Ryszard Kapuscinski

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Ryszard Kapuscinski

Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We follow the mystics. They know where they are going. They, too, go astray, but when they go astray they do so in a way that is mystical, dark, and mysterious.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A population weakened and exhausted by battling against so many obstacles -- whose needs are never satisfied and desires never fulfilled -- is vulnerable to manipulation and regimentation. The struggle for survival is, above all, an exercise that is hugely time-consuming, absorbing and debilitating. If you create these anti-conditions, your rule is guaranteed for a hundred years.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In a society of little economic development, universal inactivity accompanies universal poverty. You survive not by struggling against nature, or by increasing production, or by relentless labor; instead you survive by expending as little energy as possible, by striving constantly to achieve a state of immobility.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Although a system may cease to exist in the legal sense or as a structure of power, its values (or anti-values), its philosophy, its teachings remain in us. They rule our thinking, our conduct, our attitude to others. The situation is a demonic paradox: we have toppled the system but we still carry its genes.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
First you destroy those who create values. Then you destroy those who know what the values are, and who also know that those destroyed before were in fact the creators of values. But real barbarism begins when no one can any longer judge or know that what he does is barbaric.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him. Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death, because he feared they would rebel.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize him for fear that he would support the other side. He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Readership was high, and very attentive. It was people's only source of knowledge about the world.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A population weakened and exhausted by battling against so many obstacles - whose needs are never satisfied and desires never fulfilled - is vulnerable to manipulation and regimentation. The struggle for survival is, above all, an exercise that is hugely time-consuming, absorbing and debilitating. If you create these ''anti-conditions,'' your rule is guaranteed for a hundred years.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
How do cultures differ from one another? Above all, in their customs. Tell me how you dress, how you act, what are your habits, which gods you honor, and I will tell you who you are. Man not only creates culture, he carries it around with him. Man is culture.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive, it is their state, it is part of their fabric, and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Amin is the shame of the whole world. The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975, I was the only correspondent there at all for three months.More Ryszard Kapuscinski [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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