Discourse Quotes

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Philip K. Dick
“Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
Philip K. Dick

Slavoj Žižek
“as soon as we renounce fiction and illusion, we lose reality itself; the moment we subtract fictions from reality, reality itself loses its discursive-logical consistency.”
Slavoj Žižek, Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology

Neil Postman
“In America, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and it is certainly useful to have a few when a pollster shows up. But these are opinions of a quite different roder from eighteenth- or nineteenth-century opinions. It is probably more accurate to call them emotions rather than opinions, which would account for the fact that they change from week to week, as the pollsters tell us. What is happening here is that television is altering the meaning of 'being informed' by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation. I am using this world almost in the precise sense in which it is used by spies in the CIA or KGB. Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information--misplace, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information--information that creates the illusion of knowing something but which in fact leads one away from knowing. In saying this, I do not mean to imply that television news deliberately aims to deprive Americans of a coherent, contextual understanding of their world. I mean to say that when news is packaged as entertainment, that is the inevitable result. And in saying that the television news show entertains but does not inform, I am saying something far more serious than that we are being deprived of authentic information. I am saying we are losing our sense of what it means to be well informed. Ignorance is always correctable. But what shall we do if we take ignorance to be knowledge?”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Roland Barthes
“I can do everything with my language but not with my body. What I hide by my language, my body utters. I can deliberately mold my message, not my voice. By my voice, whatever it says, the other will recognize "that something is wrong with me". I am a liar (by preterition), not an actor. My body is a stubborn child, my language is a very civilized adult...”
Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

Vera Nazarian
“Don't bother to argue anything on the Internet. And I mean, ANYTHING.... The most innocuous, innocent, harmless, basic topics will be misconstrued by people trying to deconstruct things down to the sub-atomic level and entirely miss the point.... Seriously. Keep peeling the onion and you get no onion.”
Vera Nazarian

David Hume
“How can we satisfy ourselves without going on in infinitum? And, after all, what satisfaction is there in that infinite progression? Let us remember the story of the Indian philosopher and his elephant. It was never more applicable than to the present subject. If the material world rests upon a similar ideal world, this ideal world must rest upon some other; and so on, without end. It were better, therefore, never to look beyond the present material world.”
David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Marcel Proust
“One says the things which one feels the need to say, and which the other will not understand: one speaks for oneself alone.”
Marcel Proust

Hermes Trismegistus
“My discourse leads to the truth; the mind is great and guided by this teaching is able to arrive at some understanding. When the mind has understood all things and found them to be in harmony with what has been expounded by the teachings, it is faithful and comes to rest in that beautiful faith.”
Hermes Trismegistus

Thomas Carlyle
“Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation.”
Thomas Carlyle

Michel Foucault
“Discourse is not life; its time is not your time; in it, you will not be reconciled to death; you may have killed God beneath the weight of all that you have said; but don't imagine that, with all that you are saying you will make a man that will live longer than he.”
Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge & The Discourse on Language

Beryl Markham
“Talk lives in a man’s head, but sometimes it is very lonely because in the heads of many men there is nothing to keep it company - and so talk goes out through the lips.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Roland Barthes
“There is nothing in discourse that is not to be found in a sentence.”
Roland Barthes, Image - Music - Text

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The real purpose of the opposition is to minimize the amount of money the ruling party will have stolen from the people at the end of its term.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Rae Armantrout
“We are all full of discourses that we only half understand and half mean.”
Rae Armantrout

Michel Foucault
“[…] marginile unei cărţi nu sunt niciodată clar şi riguros trasate: dincolo de titlu, de primele rânduri şi de punctul final, mai presus de configuraţia sa internă şi de forma care îi conferă autonomie, ea se află prinsă într-un sistem de trimiteri la alte cărţi, la alte texte, la alte fraze: este un nod într-o reţea.”
Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge & The Discourse on Language

Philip Roth
“And talking about books as though something were at stake in a book. Not opening up a book to worship it or be elevated by it or to lose yourself to the world around you. No, boxing with the book.”
Philip Roth, I Married a Communist

Can Küçükali
“A Strongman is a person who denies that he is a strongman just because he allows others to tell him so. This is the mere reflection of an arrogance which implies that he shows mercy to dissidence although he does not have to. Such an emphasis to mercy by a statesman is in fact a clear indication of a dictatorial mind.

Alıntı: Can Küçükali. “Me and the Strongman”. Apple Books.”
Can Küçükali, Me and the Strongman

“Beautiful discourse is rarer than an emerald, yet it can be found among the slave girls at the grindstone.”
Egyptian proverb

Ana Claudia Antunes
“La vie n'est pas un monologue théâtral.
Les grands discours ne mènent nulle part, c'est juste un act s'ils ne conduisent pas
pas à pas,
à commencer à agir,
s'il n'y a aucune action dessus.
Ne confondez pas être solidaire et solitaire.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, L'ABC du bonheur et bonne humeur: Conseils pour une vie pleine de joie et briser les barrières qui vous séparent d'obtenir ce travail si rêvé

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The magnificent beauty of an unreal discourse does not add any reality to that discourse! A false discourse is a false discourse no matter how masterfully and how powerfully it has been said!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Audre Lorde
“[...] I am reminded of how difficult and time-consuming it is to reinvent the pencil every time you want to send a message.”
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Leo Strauss
“La leçon qui veut donner Xénophon en montrant Simonide en train d'écouter en silence le long discourse de Hiéron, puis en lui répondant, peut être exprimée maintenant de la façon suivante: même un homme parfaitement juste qui veut donner des conseils à un tyran doit se présenter comme un homme dénué de tous scrupules. Le plus grand homme qui ait jamais imité le Hiéron fut Machiavel. Je ne serais pas surpris si une étude suffisamment attentive de l'œuvre de Machiavel conduisait à la conclusion que c'est précisément le fait que Machiavel a parfaitement compris la principale leçon pédagogique de Xénophon qui explique les phrases les plus choquantes du Prince. Mais si Machiavel a compris la leçon de Xénophon, il ne l'a certainement pas appliquée dans l'esprit de son auteur. Car, d'après Xénophon, le conseiller du tyran doit apparaître comme un homme dénué de tous scrupules, non parce qu'il déclare ne craindre ni l'enfer ni le diable ou qu'il professe des principes immoraux, mais du simple fait qu'il s'abstient de tenir compte des principes moraux. Il doit manifester son affranchissement réel ou supposé à cet égard, non par le discours, mais par le silence car, en procédant ainsi - en méprisant la morale par l'action plutôt qu'en l'attaquant par le discours, il révèle en même temps sa compréhension des choses politiques. Xénophon, ou son Simonide, est plus politique que Machiavel; il refuse de séparer la modération (ou la prudence) de la sagesse (ou perspicacité).”
Leo Strauss, On Tyranny

C.P. Snow
“The number 2 is a very dangerous number: that is why the dialectic is a dangerous process”
C.P. Snow, The Two Cultures

Thomas Hobbes
“The Conscience is a thousand witnesses.”
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

“What race subjects should our students be engaging? Which stories should be told? Which histories examined? Considering this book's chief assertion--there is a difference between 'light' and 'fire,' between empty and meaningful--how do teachers pick the proper fuel for their students' race discourse?”
Matthew R. Kay, Not Light, but Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

“A metaphor then, we might reasonably surmise, is not necessarily a matter of simple one-to-one equivalences (‘this stands for that’), but neither is it a process of ornamentation of something that could have been more clearly said in another, simpler way; rather, in this case at least […] it is the very substance of the discourse.”
David Punter, Metaphor

Francis Fukuyama
“The focus on lived experience by identity groups valorizes inner selves experienced emotionally rather than examined rationally. Notes one observer, “Our political culture is marked, at the micro level, by the fusion of a given person’s opinion and what they perceive to be their singular, permanent, and authentic self.” This privileges opinions sincerely held over reasoned deliberation that may force one to abandon those opinions. That an argument is offensive to someone’s sense of self-worth is often seen as sufficient to delegitimize it, a trend encouraged by the kind of short-form discourse propagated by social media.”
Francis Fukuyama, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

“A surprising number of people believe that other people can hurt their feelings.”
Vincent P. Collins, Acceptance: The Way To Serenity And Peace Of Mind

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
“...if there be some points which correspondence can never settle, but which can be made clear by conversation in two minutes, at other times just the opposite is the case: an objection clearly stated in writing, a doubt well expressed, which elicits a direct and positive reply, helps things along more than ten hours of oral intercourse!”
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What Is Property?

“I would rather drift aimlessly on the turbulent stream of idle discourse than be even in the vicinity of nauseous, turbid effluent of ideological disquisition.”
R. N. Prasher

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