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  • #1
    E.M. Forster
    “I believe in aristocracy, though -- if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power, based upon rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all nations and classes, and all through the ages, and there is a secreat understanding between them when they meet. They represent the true human tradition, the one permanent victory of our queer race over cruelty and chaos. Thousands of them perish in obscurity, a few are great names. They are sensitive for others as well as themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their pluck is not swankiness but power to endure, and they can take a joke.”
    E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy

  • #2
    Eric Hoffer
    “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
    Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time

  • #3
    Tim Kreider
    “Perhaps the reason we so often experience happiness only in hindsight, and that chasing it is such a fool’s errand, is that happiness isn’t a goal in itself but is only an aftereffect. It’s the consequence of having lived in the way that we’re supposed to — by which I don’t mean ethically correctly so much as just consciously, fully engaged in the business of living. In this respect it resembles averted vision, a phenomena familiar to backyard astronomers whereby, in order to pick out a very faint star, you have to let your gaze drift casually to the space just next to it; if you look directly at it, it vanishes. And it’s also true, come to think of it, that the only stars we ever see are not the “real” stars, those cataclysms taking place in the present, but always only the light of the untouchable past.”
    Tim Kreider

  • #4
    Tim Kreider
    “Most of my married friends now have children, the rewards of which appear to be exclusively intangible and, like the mysteries of some gnostic sect, incommunicable to outsiders. In fact it seems from the outside as if these people have joined a dubious cult: they claim to be much happier and more fulfilled than ever before, even though they live in conditions of appalling filth and degradation, deprived of the most basic freedoms and dignity, and owe unquestioning obedience to a capricious and demented master.”
    Tim Kreider

  • #5
    Pema Chödrön
    “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth”
    Pema Chödrön

  • #6
    Arthur Schopenhauer
    “To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish.”
    Arthur Schopenhauer, On Human Nature
    tags: envy

  • #7
    Karl Kraus
    “The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.”
    Karl Kraus

  • #8
    Karl Kraus
    “How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.”
    Karl Kraus
    tags: war

  • #9
    Karl Kraus
    “Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.”
    Karl Kraus

  • #10
    George Bernard Shaw
    “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #11
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #12
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #13
    George Bernard Shaw
    “A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #14
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”
    George Bernard Shaw
    tags: art

  • #15
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Liquor is the chloroform which enables the poor man to endure the painful operation of living.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #16
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #17
    George Bernard Shaw
    “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #18
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it....”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #19
    Richard Lederer
    “There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.”
    Richard Lederer, Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language

  • #20
    George Bernard Shaw
    “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession

  • #21
    George Bernard Shaw
    “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
    — George Bernard Shaw, playwright (to Winston Churchill)

    "Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one."
    — Churchill's response
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #22
    George Bernard Shaw
    “My religious convictions and scientific views cannot at present be more specifically defined than as those of a believer in creative evolution. I desire that no public monument or work of art or inscription or sermon or ritual service commemorating me shall suggest that I accepted the tenets peculiar to any established church or denomination nor take the form of a cross or any other instrument of torture or symbol of blood sacrifice.

    [From the will of GBS]”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #23
    George Bernard Shaw
    “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

  • #24
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #25
    George Bernard Shaw
    “The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
    George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

  • #26
    George Bernard Shaw
    “There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

  • #27
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #28
    Barry López
    “Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion.”
    Barry López

  • #30
    Erich Fromm
    “Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Love is not a spontaneous feeling, a thing that you fall into, but is something that requires thought, knowledge, care, giving, and respect. And it is something that is rare and difficult to find in capitalism, which commodifies human activity. ”
    Erich Fromm

  • #31
    Erich Fromm
    “A person who has not been completely alienated, who has remained sensitive and able to feel, who has not lost the sense of dignity, who is not yet "for sale", who can still suffer over the suffering of others, who has not acquired fully the having mode of existence - briefly, a person who has remained a person and not become a thing - cannot help feeling lonely, powerless, isolated in present-day society. He cannot help doubting himself and his own convictions, if not his sanity. He cannot help suffering, even though he can experience moments of joy and clarity that are absent in the life of his "normal" contemporaries. Not rarely will he suffer from neurosis that results from the situation of a sane man living in an insane society, rather than that of the more conventional neurosis of a sick man trying to adapt himself to a sick society. In the process of going further in his analysis, i.e. of growing to greater independence and productivity,his neurotic symptoms will cure themselves.”
    Erich Fromm



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