Intervention Quotes

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Elizabeth Gilbert
“I'd learned enough from life's experiences to understand that destiny's interventions can sometimes be read as invitation for us to address and even surmount our biggest fears. It doesn't take a great genius to recognize that when you are pushed by circumstance to do the one thing you have always most specifically loathed and feared, this can be, at the very least, an interesting growth opportunity.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Joseph Sobran
“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.”
Joseph Sobran

“The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there's trouble. The obstetrician normally sees childbirth as trouble; if he leaves it alone, it's a miracle.”
Sheila Stubbs

David G. McAfee
“If there is a Creator-God, it has used methods of creation that are indistinguishable from nature, it has declined to make itself known for all of recorded history, it doesn't intervene in affairs on earth, and has made itself impossible to observe. Even if you believe in that God... why would you think it would want to be worshiped?”
David G. McAfee, Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer

“[T]hose who are in a position of strength have a responsibility to protect the weak.”
Thomas Cushman, A Matter of Principle: Humanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq

Michael Moore
“[Bill] Clinton was a pretty good president for a Republican.”
Michael Moore

bell hooks
“..Critically intervene in a way that challenges and changes.”
bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies

Robin Hobb
“You're not who he expected you to be; that doesn't mean you aren't somebody. Nor are you perfect. Stop using every mistake you make as an excuse to fail completely.”
Robin Hobb, The Mad Ship

Ludwig von Mises
“In a battle between force and an idea, the latter always prevails.”
Ludwig von Mises, Liberalism: The Classical Tradition

Israelmore Ayivor
“You were saved not by work, but for work. Do it till all is done. By your Inventions, Innovations, Initiatives, Improvements, Involvements, Imaginations, Information, Interventions and Inspirations... Go the extra mile and dare to do it.”
Israelmore Ayivor

“Every time we exterminate a predator, we are in a sense creating a new predator.”
David Rains Wallace, The Untamed Garden and Other Personal Essays

“We have probably all seen teachers who would pick a student up by the scruff of the neck for saying ‘Shit,’ but who would walk by without a word when overhearing that same student taunting a classmate, calling him a ‘fag.’ It is often easier not to intervene — even when there is a clear-cut victim. It’s out in the hall. It isn’t our business. It isn’t our problem.

But our inactions, like our actions, define who we are and what are true values are.”
Richard H. Eyster

Nel Noddings
“For many people, that war [WWII] is called the “good war” because it was fought against a regime guilty of unspeakable atrocities. But the Allies did not enter the war to save Jews from extermination. The United States entered the war after it was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor and, as a nation, we certainly did not do as much as we should have to save the Jewish population of Europe. The basic question is still with us: Is it right, justifiable, to intervene in a nation’s internal activities when those activities include genocide, ethnic cleansing, or some other demonstrable harm to a subset of its people?”
Nel Noddings, Peace Education: How We Come to Love and Hate War

Paul Theroux
“Nature is crooked. I wanted right angles and straight lines. Ice! Oh, why do they all drip? You cut yourself opening a can of tuna fish and you die. One puncture in your foot and your life leaks out through your toe. What are they for, moose antlers? Get down on all fours and live. You're protected on your hands and knees. It's either that or wings.”
Paul Theroux, The Mosquito Coast

Luís António Silvério Garcia
“Westerners do not know what is going on in Venezuela because westerners simply refuse to know what is going on in Venezuela and prefer to believe in a parallel reality. Yes, believe, that's the word, 'to believe', as the opposite of 'to
know'.”
Luís António Silvério Garcia, VENEZUELA: Westerners have lost the ability to reason!

Severine Autesserre
“At first glance, one might assume that a peacekeeping soldier from Pakistan, a diplomat from the United States, and a human rights advocate from Senegal would approach their jobs quite differently. Yet, while in Congo for a previous research project, I observed striking similarities in the ways that international interveners understand the situations they face and in the strategies they adopt, despite their otherwise extremely different national, professional, social, and economic backgrounds.”
Severine Autesserre, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention

Debra Jay
“Families in crisis have wrongly been labeled dysfunctional families. Families are not the problem—they are the opportunity. When we understand ourselves as the opportunity, we see our world with a new vision. We dare to hope for our dreams to materialize. We imagine once again what it will be like to be happy.”
Debra Jay, Love First

Mark Hodder
“I feel Man would be wise to work at correcting his own mistakes instead of waiting for intervention from on high, and should replace faith in an unknowable divine plan with a well-thought-out scheme of his own.”
Mark Hodder, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

“My volcano of compress anger was about to erupt in school, and it would take more than five years for my molten lava to be brought under control, which was through the loss of my sight. However, shouldn’t there be a way of detecting and reaching out to kids like me before there is a massive problem? Why wait until there is a devastating eruption before we intervene?”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“the German and Japanese governments heavily subsidized their chemical industries for war purposes. Government subsidies, direct or indirect, spurred German developments in synthetic rubber and plastics, synthetic fuels, light metals, and various other substitutes for natural materials.
However, the world's chemical industries would have grown rapidly without artificial encouragement.”
George W. Stocking, Cartels in Action: Case Studies in International Business Diplomacy

Jennifer A. Doudna
“improving on the natural course if evolution—which, attendees argued, could be so cruel as to justify some sort of intervention.”
Jennifer A. Doudna, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Reinventing myself is a result of not appreciating myself. As such, that kind of reinvention needs an intervention.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Kamini Arichandran
“They who becry life, retreat within, once you tie a lifeline to their virtuous cycle, they will never understand the label of death.”
Kamini Arichandran

Georgette Heyer
“I am very much obliged to my uncle, but the thought that he might find another way of rescuing me from my dear rake puts me in the liveliest dread!”
Georgette Heyer, Venetia

Jozef Simkovic
“Awareness was created by the intervention of the Creators. Awareness inspires intention and intention creates drive, by Gardener.”
Jozef Simkovic, How to Kiss the Universe: An Inspirational Spiritual and Metaphysical Narrative about Human Origin, Essence and Destiny

Sigrid Nunez
“They don't want to see me lose my home. They want me to come to my senses before it's too late. I need a better way to cope with my feelings of loss and guilt. I need bereavement therapy. Here are some names. I should think about medication. Here's what worked for them. There are books. There are websites. There are support groups. Healing won't come from withdrawing into a fantasy world, isolating myself, spending all my time with a dog. There is such a thing as pathological grief. There is the magical thinking of pathological grief, which is a kind of dementia. Which in their collective opinion is what I have.”
Sigrid Nunez, The Friend

Cathy A. Malchiodi
“Neurobiology research has taught helping professionals that we need to "come to our senses" in developing effective components for trauma intervention.”
Cathy A. Malchiodi, Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process

Petra Hermans
“A cup of tea silences the love in silence.”
Petra Hermans, Voor een betere wereld

“Clearly, the humanitarian relation is not a relation between equals. We are not our "brother's keepers" then, but rather we are more like animal keepers. Bombing for us is really just an animal management technology, and our relationship to the world remains a zoological one.”
Maximilian Forte

Severine Autesserre
“International peacebuilders will need to act in novel ways that are likely to challenge deeply entrenched cultural norms and jeopardize numerous organizational interests. They will have to learn how to support grassroots conflict-resolution efforts. They will have to integrate bottom-up and top-down strategies to fully address the local, national, and international sources of tensions.”
Severine Autesserre, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding

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