For personal, living, post-living [dead] persons who have created very insightful, positive or critical ideas in a very succinct statement.
“When you feel “at one with the All”, you need nothing more. Why would you need a God? The universe suffices. Why would you need a church? The world suffices. Why would you need faith? Experience suffices.! — The Little Book Of Atheist Spirituality, André Comte-Sponville.
On culture: “…we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” — Terence McKenna Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna
“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.” –Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, Revolt in 2100
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung –
“Coexistence on this tightly knit earth should be viewed as an existence not only without wars . . . but also without telling us how to live, what to say, what to think, what to know, and what not to know.” —Aleksander Solzhenitsyn