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Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.

Archibald MacLeish in Man, Dignity, Right

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Freedom is the right to one's dignity as a man.

Archibald MacLeish

What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.

Archibald MacLeish

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.

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There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.

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The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.

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The perversion of the mind is only possible when those who should be heard in its defence are silent.

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We have no choice but to be guilty God is unthinkable if we are innocent.

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Around around the sun we go: The moon goes round the earth. We do not die of death: We die of vertigo.

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When he was seventy-four years old the Cretan novelist Nikos Kazantzakis began a book. He called it Report to Greco... Kazantzakis thought of himself as a soldier reporting to his commanding officer on a mortal mission—his life. ...Well, there is only one

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To love love and not its meaning, hardens the heart in monstrous ways..." (The Rape Of The Swan)Footnote : A form of self-edification, infatuation, lust and the epitome of hedonism.

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We knock upon silence for an answering music.

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As things are now going, the peace we will make, the peace we seem to be making, will be a peace of oil, a peace of gold, a peace of shipping, a peace, in brief... without moral purpose or human interest.

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What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.

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What is more important to a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it ex

Archibald MacLeish

What is more important to a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it exists.", American Scholar; Washington, DC, June 5, 1972]

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