Julian Assange – Best Quotes

He has been called "the Robin Hood of hacking." As the founder and public face of WikiLeaks, a website that posts secret documents and information in the public domain, Julian Assange (pronounced Ah-Sanj) believes that total transparency is for the good of all people. But Assange — who reportedly lives an itinerant existence, traveling the … Continue reading Julian Assange – Best Quotes

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George Orwell’s 1984 is now a massive hit in the book stores again.

Funny how a book about a dystopian society where the state controls how people should feel and think is hitting the book stores following Donald Trump's election to the White House seat. Sales: As of Friday, the best-selling book on Amazon. Since Donald Trump's inauguration, sales have increased by 9,500%, according to American publishers Signet … Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 is now a massive hit in the book stores again.

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past

'"Who controls the present controls the past,"' said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. 'Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?' Again the feeling of helplessness descended upon Winston. His eyes flitted towards the dial. He not only did not know whether 'yes' or 'no' was the answer that would … Continue reading Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

Lev Nikolaevich (Leo) Tolstoy (1828–1910). A Russian novelist, reformer, and moral thinker. Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana, the Tolstoy family estate a hundred miles south of Moscow, on August 28. He died on November 20 at a nearby railroad station, having fled in the night from an increasingly contentious marriage and a set of … Continue reading Leo Tolstoy Quotes

1984 * George Orwell’s vision on a Big Brother state

WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH So goes the motto of the Party in Oceania, governed by only four ministries: The Ministry of Truth, which concerned itself with news, entertainment, education, and the fine arts. The Ministry of Peace, which concerned itself with war. The Ministry of Love, which maintained law and … Continue reading 1984 * George Orwell’s vision on a Big Brother state

Inspirational Quotes

Inspiration (from the Latin inspirare, meaning "To breathe into") refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. The concept has origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration came from the muses, as well as the gods Apollo and Dionysus. Similarly, in the Ancient Norse … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes

1984 Excerpt about the Inquisition and Persecution

The first thing for you to understand is that in this place there are no martyrdoms. You have read of the religious persecutions of the past. In the Middle Ages there was the Inquisition. It was a failure. It set out to eradicate heresy, and ended by perpetuating it. For every heretic it burned at … Continue reading 1984 Excerpt about the Inquisition and Persecution

Buch der Bilder * Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke's Buch der Bilder is a rich and subtle cycle of poems that has presented difficulties for many Rilke scholars. In this study, I begin by giving a brief overview of some of these difficulties, which are usually rooted in an adherence to biographical readings. I then move on to read key poems in the cycle, including "Auseinem … Continue reading Buch der Bilder * Rainer Maria Rilke

Stephen King * Thinner

Thinner is about a fat man who is cursed by a gypsy and loses weight. If that’s all there was to it I’m sure we’d all be running out to find ourselves a Romany, but that’s not how curses work. Billy Halleck, the fat man, can’t stop losing weight and it’s going to kill him. “Some … Continue reading Stephen King * Thinner