Cult Quotes

Quotes tagged as "cult" (showing 1-30 of 86)
Isaac Asimov
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Isaac Asimov

Robert A. Heinlein
“Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Stephen Colbert
“Here's an easy way to figure out if you're in a cult: If you're wondering whether you're in a cult, the answer is yes.”
Stephen Colbert, I Am America

Haruki Murakami
“If you lose your ego, you lose the thread of that narrative you call your Self. Humans, however, can't live very long without some sense of a continuing story. Such stories go beyond the limited rational system (or the systematic rationality) with which you surround yourself; they are crucial keys to sharing time-experience with others.

Now a narrative is a story, not a logic, nor ethics, nor philosophy. It is a dream you keep having, whether you realize it or not. Just as surely as you breathe, you go on ceaselessly dreaming your story. And in these stories you wear two faces. You are simultaneously subject and object. You are a whole and you are a part. You are real and you are shadow. "Storyteller" and at the same time "character". It is through such multilayering of roles in our stories that we heal the loneliness of being an isolated individual in the world.

Yet without a proper ego nobody can create a personal narrative, any more than you can drive a car without an engine, or cast a shadow without a real physical object. But once you've consigned your ego to someone else, where on earth do you go from there?

At this point you receive a new narrative from the person to whom you have entrusted your ego. You've handed over the real thing, so what comes back is a shadow. And once your ego has merged with another ego, your narrative will necessarily take on the narrative created by that ego.

Just what kind of narrative?

It needn't be anything particularly fancy, nothing complicated or refined. You don't need to have literary ambitions. In fact, the sketchier and simpler the better. Junk, a leftover rehash will do. Anyway, most people are tired of complex, multilayered scenarios-they are a potential letdown. It's precisely because people can't find any fixed point within their own multilayered schemes that they're tossing aside their own self-identity.”
Haruki Murakami, Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

Charles A. Cornell
“No evil ever came from a woman’s womb that wasn’t placed there first by a man.’... Tantie Neptune, Lucifer's Key by Charles A. Cornell, due 2013”
Charles A. Cornell

Haruki Murakami
“The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground”
Haruki Murakami, Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

P.I. Barrington
“Bravery isn't when you go looking for trouble; bravery is when trouble comes looking for you.”
P.I. Barrington, Final Deceit

Jennifer Bosworth
“-You said this wasn't a cult.
-Secret society. There's a difference.
-Not from where I'm standing.
-Then take a seat.”
Jennifer Bosworth, Struck

Robert Altman
“What’s a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority.”
Robert Altman

Robert Hughes
“But the existence of a cult does not mean that images appropriate to it automatically follow.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

Haruki Murakami
“I feel very strongly that all Japanese at that time had the idea drilled into them of 1999 being the end of the world. Aum renunciates have already accepted, inside themselves, the end of the world, because when they become a renunciate, they discard themselves totally, thereby abandoning the world. In other words, Aum is a collection of people who have accepted the end. People who continue to hold out hope for the near future still have an attachment to the world. If you have attachments, you will not discard your Self, but for Renunciates it's as if they've leaped right off the cliff. And taking a giant leap like that feels good. They lose something - but gain something in return.”
Haruki Murakami, Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

Lewis Spence
“In my view the study of fairy origins assumes a greater degree of importance than popular opinion is wont to concede to it. Indeed, the ideas associated with it strike at the very roots of human belief and primitive methods of reasoning. It is scarcely to be questioned that the explanation of fairy origins is of the utmost value to the better comprehension of primitive religion. Later it will be made clear that, for the writer at least, the whole tradition of Faerie reveals quite numerous and excellent proofs of its former existence as a primitive and separate cult and faith, more particularly as regards its appearance and tradition in these islands.”
Lewis Spence, British Fairy Origins

Criss Jami
“Religion, like science, is only noteworthy when it emphasizes a matter of what is true rather than whose belief is greater or lesser or which deity works for whom. Sincere religion and tested science are similar in that their assertions can be argued logically and objectively; otherwise, we get false cults and babble.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Bessel A. van der Kolk
“Isolating oneself into a narrowly defined victim group promotes a view of others as irrelevant at best and dangerous at worst, which eventually only leads to further alienation. Gangs, extremist political parties, and religious cults may provide solace, but they rarely foster the mental flexibility needed to be fully open to what life has to offer and as such cannot liberate their members from their traumas. Well-functioning people are able to accept individual differences and acknowledge the humanity of others.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

“Cult (totalistic type): a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g., isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressure, information management, suspension of individuality or critical judgement, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of leaving it, etc) designed to advance the goals of the group's leaders, to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families, or the community.”
Louis Jolyon West

“I wish I were the kind of person who found uncertainty thrilling. My life to date would have been a lot more interesting for it. I might have gone outside the lines more.”
Emma Dibdin, The Room by the Lake
tags: cult

“Koch believed that what the famed economist Joseph Schumpeter called "creative destruction" was so critical to the health of the capitalist system that empathy was an obstacle to acceptance of the world that must be brought into being.”
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

“The Supreme Cult never leaves a man. It never gets destroyed or evaporated. It is God’s grace and it is sure to bear fruit in its own time.”
Sri Jibankrishna or Diamond

H.P. Lovecraft
“They worshipped, so they said, the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any men, and who came to the young world out of the sky. Those Old Ones were gone now, inside the earth and under the sea; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to the first men, who formed a cult which had never died. This was that cult, and the prisoners said it had always existed and always would exist, hidden in distant wastes and dark places all over the world until the time when the great priest Cthulhu, from his dark house in the mighty city of R'lyeh under the waters, should rise and bring the earth again beneath his sway.”
H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales

“People living on top of one another, consuming everything, producing nothing, their minds fogged by artificial desires and artificial struggles, obstacles created and perpetuated by their environment. There's so little hope out there.”
Emma Dibdin, The Room by the Lake
tags: cult

“All religions start off as cults. Any religion the justifies, slavery, killing, oppression, division... are still cults.”
George Banister

Talismanist Giebra
“Do not let any religion to become a form of spiritual trespassing.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Talismanist Giebra
“Do not let your dogma to become your spiritual eclipse.”
Talismanist Giebra, Talismanist: Fragments of the Ancient Fire. Philosophy of Fragmentism Series.

Robin Sacredfire
“The only difference between a religion and a cult is that, in a religious group, if you contradict them, they call you stupid in a polite way, and in a cult, if you do that, you are expelled”
Robin Sacredfire

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The cult of myself is the most dangerous cult I can join.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Mass movements are a function of adaptation. Its pulse is change. A movement without mass is a cult. And it is in cults that stupid tyrants hold sway.”
Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

Haruki Murakami
“I was also motivated by a strong sense of fear that we had still not begun to deal with, let alone solve, any of the fundamental issues arising from the gas attack. Specifically, for people who are outside the main system of Japanese society (the young in particular), there remains no effective alternative or safety net. As long as this crucial gap exists in our society, like a kind of black hole, even if Aum is suppressed, other magnetic force fields—"Aum-like" groups—will rise up again, and similar incidents are bound to take place.”
Haruki Murakami, Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

B.J. Daniels
“Hope you like my gumbo.”
“I know we will,” Colt said, and took a bite.
“Not too spicy for you?” the cook asked with a laugh.
“As long as it doesn’t melt the spoon, it’s not too spicy for me.”
B.J. Daniels, Cowboy's Redemption

B.J. Daniels
“I thought of you as a god, but now I see that you are nothing but a man with a man’s weaknesses.”
B.J. Daniels, Cowboy's Redemption

B.J. Daniels
“Tell me you have a plan.” He swore when Colt didn’t answer right away.”
B.J. Daniels, Cowboy's Redemption

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