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The Sun Magazine

Quotations

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Every heart is the other heart. Every soul is the other soul. Every face is the other face. The individual is the one illusion.

Marguerite Young, Miss MacIntosh, My Darling

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Until a few years ago, a man who had no debts was considered virtuous, honest, and hardworking. Today, he’s an extraterrestrial. Whoever does not owe, does not exist. I owe, therefore I am.

Eduardo Galeano

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Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.

Rachel Carson

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There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot.

Derek Bok

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When questioned by an anthropologist on what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, “Ours.

Vine Deloria Jr.

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If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, don’t.

Michael Pollan

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It is an illusion to suppose that a dictator makes himself; at most he seizes an opportunity made for him by passive, stupid, incompetent, and, above all, unsatisfied and fearful men.

L. Susan Stebbing

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Government is a tool, like a hammer. You can use a hammer to build or you can use a hammer to destroy.

Molly Ivins

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When I was poor and complained about inequality they said I was bitter; now that I’m rich and I complain about inequality they say I’m a hypocrite. I’m beginning to think they just don’t want to talk about inequality.

Russell Brand

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The real question is: How sturdy and solid is the floor our civilization stands on? How many lives with no prospects, shattered and senseless, can it bear the weight of before it cracks?

Christa Wolf, City of Angels: Or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud