Agathon quotes

  • Even God cannot change the past.
    -- Agathon

    #Change #Past

  • This only is denied even to God: the power to undo the past.
    -- Agathon

    #Time #Power #Past

  • Of this alone, even god is deprived, the power of making things that are past never to have been.
    -- Agathon


  • Art is in love with luck, and luck with art.
    -- Agathon

    #Art #Luck #Art Is

  • The improvement of the mind improves the heart and corrects the understanding.
    -- Agathon

    #Heart #Understanding #Mind

  • Every ruler must remember three things. Firstly, that he rules man; secondly, that he rules according to law, and thirdly, that he does not rule for ever.
    -- Agathon

    #Men #Law #Doe

  • There are some vile and contemptible men who, allowing themselves to be conquered by misfortune, seek a refuge in death.
    -- Agathon

    #Men #Despair #Refuge

  • What literature can and should do is change the people who teach the people who don't read the books.

  • Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.

  • The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.

  • The dialectic between change and continuity is a painful but deeply instructive one, in personal life as in the life of a people.To "see the light" too often has meant rejecting the treasures found in darkness.

  • Even God cannot change the past.

  • So with truth - there is a certain moment when one can say, this is the truth and here I put a dot, a stop, and I go to another thing. A judge has to put an end to a deliberation. But for a historian, theres never an end to the past. It can go on and on and on.

  • Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past to regretting that it has ever changed. Conservatism is our greatest trade-risk; and we run psychoanalysts close in the belief that the only "normal" people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anybody else.

  • The experience you’ve had may be unwanted, may amount to nothing but damage and waste, but experience has substance, is factual, authoritative, lives on in your past and affects your present, whatever you attempt to do about it.

  • Through all the relationship stuff I've gone through in the past few years, I know there are fundamental differences in how men and women view sex and how they view their futures.

  • How aware were photographers in the past of other visual arts? "No photographer of any distinction at all could approach his work without some awareness of what was going on in other visual media, and for that matter neither the painter nor the draughtsman could ignore photography."

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