"There’s really only one rule for community as far as I’m concerned, and it’s this - in order to call some gathering of people a “community”, it is a requirement that if you’re a member of the community, and one day you stop showing up, people will come looking for you to see where you went."

-- Adam Fields, http://www.aquick.org/blog/2007/05/15/the-first-rule-of-community
"Truth is that form of error without which a thinking subject cannot live."

-- Nietzsche
"It has been one of the really painful problems of the modern Western individual to gain release for his conscience from this Levantine assurance of a separation of spirit and nature (mythic dissociation), together with its correlative totalitarian dogma (social identification) of 'society' -- almost any quorum, it seems, will do: a 'people,' a 'Church,' even a trade union, or anything calling itself 'the state' -- as the only vehicle of value, through association with which an individual life can achieve worth: when actually the truth is the other way round, that whatever human worth a social group may claim, it will have gained only by grace of the great and little individuals of its membership."

-- Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Creative Mythology
"Bertrand Russell . . . has summarized in one sentence both his own idea and Wittgenstein's of the aim of symbolization: 'The essential business of language is to assert or deny facts.' A more usual business of language, however, has been to motivate action and, to this end, to excite fear, rage, or desire, to indoctrinate, to prevaricate, to intimidate, and to brainwash. Indeed, to assert or deny 'fact' is about the last thing language has ever been used for."

-- Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Creative Mythology
I don’t regret a thing I’ve done. I only regret the things I didn’t do.

-- Ingrid Bergman
"I think they've [small-business competitors to Wal-Mart, often owned by members of ethnic minorities] ripped off our communities enough. First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs, very few black people own these stores."

-- Andrew Young, former civil rights leader turned Wal-Mart flack (now a former Wal-Mart flack)

(Props to Barbara Ehrenreich, whose whole entry is well worth reading.)
Those who are easily shocked ... should be shocked more often.

-- Mae West (born 8/17/1893)
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."

-- General Smedley Butler, born July 30, 1881

For more, seehttp://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jul30.html
This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all. And the dead will be commemorated, and we'll struggle on with the living, and we are not going away. We won't die secret deaths any more. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come.

'Bye now. You are fabulous, each and every one, and I bless you.

More life. The great work begins.

-- Prior Walter's closing soliloquy in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"
More life! The great work begins!

-- Prior Walter in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"
"no-one . . . had had a single idea in the whole time i'd been there, and the general practice for when someone had *half* an idea was to bog it down in an endless procession of consultative committees until it drowned."

-- wegglywoo, http://wegglywoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/seadale-and-blogosphere.html
"Life's pretty tough . . . you're lucky if you live through it."

-- Woody Guthrie
"GWB has said his policy is to bury the 1960's and all it stands for, peace, civil rights, the environment, sex, drugs, rock and roll, well... In a 'culture war,' at least we have one...besides the one ready made on Madison Ave and hyped endlessly over the tube...the tube owned by the soap and cereal guys, who have now decided they want to run the world..."

-- RG Johnson of The Daily Kos

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