Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.
This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.
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