Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Best Minds

"Periander, however, understood Thrasybulus' actions. He realized that he had been advising him to kill outstanding citizens, and from then on he treated his people with unremitting brutality."

Herodotus, The Histories

"Her father contended the War was behind it all: any person who showed a shred of talent was sucked up by UNEF; the very best fell to the Elite Conscription Act and wound up being cannon fodder."

Joe Haldeman, The Forever War

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness..."

Allen Ginsberg, Howl

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