Wednesday, October 01, 2008

QuoteS II

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money." --Alexis de Tocqueville

"The mind decides in one way or another, despite itself, and prefers being mistaken to believing in nothing." --Rousseau, The Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar

"The theory of advertising maintains, in effect, that the consumer is a nonrational, suggestible creature under the hypnotic influence of the advertising copywriter. The more a person absorbs information that agrees with what they already believe, contrary evidence holds less and less value. This is why a person can be persuaded, through years of advertising stimuli, into a hypnotic belief system that is contrary to the real world." --Gregory Mitchell, Bertalanffy's General Systems Theory

"If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you. If you make them really think, they’ll hate you." --Don Marquis

"Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit." -- Guy Debord

"You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education. People who are regimented all their lives, handed off to work from school and bracketed by the family in the beginning and the nursing home at the end, are habituated to hierarchy and psychologically enslaved. Their aptitude for autonomy is so atrophied that their fear of freedom is among their few rationally grounded phobias. Their obedience training at work carries over into the families *they* start, thus reproducing the system in more ways than one, and into politics, culture and everything else. Once you drain the vitality from people at work, they'll likely submit to heirarchy and expertise in everything. They're used to it. [...] As Smith observed: "The understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments. The man whose life is spent in performing a few simple operations... has no occasion to exert his understanding... He generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become." -- Bob Black, The Abolition of Work

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
In the first essay, "Economy," Thoreau comments that most men are slaves to their work and enslaved to those for whom they work. He concludes: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation..."

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." --Norman Cousins

"A single nonrevolutionary weekend is infinitely more bloody than a month of total revolution." --May 1968 Graffiti

"The intellectuals, as always, were the first to acclaim the builder of their own scaffold." --Walter Benjamin, Survey of French Literature

"It's a diplomatic job now, being the director. The producer makes the picture and the star makes the picture, and in the end you have a very fun industrial product. But it's not deeper. It's an amusing thing. It's like a cigarette, you smoke it, and then you forget it and you have another cigarette. And then you die of cancer. If you see only that kind picture, you end up with spiritual cancer, because they don't help you. But you have a lot of fun." --Alejandro Jodorowsky, Interview

"Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." --Kurt Vonnegut

There was a discussion going on in the comments section of a youtube video and someone posted this to explain the differing opinions: "actually the reason for their different views is that lorenzo's higher level of awareness is fueled by a more evolved consciousness that is able to 'feel' into the moment in a mystically intuitive kind of way and so he comes away with more knowledge of what has transpired. this type of 'feel' is not an emotion but an ability."

"Very little is surprising today because we are not prepared to be surprised." --Amyl Nitrite, Jubilee (I'm 90% certain this is the source. The notebook I wrote it down in doesn't say, so I am forced to use my memory tank.)

"Language isn't a vehicle for communication but an escape from it. The same goes for culture. Common experiences, like knowing the same movies or the same songs, become less a basis for meaningful relationships than a means for avoiding important things." --Reverse Shot, Kicking and Screaming review (The actual quote says: "In Kicking and Screaming, language..." but I like the thought of applying it more generally.)

"Actually, art too is, or should be, an addiction - which is only to say, a permanent discipline of the mind and the emotions according to given mode. As for danger, every artist who attempts something very big or very original subjects himself to considerable risk. Practical failure in his project (self-judged or other judged) may have serious consequences." --Underground Film

"Everyone must decide for himself whether it is better to have a brief but more intensely felt existence or to live a long and ordinary life." --Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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