Why do men and women like to advertise themselves so much? Is it not but an instict derived from the days of slavery?

Kakuzo Okukura, from The Book of Tea


Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.

Nelson Mandela

I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals; I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.

Roland Barthes, in Mythologies (a great favorite in my youth)