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  • #1
    Edith Wharton
    “Each time you happen to me all over again.”
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
    tags: awe, love

  • #2
    Edith Wharton
    “The real loneliness is living among all these kind people who only ask one to pretend!”
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

  • #3
    Edith Wharton
    “Ah, good conversation - there's nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.”
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

  • #4
    Edith Wharton
    “In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.”
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

  • #5
    Joseph Campbell
    “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
    Joseph Campbell

  • #6
    Joseph Campbell
    “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
    Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

  • #7
    Joseph Campbell
    “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”
    Joseph Campbell

  • #8
    Orhan Pamuk
    “The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life”
    Orhan Pamuk, Snow

  • #9
    Orhan Pamuk
    “لم يكن الرب أكثر ما أخافنى ، لكن أولئك الذين غالوا في الايمان به

    اسطنبول :الذكريات و المدينه”
    أورهان باموق

  • #10
    Noam Chomsky
    “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #11
    Noam Chomsky
    “We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #12
    Noam Chomsky
    “It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #13
    Noam Chomsky
    “I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #14
    Noam Chomsky
    “It's not radical Islam that worries the US -- it's independence”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #15
    Noam Chomsky
    “See, people with power understand exactly one thing: violence.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #16
    Noam Chomsky
    “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #17
    Noam Chomsky
    “...the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #18
    Noam Chomsky
    “It is quite possible--overwhelmingly probable, one might guess--that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #19
    Noam Chomsky
    “Science is a bit like the joke about the drunk who is looking under a lamppost for a key that he has lost on the other side of the street, because that's where the light is. It has no other choice.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #20
    Noam Chomsky
    “Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.

    In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #21
    Noam Chomsky
    “Most problems of teaching are not problems of growth but helping cultivate growth. As far as I know, and this is only from personal experience in teaching, I think about ninety percent of the problem in teaching, or maybe ninety-eight percent, is just to help the students get interested. Or what it usually amounts to is to not prevent them from being interested. Typically they come in interested, and the process of education is a way of driving that defect out of their minds. But if children['s] ... normal interest is maintained or even aroused, they can do all kinds of things in ways we don't understand.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #22
    Noam Chomsky
    “How people themselves perceive what they are doing is not a question that interests me. I mean, there are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, 'That person I see is a savage monster'; instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do. If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees. But then you take a look at what the corporation does, the effect of its legal structure, the vast inequalities in pay and conditions, and you see the reality is something far different.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #23
    Noam Chomsky
    “If you quietly accept and go along no matter what your feelings are, ultimately you internalize what you're saying, because it's too hard to believe one thing and say another. I can see it very strikingly in my own background. Go to any elite university and you are usually speaking to very disciplined people, people who have been selected for obedience. And that makes sense. If you've resisted the temptation to tell the teacher, "You're an asshole," which maybe he or she is, and if you don't say, "That's idiotic," when you get a stupid assignment, you will gradually pass through the required filters. You will end up at a good college and eventually with a good job.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #24
    Noam Chomsky
    “If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #25
    Noam Chomsky
    “The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #26
    Noam Chomsky
    “It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste and cars.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #27
    Noam Chomsky
    “Bolivia is a striking example. The mostly white, Europeanized elite, which is a minority, happens to be sitting on most of the hydrocarbon reserves. For the first time Bolivia is becoming democratic. So it's therefore bitterly hated by the West, which despises democracy, because it's much too dangerous.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #28
    Noam Chomsky
    “It's only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse to them, it's not terrorism.”
    Noam Chomsky, Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

  • #29
    Noam Chomsky
    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #30
    Noam Chomsky
    “We still name our military helicopter gunships after victims of genocide. Nobody bats an eyelash about that: Blackhawk. Apache. And Comanche. If the Luftwaffe named its military helicopters Jew and Gypsy, I suppose people would notice.”
    Noam Chomsky, Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian



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