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Quotes - March 2015

Alexei Muravsky

The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools.
— Thucydides

The moment a person learns he’s got terminal cancer, a profound shift takes place in his psyche. At one stroke in the doctor’s office he becomes aware of what really matters to him… Faced with our imminent extinction all assumptions are called into question.
— Tom Laughlin via Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

When I walked away from her grave I thought, “I don’t know, maybe that prison head-shrinker was right when he told me I had become a pimp because of my unconscious hatred for my mother.”
— Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life

I just feel like… I can connect with people because I want to understand their struggle so I can understand mine better. I think that’s very important if you can identify with somebody, and even if you don’t agree with them politically but you can acknowledge their sacrifice and their pain and their suffering that brings you to a commonality on a level. Like maybe I don’t agree with you about everything, but I acknowledge the fact that your people have suffered, I acknowledge that you’ve had to pay the ultimate price for your freedom. That means something to you, even though you don’t agree with me, and now we can have a civilized conversation. So, you know, I don’t care what faction your from, I never was prejudiced against somebody cause of their religion or because of their race, that never made sense to me. If you’re cool you’re cool, if you’re wack you’re wack, if you’re down with me you’re down with me… I rather hang out with a good Jewish person than a bad Muslim person, with a good Muslim person than a bad Christian person, with a good Atheist than a bad of any religion. I value the content of a person’s character, that’s something that my father instilled in me when I was a very young child, he was like; “Sometimes the people that look like you and pray to the same god that you do, will be the people that stab you in the back, don’t automatically trust people just because they claim to be about what you’re about, they have to prove that. Your respect and your trust is something people have to earn constantly, it’s not just some one time thing and then you give it away forever, it doesn’t work that way… that’s a fool’s logic.”
— Immortal Technique, Interview through AmaruDonTV on YouTube

But TV came relatively late to the King household, and I’m glad. I am, when you stop to think of it, a member of a fairly select group: the final handful of American novelists who learned to read and write before they learned to eat a daily helping of video bullshit.
— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
— George Orwell, Why I Write

It is encouraging to see how perfectly a book, even a dusty rule book, perpetuates and extends the spirit of a man. Will Strunk loved the clear, the brief, the bold, and his book is clear, brief, bold. Boldness is perhaps its chief distinguishing mark… He scorned the vague, the tame, the colorless, the irresolute. He felt it was worse to be irresolute than to be wrong.
— E.B. White, The Elements of Style, Introduction

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
— Dante Alighieri

Kurt Cilke liked dogs because they could not conspire. They could not hide hostility, and they were not cunning. They did not lie awake at night planning to rob and murder other dogs. Treachery was beyond their scope. He had two German shepherds to help guard his home, and he walked with them through the nearby woods at night with complete harmony and trust.
— Mario Puzo, Omerta

Since becoming an outlaw Guiliano had always distrusted love. To him it was an act of submission and held the seed for treachery, but in that moment he felt what he had never felt before – a suffusion in his body to kneel before another human being and willingly swear himself into an alien slavery. He did not identify this as love.
— Mario Puzo, The Sicilian

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