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"The idea that Tony Blair – who helped launch the war on a false pretext and now says we need to "liberate ourselves from the notion that ‘we’ have caused this" – remains Middle East peace envoy is beyond parody."

- Seumas Milne, 2014

"The preference of vice to virtue [is] a manifest wrong judgement."

- John Locke

"I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts:
I am no orator, as Brutus is;”

- Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea."

- Walter Bagehot, Physics and Politics, 1872

"From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved."

- Niccolo Machiavelli

"It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope."

- Niccolo Machiavelli

"In the absence of any serious strategy to protect democracy the right resorts, instead, to a defence of "culture" – reinvented as "tradition", elevated to "heritage" and imagined as immutable. Having evoked the myth of purity it then targets the human pollutants – low-skilled immigrants, Gypsies, Muslims, take your pick. People who wouldn’t know a credit default swap if it ran up and kicked them out of their house, but who are as accessible and identifiable as neoliberal globalisation – that force without a face – is elusive."

- Gary Younge, 2014

“I have felt the wind on the wing of madness.”

- Charles Baudelaire

"Do one thing every day that scares you."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

"The most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property."

- James Madison, 1787

"Without a vision, people perish"

- The Bible, Proverbs 29:18

“I think the pre-delay is the most important part of any reverb.”

- Alan Parsons, Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio


"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls."

- Joseph Campbell


"As the 2011 census revealed, white Britons are now a minority in London, accounting for only 45% of the city’s population. More than 40% of Londoners were born overseas."

- Jonathan Freedland, 2014

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

- T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, 1943