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Oswald Spengler

Datum narození: 29. květen 1880
Datum úmrtí: 8. květen 1936

Oswald Spengler byl německý filosof a spisovatel, který se zabýval dějinami, uměním i politikou. Jeho nejznámější dílo je Zánik Západu, pokus o srovnávací studium civilizací, vybízející ke „konzervativní revoluci“. Nacisté se zprvu Spenglera dovolávali pro jeho kulturní pesimismus, od roku 1933 však upadl v nemilost pro odmítavý postoj k Hitlerovi a pesimistické hodnocení Německa.


„Mír je pokračování války jinými prostředky.“

„Válka je věčná skutečnost. Kdyby byl svět jeden stát, říkalo by se válkám povstání.“


„Co od doby ledové obývá Zemi, jsou lidé, ne ´národy´. Jejich osud je nejprve určen tím, že tělesný sled rodičů a dětí, souvislost krve, tvoří přirozené skupiny, které prozrazují zřetelný sklon zapustit kořeny v jedné krajině. I nomádské kmeny udržují své pohyby uvnitř jistých hranic. Tím je dáno trvání kosmicko-rostlinné stránky života, pobývání. To nazývám rasou.“

„Kultury jsou organismy. A světové dějiny jsou jejich úplná biografie.“

„The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play.“

„What is truth? For the multitude, that which it continually reads and hears.“ The Decline of the West, Vol 2: Perspectives of World History

„To-day we live so cowed under the bombardment of this intellectual artillery(the media) that hardly anyone can attain to the inward detachment that is required for a clear view of the monstrous drama. The will-to-power operating under a pure democratic disguise has finished off its masterpiece so well that the object's sense of freedom is actually flattered by the most thorough-going enslavement that has ever existed“ The Decline of the West, Vol 2: Perspectives of World History

„We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who, during the eruption of Vesuvius, died at his post because they forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one thing that can not be taken from a man.“ Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life


„Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.“ The Hour of Decision

„This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us... to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us... to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves, to act in such a way that some part of us lives on.“

„Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect.“

„Christian theology is the grandmother of Bolshevism.“ The Hour of Decision


„The common man wants nothing of life but health, longevity, amusement, comfort -- "happiness." He who does not despise this should turn his eyes from world history, for it contains nothing of the sort. The best that history has created is great suffering.“ Aphorisms

„The question of whether world peace will ever be possible can only be answered by someone familiar with world history. To be familiar with world history means, however, to know human beings as they have been and always will be. There is a vast difference, which most people will never comprehend, between viewing future history as it will be and viewing it as one might like it to be. Peace is a desire, war is a fact; and history has never paid heed to human desires and ideals...“ Aphorisms

„One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be — though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain — because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.“ The Decline of the West, Vol 1: Form and Actuality

„History is direction—but Nature is extension—ergo, everyone gets eaten by a bear.“

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