Myopia Quotes

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Katie Kacvinsky
“It's like looking through a microscope your whole life," he (Justin) said. "You miss the whole picture. Sometimes you need to get lost in order to discover anything.”
Katie Kacvinsky, Awaken

Sol Luckman
“Someone experiencing the stages of grief is rarely aware of how his behavior might appear to others. Grief often produces a “zoom lens effect,” in which the focus is entirely on oneself, to the exclusion of external considerations.”
Sol Luckman, Snooze: A Story of Awakening

Aldo Leopold
“At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant.”
Aldo Leopold

“It seems sometimes that people take a deliberately myopic and fill their eyes with things seen microscopically in order not to see macrosopically.”
Marilyn Frye, The Politics of Reality: Essays in Feminist Theory

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“I know now that a writer cannot afford to give in to feelings of rage, disgust, or contempt. Did you answer someone in a temper? If so, you didn't hear him out and lost track of his system of opinions. You avoided someone out of disgust—and a completely unknown personality slipped out of your ken—precisely the type you would have needed someday. But, however tardily, I nonetheless caught myself and realized I had always devoted my time and attention to people who fascinated me and were pleasant, who engaged my sympathy, and that as a result I was seeing society like the Moon, always from one side.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books III-IV

George Eliot
“He had no ideal world of dead heroes; he knew little of the life of men in the past; he must find the beings to whom he could cling with loving admiration among those who came within speech of him.”
George Eliot, Adam Bede

Garry Wills
“Arthur Schlesinger admits that JFK "succumbed to the fake omniscience of insiders". Prolonged immersion in the self-contained, self-justifying world of clandestinity and deception erodes the reality principle.”
Garry Wills, Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

Rémy de Gourmont
“Man can no more see the world than a fish can see the river bank.”
Remy de Gourmont, Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

“Inclusivity means including all. We have enough opportunities to ensure all categories of people are accommodated but those who run the government never see beyond their noses and last name. This' why village enterprises remain in the village.”

Alberto Caeiro
“That thing over there was more there than it’s there!
Yes, sometimes I cry about the perfect body that doesn’t exist.
But the perfect body is the bodiest body there can be,
And the rest are the dreams men have,
The myopia of someone who doesn’t look very much,”
Alberto Caeiro, The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro

Barbara W. Tuchman
“To those who think them selves strong, force always seems the easiest solution.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

“The French political class has been relentlessly myopic, if not completely blind, about the concerns of those who work and mine and farm. .... To cite Eugene Weber, "One thing that we learn from history is that people seldom learn from history.”
Ronald Rosbottom, Eugene Weber

Rachel Carson
“Despite the prominence that "magic bullets" and "wonder drugs" hold in the layman's mind, most of the really decisive battles in the war against infectious disease consisted of measures to eliminate disease organisms from the environment. An example from history concerns the great outbreak of cholera in London more than one hundred years ago. A London physician, John Snow, mapped occurrence of cases and found they originated in one area, all of whose inhabitants drew their water from one pump located on Broad Street. In a swift and decisive practice of preventative medicine, Dr. Snow removed the handle from the pump. The epidemic was thereby brought under control - not by a magic pill that killed the (then unknown) organism of cholera, but by eliminating the organism from the environment.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Ali Smith
“Her father was stern. Her father disapproved. Her father had very strong reservations...Half Belgian, half Persian, staunch British conservative, he'd seen the Himalayas and Harrogate and had chosen accountancy.”
Ali Smith, Autumn

“The unprecedented myopia in the kingdom is when the minister claims to be busy serving the Head while injuring the body is all aspects.”
Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

George F. Will
“There may be arrogance – and the laziness of someone who is indefatigable when doing what he enjoys, but only when doing that.”
George F. Will, The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America's Fabric

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Eating seeds is at times a sign of shortsightedness or impatience.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I have very strong opinions and don’t want to give them up..

That’s your problem! You’ll be screwed up by those who have the same opinions as you and by those who have the opposite opinions.”
Francis Lucille, The Perfume of Silence

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The optometry industry profits immensely from most people’s blindness to the fact that civilization has made eye exercises a necessity for most people.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Paul Feig
“NBC would broadcast these public-service announcements. The Cosby kids would say things like, "Don't do drugs, because you've got a lot to live for." And I used to think, Well, okay--it's easy to say that, but some people are sitting at home and aren't from a rich family and might have no future. And here's a kid actor making shitloads of money, and he's telling everyone they have a lot to live for? It's hypocrisy on the grandest scale. Seeing something like that was always a motivation for me to create something more realistic.

That was one of the things I dealt with in the "I'm with the Band" episode [of Freaks and Geeks], where Nick auditions to become a drummer. Lindsay tells Nick, "You've got to follow your dreams! You can be anything you want to be!"

When I wrote that episode, it was my way of saying, "Actually, no. That's nonsense. You might have that attitude, but that's not the way the world works.”
Paul Feig