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





The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him; remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.


William E. Gladstone (1809-1888, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


People in places many of us never heard of, whose names we can't pronounce or even spell, are speaking up for themselves. They speak in languages we once classified as "exotic" but whose mastery is now essential for our diplomats and businessmen. But what they say is very much the same the world over. They want a decent standard of living. They want human dignity and a voice in their own futures. They want their children to grow up strong and healthy and free.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


To the United States, the Third World often takes the form of a black woman who has been made pregnant in a moment of passion and who shows up one day in the reception room on the forty-ninth floor threatening to make a scene. The lawyers pay the woman off; sometimes uniformed guards accompany her to the elevators.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


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