imp3ratrix: (Come not between a dragon and his wrath)
I have no special regard for Satan; but, I can at least claim that I have no prejudice against him. It may even be that I lean a little his way, on account of his not having a fair show. All religions issue bibles against him, and say the most injurious things about him, but we never hear his side. We have none but the evidence for the prosecution, and yet we have rendered the verdict. To my mind, this is irregular. It is un-English, it is un-American; it is French.



~ Mark Twain

Harper's Magazine, September 1899
imp3ratrix: (Life is like playing a violin)
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers, and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.



~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wilhelm Meister's Lehrjahre


This one goes out to you, Mia. I hope it's been an amazing day through and through.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
imp3ratrix: (Come not between a dragon and his wrath)
Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.



~ George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four; Part 3, Chapter 3
imp3ratrix: (Vain wisdom all and false philosophy)
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.



~ Thomas Jefferson

Letter to Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin; 1802



END THE FED.
imp3ratrix: (Come not between a dragon and his wrath)
Where there is no common power, there is no law, where no law, no injustice. Force, and fraud, are in war the cardinal virtues.



~ Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan
; Chapter 13
imp3ratrix: (Come not between a dragon and his wrath)
Crush humanity out of shape once more, under similar hammers, and it will twist itself into the same tortured forms. Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.



~ Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities; Chapter 15
imp3ratrix: (Vain wisdom all and false philosophy)
Many have imagined republics and principalities which have never been seen or known to exist in reality; for how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation.



~ Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince; Chapter 15
imp3ratrix: (Vain wisdom all and false philosophy)
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.



~ Plato

The Republic; Book III
imp3ratrix: (Come not between a dragon and his wrath)
Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.



~ Aristotle

Politics
imp3ratrix: (Hell grew darker at their frown)
Why were a few, or a single one, made at all, if only to exist in order to be made eternally miserable, which is infinitely worse than non-existence?



~ Immanuel Kant

End of All Things
imp3ratrix: (Vain wisdom all and false philosophy)
I-I am going to be a storm-a flame-
I need to fight whole armies alone;
I have ten hearts; I have a hundred arms;
I feel too strong to war with mortals-
BRING ME GIANTS!



~ Cyrano de Bergerac
imp3ratrix: (Hell grew darker at their frown)
It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream - a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought - a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!



~ Mark Twain

The Mysterious Stranger
imp3ratrix: (Come not between a dragon and his wrath)
It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.



~ Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince; Chapter 3
imp3ratrix: (Vain wisdom all and false philosophy)
No human thing is of serious importance.



~ Plato

The Republic; Book X

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