“Too Too Unsolid Flesh” by Lucian Samosata

 

Only when I am destroyed will I be able to become something else.

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As with any valuable social skill, self-torture must be learned from others.

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The condition for meeting the shibboleth is not silence but arche-silence.

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Purity begets sterility.

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To be educated is to have suffered in a certain way and to have been strengthened by that suffering.

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Only a philosopher is foolish enough to write down dangerous thoughts in books anyone may read.

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Scratch a reactionary and you’ll find a progressive.

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Talk is talk is talk is talk.

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No adversary as fatal as an inept ally.

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Men were made for suffering.

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Policy is the continuation of war by other means.

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If inheritance is a factor, Darwin applies.

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Whatever you say can be used against you.

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Meet every shibboleth and offer no index.

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Wisdom is too important to be left to the philosophers. Language is too important to be left to the linguists. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians. Reaction is too important to be left to the reactionaries. Progress is too important to be left to the progressives.

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It’s true and useful. It’s true but not useful. It’s useful but not true. It’s neither true nor useful.

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Desperation is a prodigious succor to stupidity. Therefore hold your desires at arm’s length.

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