“Henceforth I have no secrets from thee, Wagner,” was the answer, while the stranger’s eyes gleamed with unearthly luster; then, bending forward, he whispered a few words in the other’s ear.
[Concerning the invisible god] some say that he is Aapep when he riseth up with a head bearing upon it [the feather of] Maat (Truth). But others say that he is Horus when he riseth up with two heads, whereon one beareth [the feather of] Maat, and the other [the symbol of] wickedness. He bestoweth wickedness on him that worketh wickedness, and right and truth upon him that followeth righteousness and truth.
The Papyrus of Ani (The Egyptian Book of the Dead), translated by E A Wallis Budge
The public character of its meetings, the almost infinite number of its initiates, and the ease with which they are admitted have removed from Masonry every trace of political inclination. And if an exception is made of some very few and almost unknown lodges in which the light is preserved in its purity, all the others are nothing more than entertainment centers or schools of superstition and slavery.
By protecting others, you save yourself. If you only think of yourself, you’ll only destroy yourself.
Akira Kurosawa, & al., Seven Samurai
the poetry of transgression is also knowledge. He who transgresses not only breaks a rule. He goes somewhere that the others are not; and he knows something the others don’t know.
Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye
Much of my rebelliousness starts with indifference to what is urgently important to others.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything
My definition of good management is the achievement of objectives through the manipulation of others.
—Jon Taffer, Raise the Bar