Context Quotes

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Jim Jarmusch
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
Jim Jarmusch

Roland Barthes
“You see the first thing we love is a scene. For love at first sight requires the very sign of its suddenness; and of all things, it is the scene which seems to be seen best for the first time: a curtain parts and what had not yet ever been seen is devoured by the eyes: the scene consecrates the object I am going to love. The context is the constellation of elements, harmoniously arranged that encompass the experience of the amorous subject...

Love at first sight is always spoken in the past tense. The scene is perfectly adapted to this temporal phenomenon: distinct, abrupt, framed, it is already a memory (the nature of a photograph is not to represent but to memorialize)... this scene has all the magnificence of an accident: I cannot get over having had this good fortune: to meet what matches my desire.

The gesture of the amorous embrace seems to fulfill, for a time, the subject's dream of total union with the loved being: The longing for consummation with the other... In this moment, everything is suspended: time, law, prohibition: nothing is exhausted, nothing is wanted: all desires are abolished, for they seem definitively fulfilled... A moment of affirmation; for a certain time, though a finite one, a deranged interval, something has been successful: I have been fulfilled (all my desires abolished by the plenitude of their satisfaction).”
Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

Chuck Klosterman
“The only people who can ever put ideas into context are people who don't care; the unbiased and apathetic are usually the wisest dudes in the room. If you want to totally misunderstand why something is supposedly important, find the biggest fan of that particular thing and ask him for an explanation. He will tell you everything that doesn't matter to anyone who isn't him. He will describe paradoxical details and share deeply personal anecdotes, and it will all be autobiography; he will simply be explaining who he is by discussing something completely unrelated to his life.”
Chuck Klosterman

Umberto Eco
“To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time.”
Umberto Eco, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

“Desire or impassioned liking go with a demanding and ongoing quest, and therefore patience and indulgence are decisive to hitting the trail to empathizing people and finding out the right contexts in life. ( “Twilight of desire “ )”
Erik Pevernagie

Robert Penn Warren
“Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

Jacques Derrida
“Il n'y a pas de hors-texte.”
Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology

Wendell Berry
“Agriculture must mediate between nature and the human community, with ties and obligations in both directions. To farm well requires an elaborate courtesy toward all creatures, animate and inanimate. It is sympathy that most appropriately enlarges the context of human work. Contexts become wrong by being too small - too small, that is, to contain the scientist or the farmer or the farm family or the local ecosystem or the local community - and this is crucial.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

Dan Barker
“You can cite a hundred references to show that the biblical God is a bloodthirsty tyrant, but if they can dig up two or three verses that say 'God is love,' they will claim that you are taking things out of context!”
Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

Ted Chiang
“Hillalum wondered what sort of people were forged by living under such conditions; did they escape madness? Did they grow accustomed to this? Would the children born under a solid sky scream if they saw the ground beneath their feet?”
Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others

Noam Shpancer
“The frame, the definition, is a type of context. And context, as we said before, determines the meaning of things. There is no such thing as the view from nowhere, or from everywhere for that matter. Our point of view biases our observation, consciously and unconsciously. You cannot understand the view without the point of view.”
Noam Shpancer, The Good Psychologist

Lauro Martines
“It follows that the one thing we should not do to the men and women of past time, and particularly if they ghost through to us as larger than life, is to take them out of their historical contexts. To do so is to run the risk of turning them into monsters, whom we can denounce for our (frequently political) motives—an insidious game, because we are condemning in their make-up that which is likely to belong to a whole social world, the world that helped to fashion them and that is deviously reflected or distorted in them. Censure of this sort is the work of petty moralists and propagandists, not historians (p. 5).”
Lauro Martines, Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for Renaissance Florence

Stewart Stafford
“Separate text from context and all that remains is a con.”
Stewart Stafford

Ludwig Wittgenstein
“For philosophical problems arise when language goes on holiday.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

“There are secrets hidden in our flesh. Our cells being born and dying with the same force that makes galaxies form and deconstruct.”
Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth

Jenny Odell
“Given that all of the issues that face us demand and understanding of complexity, interrelationship, and nuance, the ability to seek and understand context is nothing less than a collective survival skill.”
Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Ben Aaronovitch
“How many thefts have there been?’ I asked.
‘That depends on how you define it,’ said Adrian.
Because material went missing off sites all the time, which is why important finds were collated and secured the day they were found.
Important in archaeological terms not always being the same as valuable – at least not in the fenceable sense. Archaeology came in all shapes, sizes, and apparent degrees of nickableness.
‘We wouldn’t have even noticed some of the thefts if they hadn’t been important to the context,’ said Adrian.
Context being the key concept of modern scientific archaeology, and what separates your modern professional from the fumbling archivists and swivel-eyed tomb raiders of the past. It’s a religion they share with scene of crime technicians and it had been drummed into me from my first day at Hendon.
Context – where you find an object – is more important than the actual object. In policing it’s whether the broken glass is on the inside or the outside. In archaeology it’s whether that datable coin is found in the wall foundations or its demolition infill. You can live without the coin, but you need the dating information.”
Ben Aaronovitch, Lies Sleeping

kevin mcpherson eckhoff
“Please don't use this sentence out of context.”
kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Easy Peasy

“Did you heard of a man without land? Probably not! You might think that there is no man without land! But you got it wrong. Here is the first man who is lost and years feels that has no land! And if you put it in context, his feeling would be 99.9% correct.”
Arash Tabish

“[Mood allocates] investments of time, effort, resources, and risk taking to maximize Darwinian fitness in situations of varying propitiousness. High and low moods adjust cognition and behavior to cope with propitious and unpropitious situations.”
Randolph M. Nesse, Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry

“Out of context?! But I just filled up with context this morning!”
John Alejandro King a.k.a. The Covert Comic

David McDowall
“Until modern times it was as easy to travel across water as it was across land, where roads were frequently unusable.”
David McDowall, An Illustrated History of Britain

Jordan B. Peterson
“If I was the dictator, with my profound understanding of Marx’s real intent, and my universal benevolent compassion, uncontaminated by any proclivity toward darkness or sin, I would bring on the socialist Utopia.”
Jordan B. Peterson

“Seeing the same thing in a different light casts a shadow on indifference.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

“Sometimes beauty lies in what is ignored.
Sometimes beauty results from what is ignored.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Adrienne Rich
“Poetry never stood a chance
of standing outside history.”
Adrienne Rich, Your Native Land, Your Life

Reinhold Niebuhr
“What we think of man and God, of sin and salvation, is partly prompted by the comparative comforts or discomforts in which we live. It is a very sobering reflection on the lack of transcendence of the human spirit over the flux of historical change.”
Reinhold Niebuhr, Leaves from the Note Book of a Tamed Cynic

Abhishek Ratna
“At times the original model may be at fault given the new set of environmental factors that are in place.”
Abhishek Ratna, small wins BIG SUCCESS: A handbook for exemplary success in post Covid19 Outbreak Era

Richie Norton
“Content doesn’t always translate to context in small form.”
Richie Norton

Neil Postman
“My point is that we are by now so thoroughly adjusted to the "Now . . . this" world of news—a world of fragments, where events stand alone, stripped of any connection to the past, or to the future, or to other events—that all assumptions of coherence have vanished. And so, perforce, has contradiction. In the context of no context, so to speak, it simply disappears. And in its absence, what possible interest could there be in a list of what the President says now and what he said then? It is merely a rehash of old news, and there is nothing interesting or entertaining in that.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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