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So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.

George Orwell

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Winston Churchill

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.

Friedrich Nietzsche

This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there.

Quentin Crisp

Fervor is the weapon of choice of the impotent.

Frantz Fanon

I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic's heart.

William Butler Yeats

There is no place in a fanatic's head where reason can enter.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.

Edward Gibbon

A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.

Finley Peter Dunne

In the history of mankind, fanaticism has caused more harm than vice.

Louis Kronenberger

Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind.

William Cowper

No violent extreme endures.

Thomas Carlyle

So over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil.

John Dryden

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

Carl Sagan

Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.

Aneurin Bevan

The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities is an enthusiast; the man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic.


Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.

Cat Stevens

All the reputedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people. Look! Was not Hitler a paper tiger? Was Hitler not overthrown? U.S. imperialism has not yet been overthrown and it has the atomic bomb. I believe it also will be overthrown. It, too, is a paper tiger.

Mao Zedong

I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.

Robert Frost

A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.

Aldous Huxley

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

George Santayana

Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.

Robertson Davies

Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.

Aldous Huxley

The most dangerous madmen are those created by religion, and people whose aim is to disrupt society always know how to make good use of them on occasion.

Denis Diderot

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.

E. M. Cioran

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

George Santayana

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.

John C. Calhoun

Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs. We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter in forms of religious fanaticism.

Jurgen Habermas

Mere human beings can't afford to be fanatical about anything. Not even about justice or loyalty. The fanatic for justice ends by murdering a million helpless people to clear a space for his law-courts. If we are to survive on this planet, there must be compromises.

Storm Jameson

The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character.

Emma Goldman

Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.

John Dryden

Radical simply means grasping things at the root.

Angela Y. Davis

Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.

Heywood Broun

Nothing fools people as much as extreme passion.

Bishop Hall

From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.

Denis Diderot

Am I a criminal? The world knows I'm not a criminal. What are they trying to put me in jail for? You've lost common sense in this society because of religious fanaticism and dogma.

Jack Kevorkian

It is not possible to unknow what you do know - the result of that is fanaticism.

Lionel Blue

But The Same Sea is set precisely in this Israel, which never makes it to the news headlines anywhere. It is a novel about everyday people far removed from fundamentalism, fanaticism nationalism, or militancy of any sort.

Amos Oz

In my own sphere I did everything that could possibly be expected of a man who believes in the greatness of his people and who is filled with fanaticism for the greatness of his country, in order to bring about the victory of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist movement.

Hans Frank

Time and again we see leaders and members of religions incite aggression, fanaticism, hate, and xenophobia - even inspire and legitimate violent and bloody conflicts.

Hans Kung

The force of what was called Panther rhetoric or word mongering resided not in elegant discourse but in strength of affirmation (or denial), in anger of tone and timbre. When the anger led to action there was no turgidity or over-emphasis. Anyone who has witnessed political rows among the Whites will have to admit that the Whites aren't overburdened with poetic imagination.

Jean Genet

Wisdom becomes nonsense in the mouth of a fanatic.

Otto Schuwdrmer

Like other revolutionaries I can thank God for the reactionaries. They clarify the issue.

Robin G. Collingwood

Those old faces, in Pasadena, California, and Tucson, Arizona, and Dallas, crumpling in hatred and fear at the mention of the United Nations or those liberals in government who constitute for them the fifth column of communism, yearn for an America that is as far from the society of the present as is the extended family system in village India.

Ronald Segal

My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.


Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.

Salman Rushdie

A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is the nature of men having escaped one extreme, which by force they were constrained long to endure, to run headlong into the other extreme, forgetting that virtue does always consist in the mean.

Sir Walter Raleigh

The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.

Alexander Pope

If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

In the fevered state of our country, no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots to rights, either in fact or principle. They are determined as to the facts they will believe, and the opinions on which they will act. Get by them, therefore, as you would by an angry bull; it is not for a man of sense to dispute the road with such an animal.

Thomas Jefferson

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.

Georges Bizet

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