My first edit: September 4, 2007
- We hardly need to be reminded that we are living in an age of confusion—a lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria. Opinions can be picked up cheap in the market place while such commodities as courage and fortitude and faith are in alarmingly short supply.
- No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.
- If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants.
- Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
- The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.
- Any destiny, no matter how long and complicated, consists in fact of a single moment: the moment when the man knows for ever who is he.
Jorge Luis Borges, from "The Aleph"