Thursday, March 1, 2007

Never in a Monarchy can the opulence of an individual put him above the Prince; but, in a Republic, it can easily put him above the laws. Then the government no longer has force, and the rich are always the true sovereign.
~Rousseau (Lettre à d'Alembert)

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Why does the stream of genius so seldom break out as a torrent, with roaring high waves, and shake your awed soul?-- Dear friends, because there are cool and composed gentlemen living on both banks, whose garden houses, tulip beds and cabbage fields would be devastated if they had not in good time known how to meet the threatening danger by building dams and ditches.
-Goethe (The Sorrows of Young Werther)
And the clock said:
"Na na na na, na na na
Oh Schmuel, you'll get to be happy!
Na na na na, na na na
I give you unlimited time!
Na na na na, na na na
So Schmuel, go sew and be happy!"
~The Last Five Years
"I swear to God I'll never understand
How you can stand there straight and tall
And see I'm crying
And not do anything at all"
- The Last Five Years
"Women are capable of doing everything we do: the only difference between them and us is that they are nicer."
-Voltaire's comment in a footnote in Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality
Sorrowfully and tacitly I recognize my own ignorance, when I consider how much I lack of what my mind[,] in its craving for knowledge[,] is sighing for.
-Petrarch (On his own Ignorance)
Will I loose my dignity?
Will someone care?
Will I wake tomorrow from this nightmare?
A good story has the power to heal the soul.