The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
Steve Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 70s, and he was eventually brutally killed after being arrested, making him a martyr of the cause and further exposing the apartheid regime. Reading about his life and death really puts this quote in perspective. The most profound part about this piece is that it’s only been thirty five years since his death, and two years prior, he was banned by the regime in an attempt to silence him, yet here we are quoting his very words.
"Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
This quote comes from the conclusion of an essay Wilde wrote in 1891, as a dialogue between two people; Gilbert and Ernst. Gilbert is the character who says the quote, to which Ernst replies:
ERNEST. His punishment?
GILBERT. And his reward. But, see, it is dawn already. Draw back the curtains and open the windows wide. How cool the morning air is! Piccadilly lies at our feet like a long riband of silver. A faint purple mist hangs over the Park, and the shadows of the white ...
That is such a wonderful quote! I often find that the bravest amongst us are the ones willing to dare to think outside the box - to venture into the unknown. It also reminds me of the Rob Siltanen quote here: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits...
I remember when I read this book back in high school, I found the quote to be so meaningful because it summed up the human condition so succinctly in a few words. It talks about human nature - our incessant need to live in the past, yet we try to keep chugging forward .
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
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My father originally submitted the quote “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”, and attributed to C.S. Lewis. However, once the drawing was done and I began researching the origins of the quote, I came upon an article that went into fine detail explaining that, in fact, C.S. Lewis had never said it, but that George Macdonald (minister and author of At The Back of the North Wind), who Lewis admired, said it.
Fortunately, my father is a great lover of C.S. Lewis' writings, and submitted the above quote as well. The earliest versi...
“Invert, always invert.” ~ Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
Jacobi, the great algebraist, was known for his constant repetition of the above maxim since he realized that many hard problems can only be solved when approached from an entirely different viewpoint.