Harrison Bergeron Quotes

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… many people must be ruled to thrive. In their selfishness and greed, they see free people as their oppressors. They wish to have a leader who will cut the taller plants so the sun will reach them. They think no plant should be allowed to grow taller than the shortest, and in that way give light to all. They would rather be provided a guiding light, regardless of the fuel, than light a candle themselves.
Terry Goodkind (Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1))
He tried. That's the big thing. He tried to do the best he could with what God gave him. He should get a nice raise for trying so hard.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Harrison Bergeron)
Equality of condition, though it is certainly a basic requirement for justice, is nevertheless among the greatest and most uncertain ventures of modern mankind. The more equal conditions are, the less explanation there is for the differences that actually exist between people; and thus all the more unequal do individuals and groups become. This perplexing consequence came fully to light as soon as equality was no longer seen in terms of an omnipotent being like God or an unavoidable common destiny like death. Whenever equality becomes a mundane fact in itself, without any gauge by which it may be measured or explained, then there is one chance in a hundred that it will be recognized simply as a working principle of a political organization in which otherwise unequal people have equal rights; there are ninety-nine chances that it will be mistaken for an innate quality of every individual, who is “normal” if he is like everybody else and “abnormal” if he happens to be different. This perversion of equality from a political into a social concept is all the more dangerous when a society leaves but little space for special groups and individuals, for then their differences become all the more conspicuous.
Hannah Arendt (The Origins of Totalitarianism)
The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Harrison Bergeron)
He flung away his rubber-ball nose, revealed a man that would have awed Thor, the god of thunder.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Diversity is a strength. It’s like the shrieking radios permanently attached to bright people’s ears in the Kurt Vonnegut story “Harrison Bergeron,” to prevent them from using their superior intelligence. Contrary to everything you’ve heard, never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a disaster.
Ann Coulter (¡Adios, America!: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole)
Such hard personal experiences lead me to feel that anyone who seriously thinks “white male privilege” exists in 2015 is either a liar or a moron—probably both. The way the deck is stacked these days, being a white male is a disadvantage that hobbles you Harrison Bergeron-style in any dispute with someone who isn’t a white male. When I think of all the taxes that are bled for me in a doomed ‘n’ dimwitted quest to achieve “social justice” at my expense…and when I ponder that modern media and academia are on an unfettered defamation rampage against all things white and male…it sometimes feels as if all of life is a soft mugging.
Jim Goad (Whiteness: The Original Sin)
They leaped like deer on the moon.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Harrison Bergeron)
I am the Emperor!" cried Harrison. "Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!" He stamped his foot and the studio shook. "Even as I stand here" he bellowed, "crippled, hobbled, sickened - I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Harrison Bergeron)
I am the Emperor!" cried Harrison. "Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say at once!" He stamped his foot and the studio shook. "Even as I stand here" he bellowed, "crippled, hobbled, sickened - I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become !
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Harrison Bergeron)