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Quotes - August 2017

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Quotes - August 2017

Alexei Muravsky

“The true voice of [Hunter S.] Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist… one who makes himself ugly to expose the ugliness he sees around him.”

- Hari Kunzru


“If I’d written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”

- Hunter S. Thompson


The Viper and The File

A Viper entered a smith’s shop and looked up and down for something to eat. He settled at last upon a File, and began to gnaw it greedily. “Bite away,” said the File gruffly, “you’ll get little from me. It is my business to take from all and give to none.”

Before you attack, know thine enemy.

- Aesop, Aesop’s Fables with Illustrations by Ernest Griset


“It is not good to settle into a set of opinions. It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so they may come to fruition is something that will never stop for your whole lifetime. Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, ‘This is not enough.’ One should search throughout his whole life how best to follow the Way. And he should study, setting his mind to work without putting things off. Within this is the Way.”

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure


“Treat what you don’t have as nonexistent. Look at what you have, the things you value most, and think of how much you’d crave them if you didn’t have them. But be careful. Don’t feel satisfaction that you start to overvalue them – that it would upset you to lose them.”

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


“Not until European armies had absorbed the terrible casualties of the 1914-18 War were their soldiers routinely trained to fight in ways Iroquois and other warriors had perfected three centuries earlier. Colonists in North America could not be so conservative. Periodically their armies marched into the wilderness, drums rolling, colours flying, sometimes to pay the terrible price of folly, sometimes to merely bemuse a hidden adversary. To survive, French and English colonists had to master the Indian way of war. Benjamin Church, among the ablest of New England soldiers and certainly the most principled, forced his men to disperse in the woods instead of remaining “all in a heap.” Instead of firing volleys, which left musketeers helpless against assault at close range, frontier fighters learned to operate in pairs, so that half a force was always loaded to fire. Church boasted that his men had learned to “skulk” and to crawl on their bellies as close to an enemy as they could. To the proud professionals of the time, such tactics were intolerably degrading.”

- Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada: From Champlain to the Gulf War 3rd Edition


“If it rattles like a snake, if it slithers like a snake, it’s a snake. You don’t have to get bit to know it’s a snake.”

- Curtis Jackson Sr. via 50 Cent


“I believe our society has fell into a pyramid system where there’s people relegated to the bottom of that pyramid and there’s people that feel like they’re entitled to the top of that pyramid.”

- Ice Cube, 2016


“No man can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.”

- Nathaniel Hawthorne


“To Be Read At The Opening of D.P.S. Meetings: I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life! To put to rout all that was not life… And not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…”

- H.D.T., Dead Poets Society (1989)


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