Violence

The blade itself incites to deeds of violence.



Athena

Wherever a great heart throbs and rages, wherever a liberating thought flares up, there Athena is present, summoned rather by heroic readiness than by humble supplication. From her own lips we hear that she is attracted by prowess, not by good will or devotion to her person. The men who can most surely rely upon her offer her no unusual reverence, and it is unthinkable that her assistance should ever be motivated by the exemplary obedience of her protégés.

- Walter F. Otto, The Homeric Gods, more quotes at Fortunecardia


Power

Never, ever go near power. Don't become friends with anyone who has real power. It's dangerous.

- Stanley Kubrick, more quotes at Fortunecardia


Coltsfoot

The sun shines.
The coltsfoot flowers along the railway banks
Shine flat like coin which Zeus in thanks
Showers on our lines.



It Is Not Goodness...

It is not goodness to be better than the very worst.



Civilization

During the war, the African came in contact with practically all the peoples of the earth. He met them on a life and death struggle basis. He saw the so-called civilized and peaceful and orderly white people mercilessly butchering one another just as his so-called savage ancestors had done in tribal wars. He saw no difference between so-called primitive and so-called civilized man. In short, he saw through European pretentions that only Africans were savages.

- Ndabaningi Sithole, more quotes at Fortunecardia


Age

"When I was young I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then and I'm labeled senile."



Nostalgia

I think that basically the only difference between humans and birds is that, when someone barfs into our mouths, we aren't struck so profoundly with a sense of nostalgia.



Folklore

"Before industrial civilization, local and regional communities made their own music, their own entertainment. The esthetics were based on traditions that went far back in time—i.e. folklore. But part of the con of mass culture is to make you forget history, disconnect you from tradition and the past. Sometimes that can be a good thing. Sometimes it can even be revolutionary. But tradition can also keep culture on an authentic human level, the homespun as opposed to the mass produced. Industrial civilization figured out how to manufacture popular culture and sell it back to the people. You have to marvel at the ingenuity of it! The problem is that the longer this buying and selling goes on, the more hollow and bankrupt the culture becomes. It loses its fertility, like worn out, ravaged farmland. Eventually, the yokels who bought the hype, the pitch, they want in on the game. When there are no more naive hicks left, you have a culture where everybody is conning each other all the time. There are no more earnest 'squares' left—everybody's 'hip', everybody is cynical."

From The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb and Peter Poplaski