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The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be made into law. And so these legislators police the accepted frontiers of things.

Ben Okri

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Here at Lost The Plot we try to avoid the vagaries of politics, but we are not without opinions. The following quotes have been posted on the wall at one or more of our events in an attempt to communicate...


If you have any more you think we might like, or know where any of the unattributed ones come from please mail us.







The important thing is to not stop questioning

Albert Einstein


We shall go nowhere until we start by recognising that political behaviour is largely non-rational, that the world is suffering from some kind of mental disease.

George Orwell


What luck it is for governments that the people they rule do not think.

Adolf Hitler





Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force.

George Washington



Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.

Bernard Baruch.




Democracy is the art of saying "nice doggie" until you can find a rock.

Wynn Catlin


Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Bertrand Russell





The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose to obtain the largest amount of feathers, with the least possible amount of hissing.

Jean-Baptist Colbert Treasurer to Louis XIV


The Drug War is fuelled by the fact that at this historic moment.our politicians are suffering from enemy deprivation. Faced with the real problems of urban decay, slipping global competitiveness, and a deteriorating education system, the government has decided instead to turn its energies toward the sixty million Americans who use illegal psychoactive drugs.

Timothy Leary









Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

George Bernard Shaw


What politics is really about is a lot of mirrors and blue smoke. People have power when other people think they have power. If they don't think that, then you're an empty vessel.

Whych Fowler


So this was the dope that woolied the cad that kinked the ruck that noised the rape that tried the sap that hugged the mort? That legged in the hoax that joke bilked.

James Joyce


This statement is false.


Be realistic, demand the impossible.


Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.

Luke 6.27






True and False are attributes of speech, not things. And where speech is not, there is neither Truth nor Falsehood.

Thomas Hobbes


There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.

Shakespeare, Hamlet







It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.

T.H. Huxley


Everything flows and nothing stays.



Rules and models destroy genius and art.

William Hazlitt


Yes You Can!


Any institution which does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil.



They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, they are wise they are foolish - so am I.

Sam Walters Foss


It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are in themselves.

Carl Jung






There is more faith in honest doubt, Believe me, than in half the creeds.



When nature's way was lost, honesty was invented. When honesty was lost, laws were invented.



You can't have everything. Where would you keep it?

Adam Weishaupt


Communication is only possible between equals.


If the government doesn't trust the people, why doesn't it dissolve them and elect a new people.






In an evolving Universe, who stands still moves backward


It only takes Twenty years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.


We're living on the Planet of the Apes. Is this funny or serious?


Help conquer the IQ Shortage: Worry less and think more.


Man is ignorant of the nature of his own being and powers. Even his idea of his limitations is based on experience of the past. There is therefore no reason to assign theoretical limits to what he may be, or what he may do.

Aleister Crowley






Never write in pencil unless you're on a train or sick in bed.


The caterpillar cannot understand the butterfly.


I know this won't make much sense to you, son, but wubba wubba nuk nuk nuk


If you think you know what the hell is going on, you're probably full of shit.


GP: Is Eris true?

M2: Everything is true.

GP: Even false things?

M2: Even false things are true.

GP: How can that be?

M2: I don't know man, I didn't do it.









Wherever you go, there you are


All I know is that the Ancient Romans believed that the Dog Star, Sirius, rising with the sun - though one can't see the star in the daylight - adds to the sun's heat and makes the weather specially warm.

Pongo in 'The Starlight Barking'

"I meant, listen to the silence. I've never heard it so loud."

Missis in 'The Starlight Barking'








My brain understands so little that it loves things it's not supposed to understand. Anyway, I've taken to metaphysical.

Missis in 'The Starlight Barking'

Perhaps there may be worries ahead of us, but don't let's meet them half way.

Missis in 'The Starlight Barking'


"Everyone should be on the same side always," said Missis. "Think how much time it would save." "But I've heard there's a catch in it," said Cadpig. "You see, sometimes everyone gets on the wrong side."

From 'The Starlight Barking'







Mushrooms of virtue? Or toadstools of vice? They taste the same.

Philip Larkin 'At 31, when some are rich'


We should sit still in our deep selves and dream good new things for humanity. We should try and make those dreams real.

Ben Okri


I think we need more of the wordless in our lives. We need more stillness, more of a sense of wonder, a feeling for the mystery of life.

Ben Okri


We began before words, and we will end beyond them.

Ben Okri








Poets are set against the world because they cannot accept that all there seems to be is all there is.

Ben Okri


What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.



The universe will always be greater than us.

Ben Okri






Better a complex mind behind a seemingly simple thought, than a simple mind behind a seemingly complex thought.

Ben Okri


Do not disdain the idle, strange, ordinary, nonsensical, or shocking thoughts which the mind throws up. Hold them. Look at them. Play with them. See where they lead.

Ben Okri

There is no need to panic.



There is no such thing as a powerless people. There are only those who have not seen and have not used their power and will.

Ben Okri


Human history is hundreds of thousands of years old and still we look at one another with superficial eyes - as if we haven't learnt in all these millennia of interacting that we are all merely human, that beneath our skins there are continents of similar desires and eruptive dreams, swirling universes of thoughts, prehistoric urges, lightning flashes, and an eternal bloom of flowers.

Ben Okri









Shamans and African image-makers know that we contain the universe inside us, that the sea is in the fish much as the fish is in the sea; that birds breathe their own flight; that forces in the human frame can interpenetrate matter, extends the bounds of time and space, enter the dreams of lions, and travel through the private histories of rivers and mountains.

Ben Okri


The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend to remember.

Harold Pinter








To be wise, the only thing you need to know is when to say "I don't know"


We may be alone. We may not be alone. Either way, the thought is staggering.


What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?


We are all in the gutter - but some of us are looking at the stars

Oscar Wilde


Even a small star shines in the darkness

Danish Proverb


Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler

Albert Einstein


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once (s)he grows up

Pablo Picasso







Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again


Happiness is not a destination. It's the trip


I shut my eyes in order to see

Paul Gauguin


Man is what he believes

Anton Chekhov


Any sufficiently advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic

Arthur C Clarke







Any system that depends on reliability is unreliable


A man with one watch knows what time it is - with two watches he is never sure


A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking


Everybody complains of his memory but none of his judgement

La Rochefoucauld (1665)


To be known well things must be known in detail, but as detail is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect

La Rochefoucauld (1665)




Like plants, most men have hidden properties that chance alone reveals

La Rochefoucauld (1665)


Nature, it seems, has buried deep in our minds skill and talents of which we are unaware; the passions alone have the function of bringing them to light and thereby sometimes giving us a clearer and more comprehensive vision than ingenuity could ever do

La Rochefoucauld (1665)


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