Olavo de Carvalho Quotes

Born April 29, 1947

Who the Heck is Olavo de Carvalho?

Olavo Luiz Pimentel de Carvalho is a Brazilian polemicist, philosopher, political pundit, former astrologer, journalist and conspiracy theorist living in the United States.

De Carvalho is rather right-wing oriented and enjoys stirring up the conversation with controversial statements.

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Best Quotes by Olavo de Carvalho

“Behemoth is the massive weight of natural necessity, Leviathan is the diabolical infra-nature, invisible under water – the psychic world – that stirs with its tongue.”

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The New Age and the Cultural Revolution: Fritjof Capra & Antonio Gramsci

“But ignorance, like everything else in this life, does not remain stable: it evolves.”

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“Everything around induces madness, infantilism, imaginative exasperation. Against this, the study is not enough. Become aware of the moral infection and fight, fight, fight for your balance, for your maturity, for your lucidity. Have normality, sanity, centrality of the psyche as an ideal. Promise yourselves to be strong, well-structured personalities, serene in the midst of the storm, ready to overcome all obstacles with the help of God and no one else. Promise to BE and not just ask, get, feel, enjoy.”

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“Gramscism transforms everything it touches into propaganda, contaminates all cultural activities with propaganda objectives, including the most innocuous in appearance. In it, even simple turns of phrase, styles of dress or gestures can have advertising value.”

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The New Age and the Cultural Revolution: Fritjof Capra & Antonio Gramsci

“If you are a conservative, you think that a citizen has no right to hire another to kill him (much less to kill a third party), because life is a sacred gift that cannot be negotiated. But for the liberal, there is nothing more sacred than the right to buy and sell - even life itself: if you think your life sucks and want to hire a professional to put an end to it, neither the State nor the Church have the right to give the slightest opinion.”

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Jornal do Brasil

“If you want to argue with me, either you respect me, or hold your tears after I am done with you.”

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Against Right-Wing Bolshevism

“In Brazil, it goes like this: communists only read communist authors, (economic) liberals only read liberal authors and so on.”

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“Intelligence, unlike money or health, has this peculiarity: the more you lose it, the less you miss it.”

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“It is a natural impulse of human beings to evade the narrowness of personal and family routine to venture into the wider universe of history, where you feel that your life is transcendent and get a higher 'sense'. The most banal and clumsy way to do it, accessible even to the poor, incapable and rogue is the militancy in a party or a 'cause', that is, in some group embellished with pompous words like 'freedom', 'equality', 'justice', 'patriotism', 'morality' or 'human rights'.

These words can represent any substantive value, but not when the individual acquires from them all the value they may have, rather than filling them with his own personal substance. The most criminal illusion of modernity was to persuade men that they can be noble by identifying with a "cause", when in fact all causes, while names of abstract values, only acquire concrete value by the nobility of men who represent them. The bottom of degradation is achieved when some 'causes' are so valued that they seem to infuse virtues automatically in any bum, fake or bandit who agrees to represent them.”

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“Only the subject's individual consciousness can testify for the unwitnessed acts, and there is no act more deprived of external testimony than the act of knowing.”

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“Realizing the intrinsic fallacy of the socialist promise is not a superhuman challenge. It is an elementary duty of any average intelligence who is willing to examine the matter objectively. Those who escape this examination, transferring to parties, movements or 'public opinion' the responsibilities of their individual conscience, ipso facto renounce the dignity of intelligence and devote themselves to an obstinate and futile struggle against the structure of reality. In this there is a mixture of teenage vanity, Gnostic revolt and that satanic pride that is the almost automatic compensation for existential cowardice. All of this is regrettable, but it is not tragic: it is grotesque. There is no tragedy in the failure of socialism: there is just bloody clowning.”

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The World As It Never Worked

“Socialism was never a god or an ideal. It was a demonic lie and an exploitation of the fatuity of the multitudes. Abandoning it is not losing an ideal: it is regaining life, soul, a sense of duty and the dignity of the human mission.”

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The Least You Need To Know Not To Be An Idiot

“Some explanations of a crime are not explanations: they're part of the crime.”

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“The academic profession is today the tomb of philosophy and I recommend it to anyone with a vocation as a gravedigger.”

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“The destruction of the civilizational foundations of human existence does not begin on the battlefields or on the stock exchanges: it begins in the quiet offices where seemingly harmless men – whether philosophers or UN bureaucrats – try to be wiser than God.”

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“The existence of a prior reality, autonomous, self-sufficient, all-encompassing, transcendent to the world and the human psyche, is an incontrovertible logical requirement of any theory about the origin of the universe, however 'materialistic' it may be intended. There is no escape.”

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“The largest funder of the campaign for the liberation of drugs is George Soros, who also subsidizes pro-terrorist and disarmament organizations (a wonderful combination) and nurtures the modest ambition of becoming the informal president of the world. He has already bought land in Bolivia, where, once legal barriers are removed, you have everything to be the biggest supplier of raw materials to the FARC.”

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“This shift between the axis of theoretical construction and the axis of lived experience I call cognitive parallax, another permanent feature of modern thought. One of the most obvious manifestations of parallax is when the very fact that an individual says or writes something proves the falsity of what he says or writes: There is no clearer example of this than a coup plan that includes, like one of its basic conditions, the liquidation of the author of the plan.”

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Machiavelli, or the Demonic Confusion

“What a lovely time this is, when the subject is not charged for his mistakes, but for his successes! If the normal thing is always to make mistakes, then what use would it be for the thousands of social scientists, historians, journalists, economists and doctors of philosophy that universities, supported by the hard work of millions of taxpayers who have never attended them, annually pour into the national chatter market ?”

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The Least You Need To Know Not To Be An Idiot

“What characterizes modern philosophy as a whole is the loss of this tensional dialectic, the alternating proclamation of absolute knowledge and invincible ignorance. On the one hand, the omnipotent metaphysics of Descartes and Spinoza; on the other, Hume's radical skepticism. It is true that Kant wanted to find a middle way, but by limiting the possibilities of knowledge to sensible phenomena and empty forms of reason, reducing access to transcendence to pure imagination and faith, he created the most exquisite and lethal form of modern agnosticism. As if in compensation, he raised the Gnostic mirage of 'eternal peace' on the horizon, becoming the prophet of global bureaucracy and a bionic Christianity without any flesh and blood Christ.”

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“With the utmost unceremoniousness, each one of them believes he has glimpsed the future and takes it as a premise to explain the past. It is the phenomenon that I call pseudo-prophetism, one of the structural characters of modern thought and especially of the revolutionary mentality, in the explicit sense I give to that term.”

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Machiavelli, or the Demonic Confusion