"Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realize how much it owes to them and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it." -- Marcel Proust (1921)
"We are in the grip of industrialism; this terrible machinery must not stop, for if it does it would destroy the lives of thousands. It must, on the contrary, go on faster and faster, even though in the process it destroys thousands and thousands of other lives. ... A product of the human brain has at last escaped from the control of human hands. That is the comedy of science." -- Karel Capek on the origins of R.U.R. [i.e. robots]
"Murder, torture and mutilation are all right if our side is doing it." -- 1968 US Department of State classified memorandum on El Salvadoran death squads.
"Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value." -- Buckminster Fuller
"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." -- Ernest Hemingway