Saul Bellow: Need for illusion

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. -Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel laureate (1915-2005)

Bertrand Russell: Individual existence

An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970).

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Power over people

You only have power over people as long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again. 

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn, novelist, Nobel laureate (1918-2008)

Albert Camus: Absolute justice

Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom. –Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate (1913-1960).

John Steinbeck: Co-ordination and disintegration

Among men, it seems, historically at any rate, that processes of co-ordination and disintegration follow each other with great regularity, and the index of the co-ordination is the measure of the disintegration which follows. There is no mob like a group of well-drilled soldiers when they have thrown off their discipline. And there is no lostness like that which comes to a man when a perfect and certain pattern has dissolved about him. There is no hater like one who has greatly loved. -John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968)

Nelson Mandela: Head and Heart

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. –Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)