Themes

  • If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
    – George Orwell
  • “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
    ― attributed to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • “In the beginning of the dynasty, great tax revenues were gained from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, small tax revenues were were gained from large assessments”
    – Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) Tunisian-born thinker
  • The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
    – George Orwell
  • There are about ten thousand trillion ants on the planet at this moment. The secret of their world-wide success is their highly social existence: “It would appear that socialism really works under some circumstances. Karl Marx just had the wrong species.”
    – Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
  • The aim of argument should not be victory, but progress.
    – Karl Popper
  • Sometimes a concept is baffling not because it is profound but because it is wrong.
    – Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
  • The point of earning an academic qualification in Creative Writing seems to be to hold a job teaching Creative Writing to future Creative Writing instructors, who themselves have decided to study Creative Writing in the hope of securing a Creative Writing sinecure just like their instructors’ – one that will enable them to carry on writing and publishing fiction, drama, verse or essays indefinitely, whether or not they sell any copies of their work.
    – Sandra Kotta
  • Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math
    – Ambrose Bierce