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Barbarians: April 8-9, 2008


Good fences make good neighbors.                               

- Robert Frost

It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.

- Garrison Keillor

Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

- George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.

- Benjamin Franklin

The true barbarian is he who thinks everything barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices.

- William Hazlitt

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering.  I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

- Walt Whitman

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.

- Denis Diderot

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

- Ayn Rand

The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.

- George Bernard Shaw

First you destroy those who create values. Then you destroy those who know what the values are, and who also know that those destroyed before were in fact the creators of values. But real barbarism begins when no one can any longer judge or know that what he does is barbaric.

- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages.

- Hervey Allen

Today's barbarian may wear a Brooks Brother suit and carry a ball-point pen.  In fact, even beneath the academic gown there may lurk a child of the wilderness, untutored in the high tradition of civility, who goes busily and happily about his work, a domesticated and law-abiding man, engaged in the concoction of a philosophy to put an end to all philosophy.

- John Courtney Murray

The curtain rises on a vast primitive wasteland, not unlike certain parts of New Jersey.                       

- Woody Allen


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