Can you not see that the task is your task – yours to dream, yours to resolve, yours to execute?
All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescapably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda.
Human beings suffer agonies, and their sad fates become legends; poets write verses about them and playwrights compose dramas, and the remembrance of past grief becomes a source of present pleasure – such is the strange alchemy of the spirit.
Let us redeem our great words from base uses. Let that no longer call itself Love, which knows that it is not free!
Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his being has come.
All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work. The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis.
Topics: The Artist
Fascism is capitalism plus murder.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!
Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself.
The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery.
The supreme crime of the church to-day is that everywhere and in all its operations and influences it is on the side of sloth of mind; that it banishes brains, it sanctifies stupidity, it canonizes incompetence.
An event of colossal and overwhelming significance may happen all at once, but the words which describe it have to come one by one in a long chain.
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