Eugene V. Debs: Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.
James Baldwin: Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
John F. Kennedy: We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
Molly Ivins: It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.
Noam Chomsky: For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of 'brainwashing under freedom' to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments.
Robert Frost: Freedom lies in being bold.
Thomas Jefferson: A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
Viktor Frankl: We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Voltaire: So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
Viggo Mortensen: Storytellers and stories change, but the opportunity to do well or ill by others and ourselves will always be present. The right to choose how we coexist is ours unless we willingly surrender it. There can be no quick fix, no easy or permanent answer to the troubles of today or tomorrow. A sword is a sword, nothing more. Hope, compassion and wisdom born of experience are, for Middle-earth as for our world, the mightiest weapons at hand.
Happy Independence Day from all of us at Viggo-Works
Our thanks Lucifer at Viggoville.com for this brief update on Viggo's trip to Tehran.
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These are from an article in Negahe Emrooz weekly magazine from the sunny persian gulf area. It has effected me deeply. Viggo changed my view on life.
"It says Viggo Mortensen who is not just an actor but a very good poet and painter and runs a publishing company called Perceval Press has been to Asia in June to visit a young writer in hospital. She has had an accident with head trauma and has been seriously injured and was in a coma. The 24-year-old writer has awakened just a short time before Viggo arrived. The article talks about the poor girl's injury and her condition but it more focuses on Viggo and that how generous, lovely, caring and thoughtful human being he is and his feelings and talks are truly geniune and universal. It says he is a burst of sunshine and compassion and He has proved to be one of the kindest and most precious men anyone could know."
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A two-disc CD/DVD with Scott Wannberg, Hank Mortensen, and Viggo Mortensen
I FORGET YOU FOR EVER
Viggo Mortensen presents "new contexts for old feelings, trusting the formation of sentences that may or may not take me anywhere" and the images that may or may not show us something we can see. Configurations of photographs and words captured near and far, shown clearly or hardly at all, in a continuing effort to trail lost memory and hold mirror shards to what we discard.
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Scott Wannberg, Hank Mortensen,
and Viggo Mortensen
A two-disc CD/DVD that documents the reading given by Scott Wannberg, Hank Mortensen, and Viggo Mortensen on April Fool's Day 2006 at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, in Venice, California. Part of proceeds from sales will benefit Beyond Baroque. For more information on this unique institution, please go to www.beyondbaroque.org
Our thanks to Carolina200 who surfaced this nice piece on Lindsay Brice...photo by Viggo...from the University of Georgia/Georgia Magazine.
'I have admired Lindsay Brice's work as a photographer for a long time, and was pleased personally as well as honoured professionally that Perceval Press got the chance to publish and present her new book, SuperNatural,' says Mortensen, who served as publisher and editor. 'Several years ago, I had the good fortune to be shown some of the earlier photographic studies that make up part of Lindsay's book. I hope that her sense of accomplishment and satisfaction is as great as mine from seeing these unique images published.'
The Four Tales from Perceval exhibit continues at the Jaxon House Gallery in Venice until July 16. Our members are giving it rave reviews. The Lindsay Brice collection has been moved to a more prominent location in the gallery and we understand the pieces are wonderful.
The entire Perceval exhibit is stunning, and worth the trip if you can make it.