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A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth -- either epileptic or dead.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

In the world we live in everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.

André Breton (1896-1966) French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist.

The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist.

One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.

Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.

The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.