“A man discovers what he is actually worth in this world when he faces society as a man, without…”

“A man discovers what he is actually worth in this world when he faces society as a man, without money, name, or powerful connections, stripped of all but his native potentialities. He soon finds that nothing has less weight than his human qualities. They are prized so low that the market does not even list them.”

Max Horkheimer, “The Latest Attack on Metaphysics”

“Man believes that the world itself is filled with beauty — he forgets that it is he who has created…”

“Man believes that the world itself is filled with beauty — he forgets that it is he who has created it. He alone has bestowed beauty upon the world — alas! only a very human, an all too human, beauty.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“Down here and up there are all the same to me. Whether I lie here in the gutter and stow away the…”

“Down here and up there are all the same to me. Whether I lie here in the gutter and stow away the rain water or drink champagne up there with the same lips makes no difference to me, not even in the taste.”

Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka

“It is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a…”

“It is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle.”

Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government

“The neutralization of reason that deprives it of any relation to objective content… and that…”

“The neutralization of reason that deprives it of any relation to objective content… and that degrades it to an executive agency concerned with the how rather than with the what, transforms it to an ever-increasing extent into a mere dull apparatus for registering facts.”

Max Horkheimer, Eclipse of Reason

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