Here are some quotes I like. (If you like one too, feel free to tell me about it.)
The torch of doubt and chaos, this is what the sage steers by.
I was taught when there’s somethin’ you can change around / Keep quiet, you got nothin’ to complain about / You got work to do
– Mos Def, Champion Requiem
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Now all I need is a crew / One that can act as if
–Britt Daniel, The Beast and Dragon, Adored
There is not even a thought, or an invention, which is not common property, born of the past and the present. Thousands of inventors, known and unknown, who have died in poverty, have co-operated in the invention of each of these machines which embody the genius of man.
– Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread
The measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
– Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Vol. 3: American Statesmen
Necessitous men are not free men.
– Franklin D Roosevelt, State of the Union (January 11, 1944)
The realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases.
– Karl Marx, Capital: Volume 3, Ch. 48
The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play.
– Arthur C. Clarke, Los Angeles Free Press interview
For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.
– John Maynard Keynes, Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, 1930
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
– Anatole France, Le Lys Rouge