"I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean."
- Will Durant (1885 - 1981), writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for his 11-volume work The Story of Civilization (via historical-nonfiction)

(Source: allfunandgames.ca, via historical-nonfiction)

"A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up."

Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via fuckyeahbeatniks)

Terrifying. Our blind spots to history are enormous.

(via manicbreakfastwithmanders)