We can no more tolerate neutrality and benevolence toward every conceivable form of discourse, including that of magical thinking, than we can lump together executioner and victim, good and evil.
I believe in libertarian options because they allow an interesting management of the capital and are based on co-operation, reciprocity, contract, federation.
When we hear some beautiful piece of Mozart or admire a wonderful building, we suddenly become present in ourselves. That’s unusual nowadays because dishevelment and distraction have become an art form.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
Our trust in the future has lost its innocence. We know now that anything can happen from one minute to the next. Politics, religion, economics, and the institutions of family and community all have become abruptly unsure.
In our view the Olympic idea involves a strong physical culture supplemented on the one hand by mobility, what is so aptly called ‘fair play’, and on the other hand by aesthetics, that is the cultivation of what is beautiful and graceful.
The highest political buzz word is not liberty, equality, fraternity or solidarity; it is service.
The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.
A lot of suffering is just getting rid of dross in yourself, and lingering and hanging in the darkness is often – I say this against myself – a failure of imagination, to imagine the door into the light.
I am a sworn atheist and therefore from my point of view the Talmud or the Koran don’t constitute works of political philosophy but rather writings that stand in utter contradiction to concepts like logic, freedom, feminism, secularism, brotherhood – which are my ideals.