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José Ortega y Gasset
“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
José Ortega y Gasset

Shannon L. Alder
“If you want to discover the true character of a person, you have only to observe what they are passionate about.”
Shannon L. Alder

Nathaniel Hawthorne
“It contributes greatly towards a man's moral and intellectual health, to be brought into habits of companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Erik Pevernagie
“Understanding” may become “misunderstanding”, if no commitment or no responsibilities are assumed, no specific objectives set, no definite expectations met and common values and interests no longer shared. Mutual understanding may then, against all odds, end up in heartache, confusion and bewilderment. ("Mutual understanding" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Nicholas Sparks
“There are guys who grow up thinking they'll settle down some distant time in the future, and there are guys who are ready for marriage as soon as they meet the right person. The former bore me, mainly because they're pathetic; and the latter, quite frankly, are hard to find. But it's the serious ones I'm interested in, and it takes time to find a guy like that whom I'm equally interested in. I mean, if the relationship can't survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?”
Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

“If you are a leader or someone who works for the interest of a community, first make sure that you understand the interest of the people who make up that community. In this way, you will have a good chance of minimizing, perhaps, avoiding the us versus them mentality.”
Duop Chak Wuol

“A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Frédéric Bastiat
“The person who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his acquired rights. He will claim that the state is obligated to protected and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure enriches the state because the protected industry is thus able to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.
Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these arguments will build legal plunder into a whole system. In fact, this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.”
Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

B.F. Skinner
“Each of us has interests which conflict the interests of everybody else... 'everybody else' we call 'society'. It's a powerful opponent and it always wins. Oh, here and there an individual prevails for a while and gets what he wants. Sometimes he storms the culture of a society and changes it to his own advantage. But society wins in the long run, for it has the advantage of numbers and of age.”
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two

“How can you claim to have a passionate interest in something, and then make no effort to properly understand it?”
Simon Cheshire, Plastic Fantastic

Michel Houellebecq
“You have to take an interest in something in life, I told myself. I wondered what could interest me, now that I was finished with love. I could take a course in wine tasting, maybe, or start collecting model aeroplanes.”
Michel Houellebecq, Soumission

Cameron Conaway
“Like forearm veins, my interests spread in different directions and eventually led to the hands, to writing.”
Cameron Conaway, Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

John Stuart Mill
“One person with a belief is worth 99 people who have only interests.”
John Stuart Mill

Nick Hornby
“A while back, when Dick and Barry and I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like, Barry proposed the idea of a questionnaire for prospective partners.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Toba Beta
“In any government, interests precede truth.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Ali Smith
“A man interested in the meaning of words, not one whose interests leave words meaningless.”
Ali Smith, Winter

Christina Engela
“It's not in the interests of the self-serving government to educate the masses to the point where they are smart enough to see through the bullshit - because then people will be too smart to vote for them again.”
Christina Engela

Terri Windling
“I love so many books and authors that it's hard to name just a few, but I'm always particularly excited when new books by Alice Hoffman, John Crowley, Joanne Harris, Elizabeth Knox, and Patricia McKillip come out. (And, of course, books by Ellen [Kushner], and Holly [Black], and the rest of the Bordertown crew!) I'm impatiently looking forward to Susanna Clarke's next book too.

Aside from writing and reading, my favorite things to do are paint, walk in the countryside with my dog, and listen to music -- especially when it's live and it's played by friends. Fortunately there's a lot of live music where I live.”
Terri Windling

Criss Jami
“Excitement is a crossroad which runs in all directions. No man lacks personality; he just never connected with you at the intersection.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“When they are truly into something, they are absolutely single-minded in their fixation. They give it all they have. They throw heaps of money at it, research it endlessly, and do whatever seems necessary to draw closer to it. You sense real passion there.”
Aoko Matsuda, Where the Wild Ladies Are


“When you play, you must open your heart to its magic. Listen to what it tells you, and you'll be repaid tenfold.”
Josephine Cox, Three Letters

Thatcher Wine
“It’s fun to have hobbies, to exercise and get in shape, to play music, and to make and fix things. Life is interesting — there is so much to do that generally we don’t have enough time to do it all.

Monotasking can help us give our hobbies and physical activities more focused attention so that we enjoy them more and maybe get better at them, too. Whether we are playing, learning, teaching, creating, or traveling, we can monotask in order to maximize our happiness and fun.”
Thatcher Wine, The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better

Donna Goddard
“The state of our body, mind, and heart speaks volumes about where our true interests lie. Let those interests be kind, intelligent, and dedicated to the Good.”
Donna Goddard, Dance: A Spiritual Affair

“Use your knowledge to ask questions, not to tell people what you know.”
Michael Oliver, How to Sell Network Marketing Without Fear, Anxiety or Losing Your Friends!

“The JahWad is truth and light. It’s straightforward. It is the people who complicate it to suit their interests.”

“They said love is fleeting, so we hung on to it through thick and thin.
They said marriage is about compromise, so we made it about equality.
They said jobs exist just to pay bills, so we made up one we enjoyed.
They said you need to settle for a mediocre life, so we made it about chasing the extraordinary.”
Savi Munjal, Bruised Passports: Travelling the World as Digital Nomads

“Belgium's returning of Patrice Lumumba's 'trophy tooth' to the family in the Democratic Republic of the Congo shouldn't excite one. Patrice was just a thorn to their interests which have not changed.”

“The books have never stopped accumulating, but I don't think of them as a collection. For me, they're simply a reservoir of indispensable knowledge that a computer could never replace.”
Pierre Le-Tan, A Few Collectors

Kamaran Ihsan Salih
“Often the immature hegemony sells the land and country for the sake of narrow political interests.”
Kamaran Ihsan Salih

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