Political Unity and Mutual Concern

Without mutual concern there can be no political unity.  The political unity created by the political state is not a voluntary political unity.  An involuntary political unity is not a genuine political unity.                              ...

The Wheel of Fortune

The wheel of fortune seems to turn only for the few.                                      

Beauty and the Sacred

We must learn to take seriously the ancient role of beauty as a mediator of the sacred.                                                        

Language and Thought

"Language does indeed influence thought so long as different languages are plausibly associated with different systems of representation." -- Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought, 2003                                               ...

The Time We Live In

We live in a time of change, not in a time of stability.  As long as there is time, as long as there is life, there will be change.  Immutability is a myth; permanence is an illusion.                              

Free Will

"My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will." -- William James (1842-1910, American psychologist and philosopher)                                                                       

Rights

"In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others.  In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so." -- Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)                              ...

Ignorance

"I know of no disease of the soul but ignorance." -- Ben Jonson (c. 1573-1637, English actor, poet, and dramatist)                          

Money and Slavery

"Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguished from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal, that there is no human relation between master and slave." -- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian writer and Christian...

History

"History is the propaganda of the victors." -- Ernst Toller (1893-1939, German playwright and poet)                                                          

Socialism

"But we say that Socialism cannot be built with bayonets, cannot be built by administrative measures.  It can be built only with the consciousness of the people." -- Josip Broz Tito (1892-1980, President of Yugoslavia)             

Church and State

"Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa.  In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was ...

Liberalism and Liberality

"Liberals have learned at a fearful cost, the lesson that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  They have yet to learn that absolute liberality corrupts absolutely." -- Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922-       , American historian and writer)   ...

Labor

"Labor is not a commodity any more than human souls are a commodity; labor is life." -- George D. Heron (1862-1925, American clergyman and socialist)               

Atheism and Superstition

"The devil divides the world between atheism and superstition." -- George Herbert (1593-1633, English metaphysical poet)                                                      

Fear and Wealth

"Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth." -- Ernest Hemingway (1898-suicide 1961, American writer)  

The State and the Wealthy

"The interest of the State is in intimate connection with those of the rich individuals belonging to it." -- Alexander Hamilton (1757-killed in duel 1804, American statesman)                                                             ...

Teaching and Learning

"Enseigner, c'est apprendre deux fois." "To teach is to learn twice." -- Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French essayist)                    

Virginity and Beauty

"How rare a thing it is to match virginity with beauty." -- John Lyly (1553-1606, English writer)                                              

Oppression and Injustice

"It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part." -- James Madison (1751-1836, 4th President of the...

Ignorance and Arrogance

Ignorance and arrogance are connected.  Where there is the one, there is also the other.                                                                                

Truth

"It is as hard to tell the truth as to hide it." -- Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658, Spanish Jesuit writer)                                   

Capital

"Capital is dead labor, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking blood from living labor." -- Karl Heinrich Marx (1818-1893, German economist, journalist, and philosopher)      

Error

"Many errors, of a truth, consist merely in the application of the wrong names of things." -- Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677, Dutch philosopher)                                                                    

Knowledge and Will

"This is the seal of the absolute and sublime destiny of man -- that he knows what is good and what is evil; that his destiny is his very ability to will either good or evil." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)...