Culture Critique Quotes

Quotes tagged as "culture-critique" (showing 1-30 of 54)
David Bowie
“People are so fucking dumb. Nobody reads anymore, nobody goes out and looks and explores the society and culture they were brought up in. People have attention spans of five seconds and as much depth as a glass of water.”
David Bowie

Erich Fromm
“It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas and feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consensual validation as such has no bearing on reason or mental health.”
Erich Fromm

Peter Kreeft
“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.”
Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

“Obi-Wan Kenobi once said ‘your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them.’ It seems to be getting harder. Distinguishing reality from the illusions people make for us, or the ones we make for ourselves. I don’t know, maybe that’s part of the plan, to make me think I’m crazy…it’s working.”
Huey Freeman

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

Theodor W. Adorno
“Laughing in the cultural industry is mockery of happiness.”
Theodor W. Adorno

“Foreigners are sending messages to the planets. We are sending rice and cereals to our dead fore-father through the Brahmins. It is a wise deed?”
Periyar E.V. Ramasamy

Caitlin Doughty
“A culture that denies death is a barrier to achieving a good death. Overcoming our fears and wild misconceptions about death will be no small task, but we shouldn't forget how quickly other cultural prejudices--racism, sexism, homophobia--have begun to topple in the recent past. It is high time death had its own moment of truth.”
Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Kurt Vonnegut
“That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?'
'Yes' Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a plop of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.
'Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

“American culture has regressed because of contemporary society’s glorification of making a good living and spending free time in media activities rather than constantly devoting themselves to a learning and self-improvement. The combination of grooming youngsters to fit into a commercial workplace and Americans willingness to submit themselves to endless hours of watching television shows filled with murders, violence, sex, and replete with advertisements that promote the goods of commercial giants has eroded the American spirit and contributed to lack of an intellectually sophisticated populous.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Maquita Donyel Irvin
“Fantasy like thought that no man could rain
Just let her reign
Run wild with her unafraid
Of any rain storms
They only wash the mud away and make way
For double rainbows and sunny days”
Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

James A. McLaughlin
“He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your whole life physically immersed in a particular ecological system and yet remain blinded to it by superstition, tradition, prejudice. Out west, it was ranchers' holy war on predators and their veneration of Indo-European domestic animals they husbanded on land too dry to support them. Here in the Appalachians, you saw rugged country men who refused to walk in the woods all summer because they were scared of snakes.”
James A. McLaughlin, Bearskin

Alexandre A. Loch
“Countless others, however, failed to escape the relentless pursuit of the auditors, who assured society that law would prevail. They hunted those who tried to circumvent their rules, which were harsh to prevent the city’s power supply from failing. The rules had to be harsh to avoid bad precedents.
Nobody had the freedom to spontaneously use their imagination. This was the order of things.”
Alexandre A. Loch, Laplatia

Maquita Donyel Irvin
“...I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces....”
Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

Francis A. Schaeffer
“Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire said that the following five attributes marked Rome at its end: first, a mounting love of show and luxury (that is, affluence); second, a widening gap between the very rich and the very poor (this could be among countries in the family of nations as well as in a single nation); third, an obsession with sex; fourth, freakishness in the arts, masquerading as originality, and enthusiasms pretending to be creativity; fifth, an increased desire to live off the state. It all sounds so familiar. We have come a long road since our first chapter, and we are back in Rome.”
Francis A. Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

“To be wild as the waves;
enshrined
by the vastness—
our cosmic immemorial.
Unsettled as the forest.
An indomitable flicker
amidst worldviews,
of jaded crowns
and romantic ash.”
Steven Storm

Neel Mukherjee
“Mollycoddling was the mother's duty; the father's lay elsewhere. As a consequence, his four older children feared and respected him, as they had been taught to do, and the love the professed to feel, had they been asked and had they answered truthfully or even had access to the truth, was of a duty-bound, obligatory kind too, a love issuing from commandment and tradition and the notion of family, not one from the tides of the heart or the unbridled, inexplicable pull of feelings. If painted, that love would take the form of a polite and manicured wash of pleasant colours, not the hurl-and-splatter of impastoed reds.”
Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others

Mindy Kaling
“I don’t really like organizations where people are “deemed” things.”
Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

“When I hear the word 'culture' I reach for my gun.”
Hans Johst

Clare O'Dea
“The Swiss will never be the wild child of Europe; you only have to look at their lovingly tended vegetable patches to see that. But whether they are boring or not most likely depends on the eye of the beholder.”
Clare O'Dea, The Naked Swiss: A Nation Behind 10 Myths

Kurt Vonnegut
“That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?'
'Yes' Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.
'Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

“It was fun watching the apple cart being upset," [referring to the demise of traditional, well-written movies without violence or special effects], "but now where do we go for apples?”
Paul Shrader

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Always try to see yourself from the window of other cultures; only then you may begin questioning your own culture! And the road to freedom always starts with sincere questioning!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Tahar Ben Jelloun
“J'ai un comportement d'homme, ou plus exactement on m'a appris à agir et à penser comme un être naturellment supérieur à la femme. Tout me le permettait: la religion, le texte coranique, la société, la tradition, la famille, le pays... et moi-même...”
Tahar Ben Jelloun

Preeti Bhonsle
“A man is his own society”
Preeti Bhonsle

Mehmet Murat ildan
“To live only your own culture is to bury yourself to your local graveyard! Know the world, live the world! And through knowing new things and living new things, you will have a new culture made by your own experiences!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

T.J. Kirk
“Tradition, to me, is a poison. And when you start to destroy it, those with that poison in their veins react with hostility. They think their culture has given them something, and are blind to what it has taken away.”
T.J. Kirk

Tertullian
“We live in the world with you. We do not forsake forum or bath or workshop, or inn, or market, or any other place of commerce. We sail with you, fight with you, farm with you.”
Tertullian, Tertullian: Apology, de Spectaculis, And, Minucius Felix

Jeffrey Rasley
“We've become so civilized it is unnatural to be naked.”
Jeffrey Rasley

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