"The face of the Dying Gaul speaks for them all: each one of us will die, naked and alone, on some battlefield not of our own choosing. My promise of undying faithfulness to you and yours to me, though made with all solemnity, is unlikely to survive the tricks that fate has in store—all the hidden land mines that beset human life. What we can rely on are the comeliness and iron virtue of the short-lived hero: his loyalty to cause and comrade, his bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, the gargantuan generosity with which he scatters his possessions and his person and with which he spills his blood." —Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilization
"One of the theses of A Language Older Than Words is that we have an entire culture suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder. We're incapable of forming relationships on both personal and social levels. If you've been traumatized, you come to believe that you've got to control your surroundings. You come to believe that all relationships are based on power, based on atomized individuals acting selfishly, as our economics would have us believe. Our culture has a fundamental death urge, and unless it's stopped it's going to kill everything on the planet." —Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words
"If some wacko slashed the Mona Lisa, it would be front page news all over, with outrage flowing freely. A three thousand year old tree being turned into deck furniture doesn't raise an eyebrow." —Les U. Knight
"[I]f truly primitive people exist on this planet, then it is those politicians of all nations who persist in stealing, destroying and lying their way to power and wealth, always at the expense of the vast majority of common people… . The truly primitive are also those global multinationals who by their wealth can effectively do whatever they please, and habitually exploit people, ransack resources, and pollute and destroy the environment with impunity. Primitive, in short, is a society or organisation which values profit more highly than the welfare of the people it affects." —Jens Finke
"Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hard-headed realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners." —Edward Abbey
La dernière fois que je t'ai vu On venait d'être coupés en deux Tu me regardais Je te regardais Tu avais un air familier Que je n'ai pu reconnaître A cause du sang sur ton visage Et du sang dans mes yeux Mais j'aurais juré à ton expression Que la douleur vrillant ton âme Était la même que la mienne —L'Origine de l'amour, par Stephen Trask; traducteur anonyme
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