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    There is no proletarian, not even a Communist movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money - and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: time  facts  leader  money 
     
    The common man wants nothing of life but health, longevity, amusement, comfort-"happiness." He who does not despise this should turn his eyes from world history, for it contains nothing of the sort. The best that history has created is great suffering.
    — Oswald Spengler
    To-day a democrat of the old school would demand, not freedom for the press, but freedom from the press; but mean-time the leaders have changed themselves into parvenus who have to secure their position vis-a-vis the masses.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: freedom  leader  school 
     
    The individual's life is of importance to none besides himself: the point is whether he wishes to escape from history or give his life for it. History recks nothing of human logic
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: human  logic  wishes 
     
    If few can stand a long war without deterioration of soul, none can stand a long peace.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: peace  soul  war 
     
    We Germans will never produce another Goethe, but we may produce another Caesar.
    — Oswald Spengler
    This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us . . . to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us . . . to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: live 
     
    Peace is a desire, war is a fact; and history has never paid heed to human desires and ideals.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: desires  peace  human  war 
     
    Man makes history; woman is history. The reproduction of the species is feminine: it runs steadily and quietly through all species, animal or human, through all short-lived cultures. It is primary, unchanging, everlasting, maternal, plantlike, and cultureless. If we look back we find that it is synonymous with life itself.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: animals  men  women  culture  human 
     
    What is truth? For the multitude, that which it continually reads and hears.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: read 
     
    Optimism is cowardice.
    — Oswald Spengler
    Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.
    — Oswald Spengler
    It doesn't really matter what one writes into a constitution. The important thing is what the collective instinct eventually makes of it.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: write  instinct 
     
    To-day we live so cowed under the bombardment of this intellectual artillery that hardly anyone can attain to the inward detachment that is required for a clear view of the monstrous drama. The will-to-power operating under a pure democratic disguise has finished off its masterpiece so well that the object's sense of freedom is actually flattered by the most thorough-going enslavement that has ever existed.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: freedom  live  drama 
     
    Fortunately, at the last hour, there were always a few soldiers to save Civilization.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: civilization 
     
    Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: democracy  money 
     
    When the ordinary thought of a highly cultivated people begins to regard 'having children' as a question of pro's and con's, the great turning point has come.
    — Oswald Spengler
    Pacifism means letting the non-pacifists have control ... Pacifism will remain an ideal, war a fact. If the white races are resolved never to wage war again, the colored will act differently and become rulers of the world.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: world  control  facts  war  race 
     
    Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to think, and this they consider freedom.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: people  freedom 
     
    History is that form which his imagination seeks comprehension of the living existence of the world in relation to his own life, which he thereby invests with a deeper reality.
    — Oswald Spengler
    All world-improvers are Socialists. And consequently there are no Classical world-improvers.
    — Oswald Spengler
    When the Englishman speaks of national wealth he means the number of millionaires in the country.
    — Oswald Spengler
    Tension without cosmic pulsation to animate it is the transition to nothingness
    — Oswald Spengler
    History is direction-but Nature is extension-ergo, everyone gets eaten by a bear.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: nature 
     
    When three liberals get together they form a new party; that is their idea of individualism. They never join a bowling club without introducing as part of the 'agenda' an 'amendment of the statutes.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: ideas 
     
    Every action alters the soul of the doer.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: action  soul 
     
    Every Socialist outbreak only blazes new paths for Capitalism.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: path  capitalism 
     
    A resolute leader who collects ten thousand adventurers about him can do as he pleases. Were the whole world a single Imperium, it would thereby become merely the maximum conceivable field for the exploits of such conquering heroes.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: world  hero  leader 
     
    The last man of the world-city no longer wants to live-he may cling to life as an individual, but as a type, as an aggregate, no, for it is a characteristic of this collective existence that it eliminates the terror of death.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: death  men  existence 
     
    One does not reflect on a point of honor - that is already dishonor. To submit to insult, to forget a humiliation, to quail before an enemy - all these are signs of a life become worthless and superfluous.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: enemies  enemy  insult  honor 
     
    I maintain that to-day many an inventor, many a diplomat, many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all those who practise the dull craft of experimental psychology.
    — Oswald Spengler
    Philosophy, the love of Wisdom, is at the very bottom defence against the incomprehensible.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: wisdom  philosophy 
     
    If you are clever enough to figure out what men want, you are either too wise to marry them or too intimidating for them to marry you.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: men  wise  marry 
     
    Long, long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: men  die  blood 
     
    One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be - though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain - because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: eyes  gone 
     
    You are caught in the current of unceasing change. Your life is a ripple in it. Every moment of your conscious life links the infinite past with the infinite future. Take part in both and you will not find the present empty.
    — Oswald Spengler
    Christian theology is the grandmother of Bolshevism.
    — Oswald Spengler
    Pacifism will remain an ideal, war a fact, and if the White race decides to wage it no longer, the dark ones will, and will become the masters of the world.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: world  master  dark  facts  war  race 
     
    Those who talk too much about race no longer have it in them.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: race 
     
    Critical (i.e., separating) methods apply only to the world-as-nature. It would be easier to break up a theme of Beethoven with dissecting knife or acid than to break up the soul by methods of abstract thought . Nature-knowledge and man-knowledge have neither ways nor aims in common.
    — Oswald Spengler
    tags: thoughts  soul 
     
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