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





In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.


Noam Chomsky (1928-, American linguist, political activist)


If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost.


Michel Foucault (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


People with a culture of poverty suffer much less from repression than we of the middle class suffer and indeed, if I may make the suggestion with due qualification, they often have a hell of a lot more fun than we have.


Brian Friel (1929-, Irish playwright, author)


Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you -- you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-, Russian novelist)


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