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A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.
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A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.
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Anyone who hasn't experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.
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Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.
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Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
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I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger.
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I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty-a sunken beauty.
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I'm homosexual... How and why are idle questions. It's a little like wanting to know why my eyes are green.
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Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
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Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.
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The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
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The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.
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There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter.
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To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.
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Violence is a calm that disturbs you.
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What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.
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What we need is hatred. From it our ideas are born.
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Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.
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Would Hamlet have felt the delicious fascination of suicide if he hadn't had an audience, and lines to speak?
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