«My reality is it’s nighttime. The truth is I’m just blindfolded. How many people live like me, in self-deluded darkness?»

Jarod Kintz

«Consciousness is the core of humanity. It can be a curse or it can be a cure. Only humanity can decide how to break the curse and be the cure.»

Jennifer Ott

«The gross evil of our time defies all labels.»

Edward Abbey

«It may be whispered to those uninitiated people who are anxious to know the habits and make the acquaintance of men of letters, that there are no race of people who talk about books, or, perhaps, who read books, so little as literary men.»

William Makepeace Thackeray

«Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent--which attitude certainly has a great deal to support it. On the other hand, it is only because the world looks on his talent with such frightening indifference that the artist is compelled to make his talent important.»

James Baldwin

«As we grow we seem to go further and further away from that child which rests within. But there was no choice and so we wander beyond innocence, beyond the touch of insanity and groom ourselves into the tastes of the society, fit in to their needs and instead of becoming a part of them we become like them.»

Chirag Tulsiani

«So funktioniert Höflichkeit. Man pflegt Beziehungen mit Leuten, auch wenn man sie nicht mag.»

J.M. Coetzee

«We are not subjects of a State founded upon law, but members of a society founded upon revolution. Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution. The Revolution is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere. It is for all, or it is nothing. If it is seen as having any end, it will never truly begin.»

Ursula K. Le Guin

«That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.»

Erich Fromm

«Our civilization is not Christian. It does not come from the skies. It is not a result of "inspiration." It is the child of invention, of discovery, of applied knowledge -- that is to say, of science. When man becomes great and grand enough to admit that all have equal rights; when thought is untrammeled; when worship shall consist in doing useful things; when religion means the discharge of obligations to our fellow-men, then, and not until then, will the world be civilized.»

Robert G. Ingersoll

«Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric.»

Anthony C. Grayling

«A ‘normal person’ is what is left after society has squeezed out all unconventional opinions and aspirations out of a human being.»

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

«Songwriting and poetry are so commonly birthed from underdogs because one can make even the ugliest situations admirable, or more beautiful than the beautiful situations - they are the most graceful media in which the lines of society are distorted.»

Criss Jami

«To be silent the whole day long, see no newspaper, hear no radio, listen to no gossip, be thoroughly and completely lazy, thoroughly and completely indifferent to the fate of the world is the finest medicine a man can give himself.»

Henry Miller

«In a society that prioritizes man’s health, a cleaner is more important than a lawyer.»

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

«You know Americans...Self-improvement. No matter who or what we are, we're always working on ways to become somebody else.»

Alan Brown

«We laugh at sheep because sheep just follow the one in front. We humans have out-sheeped the sheep, because at least the sheep need a sheep dog to keep them in line. Humans keep each other in line. And they do it by ridiculing or condemning anyone who commits the crime, and that’s what it’s become, of being different.»

David Icke

«In a world of complete economic equality, you get and keep the affections you deserve. You can’t buy love with gifts or favors, you can’t hold love by raising an inadequate child, and you can’t be secure in love by serving as a good scrub woman or a good provider.»

B.F. Skinner

«And a human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea.»

James Agee

«The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.»

Mark Skousen

«You say that this society will come to an end, because societies always have done so.»

Idries Shah

«It is not for a man to put himself in such an attitude to society, but to maintain himself in whatever attitude he find himself through obedience to the laws of his being, which will never be one of opposition to a just government, if he should chance to meet with such.»

Henry David Thoreau

«the price of creation»

Charles Bukowski

«...only in relatively recent times have people decided that "because I want to" is sufficient reason for annoying others.»

Bill McKibben

«To live in a culture in which women are routinely naked where men aren't is to learn inequality in little ways all day long. So even if we agree that sexual imagery is in fact a language, it is clearly one that is already heavily edited to protect men's sexual--and hence social--confidence while undermining that of women.»

Naomi Wolf

«The Book revealed to Muhammad is one and unique of its kind. It has left indelible impression on the hearts of humanity. Nothing can overcome its majesty. The Quran has given new dimensions to human thinking - Surprising reforms, stunning success! The power that created in Muslims a ravenous appetite for knowledge sprung from the Quran.»

B. Margoliouth

«Don't be surprised that I value prejudice, observe certain conventions, seek power--it's because I know I live in an empty society.»

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

«Protesters are still on the fringes like satellites, revolving around the system. But prophets and poets lead us into a new world, beyond simply yelling at the old one.»

Shane Claiborne

«In the marketing society, we seek fulfillment but settle for abundance. Prisoners of plenty, we have the freedom to consume in stead of our freedom to find our place in the world.»

Clive Hamilton

«They were determined to find something mechanically wrong with him - because broken machines are easier to fix.»

Lionel Shriver