Scattered around my room, on my bulletin board and my hall way are collections of sayings and quotes that I’ve picked up over the years. Each of them have inspired me (even if momentarily like the fortune cookies), meant something to me at a particular moment in life, hold a memory or even represent an ideal of sorts.
The fortune cookies I’ve collected for a long time, but the quotes I remember the specific moment I started collecting them. Back when my sister was in high school the furnace closet was in the hallway right out side the doors to our rooms. One day she put up some type of quote, maybe it was from Maya Angelou and I had a feeling she picked it up from school. Now if you’ve been in a Hallmark store lately they have a whole series of cards with her poetry. Its decently poetic, much more substantive than the usual greeting card fluff you’ll find out there and a little bit on the conscious and empowering tip. Well, this quote my sister put up was something along these lines. I didn’t think it was bad, but it just wasn’t the type of stuff I wanted to wake up and be the first thing I read as walked to the bathroom in the morning. So decided to put up a competing set of quotes right next to it. I think it first started with Mao’s pear quote, Gramsci’s maxim and Nietzsche one on the abyss that Mumia prefaces his history on the Black Panther’s with. It began as one page, but has grown to a closet wall of cut outs. -AW
Revolution is a “resistance movement agsinst the destruction of love in social reality.“
-Pual Tillich, as quoted by Eric Fromm in “Marx’s Conception of Socialism”
Men [and women] are the producers of their conceptions [and] ideas. … In direct contract to German philosophy which ascends from heaven to earth, here we ascend from earth to heaven.
-Karl Marx, The German Ideology
As long as there is in our land a heart with pain or an eye full of years, my dream and my vision will have to survive.
-Ricardo Flores Magón
The more I raise my eyes to it, the higher it seems; the more I bore into it, the harder it becomes. I see it before me, but suddenly it is behind me. … even if I wanted to stop, I could not do so. Having exhausted me ability, I still seem to find something standing high above. Though I wish to follow it, there is no way to do so.
–The Analects of Confucius, Book nine, verse eleven
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall softly upon our fields and, until we meet again, may god hold you in the palm of his hand.
-Irish Blessing written out by relative
He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.
-Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
…if the condemned of the earth do not understand their pasts and know the responsibilities that lie upon them in the future, all on earth will be condemned. That is the kind of world we live in.
If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
The proletariat is not an army, it does not have officers, subalterns, corporals and soliders. Socialists are not officers of the proletarian army, they are a part of the proletariat itself, perhaps they are its consciousness, but as the consciousness can not be divided from an individual, so socialists are not places in duality with the proletariat. They are one, always one and they do not command but live with the proletariat, just as the blood circulates and moves in the veins of the body and it is not possible for it to live and move inside rubber tubes wrapped around a corpse. They live with the proletariat, their force is in the proletariat’s and their power in the perfect adhesion.
There is really nothing you must be
And there is nothing you must do.
There is nothing you must have
And there is nothing you must know.
There is nothing you must becomes,
It helps to understand that fire burns,
And when it rains, the earth gets wet.
-Japanese Zen Poem
God grant me the serenity to accept thing I cannot change, courage to change things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
-AA Serenity Prayer
In politics there is not honest and useful practice without a theory and an objective clearly defined. –
Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.
-Antonio Gramsci, masthead of Odrine Nuovo
Part lip tongue trace hip
Taste cool breeze drink sip
Sun set night come fall
Flash smile wink heart skip
-Some random poem I cut out of a magazine a decade ago.
Shorter quotes and one liners
Rumsfeld is Out! -My mom on a sticky note after Rummy resigned
There is nothing so practical as a good theory. –A paraphrase of Kant
Theory: The codification of many people’s experience. –can’t remember
To see a tiger is to die; to see an official is to become destitute. –Hmong proverb
Comrade, be brief. –Notice in the CNT-FAI headquarters in 1936
I will return and I will bring millions. –Spartacus the slave to the Romans
Every truly great accomplishment is at first impossible.
To one who waits, a moment seems a year.
Many a false step is made by standing still.
The will of the people is the best law.