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George Bernard Shaw

Because reasonable man follows the norms of society we must look to unreasonable men for all progress.

Oscar Wilde

Because one dies for a cause it does not necessitate the rightness of the cause.

 

William Shakespeare

The man that hath no music in himself. Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. The motion of his spirit is as dull as night. And his affections dark as Erebus.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no beautiful surfaces without a terrible depth.

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back at you.

The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.

Those with very loud voices in their throats are nearly incapable of thinking subtle thoughts.

 

William Shakespeare

It doth but skin and film the ulcerous place while rank corruption lies within.

… He doth protest too much methinks …

D H Lawrence

(One of the most important authors of the 20th century writing on the forced closing of his art exhibition)

... to a degree virtually all bureaucracies are parasitic, particularly on we, who are the general; but above these structures of mammon the law is the greatest whore of all.

 

The great nature writer Richard Jefferies

... for faces fade as flowers and there is no consolation.

The master novelist Henry James

Art is the only truth.

 

Richard Capel

(Schubert's Songs 1928)

In society one cannot go naked, and the passions have to conform to the general rule. The more urban one's life, the more important do clothes become.

Sir Edward Elgar's opinion of Sir Thomas Beecham

"Beecham is dishonest but doesn't know it".

 

William Blake

"I do not hold with education, it is the great corruption"

Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer 1934

... the trouble with the law is that it goes through life with its legs crossed pissing itself.