Quotable #73: Ideas and Force


“On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées” — Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un Crime, 1852

(It literally translates to, “One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.” A more popular paraphrased version of this is, “One cannot resist an idea whose time has come.”)

“There are realms in which ideas and force rule respectively and separately; but ideas cannot expel force from its own realm except by entering that realm. The limitations of force are that it cannot prevent an idea from being an idea but it can prevent it from being a fact.” — G. K. Chesterton, The Illustrated London News, July 6, 1918

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6 thoughts on “Quotable #73: Ideas and Force

  1. Invasion literature followed because the fear of outsiders or foreign cultures would eventually destroy their homeland. It’s more about fear of the other. Science fiction is a creation of the fear of the other or unknown. War of the World, Mary Shelley, The Time Machine, on to Edward Said.


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