Brilliant Quotes

The title says it all… a collection of brilliant words by various authors that have affected me or made me thunk or that in their own way are radical responses to a world swimming in the shallow end of a pool of ignornce and self-delusion…
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. – Buddha

Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death. – Albert Camus

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. – Karl Marx

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. – Mikhail Bakunin

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. – Karl Marx

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. – Noam Chomsky

A psychotic is a guy who’s just found out what’s going on. – William S. Burroughs

In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation. – Guy Debord

He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche