Evil is evil, [...] Lesser, greater, middling, it’s all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred [...] if I’m to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.
I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.
How we think about the world and—perhaps even more importantly—how we narrate it have a massive significance, therefore. A thing that happens and is not told ceases to exist and perishes. This is a fact well known to not only historians, but also (and perhaps above all) to every stripe of politician and tyrant. He who has and weaves the story is in charge.
The world is a fabric we weave daily on the great looms of information, discussions, films, books, gossip, little anecdotes. Today the purview of these looms is enormous—thanks to the internet, almost everyone can take place in the process, taking responsibility and not, lovingly and hatefully, for better and for worse. When this story changes, so does the world. In this sense, the world is made of words.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.
[...] you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.
But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.
Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.
Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a fork?
There were grammatical errors even in his silence.
In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
All is in the hands of man. Therefore you should wash them often.
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