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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless.
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Present, the
Engrave this Quote There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.
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Prophecy
Engrave this Quote No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.
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Purity
Engrave this Quote No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
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Quotations
Engrave this Quote When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
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Racism
Engrave this Quote I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
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Respect
Engrave this Quote People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
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Sex
Engrave this Quote The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love.
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Engrave this Quote The American ideal of sexuality appears to be rooted in the American ideal of masculinity. This idea has created cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys, punks and studs, tough guys and softies, butch and faggot, black and white. It is an ideal so paralytically infantile that it is virtually forbidden -- as an unpatriotic act -- that the American boy evolve into the complexity of manhood.
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Society
Engrave this Quote Society is held together by our need; we bind it together with legend, myth, coercion, fearing that without it we will be hurled into that void, within which, like the earth before the Word was spoken, the foundations of society are hidden.
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Engrave this Quote If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.
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Students
Engrave this Quote The greatest significance of the present student generation is that it is through them that the point of view of the subjugated is finally and inexorably being expressed.
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Truth
Engrave this Quote A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.
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Engrave this Quote We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.
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