"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults"
- Thomas Szasz
"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget"
- Thomas Szasz
If you talk to God, you are praying.
If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist.
If God talks to you, you are a schizophrenic.
- Thomas Szasz
“The proverb warns that, 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself"
- Thomas Szasz
“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates”
- Thomas Szasz
“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all”
- Thomas Szasz
“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is”
- Thomas Szasz
“Parents teach children discipline for two different, indeed diametrically opposed, reasons: to render the child submissive to them and to make him [or her] independent of them"
- Thomas Szasz
“It taught me, at an early age, that being wrong can be dangerous, but being right, when society regards the majority’s falsehood as truth, could be fatal"
- Thomas Szasz
“Malcolm X and Edmund Burke shared an appreciation of this important insight, this painful truth - that the state wants men to be weak and timid, not strong and proud"
- Thomas Szasz
“People may be constrained in two basic ways: physically, by confining them in jails, mental hospitals, and so forth; and symbolically, by confining them in occupations, social roles, and so forth"
- Thomas Szasz
“It is mainly by resisting authority that the individual defines himself [or herself]"
- Thomas Szasz
"In the 60s people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined"
- Thomas Szasz

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'Compel the poor to live upon a crust of bread, by soft mild arts.
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With labour and abstinence, say he looks healthy and happy;
And when his children sicken, let them die; there are enough
Born, even too many, and our earth will be overrun
Without these arts. If you would make the poor live with temper,
With pomp give every crust of bread you give; with gracious cunning
Magnify small gifts; reduce the man to want a gift, and then give with pomp.
Say he smiles if you hear him sigh. If pale, say he is ruddy.
Preach temperance: say he is overgorg'd and drowns his wit
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I Was In A Hurry

Yesterday I lost a country.
I was in a hurry,
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like a broken branch from a forgetful tree.
Please, if anyone passes by
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perhaps in a suitcase
open to the sky,
or engraved on a rock
like a gaping wound,
or wrapped
in the blankets of emigrants,
or canceled
like a losing lottery ticket,
or helplessly forgotten
in Purgatory,
or rushing forward without a goal
like the questions of children,
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or rolling in a helmet on the sand,
or stolen in Ali Baba's jar,
or disguised in the uniform of a policeman
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A book has arrived in the post (NOT from Amazon)
Michael Parenti, "Dirty Truths"

"I call these writings Dirty Truths because they deal with the kind of undiluted information and ideas largely excluded from our corporate-dominated media, schools and mainstream politics...

, views that are studiously ignored or strenuously denounced, so much so as to take on the appearance of something improper. They are not merely dissident but "dirty" as it were, lacking the unexamined repetition and aura of respectability that are bestowed upon more

conventional opinions

[Truths are better than lies]

[This will], I hope, prove a refreshing departure from the predominating ideological pap that is fed to us time & again about such things as poverty & wealth, fascism & free markets, media & culture, consciousness & class

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