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Aggression

Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

We, the lineal representatives of the successful enactors of one scene of slaughter after another, must, whatever more pacific virtues we may also possess, still carry about with us, ready at any moment to burst into flame, the smoldering and sinister traits of character by means of which they lived through so many massacres, harming others, but themselves unharmed.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

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