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Allen, Woody

Source: Woody Allen

I took a speed reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.Woody Allen

Anonymous

Source: Anonymous from an internet forum.

Computers are a lot like air conditioners: they work well until you open Windows.—[Ed. Note: Sounds like a happy Linux user; I couldn't have said it better myself.]

Bakunin, Michael

Source: God and the State, by Michael Bakunin, Dover Books, 1970, p.83

The more unjust and inhuman an interest is, the greater need it has of sanction. Now, where find it if not in religion, that good protectress of all the well-fed and the useful consoler of the hungry?Michael Bakunin

“The fact that I have read a lot and that I think and write has never generated in me the conviction that I could teach and guide others.…This reluctance to teach and guide is the result not of a lack of confidence in myself but rather of a confidence in the competence of the run-of-the-mill American.—Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfront, Hopewell Publications, 2009, p.121.

Berkman, Alexander (1)

Source: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, by Alexander Berkman, Mother Earth Publishing Association (free Amazon Kindle edition), 2nd edition, 1920, p. 440

There come moments when one asks himself the justification of his existence, the meaning of his life. No torment is more excruciating and overwhelming than the failure to find an answer.Alexander Berkman, following his conviction and prison sentence for the 1892 attempted assassination of Henry Clay Frick, architect of a massacre of workers at Andrew Carnegie's Homestead Steel Works.

“The fact that I have read a lot and that I think and write has never generated in me the conviction that I could teach and guide others.…This reluctance to teach and guide is the result not of a lack of confidence in myself but rather of a confidence in the competence of the run-of-the-mill American.—Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfront, Hopewell Publications, 2009, p.121.

Berkman, Alexander (2)

Source: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, by Alexander Berkman, Mother Earth Publishing Association (free Amazon Kindle edition), 2nd edition, 1920, p. 416

…in an absolutism, the autocrat is visible and tangible. The real despotism of republican institutions is far deeper, more insidious, because it rests on the popular delusion of self-government and independence. That is the subtle source of democratic tyranny, and, as such, it cannot be reached with a bullet.Alexander Berkman

“The fact that I have read a lot and that I think and write has never generated in me the conviction that I could teach and guide others.…This reluctance to teach and guide is the result not of a lack of confidence in myself but rather of a confidence in the competence of the run-of-the-mill American.—Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfront, Hopewell Publications, 2009, p.121.

Bryson, Bill

Source: In A Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson, Broadway Books, 2000, p.108

I am quite certain that if the rest of the world vanished overnight and the development of cricket was left in Australian hands, within a generation the players would be wearing shorts and using the bats to hit each other.Bill Bryson. [Ed. Note: Have you ever seen a game of Australian football? It makes American football look like a game for wusses!]

“The fact that I have read a lot and that I think and write has never generated in me the conviction that I could teach and guide others.…This reluctance to teach and guide is the result not of a lack of confidence in myself but rather of a confidence in the competence of the run-of-the-mill American.—Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking on the Waterfront, Hopewell Publications, 2009, p.121.