- Birthday, Politics, Quotes

“Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.”

Happy birthday, W. E. B. Du Bois! Here are some quotes by this significant thinker.

“Ignorance is a cure for nothing.”

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.”

“Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”

“In 1956, I shall not go to the polls. I have not registered. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no ‘two evils’ exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say.”

“There is always a certain glamour about the idea of a nation rising up to crush an evil simply because it is wrong. Unfortunately, this can seldom be realized in real life; for the very existence of the evil usually argues a moral weakness in the very place where extraordinary moral strength is called for.”

John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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