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A whole army, though they can neither write nor read, are not afraid of a platform, which they know is but earth or stone; nor of a cannon, which, without a hand to give fire to it, is but cold iron; therefore a whole army is afraid of one man.

James Harrington
I confess that the magistrate upon his bench is that to the law which a gunner upon his platform is to his cannon.

James Harrington
No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician.

James Harrington
The Law is but words and paper without the hands of swords of men.

James Harrington
Vice: Whatever was passion in the contemplation of man, being brought forth by his will into action.

James Harrington
Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing a mode of language which does not mean what it says that one can actually say what one means.

Paul De Man
Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament.

Paul De Man
Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.

Paul De Man
Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.

Paul De Man
Literature... is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most reliable of terms in which man names and transforms himself.

Paul De Man
Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.

Paul De Man
Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier, in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present, a point of origin that marks a new departure.

Paul De Man
The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide. As such, it both affirms and denies its own nature.

Paul De Man
The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear - and even, in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.

Paul De Man
The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.

Paul De Man
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