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  • Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.

    Albert Camus (2012). “The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt”, p.124, Vintage
  • Your services might be as useful as a barbershop on the steps of a guillotine.

    Funny   Sarcastic   Might  
  • Human attempts to construct moral order are always precarious: If righteousness too often leads to self-righteousness, the demand for justice can lead to one guillotine or another.

    Self   Order   Justice  
    Susan Neiman (2009). “Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists”, p.430, Princeton University Press
  • I mean, I could go ahead and cut my head off in the guillotine, and it looks great, ... Well, now you turn on CNN and guys are really getting their heads cut off. ... As insane as our fantasy world gets, it's nowhere near as scary as reality.

    Mean   Cutting   Reality  
  • When we experience fear, it cuts us off from our power. It cuts us off from knowledge and experience. It is a guillotine that falls and separates.

  • As for the bishop, the sight of the guillotine was a great shock to him, from which he recovered only slowly.

    Victor Hugo (1987). “Les Misérables”, Signet Classics
  • The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.

    Money   Business   Class  
  • Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. Because it teaches children, you know, that they don’t have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies and I don’t think that's a good message. . . . I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.

    Children   Gun   Thinking  
    "Roseanne Barr: Behead Bankers, Rich Who Won't Give Up Wealth". October 1, 2011.
  • Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; - the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!

    Charles Dickens (1868). “A Tale of Two Cities”, p.320
  • But do you understand, I cry to him, do you understand that if you have the guillotine in the forefront, and with such glee, it's for the sole reason that cutting heads off is the easiest thing, and having an idea is difficult!

    Cutting   Ideas   Glee  
  • Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.

    Henry Miller (1961). “The Cosmological Eye”, p.177, New Directions Publishing
  • Charlotte Corday walked alone Paris birds sang sugar calls Charlotte walked down lanes of stone through the haze of perfume stalls Charlotte smelt the dead's gangrene Heard the singing guillotine

    Paris   Bird   Singing  
    Peter Weiss (1998). “Marat/Sade ; The Investigation ; and The Shadow of the Body of the Coachman”, p.53, A&C Black
  • The old terms must be invented with new meaning and given new explanations. Liberty, equality, and fraternity are no longer what they were in the days of the late-lamented guillotine. This is what the politicians will not understand; and that is why I hate them. They want only their own special revolutions- external revolutions, political revolutions, etc. But that is only dabbling. What is really needed is a revolution of the human spirit.

  • How does newness come into the world? How is it born? Of what fusions, translations, conjoinings is it made? How does it survive, extreme and dangerous as it is? What compromises, what deals, what betrayals of its secret nature must it make to stave off the wrecking crew, the exterminating angel, the guillotine? Is birth always a fall? Do angels have wings? Can men fly?

    Betrayal   Fall   Angel  
    Salman Rushdie (1989). “The Satanic Verses”, New York, N.Y. : Viking
  • A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.

    Franz Kafka, Malcolm Pasley (1973). “Shorter works [of] Franz Kafka”, Harvill Secker
  • The guillotine has to fall somewhere when the team under-produces, and more times than not it's fallen on me.

    Team   Fall   Hockey  
  • The old farm roads a four lane that leads to the mall, and our dreams are all guillotines waiting to fall.

    Dream   Fall   Reality  
    Song: Subdivision, Album: Revelling / Reckoning
  • Somewhere within the concept of justice, the worst of the guilty must always be removed. I cannot divorce this, not completely. The people must have justice and so I want to reinstate and enshrine the blessed and holy guillotine!

    "12 Crazy Things Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr Has Said About The United States" by Jordan Teicher, February 3, 2012.
  • Forget the noose. Forget the Iron Maiden. Forget the electric chair or the guillotine. The mind was mankind's most painful torture chamber, the blessed liberty to cogitate offering either doom or salvation, depending on one's disposition.

    Blessed   Offering   Iron  
    Tiffanie DeBartolo (2005). “How to Kill a Rock Star”, p.261, Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Faith, like a guillotine. As heavy, as light.

    Franz Kafka, Joyce Crick, Ritchie Robertson (2012). “A Hunger Artist and Other Stories”, p.197, Oxford University Press
  • If you are a guillotine producer, watch out your head; because wickedness is a boomerang.

  • Melt all the guns, I thought, break the knives, burn the guillotines-and the malicious will still write letters that kill.

    Writing   Gun   Knives  
  • Sink me! Your taylors have betrayed you! T'wood serve you better to send THEM to Madam Guillotine

  • The knife is the most durable, immortal, the most genius thing that man created. The knife was the guillotine; the knife is the universal means of solving all knots; and along the blade of a knife lies the path of paradox - the single most worthy path of the fearless mind.

    Lying   Mean   Men  
    Yevgeny Zamyatin (2007). “We”, p.103, Modern Library
  • Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day's wine to La Guillotine.

    Wine   Paris   Six  
    Charles Dickens (1867). “Charles Dickens's works. Charles Dickens ed. [18 vols. of a 21 vol. set. Wanting A child's history of England; Christmas stories; The mystery of Edwin Drood].”
  • Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals.

    Newsweek, January 24, 1955.
  • For misdirected love, the attainment of its object is, indeed, the best cure; but it cures as the guillotine cures headache.

  • Then, as she turned to walk away, Fred dropped the guillotine."So we're making Ev CEO," he said, his fork clenched in his hand. "You're going to get a passive chairman role and a silent board seat. We have some paperwork for you and a recommendation for a lawyer."Jack felt like he had just been hit in the face with a baseball bat. "Say that again," he stuttered to Fred, thinking he had heard incorrectly.Fred repeated himself almost verbatim: We're making Ev CEO. You're getting a passive chairman role. You will have a silent board seat. Here's the paperwork. Call a lawyer.

  • In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.

    "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", 1988.
  • In the social equation, the value of a single life is nil; in the cosmic equation, it is infinite... Not only communism, but any political movement which implicitly relies on purely utilitarian ethics, must become a victim to the same fatal error. It is a fallacy as naïve as a mathematical teaser, and yet its consequences lead straight to Goya's Disasters, to the reign of the guillotine, the torture chambers of the Inquisition, or the cellars of the Lubianka.

    Arthur Koestler (1952). “Arrow in the blue: an autobiography”
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