“Quote Unquote”

July 5, 2019 § Leave a comment

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.”  —  Hannah Arendt

“In short, I suspect totalitarianism to be the retribution that befalls all peoples who give free rein to extremists and extremism, who forget the golden rule of political life, which is that ideas are never good except in moderation, and that anything carried to its logical conclusion becomes a menacing caricature of itself.”  — George Kennan

“A little patience and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people recovering their true sight, restore the government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit , and incurring the horrors of war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. . . . If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost.”  —  Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Taylor, 1798

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