Literature and revolution… an ongoing post that I will start filling with inspirational quotes on Art and activism)

Posted: October 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“Selling is the practice of alienation.” – 

Karl Marx: Early Writings, London 1963 p39 (translated as ‘Objectification is the practice of alienation’), in Guddat and Easton, (footnote 6), p248 (translated as ‘Selling is the practice of externalisation’)

For Marx ‘alienation’ characterised not the sensuous-material world in general, but only one specific historical phase- the fetishistic world of commodity production.




  • First recorded in Leon TrotskyLiterature and Revolution (1924; edited by William Keach (2005), Ch. 4: Futurism, p. 120): “Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes.
  • Also falsely(?) attributed to Bertolt Brecht.


“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing.”

  • Muhammad Ali {citation needed}

Those who control their passions do so because
their passions are weak enough to be controlled.

  • William Blake

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s.

  • William Blake


First. I’m convinced of my disagreement with the counterrevolution — imperialism — fascism — religions — stupidity — capitalism — and the whole gamut of bourgeoistricks — I wish to cooperate with the Revolution in transforming the world into a class-less one so that we can attain a better rhythm for the oppressed classes

Secondly. a timely moment to clarify who are the allies of the Revolution

Read Lenin — Stalin — Learn that I am nothing but a “small damned” part of a revolutionary movement.

Always revolutionary, never dead, never useless

  • Frida Kahlo, The Diary Of Frida Kahlo (p.251)

“To those human beings who are of any concern to me
I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities —
I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt,
the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished:
I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures.”

  • – “Types of my disciples”, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1887.

“The test of one’s decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring.”

  • — Willa Cather

Examine the lives of the best and most fruitful people and peoples and ask yourselves whether a tree that is supposed to grow to a proud height can dispense with bad weather and storms;
Examine whether misfortune and external resistance, some kinds of hatred, jealousy, stubbornness, mistrust, hardness, avarice, and violence do not belong among the favorable conditions without which any great growth even of virtue is scarcely possible.

  • – Friedrich Nietzsche, 1887.
    No one is able to produce a great work of art without experience, nor achieve a worldly position immediately, nor be a great lover at the first attempt;
    We suffer because we cannot spontaneously master the ingredients of fulfillment.








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