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We classify things for the purpose of doing something to them. Any classification which does not assist manipulation is worse than useless.
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War is the health of the state.

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The American intellectuals, in their preoccupation with reality, seem to have forgotten that the real enemy is War rather than imperial Germany. There is work to be done to prevent this war of ours from passing into popular mythology as a holy crusade. What shall we do with leaders who tell us that we go to war in moral spotlessness or who make "democracy" synonymous with a republican form of government?

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The ironist is ironical not because he does not care, but because he cares too much.

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We classify things for the purpose of doing something to them. Any classification which does not assist manipulation is worse than useless.

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In America our radicalism is still simply amateurish and incompetent.

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Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has.

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In your reaction to an imagined attack on your country or an insult to its government, you draw closer to the herd for protection, you conform in word and deed, and you insist vehemently that everybody else shall think, speak, and act together. And you fix your adoring gaze upon the State, with a truly filial look, as upon the Father of the flock.

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Self-recognition is necessary to know one's road, but, knowing the road, the price of the mistakes and perils is worth paying. The following of that road will be all the discipline one needs. Discipline does not mean being molded by outside forces, but sticking to one's road against the forces that would deflect or bury the soul. People speak of finding one

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With the shock of war the state comes into its own again.

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Culture, like the kingdom of heaven, lies within us, and not in foreign galleries and books.

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The ironic life is a life keenly alert, keenly sensitive, reacting promptly with feelings of liking or dislike to each bit of experience, letting none of it pass without interpretation and assimilation, a life full and satisfying - indeed a rival of the religious life.

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