Generations Quotes

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Ravi Zacharias
“In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term ---the generation gap.

In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest---church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion....It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.

In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
Ravi Zacharias, Recapture the Wonder

Ray Bradbury
“We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run. And someday we'll remember so much that we'll build the biggest goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in it and cover it up.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Martin Luther King Jr.
“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
Gaylord Nelson

“Parenthood...It's about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.”
Peter Krause (Parenthood)

Michel Houellebecq
“Youth was the time for happiness, its only season; young people, leading a lazy, carefree life, partially occupied by scarcely absorbing studies, were able to devote themselves unlimitedly to the liberated exultation of their bodies. They could play, dance, love, and multiply their pleasures. They could leave a party, in the early hours of the morning, in the company of sexual partners they had chosen, and contemplate the dreary line of employees going to work. They were the salt of the earth, and everything was given to them, everything was permitted for them, everything was possible. Later on, having started a family, having entered the adult world, they would be introduced to worry, work, responsibility, and the difficulties of existence; they would have to pay taxes, submit themselves to administrative formalities while ceaselessly bearing witness--powerless and shame-filled--to the irreversible degradation of their own bodies, which would be slow at first, then increasingly rapid; above all, they would have to look after children, mortal enemies, in their own homes, they would have to pamper them, feed them, worry about their illnesses, provide the means for their education and their pleasure, and unlike in the world of animals, this would last not just for a season, they would remain slaves of their offspring always, the time of joy was well and truly over for them, they would have to continue to suffer until the end, in pain and with increasing health problems, until they were no longer good for anything and were definitively thrown into the rubbish heap, cumbersome and useless. In return, their children would not be at all grateful, on the contrary their efforts, however strenuous, would never be considered enough, they would, until the bitter end, be considered guilty because of the simple fact of being parents. From this sad life, marked by shame, all joy would be pitilessly banished. When they wanted to draw near to young people's bodies, they would be chased away, rejected, ridiculed, insulted, and, more and more often nowadays, imprisoned. The physical bodies of young people, the only desirable possession the world has ever produced, were reserved for the exclusive use of the young, and the fate of the old was to work and to suffer. This was the true meaning of solidarity between generations; it was a pure and simple holocaust of each generation in favor of the one that replaced it, a cruel, prolonged holocaust that brought with it no consolation, no comfort, nor any material or emotional compensation.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Possibility of an Island

Isaac Marion
“Deep under our feet the Earth holds its molten breath, while the bones of countless generations watch us and wait.”
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

Chuck Palahniuk
“Every generation wants to be the last. Every generation hates the next trend in music they can't understand. We hate to give up those reins of our culture. To find our own music playing in elevators. The ballad for our revolution, turned into background music for a television commercial. To find our generation's clothes and hair suddenly retro.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

Brett Harris
“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.”
Brett Harris

Criss Jami
“Old words are reborn with new faces.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Marilynne Robinson
“You can know a thing to death and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it. A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

E.B. Loan
“All that history, the love & laughter, is designed for youth. It is what keeps the story of who we are alive from one generation to the next. It ensures our indelible mark in the souls of generations we will never have the pleasure of holding in a warm embrace. Life is short people. Before you know it, another decade will pass, people you love will be lost to this world, and all that will be left of them is what we carry in our hearts." 2011”
E. B. Loan, Elsie Love

Criss Jami
“Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Criss Jami
“Those who stand for different causes during different generations often experience the same oppositions and the same difficulties as those of the previous and the next generations. That is the basis of history repeating itself.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Amit Kalantri
“The most unlucky generation is the one which couldn't produce a hero to look upto.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

David Foster Wallace
“You see parents as kind or unkind or happy or miserable or drunk or sober or great or near-great or failed the way you see a table square or a Montclair lip-read. Kids today... you kids today somehow don't know how to feel, much less love, to say nothing of respect. We're just bodies to you. We're just bodies and shoulders and scarred knees and big bellies and empty wallets and flasks to you. I'm not saying something cliché like you take us for granted so much as I'm saying you cannot... imagine our absence. We're so present it's ceased to mean. We're environmental. Furniture of the world.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Barbara Kingsolver
“The last generations's worst fears become the next one's B-grade entertainment.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

Vera Nazarian
“Respect the young and chastise your elders. It's about time the world was set aright.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Those places where sadness and misery abound are favoured settings for stories of ghosts and apparitions. Calcutta has countless such stories hidden in its darkness, stories that nobody wants to admit they believe but which nevertheless survive in the memory of generations as the only chronicle of the past. It is as if the people who inhabit the streets, inspired by some mysterious wisdom, relalise that the true history of Calcutta has always been written in the invisible tales of its spirits and unspoken curses.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Midnight Palace

Chuck Palahniuk
“هناك أجيال ظلت تعمل في وظائف تكرهها فقط لتستطيع شراء أشياء لا تحتاج إليها .. لا توجد حروب عظيمة في جيلنا و لاكساد عظيم .. لكن لدينا حربًا عظمى للروح . لدينا ثورة عظمى ضد الثقافة . الكساد العظيم هو حياتنا”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Thomas Hardy
“It takes two or three generations to do what I tried to do in one; and my impulses--affections--vices perhaps they should be called-- were too strong not to hamper a man without advantages; who should be as cold-blooded as a fish and as selfish as a pig to have a really good chance of being one of his country's worthies. You may ridicule me--I am quite willing that you should-- I am a fit subject, no doubt. But I think if you knew what I have gone through these last few years you would rather pity me. And if they knew"--he nodded towards the college at which the dons were severally arriving--"it is just possible they would do the same.”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

Toba Beta
“I'm going to be a great leader of this generation.
The stars in the space up there are my witnesses.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Neal Stephenson
“They went inside. The young ones shuffled to a stop as their ironic sensibilities, which served them in lieu of souls, were jammed by a signal of overwhelming power.”
Neal Stephenson, Reamde

Osayi Emokpae Lasisi
“Let us crush these so-called biological clocks that give us nothing but fear, and encourage us to make stupid decisions. Let us crush these biological clocks that hurt us and rob us of the fabulous lives that Jesus died to give us. These clocks that not only hurt us, but hurt many generations after us.

It is time. We need you.”
Osayi Osar-Emokpae, Impossible Is Stupid

Gloria Steinem
“But why didn't you leave? Why didn't you take my sister and go to New York?" she would say it didn't matter, that she was lucky to have my sister and me. If I pressed hard enough, she would add, "If I'd left, you never would have been born." I never had the courage to say: But you would have been born instead.”
Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

Bryant McGill
“Every generation is inculcated in traditions of prejudice which are encouraged as normal, natural and healthy.”
Bryant McGill

Amy Leigh Mercree
“Women united can create movements. We can empower entire generations. We can build peace one action at a time. Together we rise. The time is now.”
Amy Leigh Mercree

Wallace Stegner
“If I spoke to Rodman in those terms, saying that my grandparents' lives seem to me organic and ours what? hydroponic? he would ask in derision what I meant. Define my terms. How do you measure the organic residue of a man or a generation? This is all metaphor. If you can't measure it, it doesn't exist.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

R.M. Engelhardt
“Poetry in any language old or new is the voice us all. A reflection of humanity. Even perhaps a note, a prayer, a mantra or a sign to future generations telling them tomorrow holds what today has lost. Through these voices find yourself”
R.M. Engelhardt, The Bones of Our Existence, A Journal 2046

Leena Krohn
“Se tieto mikä kerran on kerätty, jää pesän yhteiseksi onneksi kuin hunaja kennoihin. Eikö se riitä ihmiselle?”
Leena Krohn, Unelmakuolema

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