Thought reform contains elements which are evident in Chinese culture (emphasis on interpersonal sensitivity, learning by rote and self-cultivation); in methods of extracting confessions well known in the Papal Inquisition (13th century) and elaborated through the centuries, especially by the Russian secret police; in methods of organizing corrective prisons, mental hospitals and other institutions for producing value change; in methods used by religious sects, fraternal orders, political elites or primitive societies for converting or initiating new members. Thought reform techniques are consistent with psychological principles but were not explicitly derived from such principles.
It is like a wide embrace gathering all those who have long searched for words of hope… Saddened by the continual strife amongst believers of many Confessions and wearied of their intolerance towards each other, I discovered in the Bahá'í teaching the real spirit of Christ so often denied and misunderstood.queen of romania marie of edinburgh
Notwithstanding his desperate effort to realize Poe’s idea, he [Baudelaire] only proved Poe correct, who had said that no man can bare his heart quite naked; there always will be something held back, something false ostentatiously thrust forward. The grimace, the attitude, the pomp of rhetoric are so many buffers between the soul of man and the sharp reality of published Confessions.Charles Baudelaire
The history of a man's soul, even the pettiest soul, is hardly less interesting and useful than the history of a whole people; especially when the former is the result of the observations of a mature mind upon itself, and has been written without any egotistical desire of arousing sympathy or astonishment. Rousseau's Confessions has precisely this defect – he read it to his friends.mikhail lermontov
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.john adams
You might with advantage take out your map of modern literature and mark on it the name of Italo Svevo…for Svevo and his novel, Confessions of Zeno …will henceforth be on other people's maps, and it is well that the atlases of the enlightened should agree.italo svevo
The great modern novel of the comic-pathetic illusion of freedom is Confessions of Zeno .italo svevo
Where Plato and Aristotle had asked the question, What is man?, St. Augustine (in the Confessions ) asks, Who am I? and this shift is decisive.
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.
He used to say, half in jest , that his great ambition was to complete St. Augustine's Confessions , but that St. Augustine, like a great artist, had worked from multiplicity to unity , while he, like a small one, had to reverse the method and work back from unity to multiplicity.
The one thing we know about torture is that it was never designed in the first place to get at the actual truth of anything; it was designed in the darkest days of human history to produce false Confessions in order to annihilate political and religious dissidents. And that is how it always works: it gets Confessions regardless of their accuracy.Andrew Sullivan
The abhorrence of society to the use of involuntary Confessions does not turn alone on their inherent untrustworthiness. It also turns on the deep-rooted feeling that the police must obey the law while enforcing the law; that, in the end, life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves.Earl Warren
The one thing we know about torture is that it was never designed in the first place to get at the actual truth of anything; it was designed in the darkest days of human history to produce false Confessions in order to annihilate political and religious dissidents. And that is how it always works: it gets Confessions regardless of their accuracy.
Against the reasoning it would be in vain to argue, as the Protestants did in their Confessions, and elsewhere. "that if the saints heard the prayers of "their votaries, they must be omnipotent." There was hardly a protestant among them, that in those days, would venture to deny the indubitable maxim of St Austin, and having once placed the saints in heaven, nothing would disparage them so much as to suppose they had not as much spiritual intelligence as the Devils.
Convictions following the admission into evidence of Confessions which are involuntary, i.e., the product of coercion, either physical or psychological, cannot stand. This is so not because such Confessions are unlikely to be true but because the methods used to extract them offend an underlying principle in the enforcement of our criminal law: that ours is an accusatorial and not an inquisitorial system a system in which the State must establish guilt by evidence independently and freely secured and may not by coercion prove its charges against an accused out of his own mouth.felix frankfurter