Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category


Harry Dean Stanton (with baseball bat) as Bud in his starring role in "Repo Man"

Harry Dean Stanton (with baseball bat) as “Bud” in his starring role in Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984)

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“I can’t relate to the Judaic-Christian concept at all. It’s a fascistic concept. All fear-based. All about there being a boss. Someone in charge. A creator.”

–Harry Dean Stanton, quoted by Ronald Bergan in The Guardian‘s “Harry Dean Stanton Obituary” on 9-15-17

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(A note regarding Repo Man:  Writer/Director Alex Cox named some of the characters after popular brands of beer. In the photo above, Harry Dean Stanton, as “Bud,” is flanked on his left by Tracey Walter as “Miller” and Sy Richardson as “Lite.”)

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H.L. Mencken

“The American people, taking one with another, constitute the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages.”

–H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: A Selection


Doomed City, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, front cover

“Once upon a time in a little town there lived two night-soil men — father and son. There weren’t any sewers there, only pits full of slurry. And they scooped that shit out with a bucket and poured it into their barrel, and what’s more, the father, as the more experienced specialist, went down into the pit, and the son handed the bucket down to him from above. Then one day the son lost his grip on the bucket and dumped it back on his old man. Well, his old man wiped himself down, looked up at him, and said bitterly, ‘You’re a total screwup, a real lunkhead. No good for anything. You’ll be stuck up there your whole life.'”

–“Andrei” in The Doomed City, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

(This “lost novel” appeared for the first time in English last year. Expect a review shortly.)


Emma Goldman

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

“What a preposterous notion! What incentive to slavery, inactivity, and parasitism! . . . Just because humanity has been meek, the earth has been stolen from it.

“Meekness has been the whip with which capitalism and governments have forced man into dependency, into his slave position. The most faithful servants of the State, of wealth, of special privilege, could not preach a more convenient gospel than did Christ, the ‘redeemer’ of the people.”

–Emma Goldman, “The Failure of Christianity”


William Blake

As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves

To lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse

On the fairest joys.

–William Blake, Proverbs of Hell


Ambrose Bierce

“Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises.”

–Ambrose Bierce, Collected Works


“Christians argue that the state is the price we pay for Adam’s fall. If men were perfect, they say, we could have anarchy. Anarchists say the opposite. If all men were virtuous, the most perfect among them might be entrusted with political power, which is the right to use violence against one’s fellow man. But since no one is completely virtuous, it is folly to entrust anyone with governmental power. . . .

“Belief in government is the superstition that some magical power endows certain men with the right to use violence against others. The fear of anarchy is the secret conviction that violence is the best way for a person to get what he wants.”

–Allen Thornton, Laws of the Jungle