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«I would like you to understand completely, also emotionally, that I'm a political detainee and will be a political prisoner, that I have nothing now or in the future to be ashamed of in this situation. That, at bottom, I myself have in a certain sense asked for this detention and this sentence, because I've always refused to change my opinion, for which I would be willing to give my life and not just remain in prison. That therefore I can only be tranquil and content with myself.»
«There's a theory, one I find persuasive, that the quest for knowledge is, at bottom, the search for the answer to the question: ''Where was I before I was born'.' In the beginning was what? Perhaps, in the beginning, there was a curious room, a room like this one, crammed with wonders; and now the room and all it contains are forbidden you, although it was made just for you, had been prepared for you since time began, and you will spend all your life trying to remember it.»
«Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom.»
Author: E. M. Forster (Essayist, Novelist) | About: Curiosity | Keywords: at bottom, faculties
«If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement.»
«Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.»
Author: Eric Hoffer (Writer) | About: Action | Keywords: afloat, at bottom, flail, flailing, regain, swinging
«At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.»
«God is a gross answer, an indelicacy against us thinkers -- at bottom, merely a gross prohibition for us: you shall not think!»
«Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact.»
«Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for th»
«They (the British) are like their own beer; froth on top, dregs at bottom, the middle excellent»