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Quotes About Society

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“It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal, and that when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, 'till he returns to them again.”
Benjamin Rush, A Memorial Containing Travels Through Life or Sundry Incidents in the Life of Dr Benjamin Rush

Naomi Wolf
“The last thing the consumer index wants men and women to do is to figure out how to love one another: The $1.5 trillion retail-sales industry depends on sexual estrangement between men and women, and is fueled by sexual dissatisfaction. Ads do not sell sex--that would be counterproductive, if it meant that heterosexual women and men turned to one another and were gratified. What they sell is sexual discontent.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Samuel Johnson
“There will always be a part, and always a very large part of every community, that have no care but for themselves, and whose care for themselves reaches little further than impatience of immediate pain, and eagerness for the nearest good.”
Samuel Johnson, Taxation No Tyranny

Will Tuttle
“There is something about veganism that is not easy, but the difficulty is not inherent in veganism, but in our culture.”
Will Tuttle, The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony

Jared Diamond
“Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping the outcomes [of the various societies' histories] towards success or failure: long-term planning and willingness to reconsider core values. On reflection we can also recognize the crucial role of these same two choices for the outcomes of our individual lives.”
Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Ann Druyan
“The aspirations of democracy are based on the notion of an informed citizenry, capable of making wise decisions. The choices we are asked to make become increasingly complex. They require the longer-term thinking and greater tolerance for ambiguity that science fosters. The new economy is predicated on a continuous pipeline of scientific and technological innovation. It can not exist without workers and consumers who are mathematically and scientifically literate. ”
Ann Druyan

Fulton J. Sheen
“The danger today is in believing there are no sick people, there is only a sick society.”
Fulton J. Sheen

Alain de Botton
“The desire for high status is never stronger than in situations where "ordinary" life fails to answer a median need for dignity and comfort.”
Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety

Taylor Caldwell
“Corrupt citizens breed corrupt rulers, and it is the mob who finally decides when virtue shall die.”
Taylor Caldwell, Dear and Glorious Physician

Richard Kadrey
“They can talk shit about each other behind the others' backs, but when it comes down to it, money is the one true race and everyone down here is the color of greenbacks and as tall as mountains.”
Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead

Theodor W. Adorno
“What can oppose the decline of the west is not a resurrected culture but the utopia that is silently contained in the image of its decline.”
Theodor W. Adorno

Alain de Botton
“It seems, in fact, that the more advanced a society is, the greater will be its interest in ruined things, for it will see in them a redemptively sobering reminder of the fragility of its own achievements. Ruins pose a direct challenge to our concern with power and rank, with bustle and fame. They puncture the inflated folly of our exhaustive and frenetic pursuit of wealth.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

“In the marketing society, we seek fulfillment but settle for abundance. Prisoners of plenty, we have the freedom to consume in stead of our freedom to find our place in the world.”
Clive Hamilton, Growth Fetish

Orson Scott Card
“There is no society that does not highly value fictional storytelling. Ever.”
Orson Scott Card

“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.”
Robert Kegan

Henry David Thoreau
“They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Civil Disobedience

Richard Kadrey
“There are two Venices I know about and one of them is a hotel in Vegas. The other is an L.A. beach where pretty girls walk their dogs while wearing as little as possible and mutant slabs of tanned, posthuman beef sip iced steroid lattes and pump iron until their pecs are the size of Volkswagens.”
Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead

Naomi Wolf
“Beauty discrimination has become necessary, not from the perception that women will not be good enough, but that they will be, as they have been, twice as good.”
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Pekka Himanen
“One might say that there is an "ethics barrier " a speed above which ethics can no longer exit. After that point the only remaining goal is to survive the immediate moment.”
Pekka Himanen, The Hacker Ethic: A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business

Charles M. Schulz
“Look out!! Ha! Now you've done it! Now you've broken a lamp, and you've got no one to blame it on but yourself!"
"Maybe I could blame it on society!”
Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

“...isn't it possible that advertising as a whole is a fantastic fraud, presenting an image of America taken seriously by no one, least of all the advertising men who create it? ”
David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character

Clay Shirky
“Tragedy of the Commons: while each person can agree that all would benefit from common restraint, the incentives of the individuals are arrayed against that outcome.”
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

G.K. Chesterton
“Strike a glass and it will not endure an instant. Simply do not strike it and it will endure a thousand years.”
G.K. Chesterton

Hermann Hesse
“It is wrong to say that schoolmasters lack heart and are dried-up, soulless pedants! No, by no means. When a child's talent which he has sought to kindle suddenly bursts forth, when the boy puts aside his wooden sword, slingshot, bow-and-arrow and other childish games, when he begins to forge ahead, when the seriousness of the work begins to transform the rough-neck into a delicate, serious and an almost ascetic creature, when his face takes on an intelligent, deeper and more purposeful expression - then a teacher's heart laughs with happiness and pride. It is his duty and responsibility to control the raw energies and desires of his charges and replace them with calmer, more moderate ideals. What would many happy citizens and trustworthy officials have become but unruly, stormy innovators and dreamers of useless dreams, if not for the effort of their schools? In young beings there is something wild, ungovernable, uncultured which first has to be tamed. It is like a dangerous flame that has to be controlled or it will destroy. Natural man is unpredictable, opaque, dangerous, like a torrent cascading out of uncharted mountains. At the start, his soul is a jungle without paths or order. And, like a jungle, it must first be cleared and its growth thwarted. Thus it is the school's task to subdue and control man with force and make him a useful member of society, to kindle those qualities in him whose development will bring him to triumphant completion.”
Hermann Hesse, Beneath the Wheel

“No society can work unless its members feel responsibilities as well as rights.”
Richard Layard, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

Kathryn Stockett
“I used to believe in 'em [lines]. I don't anymore. They in our heads. People like Miss Hilly is always trying to make us believe they there. But they ain't." - Aibileen”
Kathryn Stockett

Thomas Mann
“Or was he merely a mollycoddled favorite, enjoying capriciously prejudiced love? Schenback was inclined to believe the latter. Inborn in nearly every artist’s nature is a voluptuous, treacherous tendency to accept the injustice if it creates beauty and to grant sympathy and homage to aristocratic preferences.”
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales

Clay Shirky
“The centrality of group effort to human life means that anything that changes the way groups function will have profound ramifications for everything from commerce and government to media and religion.”
Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

Jarod Kintz
“Music has the power to shake society, especially if the bass is turned way up.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Orrin Woodward
“New Golden Rule of Fractional Reserve Banking: He who creates the "fool's gold" controls the fools.”
Orrin Woodward

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