Friday, April 23, 2010

QuoteS VI


"It isn't the rebels who cause the troubles of the world, it's the troubles that cause the rebels." —Carl Oglesby

"Men aren't built to be gods, to take in the whole world; they are built like other creatures, to take in the piece of ground in front of their noses. Gods can take in the whole of creation because they alone can make sense of it, know what it is all about and for. But as soon as a man lifts his nose from the ground and starts sniffing at eternal problems like life and death, the meaning of a rose or a star cluster - then he is in trouble. Most men spare themselves this trouble by keeping their minds on the small problems of their lives just as their society maps these problems out for them. These are what Kierkegaard called the 'immediate' men and the 'Philistines.' They 'tranquilize themselves with the trivial' - and so they can lead normal lives." —Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." —Martin Luther King

"The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions." —Frank Zappa

"Voltaire made, with this novel [Candide], a résumé of all his works ... His whole intelligence was a war machine. And what makes me cherish it is the disgust which has been inspired in me by the Voltairians, people who laugh about the important things! Was he laughing? Voltaire? He was screeching..." —Flaubert

"In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is not king. He is taken to be a hallucinating lunatic." —Marshall McLuhan

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"When I was in high school, they drug me into the principals office and they told me I had a lot of potential but that I needed to learn how to study hard and make something of myself. And that's when I quit school. I realized we weren't operating on the same level of reality because I knew that I already was something." —John Trudell

"It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to listen to a stranger reading poetry when you want to learn to construct buildings or to sit with a stranger discussing the construction of buildings when you want to read poetry." —John Taylor Gatto, from a speech accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990

"It is always to be hoped that the people will mysteriously be educated, somehow. Well, that's the link. But the people don't know anything. As soon as we became an empire, we stopped teaching geography in the schools, so nobody would know where anything is. It's not the people's fault – they have been perverted into imperial ways of thinking so that they would be docile workers and loyal consumers. That was the dream and it has come true." —Gore Vidal, interview with Johann Hari

"Within the next generation I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience." —Huxley writing to Orwell in 1949, congratulating him on "how fine and how profoundly important" 1984 was.

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"He had contributed to the events by which another boy was saved from the army of the bitter, the selfish, the neurasthenic and the unhappy. It isn’t given to us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal. A moment too late and we can never reach them any more in this world. They will not be cured by our most efficacious drugs or slain with our sharpest swords." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Freshest Boy

"Those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound and offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him." —Montaigne

"Between what I think, what I want to say, what I think I say, what I say, what you want to hear, what you hear, what you understand... there are 10 possibilities that we'll have difficulty trying to communicate. But let's try anyhow." —Bernard Werber

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"Colton Harris-Moore, a gangly 18-year-old with furtive eyes and a dimpled chin, has been on police blotters since he was accused of stealing a bike at the age of 8. Since then, he is suspected of having committed nearly 100 burglaries in Washington, Idaho and Canada. Police allege that he graduated from bikes to cars, then to speedboats. Lately, he is suspected of stealing three small aircraft — all the more impressive given that he has never taken a single flying lesson. [...] On Fox News, Harris-Moore's mother Pam Kohler outraged her tut-tutting interviewer by saying, 'I hope to hell he stole those planes. I'd be so proud. But next time, I want him to wear a parachute.'" —article: America's Most Wanted Teenage Bandit

"There is a vast world of work out there in this country, where at least 111 million people are employed in this country alone--many of whom are bored out of their minds. All day long. Not for nothing is their motto TGIF -- 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do." —Richard Nelson Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

"Whether we recognize it or not, we are slaves to this system. Have you ever thought about the phrase, "Thank God it's Friday!"? What a horrible, horrible, insane phrase: "Thank God that another week of my so-short life is gone!" We don’t question working at jobs that we don’t love. Based on this habit of asking people if they like their jobs, and about 90% say, "No." And what does it mean when the vast majority of the people spend the vast majority of their waking hours doing things they don't want to do? It's absolutely insane. That's not merely just a drag; that's really very political." —Derrick Jensen

"Rattling off the long list of buzz-words and acronyms – LIBOR, derivatives, leveraged-buy-out, – the eyes glaze over, as if hypnotized, and the congregants move as told, signing up for their 401K's, assured by the priests of Wall Street and their cohorts that nirvana will be theirs come retirement time, their modest bundle magically expanded by the one fish to millions by the mumbling of certain words better left to the experts of the priesthood. It is an old story, of course, derivative (!) in our culture of the long-ago much fabled Greeks who told of the Golden Fleece. Well, if you were one of those taken in by the smooth talk of Reagan and others who told you that it would be better for you if you put your trust in the market, and... well, you’ve been fleeced. Retirement time is here for many, and the little nest-egg, to stick to the clodded linguistic clichés that seem to govern those of the fiscal inclination, ain't. Or actually it is, but it was long ago converted into some investment banker's 3rd home or second yacht, and you can't have it." —Jon Jost

"A person is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do." —Bob Dylan(?)

1 comment:

the curator said...

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