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

Terrifying. Our blind spots to history are enormous.

(via manicbreakfastwithmanders)

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