Thursday, July 29, 2010

words from the strong:

"So I have no peroration or clarion note on which to close. Beware the irrational, no matter how seductive. Shun the transcendent and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will provide plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect them to live for you." (p. 140)

-Christopher Hitchens, from his Letters to a Young Contrarian

3 comments:

k love said...

interesting.

actually sounds strongly similar to an passage i read last night in The Fountainhead.

interesting.

Lachelleandmanasseh said...

you know, i thought a week would give you sufficient breathing room. i was mistaken. hurry the hell up. ahem.


...i promise to comment more? please?

emilyf said...

wow. That's all...so randomly connected that it kinda blows my mind. Interesting and thoughtful words