The common prejudice that love is as common as "romance" may be due to the fact that we all learned about it first through poetry. But the poets fool us; they are the only ones to whom love is not only a crucial, but an indispensable experience, which entitles them to mistake it for a universal one."The Human Condition"
Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and when they can pick it up. Armed uprising by itself has never yet led to revolution.
Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance."Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; On Violence; Thoughts on Politics and Revolution"
Violence can always destroy power; out of the barrel of a gun grows the most effective command, resulting in the most instant and perfect obedience. What never can grow out of it is power."Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; On Violence; Thoughts on Politics and Revolution"
Violence can destroy power; it is utterly incapable of creating it."On Violence"
Generally speaking, violence always arises out of impotence. It is the hope of those who have no power.
Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.
Like all highs, freedom highs can be abused, can even become addictive, but these autonomous zones, however temporary, can have extraordinarily joyful power. They say 'No!' but they also say a great 'Yes!' to life lived intensely and meaningfully.
If our conversation is to have meaning, it must be to make that 'No!' louder, to magnify the pain and the fury and the dignity. There is always a danger that by placing an object in a museum, you silence it, you [..] dumb it down.
The absolute best selfcare you can invest in is learning how to suffer.
If you love, you will suffer. If you live with courage, you will suffer. If you see beauty, you will suffer. If you explore the world, you will suffer.
We cannot avoid hard things without avoiding life.
Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him.
Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.
The result of a consistent and total substitution of lies for factual truth is not that the lie will now be accepted as truth and truth be defamed as a lie, but that the sense by which we take our bearings in the real world—and the category of truth versus falsehood is among the mental means to this end—is being destroyed.
Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.
To love well is the task in all meaningful relationships, not just romantic bonds.
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
Laughter helps one to find a place in the world, but ironically, which is to say, without selling one’s soul to it.
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Unter den Marken des Syndikalismus und Faschismus erscheint zum ersten Mal in Europa ein Menschentypus, der darauf verzichtet, Gründe anzugeben und recht zu haben, der sich schlechtweg entschlossen zeigt, seine Meinung durchzusetzen. Das ist neu: das Recht darauf, nicht recht zu haben, Grundlosigkeit als Grund. Die neue Einstellung der Masse manifestiert sich nach meiner Meinung am sinnfälligsten in ihrem Anspruch, die Gesellschaft zu führen, ohne dazu fähig zu sein. Aber wenn die Struktur der neuen Seele auch nirgends so grob und unverhüllt zutage tritt wie in ihrem politischen Gebaren, der Schlüssel liegt doch in ihrer geistigen Absperrung. Der durschnittliche Mensch entdeckt "Gedanken" an sich, aber er kann nicht denken. Er ahnt nicht einmal, wie scharf und rein die Luft ist, in der Gedanken leben. Er will "meinen", aber er will die Bedingungen und Vorraussetzungen alles Meinens nicht anerkennen. Darum sind seine Gedanken in Wahrheit nur Triebe in logischer Verkleidung."Der Aufstand der Massen"
The ruling ideology sees to it that subversive discoveries are trivialized and sterilized, after which they can be safely spectacularized.