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





Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.


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


Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.


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


One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


People who live in the post-totalitarian system know only too well that the question of whether one or several political parties are in power, and how these parties define and label themselves, is of far less importance than the question of whether or not it is possible to live like a human being.


Vaclav Havel (1936-, Czech playwright, president)


There is a totalitarian regime inside every one of us. We are ruled by a ruthless politburo which sets our norms and drives us from one five-year plan to another. The autonomous individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Man is more disposed to domination than freedom; and a structure of dominion not only gladdens the eye of the master who rears and protects it, but even its servants are uplifted by the thought that they are members of a whole, which rises high above the life and strength of single generations.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


The only successful revolution of this century is totalitarianism.


Bernard-Henri Levy


Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


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