Eye Opening Quotes

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Jessica Valenti
“What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”
Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism

Richard Carlson
“Effective listening is more than simply avoiding the bad habit of interrupting others while they are speaking or finishing their sentences. It's being content to listen to the entire thought of someone rather than waiting impatiently for your chance to respond.”
Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life

Paulo Coelho
“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Erik Pevernagie
“Let us loosen our grip sometimes, open up and break free from the corroded mechanism of our life, and let us thereby indulge in living by the seat-of-the-pants allowing unclouded and eye-opening rides. (“Digging for white gold »)”
Erik Pevernagie

Erik Pevernagie
“If we put the sterile mechanism of our brain on hold, we can view an ocean of enticing eye-opening perspectives. Life offers us an array of choices allowing us to discover a spray of overpowering colors, and hear overwhelming new sounds, and smell the intense fragrances of nature. ("The final decision" )”
Erik Pevernagie

“It’s a humbling realization that sometimes what we think we want may not align with what God knows we truly need.”
Gregory S. Works, Triumph: Life on the Other Side of Trials, Transplants, Transition and Transformation

“God’s mercy and grace over y circumstances propelled my faith and caused me to experience significant spiritual growth.”
Gregory S. Works, Triumph: Life on the Other Side of Trials, Transplants, Transition and Transformation

Harishankar Parsai
“-स्वामीजी, दुसरे देशो में लोग गाय की पूजा नही करते, पर उसे अच्छी तरह रखते है और वह बहुत खूब दूध देती है।
- बच्चा , दूसरे देशो की बात छोडो। हम उनसे बहुत ऊँचे है। देवता इसीलिय सिर्फ हमारे यहाँ अवतार लेते है। दुसरे देशो में गाय दूध के उपयोग के लिए होती है, हमारे यहाँ दँगा करने, आंदोलन करने के लिए होती है। हमारी गाय और गायो से भिन्न है।
- स्वामीजी, और सब समस्याएं छोड़कर आप लोग इसी एक काम में क्यों लग गए है?
- इसी से सब हो जाएगा बच्चा! अगर गोरक्षा का क़ानून बन जाए तो यह देश अपने आप समृध्द हो जाएगा। फ़िर बादल समय पर पानी बरसाएंगे, भूमि खूब अन्न देगी और कारखाने बिना चले भी उत्पादन करेंगे। धर्म का प्रताप तुम नही जानते। अभी जो देश की दुर्दशा है, वह गौ के अनादर के कारण ही है।
- एक और बात बताइये। कई राज्यो में गौ रक्षा के लिए क़ानून है बाकी में समाप्त हो जाएगा। आगे आप किस बात पर आंदोलन करेंगे?
- अरे बच्चा, आंदोलन के लिए बहुत विषय है। सिंह दुर्गा का वाहन है। उसे सर्कस वाले पिंजरे में बंद करके रखते है और उससे खेल कराते है। यह अधर्म है। सब सर्कसो के खिलाफ आंदोलन करके, देश के सारे सर्कस बन्द करवा देंगे। फिर भगवान का एक अवतार मत्स्यावतर भी है। मछली भगवान का प्रतीक है। हम मछुओ के खोलाफ आंदोलन छेड़ देंगे। सरकार का मत्स्यपालन विभाग बन्ध करवा देंगे।
- स्वामीजी उल्लू लक्ष्मी जी का वाहन है। उसके लिए भी तो कुछ करना चाहिये।
- यह सब उसीके लिए तो कर रहे है, बच्चा! इस देश में उल्लू को कोई कष्ट नही है। वह मजे में है।”
Harishankar Parsai, निठल्ले की डायरी

Noam Chomsky
“Over recent years, [there's been] a strong tendency to require assessment of children and teachers so that [teachers] have to teach to tests and the test determines what happens to the child, and what happens to the teacher...that's guaranteed to destroy any meaningful educational process: it means the teacher cannot be creative, imaginative, pay attention to individual students' needs, that a student can't pursue things [...] and the teacher's future depends on it as well as the students'...the people who are sitting in the offices, the bureaucrats designing this - they're not evil people, but they're working within a system of ideology and doctrines, which turns what they're doing into something extremely harmful [...] the assessment itself is completely artificial; it's not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who reach their potential, explore their creative interests and so on [...] you're getting some kind of a 'rank,' but it's a 'rank' that's mostly meaningless, and the very ranking itself is harmful. It's turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank, not into doing things that are valuable and important.

It's highly destructive...in, say, elementary education, you're training kids this way [...] I can see it with my own children: when my own kids were in elementary school (at what's called a good school, a good-quality suburban school), by the time they were in third grade, they were dividing up their friends into 'dumb' and 'smart.' You had 'dumb' if you were lower-tracked, and 'smart' if you were upper-tracked [...] it's just extremely harmful and has nothing to do with education. Education is developing your own potential and creativity. Maybe you're not going to do well in school, and you'll do great in art; that's fine. It's another way to live a fulfilling and wonderful life, and one that's significant for other people as well as yourself. The whole idea is wrong in itself; it's creating something that's called 'economic man': the 'economic man' is somebody who rationally calculates how to improve his/her own status, and status means (basically) wealth. So you rationally calculate what kind of choices you should make to increase your wealth - don't pay attention to anything else - or maybe maximize the amount of goods you have.

What kind of a human being is that? All of these mechanisms like testing, assessing, evaluating, measuring...they force people to develop those characteristics. The ones who don't do it are considered, maybe, 'behavioral problems' or some other deviance [...] these ideas and concepts have consequences. And it's not just that they're ideas, there are huge industries devoted to trying to instill them...the public relations industry, advertising, marketing, and so on. It's a huge industry, and it's a propaganda industry. It's a propaganda industry designed to create a certain type of human being: the one who can maximize consumption and can disregard his actions on others.”
Noam Chomsky

“Of course it’s taken many years to be able to express what’s been inside me. But nowadays I say to people I was born and brought up in a Latvian house in the country of Australia. So I consider that this house has always been a small part of Latvia, there’s always been Latvian traditions, Latvian foods, Latvian language and I’ve always considered that even though I lived in a large city, I lived in a Latvian ghetto. I mentioned the word ‘ghetto’ … which a lot of people consider negatively, but I consider it in a positive sense. I consider myself quite a competent schizophrenic—I am able to be very Latvian and very dinky-di strong. I don’t have any trouble switching hats. - Viktor Brenners, 2nd Generation DP”
Peter Brune, Suffering, Redemption and Triumph: The first wave of post-war Australian immigrants 1945-66

Bhagat Singh
“So that when man can be in great distress having been betrayed and deserted by all friends he may find consolation in the idea that an ever true friend was still there to help him, to support him and that He was Almighty and could do anything. The idea of God is helpful to man in distress.
Society has to fight out this belief as well as was fought the idol worship and the narrow conception of religion. Similarly, when man tries to stand on his own legs, and become a realist he shall have to throw the faith aside, and to face manfully all the distress, trouble, in which the circumstances may throw him.”
Bhagat Singh, Why I Am An Atheist: An Autobiographical Discourse

Lynn Austin
“In the past I had often tried to escape the grown-up world of sorrow through my imagination- dreaming that a handsome young lieutenant would ride to my rescue or that a great empresario would discover my musical talents and whisk me away. I had envisioned knights in shining armor and happily ever after scenes to escape from rules or boredom or pain; including a vision of my mother walking through our front door whole and well again. Now I knew that a lifetime of escape led to a life like Aunt Bertie's. My imagination was a gift, but I had to live in the real world. My eyes had been opened this summer to poverty and crime and abuse and I needed to use my imagination not to escape, but to help people like Irina and Katya, to make my own contribution as the women in the women's pavilion had done. I couldn't do it in the same way Jane Adams and my grandmother and Aunt Mat were, but I would find my own way and my own time.”
Lynn Austin, A Proper Pursuit

Germany Kent
“Make no mistake about it, people who say they love you but cannot be happy for your success do not love you.”
Germany Kent

Yann Martel
“The reason death sticks do closely to life isn't biological necessity-it"s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only an thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“The things sane societies loved, it hated. The things sane societies hated, it loved; the things sane societies tried to do, it tried to avoid; the things sane societies tried to avoid, it did with relish. It pursued chaos and hated order, it worshipped ugliness and loathed beauty. If sane people wished to dress as neatly and well as they could, these people were persuaded to dress as hideously and grotesquely as possible; if sane people wanted music to be melodious, these people (whether we are speaking of their "popular" or their "serious" music) were cozened into believing they liked raucous and tuneless noise. If women had been feminine, if home life had been secure, if children had been innocent, if men had been gallant, if art had been beautiful, if love had been romantic, then all these things must be stood on their heads. Of course, life was not always like that. Of course things had often fallen short of their ideals, or even of their minimal norms; but at least most people tried to do things properly and at least the surrounding civilisation encouraged them to try. Never before had the deliberate aim been an inverted parody of all that should be. Everywhere, in every area of life, a single principle reigned: inversion; the worship of chaos; the creed of the madhouse.”
Alice Lucy Trent, The Feminine Universe

Christine Montross
“During my first semester of medical school, I cannot know how the emotional difficulty of the actions we perform on our cadavers will help us prepare for the agonizing moments we will observe in the lives of the living.”
Christine Montross

Ellen Hendriksen
“Jia, who said to me: “It was surprising how easy it was to get a yes. I realized how many opportunities I missed because I was afraid of people rejecting me, but I was just rejecting myself.”
Ellen Hendriksen, How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

“Try to be Colors in Someone's Black and white world, they need it.
You never know one day,
The colors in your World would start Fading Too!”

Deepak Chopra
“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another.

The universe has no fixed agenda.

Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling and action that you experience.”
Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Ellen Hendriksen
“As one of my clients, Anthony, exclaimed after we stood on a subway platform for an hour of looking at faces, “But wait, these are just people!”.”
Ellen Hendriksen, How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

Muriel Spark
“Lies are like fleas hopping from here to there, sucking the blood of the intellect.”
Muriel Spark, Curriculum Vitae: Autobiography

Katina Horton
“Maximizing my achievements and gifts in order to minimize yours means that I haven't fully embraced how wonderfully creative our God is, and his decision to make no two people alike.”
Katina Horton, Broken Pieces

Rohit  Shukla
“जिनको नफरत फैलाना है, उन्हें बस आपके अंदर के भूख को एक आग बनाना है, जिससे वो अपने बारूद को सुलगाकर आपकी ही बस्ती जला सके। बस, अगर लोग समझ सके!”
Rohit Shukla, Milna Zara

Rohit  Shukla
“जो भी लड़के आशिकी को पोएट्री मान लेते है… उनकी तक़दीर भी कागज़ी बन जाती है।”
Rohit Shukla, Milna Zara

Victoria Aveyard
“I feel small and large, everything and nothing, sitting here on the rim of the world.”
Victoria Aveyard, War Storm

Shakirah Bourne
“A key step to becoming an ally is empathy - opening your eyes to the reality of the less privileged and acknowledging that despite your best efforts, you may have implicit biases and prejudices.”
Shakirah Bourne, Being an Ally

Shakirah Bourne
“If you don't see colour, you're erasing our struggle, ignoring our battles.”
Shakirah Bourne, Being an Ally

Sohn Won-Pyung
“The human brain is actually dumber than you think it is”
Sohn Won-Pyung, Almond

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