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Ordinary women never appeal to one's imagination. They are limited to their century. No glamour ever transfigures them. One knows their minds as easily as one knows their bonnets. One can always find them. There is no mystery in any of them. They ride in the park in the morning and chatter at tea-parties in the afternoon. They have their stereotyped smile and their fashionable manner. They are quite obvious. But an actress! How different an actress is! Harry! why didn't you tell me that the only thing worth loving is an actress?

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“When you get old,” Olive told Andrea after the girl had walked away, “you become invisible. It’s just the truth. And yet it’s freeing in a way.”

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She was a curious woman, whose dresses always looked as if they had been designed in a rage and put on in a tempest. She was usually in love with somebody, and, as her passion was never returned, she had kept all her illusions. She tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy. Her name was Victoria, and she had a perfect mania for going to church.

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"Iblant sies det at sorg er psykisk, men at savn er fysisk. Det ene er et sår, det andre er en amputert kroppsdel, et vissent blomsterblad sammenlignet med en brukket stamme. Det som vokser tilstrekkelig nær noe det elsker, får tilslutt samme røtter. Vi kan snakke om tapet, vi kan bearbeide det og gi det tid, men biologien tvinger oss fremdeles til å leve under visse lover: Planter som deles på midten, leges ikke. De dør."

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Just take it as it comes and you’ll be fine, son, just fine. You got to do right, son, you got to be realistic. They’ll be other kids in that school, kid, and ever’ last one of ‘em will be after your lunch money. But don’t give ‘em your lunch money, son, put it in your shoe. If they come up against you tell ‘em the other kids already got it.

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Som jeg skulle få bekreftet en rekke ganger under oppholdet, var oktoberfesten nå blitt en ren folkefest hvor det likevel ikke var en altfor stor del av befolkningen som deltok.

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..how the West dealt with apartheid vs. communism is instructive.

After all, apartheid was a local abomination, posing no threat to
anyone outside South Africa,
aiming no nuclear weapons or tanks in the heart of Western Europe,
nor did it attempt to export its immoral ideology.

Imagine Nelson Mandela being asked, “How do you feel about
'apartheid with a human face'?”
Would he be criticized, like Bukovsky was, by people who say,
“You suffered too much from apartheid,
of course you can’t be objective.”

( Ronald J. i Goodreads omtale )

( av øvrig omtale )

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A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity.

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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

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Denne boka er utgitt utan stønad frå Vitskapsfondet. Heller ikkje Universitetet i Strudshamn, der eg i meir enn 40 år, bortsett frå 4, har vore tilsett og har hatt arbeidet mitt, har sett seg i stand til å stø utgjevinga. Ein del interesserte har likevel ytt gåver til prenting, men vil vere anonyme.

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“My world, my Earth, is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and gobbled and fought until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first. There are no forests left on my Earth. The air is grey, the sky is grey, it is always hot. It is habitable, it is still habitable, but not as this world is. This is a living world, a harmony. Mine is a discord. You Odonians chose a desert; we Terrans made a desert. . .

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“You see,” he said, “what we’re after is to remind ourselves that we didn’t come to Anarres for safety, but for freedom. If we must all agree, all work together, we’re no better than a machine. If an individual can’t work in solidarity with his fellows, it’s his duty to work alone. His duty and his right. We have been denying people that right. We’ve been saying, more and more often, you must work with the others, you must accept the rule of the majority. But any rule is tyranny. The duty of the individual is to accept no rule, to be the initiator of his own acts, to be responsible. Only if he does so will the society live, and change, and adapt, and survive

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He explained to Atro that he now understood why the army was organized as it was. It was indeed quite necessary. No rational form of organization would serve the purpose. He simply had not understood that the purpose was to enable men with machine guns to kill unarmed men and women easily and in great quantities when told to do so.

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We are poor, we lack. You have, we do not have. Everything is beautiful here. Only not the faces. On Anarres nothing is beautiful, nothing but the faces. The other faces, the men and women. We have nothing but that, nothing but each other. Here you see the jewels, there you see the eyes. And in the eyes you see the splendor, the splendor of the human spirit. Because our men and women are free—possessing nothing, they are free. And you the possessors are possessed. You are all in jail. Each alone, solitary, with a heap of what he owns. You live in prison, die in prison. It is all I can see in your eyes—the wall, the wall!”

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There are souls, he thought, whose umbilicus has never been cut. They never got weaned from the universe. They do not understand death as an enemy; they look forward to rotting and turning into humus.

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You are afraid of us, there. You fear we might bring back the revolution, the old one, the real one, the revolution for justice which you began and then stopped halfway. Here in A-Io they fear me less because they have forgotten the revolution. They don’t believe in it any more. They think if people can possess enough things they will be content to live in prison. But I will not believe that. I want the walls down. I want solidarity, human solidarity.

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He said, “You put another lock on the door and call it democracy.”

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sparer ein på seg sjølv
vert ein ikkje rik

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'Frihet' som retten til å bifalle det politisk korrekte:

Toleranse må innebære retten til å være uenig.
Dypt uenige parter kan diskutere med høy temperatur, men like
fullt med toleranse og rasjonelle argumenter relevante for
emnet som drøftes. Man vil lytte oppriktig til hverandre,
fordi man kan ha utbytte av å se verden fra et annet perspektiv
enn det man kom fra. Men man trenger ikke å bli enige til slutt.

Habermas fremholder at dersom den offentlige debatt skal være
produktiv, må argumentene være rasjonelle og kunnskapsbaserte.
Fakta bør avgjøre, ikke debattantenes dyktighet i hersketeknikk,
retorikk og sjikanering.

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..at stadig flere amerikanere kjenner på en snikende, selvpålagt
sensur rundt emner der egne oppfatninger bryter med det
politisk korrekte nyhetsbildet.
De registrerer at de velger å tie for å unngå den sosiale
trakasseringen som følger der man oppfattes som 'fiende' av
systemet.
De radikale kreftene som straks angriper enhver som ymter meninger
som bryter med de politisk 'korrekte', finnes overalt --
i selskaper og familiefester, på universiteter og så definitivt
overalt i media.
Folk føler på frykten hvor de enn er.
Dr P C Roberts hevder at denne typen struktur minner langt mer om
nazismens Tredje Rike enn et fritt demokrati. Tausheten skriver
seg ikke fra normal sunn selvrefleksjon, men av ren og skjær
frykt for autoritetene.

..'Enveis-toleranse', situasjonen der en ydmykhet kreves av den
ene parten, mens den andre ikke behøver å yte slik respekt.
Begrepet toleranse mister dermed sin betydning og blir til et
politisk middel til å kvele opposisjon.

Å stemple noen som intolerant er blitt et effektivt våpen.
"Jeg føler meg krenket av det DU sier", heter det - og betyr at
meningsytreren må "vise respekt" og straks avstå fra sitt argument.

"Respekt" blir retten til å uttale seg på en slik måte at de
ekstreme kan godkjenne det.
Å komme med andre meninger eller forsvare borttrengte minoriteter,
oppviser dermed "liten respekt".
"Toleranse"-begrepene er dermed så smalt definert at det vil kvele
mangfoldet og den frie tanke.

..Gutfeld kommer med en rekke eksempler, blant annet det underlige
fenomenet at enhver som var kritisk til '0bamacare' eller illegal
innvandring til USA, automatisk var stemplet som rasist. I samme
kategori havnet raskt de som protesterte mot en moské på Ground
Zero. Han hevder at vi har skapt oss en panisk tilværelse full av
oppdiktede anklager og fabrikert indignasjon, der vi påberoper oss
å være støtt og krenket av å møte andres meninger.

Tidligere dødspunk-vokalist i bandet Turbonegro, Hans-Erik Dyvik
Husby omtaler betegnelsen 'kristofobi' -- forestillingen om at man
kan sjikanere en kristen så grovt man bare ønsker, men overhodet
ikke gjøre det samme med en homofil, en kvinne eller en jøde.
..Kristne.. i USA er svært bekymret for mulighetene til å kunne
utøve sin tro på en arbeidsplass, uten å bli trakassert.

 
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"And ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don't know something, go to the library and look it up."

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