An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Self-determination has to mean that the leader is your individual gut, and heart, and mind or we're talking about power, again, and its rather well-known impurities. Who is really going to care whether you live or die and who is going to know the most intimate motivation for your laughter and your tears is the only person to be trusted to speak for you and to decide what you will or will not do.


June Jordan (1939-, American poet, civil rights activist)


Self-determination, the autonomy of the individual, asserts itself in the right to race his automobile, to handle his power tools, to buy a gun, to communicate to mass audiences his opinion, no matter how ignorant, how aggressive, it may be.


Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979, German political philosopher)


We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquility.


Kwame Nkrumah (Leader of Ghana's fight for independence)


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