Elite Quotes

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Isaac Asimov
“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

Winston S. Churchill
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
Winston S. Churchill

H.L. Mencken
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

Thomas Pynchon
“All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

H.L. Mencken
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve. This is true even of the pious brethren who carry the gospel to foreign parts.”
H.L. Mencken, Minority Report

James Connolly
“It would be well to realize that the talk of ‘humane methods of warfare’, of the ‘rules of civilized warfare’, and all such homage to the finer sentiments of the race are hypocritical and unreal, and only intended for the consumption of stay-at-homes. There are no humane methods of warfare, there is no such thing as civilized warfare; all warfare is inhuman, all warfare is barbaric; the first blast of the bugles of war ever sounds for the time being the funeral knell of human progress… What lover of humanity can view with anything but horror the prospect of this ruthless destruction of human life. Yet this is war: war for which all the jingoes are howling, war to which all the hopes of the world are being sacrificed, war to which a mad ruling class would plunge a mad world.”
James Connolly

Howard Zinn
“The courtroom is one instance of the fact that while our society may be liberal and democratic in some large and vague sense, its moving parts, its smaller chambers--its classrooms, its workplaces, its corporate boardrooms, its jails, its military barracks--are flagrantly undemocratic, dominated by one commanding person or a tiny elite of power.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

“Too much elite education renders a person unpractical. And tell you what? The highly educated people are further away from reality than the less educated ones. I would rather rely on the opinion of a less educated poor person who constantly deals with people, than an overly educated idiot who views this world only through an academic lens while sitting alone on his comfy couch.”
Abhaidev, The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit

Umberto Eco
“[...] there is one inexorable law of technology, and it is this: when revolutionary inventions become widely accessible, they cease to be accessible. Technology is inherently democratic, because it promises the same services to all; but it works only if the rich are alone using it. When the poor also adopt technology, it stops working. A train used to take two hours to go from A to B; then the motor car arrived, which could cover the same distance in one hour. For this reason cars were very expensive. But as soon as the masses could afford to buy them, the roads became jammed, and the trains started to move faster. Consider how absurd it is for the authorities constantly to urge people to use public transport, in the age of the automobile; but with public transport, by consenting not to belong to the elite, you get where you're going before members of the elite do.”
Umberto Eco

Milton William Cooper
“What Mr. Rothschild had discovered was the basic principle of power, influence, and control over people as applied to economics. That principle is "when you assume the appearance of power, people soon give it to you."
Mr. Rothschild had discovered that currency or deposit loan accounts had the required appearance of power that could be used to INDUCE PEOPLE [WC emphasis] (inductance, with people corresponding to a magnetic field) into surrendering their real wealth in exchange for a promise of greater wealth (instead of real compensation). They would put up real collateral in exchange for a loan of promissory notes. Mr. Rothschild found that he could issue more notes than he had backing for, so long as he had someone's stock of gold as a persuader to show to his customers.
Mr. Rothschild loaned his promissory notes to individuals and to governments. These would create overconfidence. Then he would make money scarce, tighten control of the system, and collect the collateral through the obligation of contracts. The cycle was then repeated. These pressures could be used to ignite a war. Then he would control the availability of currency to determine who would win the war. That government which agreed to give him control of its economic system got his support.”
Milton William Cooper, Behold a Pale Horse

Steven Magee
“I remember how excited I was to work for the Ivy League. By the time I left, I would not advise anyone to work for them.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“As a manager in the Ivy League, I discovered that the upper management team were seriously undermining my ability to manage my own staff. It was so bad that I eventually left. I now advise people not to work for the Ivy League.”
Steven Magee

“The simple truth is you have all their grit, toughness, and ability to cut through the bullshit. Thank you for your neutral approach, and for your tremendous skill doing your job at an elite level.”
Trevor Moawad, It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life

“There has never been a billionaire who wasn't a crook.”
James Thomas Kesterson Jr

“Our way of life is inherently based on masters and slaves. We bow to assorted Gods, like slaves bowing to masters. We bow to monarchs and presidents, to the rich, to celebrities. We never tire of bowing to others and getting on our knees. We are controlled at every turn. Isn’t it time to unshackle ourselves, to stand up straight for once? Isn’t it time to bring an end to the master-slave dialectic?”
Michael Faust, Hegel: The Man Who Would Be God

Bertolt Brecht
“How does a pearl develop into an oyster? A jagged grain of sand makes its way into the oyster's shell and makes its life unbearable. The oyster exudes slime to cover the grain of sand and the slime eventually hardens into a pearl. The oyster nearly dies in the process. To hell with the pearl, give me the healthy oyster!”
Bertolt Brecht, Galileo

Peter Jones
“Excessive consumption was not seen as a desirable sign of membership of an elite, but as a warning: it was wealth for the benefit not of the city but of the individual, and it threatened to impoverish him too. Even more dangerously, if wealthy individuals clubbed together, who knew what damage they could inflict?...Wealth could too easily pervert one's judgement.”
Peter Jones, Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks but Were Afraid to Ask

Nicole Gozdek
“Jeder wusste, dass sich in der Königsfamilie und in den Blutlinien der Herzöge und Herzoginnen eine Magie vererbte, die man Herrschaftsmagie nannte. Doch was das für eine Magie war und was das bedeutete, das wusste die einfache Bevölkerung nicht. Vielleicht musste man die Zaubererakademie besucht haben oder ein Adliger sein, um über die verschiedenen Arten von Magie aufgeklärt zu werden. Etwas, was ihm als Gestaltwandler trotz seiner ihm innewohnenden Magie stets verwehrt bleiben würde.”
Nicole Gozdek, Emanio - Der Schöne und das Biest

“Very few have a place on olympus.”

Matt Fitzgerald
“The best source of knowledge concerning the most effective methods of coping with the challenges of endurance sports is the example set by elite endurance athletes. The methods that the greatest athletes rely on to overcome the toughest and most common mental barriers to better performance are practically by definition the most effective coping methods for all athletes.”
Matt Fitzgerald, How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle

“Elite athletes know something that most people don’t—adversity is the best thing that can happen to you. The competitors here at the Games know that humans only improve through adversity by embracing short-term pain.”
Ben Bergeron, Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes

“But getting the mind right when things are not going ideally is the key to athletic excellence. Good perspective in the face of adversity qualifies as “mental toughness” — the coin of the realm for elite athletes.”
H.A. Dorfman, The Mental Keys to Hitting: A Handbook of Strategies for Performance Enhancement

“Elite athletes often refer to their internal battle to overcome their doubts and anxieties – their dark side. Addressing this side of us will always be uncomfortable, but this is the only way of pushing beyond our current limits.”
Ceri Evans, Perform Under Pressure

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Never heard of them [Nick's colleagues]," he remarked decisively. This annoyed me.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“She looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“A growing number of elite runners — including Kara Goucher, Doc Patton, and Paula Radcliffe — are proving that it’s possible to balance a tough training schedule with a family. In fact, some say that having a baby has actually helped them achieve better balance.”

Antonella Gambotto-Burke
“Privileged women continue the tradition of compensating for their authority to men through affectations of disablement – from dieting and other disorders to substance abuse, institutionalised detachment from their children, and so on.”
Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Apple: Sex, Drugs, Motherhood and the Recovery of the Feminine

Eric Gamalinda
“The revolution in Manila was being led by young intellectuals, sons of merchants and professionals who had been educated in Europe and who had planned their revolt using the theories of the French Revolution. Isio had long, scraggly hair, bare feet, and eyes that betrayed the many years of sadness and labor his people had endured. With a look of pity and incredulity, Salas finally asked, "How is it possible that you survived?”
Eric Gamalinda, My Sad Republic

Belle Townsend
“My home is full of targets,
and they have been hit. Over and over and over.
Meanwhile, the bullseyes sit in penthouses and mansions,
unaffected, watching us
scramble over the arrows.”
Belle Townsend, Push and Pull

Douglas Rushkoff
“But the underlying capability of the computer era is actually programming—which almost none of us knows how to do. We simply use the programs that have been made for us, and enter our text in the appropriate box on the screen. We teach kids how to use software to write, but not how to write software. This means they have access to the capabilities given to them by others, but not the power to determine the value-creating capabilities of these technologies for themselves.”
Douglas Rushkoff, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

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