Elvira and Nicola Notari
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell (As quoted in My Few Wise Words of Wisdom by Charles Walker, 2000)
“As for the Rus, they live on an island … that takes three days to walk round and is covered with thick undergrowth and forests; … They harry the Slavs, using ships to reach them; they carry them off as slaves and … sell them. They have no fields but simply live on what they get from the Slav's lands … When a son is born, the father will go up to the newborn baby, sword in hand; throwing it down, he says, 'I shall not leave you with any property: You have only what you can provide with this weapon.” – Ahmad ibn Rustah: 10th century Persian explorer (printed in the March, 1985 issue of the magazine National Geographic; emphasis added).
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
“In the course of the struggle for existence there comes a period when it becomes very important for a nation to be aware of her own origin, her past, her accomplishments and her mission. What others know of her is also of vital importance because they may be in the position to form the future of this nation. If a power intends to intervene in the life of another nation for the purpose of exploitation and territorial gain it first ruins its image and then is able to enslave it.” – Ida Bobula: Hungarian writer/historian
A still from Elvira Notari's 1917 movie 'E scugnizze (Urchins) or
Mandolinata a mare (Mandolin Music at Sea).