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June 29, 2009

Utopian Quotes of the Week

Filed under: Utopia,who said it? — rmangum @ 5:39 am

The new civilization, which may take centuries or a few thousand years to usher in, will not be another civilization- it will be the open stretch of realization which all the past civilizations have pointed to. The city, which was the birth-place of civilization, such as we know it to be, will exist no more. There will be nuclei of course, but they will be mobile and fluid. The peoples of the earth will no longer be shut off from one another within states but will flow freely over the surface of the earth and intermingle. There will be no fixed constellations of human aggregates. Governments will give way to management, using the word in a broad sense. The politician will become as superannuated as the dodo bird. The machine will never be dominated, as some imagine; it will be scrapped, eventually, but not before men have understood the nature of the mystery which binds them to their creation. The worship, investigation and subjugation of the machine will give way to the lure of all that is truly occult. This problem is bound up with the larger one of power- and of posession. Man will be forced to realize that power must be kept open, fluid and free. His aim will be not to possess power but to radiate it.
-Henry Miller, Sunday After the War

A nihilist is someone who bows to no authority, accepts no principle at face value, no matter in how much respect that principle may be held.
-Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons


  1. I wish I could live another 2000 years in this realm. Some claim, of course we can and do, but I dont know.

    I agree on that radiating power concept!

    Comment by Jannie Funster — June 29, 2009 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

  2. This Henry Miller quote takes me back to high school when I read this passage in his “The Air Conditioned Nightmare” under a tree in the Escalante desert. I told your brother and his girl over the weekend that I plan to write a book of one-liner jokes involving Russian novelists. So far, I only have one joke: “Why did Nikolai Gogol cross the road? To write a really long novel about it.” Ha ha. I can’t think of any Turgenev jokes, though. Turgenev’s got me stumped.

    Comment by Michael — July 9, 2009 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

    • Sounds like a fun project. Very Woody Allen.

      Comment by rmangum — July 9, 2009 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

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