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That’s what your superiors are for – to keep you completely in the dark. Alan Bleasdale, Boys from the Black Stuff: Jobs for the Boys ***** Donald the Social Security Officer, BBC 1982
I reject the idea that humans are superior to other life-forms ... Man is just an ape with an overly developed sense of superiority. Paul Watson, director Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founder of Greenpeace
The United States of America emerged from World War II as a world superpower able to project an overwhelming and absolute force anywhere in the world. American had developed total economic and industrial superiority. World War II: The Complete History e13: The Presence of History, Discovery 2000
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen. It is assuming a superiority. Samuel Johnson
To me, Roger Moore’s Bond is basically the embodiment of effortless superiority. Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You II: In With the Old, BBC 2015
The Great Man ... is colder, harder, less hesitating, and without fear of ‘opinion’; he lacks the virtues that accompany respect and ‘responsibility’, and altogether that is the ‘virtue of the herd’. If he cannot lead, he goes alone ... He knows he is incommunicable: he finds it tasteless to be familiar ... When not speaking to himself, he wears a mask. There is a solitude within him that is inaccessible to praise or blame. Friedrich Nietzsche
I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience. Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
We are each a separate human being, Brandon. And with the right to live and work and think as individuals. But with an obligation to the society we live in. By what right do you dare say there is a superior few to which you belong? Rope 1948 starring James Stewart & John Dall & Farley Granger & John Chandler & Cedric Hardwicke & Constance Collier & Douglas Dick & Edith Evanson et al, director Alfred Hitchcock, Stewart
We did not choose to be the superior race; fate handed us that role. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s6e11: Waltz, Gul Dukat to Sisko
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. Ernest Hemingway
Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves. William Ellery Channing
Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. Mary Wollstonecraft
A solitary laugh is often a laugh of superiority. Graham Greene
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. William Golding, Lord of the Flies
There are thousands of degrees and variations, but it is always clearly the attitude of a person who finds his superiority in solving the complications of others. Alfred Adler
Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism ... Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all others. Emma Goldman
The Myth of Pristine Wilderness: a land with no people does not exist. The idea that America was virgin land, a wilderness inhabited by non-people called savages, is a myth. Only through killing and displacement does it become uninhabited. Before the arrival of the British, north America was a continent of villages, of nations, of confederations of nations. Exterminate All the Brutes IV: The Bright Colours of Fascism, HBO 2021
Make America Great again, he said. When exactly was it great? I mean really great? And for whom? ibid.
In the beginning the slaves had to clean the cotton with their bare hands. The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney would change everything. But Cotton also destroyed the soil, while using slaves’ bodies like a commodity became the most lucrative enterprise around. More profitable than all lands, banks, railroads, factories and gold products put together. Slaves were used as collateral for mortgage, a newly developed tool of commerce. ibid.
By 1890, disarmed, held in concentration camps, their children taken away half-starved, the Lakota and Dakota survivors found a new resistance: ghost dancing. ibid.
Wounded Knee Massacre: East Indians killed: 300; Survivors: 51 (4 men, 47 women), Army casualties: 25 dead. ibid.
Frank Baum: The pioneer has before declared that our only safety depends on the total extermination of the Indians. Having wronged them for centuries we had better in order to protect our civilisation follow it up by one more wrong and wipe these untamed and untamable creatures from the face of the Earth. The fact is, the Native Americans are still here, and this is still their home … The real fight remains the fight for self-determination and restitution. ibid.
As writer James Baldwin says, ‘There is scarcely any hope for the American dream. Because people who are denied participation in it, by their very presence will wreck it.’ ibid.
Lost souls on a pile of human confusion. The absence of any trace of empathy and genuine humanity is unbearable. The nightmare is buried deep in our consciousness. So deep that we do not recognise its ghosts. ibid.
The limits of superiority: privilege makes you vulnerable, and panic blended with ignorance and bigotry creates anger. Limitless and blinding anger. Everyone else becomes the enemy. The fortress becomes a prison. Everyone else looking in at you. ibid.
So educated Europeans today know how children die when the whip of debt and bombs whistle over poor countries. It is not knowledge that is lacking … Imperialism is a biologically necessary process that according to the laws of nature leads to the inevitable destruction of the lower races. ibid.
This knowledge is a fundamental prerequisite. That is why the narrator can tell his story as he does in Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness. He has no need to count the crimes Kurt committed. He has no need to describe them. He has no need to produce evidence. For no-one doubted it. ibid.