretical spirit which has become intrinsically free turns into practical energy, and, as will, emerges from a shadowy existence to oppose the reality which exists outside it.  It is criticism that...


What is history?  History is both mediation and transition.  History is the story of human struggle, and history is the means through which human struggles are progressively settled.  History is the process of change from one period to...


"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." -- Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, Irish playwright and poet)  


"In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)                                             

Capitalist Waste

"Only in time of peace can the wastes of capitalism be tolerated." -- Francis Reginald Scott (Frank Scott or F. R. Scott, 1899 – 1985,    Canadian poet, intellectual and constitutional expert)   ...


"We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still." -- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, English philosopher and economist) ...

Reading and Remembering

"I suppose every scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again.  Sure he is that he read it there; but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again."...

Wisdom and Experience

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning." -- Bergen Baldwin Evans (1904 – 1978, American lexicographer,    professor of English, and television host)                                         

Everything Has Been Thought Before

"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet and    dramatist)                                                   

Quoting Others

"I quote others only the better to express myself." -- Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 – 1592, French Renaissance    essayist)                                                              


"Dialectics, in one form or another, has existed for as long as there have been human beings on this planet.  This is because our lives have always involved important elements of change and interaction; our environment, taken as a whole,...

The Image of God

"Everyone is in a small way the image of God." -- Manilius (c. 50 B.C., Latin poet)                                                    

Eating and Dressing

"Eat to please yourself, but dress to please others." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American philosopher and    statesman)                                                    

Love and Poetry

"Every man is a poet when he is in love." -- Plato (424/423 BC – 348/347 BC, Classical Greek philosopher)                                      

Love and Blindness

"Everybody in love is blind." -- Sextus Aurelius Propertius (c50 ? - c15 ? B.C., Roman poet)                                                              


"Love's like the measles -- all the worse when it comes late in life." -- Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857, English humorist)                                                 


"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." -- Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca, ca. 4 BC – AD 65,    Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist)                        

Capital and Labor

"Capital is a result of labor, and is used by labor to assist it in further production.  Labor is the active and initial force, and labor is therefore the employer of capital." -- Henry George (1839-1897, U.S. economist)   ...