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    Is it possible that I am not alone in believing that in the dispute between Galileo and the Church, the Church was right and the centre of man's universe is the earth?
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: alone  right  church  universe 
     
    The truth is that our race survived ignorance; it is our scientific genius that will do us in.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: truth  genius  race 
     
    Dictatorship is a constant lecture instructing you that your feelings, your thoughts and desires are of no account, that you are a nobody and must live as you are told by other people who desire and think for you
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: desires  people  live  thoughts 
     
    Whenever you hear the word "inevitable", watch out! An enemy of humanity has identified himself.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: enemies  humanity  enemy 
     
    Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: book  imagination 
     
    Thou shalt not let a day pass without rereading something great.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    Art experts are unfailingly opposed to Art for the simple reason that they are interested in Art - but Art is not interested in Art. Art is interested in life.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: character  bad  book  author 
     
    You tell me your favorite novelists and I'll tell you whom you vote for, or whether you vote at all.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    Consistency is a virtue for trains.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: virtue 
     
    Great writers are not those who tell us we shouldn't play with fire, but those who make our fingers burn.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: fire 
     
    To be great is to assume great concerns.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents birth
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: men  people  memory  human  powerful  birth  parent 
     
    The war against Vietnam is only the ghastliest manifestation of what I'd call imperial provincialism, which afflicts America's whole culture-aware only of its own history, insensible to everything which isn't part of the local atmosphere.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    Like all wage slaves, he had two crosses to bear: the people he worked for and the people he worked with
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: people 
     
    Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    To state a lie firmly, categorically and with great authority, undeterred by the fact that all concerned know it to be a lie, is one of the principal activities defined by the term practising law.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: lies  law  facts  authority 
     
    As a rule, the most dangerous ideas are not the ones that divide people but those on which they agree.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: people  rules  ideas  dangerous 
     
    All great power has to do to destroy itself is persist in trying to do the impossible.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: power  impossible 
     
    When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.
    — Stephen Vizinczey
    tags: greatness  eyes  tragedy 
     
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