1. "

    In every hair there are an infinite number of lions, and in addition all the single hairs, together with their infinite number of lions, in turn enter into a single hair. In this way the progression is infinite, like the jewels in Celestial Lord Indra’s net.

    -Fa-tsang (T’ang Dynasty)

    Homer was wrong in saying, “Would that strife might perish from among gods and humans.” For if that were to occur, all things would cease to exist.


    — Epigrams from Randall Collins’ The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change.

  2. "On Planet Earth, henceforth, action comes not so much from man as an individual or subject, the ancient warrior hero of philosophy and old-style historical consciousness, not so much from the canonized combat of master and slave, a rare couple in quicksand, not so much from the groups analyzed by the old social sciences - assemblies, parties, nations, armies, tiny villages - no, the decisive actions are now, massively, those of enormous and dense tectonic plates of humanity."
    — Michel Serres (1995). The Natural Contract, “We.” p 16.

  3. "In other words, it is a question of creating words that are meaningful only when they bring about their own reinvention, words whose greatest ambition would be to become elements of histories that, without them, might have been slightly different."
    — Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, p. 13.
  4. Robert Montgomery


  5. "The big city is as full of such breathing-spaces as of individual people. Now none of these people is like the next, each is a kind of cul-de-sac; and just as their splintering makes up the chief attraction and chief distress of life, so too one could also lament the splintering of the atmosphere."
    — Elias Canetti, The Conscience of Words

  6. "Further expanding the already large class of Foucauldian apparatuses, I shall call an apparatus literally anything that has in some way the capacity to capture, orient, determine, intercept, model, control, or secure the gestures, behaviors, opinions, or discourses of living beings. Not only, therefore, prisons, madhouses, the panopticon, schools, confession, factories, disciplines, judicial measures, and so forth (whose connection with power is in a certain sense evident), but also the pen, writing, literature, philosophy, agriculture, cigarettes, navigation, computers, cellular telephones and — why not — language itself, which is perhaps the most ancient of apparatuses—one in which thousands and thousands of years ago a primate inadvertently let himself be captured, probably without realizing the consequences that he was about to face."
    — Giorgio Agamben, ‘What is an Apparatus?’

  7. "

    "I am coming to the end of a long journey—a journey that began over 70 years ago at the beginning of World War II. This journey has basically been to show that there is an alternative to the Bolshevik revolutionary prototype. It has taken us a long time to accomplish this, but we have been able to do so both as a result of our historical vision and because of the very practical efforts of comrades who have risen to the challenge of creating a revolution unlike any revolution that has been in the past.

    "Because of my increasing physical limitations in the last few years, I have not been able to play the role that I might have played. But that is not as important now as recognizing what has been achieved. A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of humankind."

    — Grace Lee Boggs, in hospice

  8. "What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains."
    — Blanche DuBois, in Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire

    (Source: lolfactory)

  11. Citicorp Center, New York


  12. "A fractal is a way of seeing infinity."
    — Benoît Mandelbrot