"After mingling with the students, Marcuse was affronted and disgusted. At his lecture he set aside his prepared notes and instead described the severe Prussian discipline of his own education: the classics he had to master; the languages he had to learn by exercises and constant tests. His theme was that no one had any standing on which to rebel against the past — or dare to call himself a revolutionary — who had not registered the tradition of the West."
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"The perfectionist is bound to be a neurotic. He cannot enjoy life till he is perfect. And perfection as such never happens; it is not in the nature of things. Totality is possible. Perfection is not possible."
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"To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities - I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures."
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Dialectical Rationality: Marx, Lukács, and the Frankfurt School (Verso Blog)
"Marx and Lukács aimed to preserve the moment of revolt in romanticism without recapitulating the subjectivist errors so effectively criticized by Hegel. I will show that they are only partially successful in this task, but also that the task itself was well chosen and indeed is still relevant to critical theory and practice. They approached this task with a similar method, which I will call “cultural” because of its orientation toward the most general patterns of meaning and practice, institutions and artifacts, of entire societies. Just such a pattern is signified by the concepts of alienation and reification that they employ to analyze capitalist society. At the same time, these concepts are derived from reflection on the philosophical tradition and function in the context of the authors’ discussion of fundamental philosophical problems. This unity of culture, philosophy, and politics is the distinctive trait of their early method." Andrew Feenberg, Philosophy of Praxis
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"I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story: I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love — and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they didn’t have it in them to do it."
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Jesus christ, that’s a pretty face
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"The bifurcation which runs like a spine through the body of Nietzsche’s writings is the division between what debilitates and maims life, versus everything that strengthens and invigorates it."
Frithjof Bergman, “Nietzsche’s Critique of Morality”
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"Remember the clear light, the pure clear white light from which everything in the universe comes, to which everything in the universe returns; the original nature of your own mind. The natural state of the universe unmanifest. Let go into the clear light, trust it, merge with it. It is your own true nature, it is home."
Tibetan Book of the Dead
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"Freud imagined the origins of civilization in the primal struggle between father and son. The sons who overthrow the father’s authority become afraid of their own agression and lawlessness and regret the loss of his wonderful power; and so they reinstate law and authority in the father’s image. Thus, in a seemingly unbreakable cycle, revolt is always followed by guilt and restoration of authority. As Herbert Marcuse noted, in every revolution the hope of abolishing domination has been defeated by the establishment of a new authority — “every revolution has also been a betrayed revolution.”"
Jessica Benjamin, The Bonds of Love
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"The impossible is often the untried."
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