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

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

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

“If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money.”
Guy McPherson

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

“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

“We are living in an era of woke capitalism in which companies pretend to care about social justice to sell products to people who pretend to hate capitalism.”
Clay Routledge

Arthur Koestler
[January 1944] As to this country, I have been lecturing now for three years to the troops and their attitude is the same. They don’t believe in concentration camps, they don’t believe in the starved children of Greece, in the shot hostages of France, in the mass-graves of Poland; they have never heard of Lidice, Treblinka or Belzec; you can convince them for an hour, then they shake themselves, their mental self-defence begins to work and in a week the shrug of incredulity has returned like a reflex temporarily weakened by a shock.
Clearly all this is becoming a mania with me and my like. Clearly we must suffer from some morbid obsession, whereas the others are healthy and normal. But the characteristic symptom of maniacs is that they lose contact with reality and live in a phantasy world. So perhaps it is the other way around: perhaps it is we, the screamers, who react in a sound and healthy way to the reality which surrounds us, whereas you are the neurotic, who totter about in a screamed phantasy world because you lack the faculty to face the facts! Were it not so, this war would have been avoided, and those murdered within sight of your daydreaming eyes would still be alive!”
Arthur Koestler

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

“My eyes opened, when I closed my eyes.”
Aditya Ajmera

Thomas Sowell
“One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century -- indeed, one of the landmark inventions in the history of the human race -- was the work of a couple of young men who had never gone to college and who were just bicycle mechanics in Dayton, Ohio.
That part of the United States is often referred to as 'flyover country' because it is part of America that the east coast and west coast elites fly over on their way to what they consider more important places. But they are able to fly over it only because of those mechanics in Dayton.”
Thomas Sowell

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

Siddhartha Mukherjee
“Ants have a powerful caste system. A colony typically contains ants that carry out radically different roles and have markedly different body structures and behaviors. These roles, Reinberg learned, are often determined not by genes but by signals from the physical and social environment. 'Sibling ants, in their larval stage, become segregated into the different types based on environmental signals,' he said. 'Their genomes are nearly identical, but the way the genes are used—turned on or off, and kept on or off—must determine what an ant "becomes." It seemed like a perfect system to study epigenetics. And so Shelley and I caught a flight to Arizona to see Jürgen Liebig, the ant biologist, in his lab.'

The collaboration between Reinberg, Berger, and Liebig has been explosively successful—the sort of scientific story ('two epigeneticists walk into a bar and meet an entomologist') that works its way into a legend. Carpenter ants, one of the species studied by the team, have elaborate social structures, with queens (bullet-size, fertile, winged), majors (bean-size soldiers who guard the colony but rarely leave it), and minors (nimble, grain-size, perpetually moving foragers). In a recent, revelatory study, researchers in Berger’s lab injected a single dose of a histone-altering chemical into the brains of major ants. Remarkably, their identities changed; caste was recast. The major ants wandered away from the colony and began to forage for food. The guards turned into scouts. Yet the caste switch could occur only if the chemical was injected during a vulnerable period in the ants’ development.

[...] The impact of the histone-altering experiment sank in as I left Reinberg’s lab and dodged into the subway. [...] All of an ant’s possible selves are inscribed in its genome. Epigenetic signals conceal some of these selves and reveal others, coiling some, uncoiling others. The ant chooses a life between its genes and its epigenes—inhabiting one self among its incipient selves.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Madeline J. Reynolds
“And though I may still have to hide from those who would intend me harm, I can at least stop hiding from one person in particular... Myself.”
Madeline J. Reynolds, Illusions

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“When there’s magic in the mind, you see it everywhere.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones

“Social media is a place where fake people are gathered.”
Morteza Ahmadi

“Universities are fueled in large measure by what's called overhead of the grant...so if you get a million dollar grant, half or more will go to your university, right? So that's what builds the buildings and fuels the place. So the university has an incentive to get as many people to file grant applications as they can, and they have an incentive to hire people whose grant applications will be large rather than small.

So this, for example, is one of the reasons that science has taken up arms against theory –that is to say, proper scientific theoreticians like me – and it has instead hired people who run big expensive experiments: Because big expensive experiments have big grants, and those big grants bring in money.

But if you were a university and what you wanted was to have people writing big expensive grants who were capable of getting them, then what you would want to do is...you would want to free those people from teaching, and you would want to get people who weren't so expensive to do the work of the university...and the way you do that is: you bring them on as graduate students; and you pay them an appalling wage; you claim that they are not actually workers, that they are students; and they do most of the teaching, and they do a lot of the work of the university, for incredibly low amounts of money; they live under poor conditions; and increasingly they have to come from abroad where they are in some sense getting a deal that still makes sense.

But this means that we overproduce PhDs. We give people degrees instead of money to do the work of the university, in order that people who are capable of getting the grants spend almost full time doing that job. And it's a racket.

The person who knows the most about this is actually Eric, my brother. So...what he unearthed was actually that there was an explicit conspiracy to game the visa system in order to keep this system running...that effectively a fake shortage of science students was created to allow the universities to basically flood the market, to drive the wages down.”
Bret Weinstein

Germany Kent
“You will never have to question the devotion of a person who loves you. A person who loves you will inspire you to be a better person because of their ways and actions. That special person will effortlessly add value to your life. They will not be jealous of you, in contrast they'll be very proud of you. He or she will respect your differences, be considerate, mindful of your needs and pleasing to your reasonable desires.”
Germany Kent

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

“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!”

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

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

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