They will not say: times were dark,
but: why have you been silent?
- Bertolt Brecht
But nevertheless, once every lie has been removed,
all your vision makes it manifest
and lets you scratch where the mange is.
That your voice will be troublesome
in the first taste, vital nourishment
will leave then, when it is digested.
- Dante Alighieri
There is a piece of paper somewhere on which the names of those who, in a world of lies, have testified to the truth is written. This sheet exists, but it is illegible. Then there is another sheet, perfectly legible, which records these same names: it is in the hands of police officers and journalists.
Source: Giorgio Agamben – Quodlibet