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Our greatest stupidities may be very wise.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

There is no sin except stupidity.
Oscar Wilde

The only thing that ever consoles man for the stupid things he does is the praise he always gives himself for doing them.
Oscar Wilde

When the balance is broken then everything includes itself in power, power into will, will into appetite. So appetite, aided by will and power, becomes a universal wolf, at last eating up itself.
Carl William Brown

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.
Stephen Vizinczey

Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.
G. C. Lichtenberg

To accuse another of having weak kidneys, lungs, or heart, is not a crime; on the contrary, saying he has a weak brain is a crime. To be considered stupid and to be told so is more painful than being called gluttonous, mendacious, violent, lascivious, lazy, cowardly: every weakness, every vice, has found its defenders, its rhetoric, its ennoblement and exaltation, but stupidity hasn’t.
Primo Levi

Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning.
Karl Kraus

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Eric Hoffer

No man is an Island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main....any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee!
John Donne

There is no one thoroughly despicable. We cannot descend much lower than an idiot; and an idiot has some advantages over a wise man.
William Hazlitt

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.
Paul Gauguin

Hail Horrors! hail Infernal World! and thou, profoundest Hell, Receive thy new Possessor-one who brings A mind not to be changed by Place or Time. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make
a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. What matter where, if I be still the same, and what I should be, all but less than He; whom thunder hath made greater? Here at least We shall be free; the Almighty hath not built here for His envy, will not drive us hence: Here we may reign secure; and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven....

John Milton

The question now is: Can we understand our stupidity? This is a test of intellect, not of character.
John King Fairbank

The key to the age may be this, or that, or the other, as the young orators describe; the key to all ages is—Imbecility; imbecility in the vast majority of men, at all times, and, even in heroes, in all but certain eminent moments; victims of gravity, custom, and fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Cardinal is at his wit’s end—it is true that he had not far to go.
Lord Byron

It is against Stupidity in every shape and form that we have to wage our eternal battle. But how can we wonder at the want of sense on the part of those who have had no advantages, when we see such plentiful absence of that commodity on the part of those who have had all the advantages?
William Booth


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The good old rule
Sufficeth them, the simple plan,
That they should take, who have the power,
And they should keep who can.
William Wordsworth

To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.
Simone Weil

The appetite for power, even for universal power, is only insane when there is no possibility of indulging it; a man who sees the possibility opening before him and does not try to grasp it, even at the risk of destroying himself and his country, is either a saint or a mediocrity.
Simone Weil

Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school.
Horace Walpole

Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents’ birthdays.
Stephen Vizinczey

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
Gloria Steinem

You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power—he’s free again.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate’er it touches.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
George Bernard Shaw

Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.
William Shakespeare

Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.
Olive Schreiner

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
Bertrand Russell

The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
Jean Rostand

All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty.
Sir Walter Ralegh

A cock has great influence on his own dunghill.
Publilius Syrus

Power-worship blurs political judgement because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
George Orwell

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
George Orwell

Not necessity, not desire—no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything—health, food, a place to live, entertainment—they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Mao Zedong

Power? It’s like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.
Harold Macmillan

The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
Ursula K. Le Guin

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyre

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
Thomas Jefferson

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Eric Hoffer

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
Vclav Havel

Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it’s also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
Jean Genet

In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society.
Michel Foucault

All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.
Andrea Dworkin

Power has only one duty—to secure the social welfare of the People.
Benjamin Disraeli

The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.
Charles Horton Cooley

From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes.
Albert Camus

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.
Edmund Burke

Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them....I know they are as lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.
John Milton

Contact with men who wield power and authority still leaves an intangible sense of repulsion. It’s very like being in close proximity to faecal matter, the faecal embodiment of something unmentionable, and you wonder what it is made of and when it acquired its historically sacred character.
Jean Baudrillard

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.
Roland Barthes

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
James Baldwin

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
Francis Bacon

To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
Ernest Renan

Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.
P. J. O’Rourke

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Authority is not a quality one person has, in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.
Erich Fromm

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Charles de Gaulle

Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kill reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. (from Areopagitica)
John Milton

Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the bootmaker.
Mikhail Bakunin

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
Joseph Addison

Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the bootmaker.
Mikhail Bakunin

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
Joseph Addison

No one can contemplate the present condition of the masses of the people without desiring something like a revolution for the better.
Sir Robert Giffen

A revolutionist is one who desires to discard the existing social order and try another.
George Bernard Shaw

No doubt it is easy to demostrate that property will destroy society unless society destroys it.
George Bernard Shaw

What is really important in Man is the part of him that we do not understand. Of much of it we are not even conscious, just as we are not normally conscious of keeping up our circulation by our heart-pump, though if we neglect it we die.
George Bernard Shaw

The politician who once had to learn how to flatter Kings has now to learn how to fascinate, amuse, coax, humbug, frighten, or otherwise strike the fancy of the electorate.
George Bernard Shaw

No community has ever yet passed beyond the initial phases in which its pugnacity and fanaticism enabled it to found a nation, and its cupidity to establish and develop a commercial civilization.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard Shaw


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The art of government is the organization of idolatry. The bureaucracy consists of functionaries; the aristocracy, of idols; the democracy, of idolaters.
George Bernard Shaw

Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
George Bernard Shaw

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digest philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

The vilest abortionist is he who attempts to mould a child's character.
George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

A learned man is an idler who kills time with study. Beware of his false knowledge: it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

Every fool believes what his teachers tell him, and calls his credulity science or morality as confidently as his father called it divine revelation.
George Bernard Shaw

No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.
George Bernard Shaw

Assasination on the scaffold is the worst form of assasination, because there it is invested with the approval of society.
George Bernard Shaw

Crime is only the retail department of what, in wholesale, we call penal law.
George Bernard Shaw

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. The distinction between Crime and Justice is no greater.
George Bernard Shaw

Whilst we have prisons it matters little which of us occupy the cells.
George Bernard Shaw

Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior.
George Bernard Shaw


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Property, said Proudhon, is theft. This is the only perfect truism that has been uttered on the subject.
George Bernard Shaw

Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.
George Bernard Shaw

Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
George Bernard Shaw

Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty.
George Bernard Shaw

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
George Bernard Shaw

In an ugly and unhappy world the richest man can purchase nothing but ugliness and unhappiness.
George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

Those who minister to poverty and disease are accomplices in the two worst of all the crimes.
George Bernard Shaw

Civilization is a disease produced by the practice of building societies with rotten material.
George Bernard Shaw

Gambling promises the poor what Property performs for the rich: that is why the bishops dare not denounce it fundamentally.
George Bernard Shaw

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty: what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
George Bernard Shaw

If the wicked flourish and the fittest survive, Nature must be the god of rascals.
George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
George Bernard Shaw


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