Normality Quotes

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Fernando Pessoa
“There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.”
Fernando Pessoa

“The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.”
Joe Ancis

Criss Jami
“A man does not have to feel less than human to realize his sin; oppositely, he has to realize that he gets no special vindication for his sin.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christopher Hitchens
“So I close this long reflection on what I hope is a not-too-quaveringly semi-Semitic note. When I am at home, I will only enter a synagogue for the bar or bat mitzvah of a friend's child, or in order to have a debate with the faithful. (When I was to be wed, I chose a rabbi named Robert Goldburg, an Einsteinian and a Shakespearean and a Spinozist, who had married Arthur Miller to Marilyn Monroe and had a copy of Marilyn’s conversion certificate. He conducted the ceremony in Victor and Annie Navasky's front room, with David Rieff and Steve Wasserman as my best of men.) I wanted to do something to acknowledge, and to knit up, the broken continuity between me and my German-Polish forebears. When I am traveling, I will stop at the shul if it is in a country where Jews are under threat, or dying out, or were once persecuted. This has taken me down queer and sad little side streets in Morocco and Tunisia and Eritrea and India, and in Damascus and Budapest and Prague and Istanbul, more than once to temples that have recently been desecrated by the new breed of racist Islamic gangster. (I have also had quite serious discussions, with Iraqi Kurdish friends, about the possibility of Jews genuinely returning in friendship to the places in northern Iraq from which they were once expelled.) I hate the idea that the dispossession of one people should be held hostage to the victimhood of another, as it is in the Middle East and as it was in Eastern Europe. But I find myself somehow assuming that Jewishness and 'normality' are in some profound way noncompatible. The most gracious thing said to me when I discovered my family secret was by Martin, who after a long evening of ironic reflection said quite simply: 'Hitch, I find that I am a little envious of you.' I choose to think that this proved, once again, his appreciation for the nuances of risk, uncertainty, ambivalence, and ambiguity. These happen to be the very things that 'security' and 'normality,' rather like the fantasy of salvation, cannot purchase.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Tom Robbins
“Normality is the Great Neurosis of civilization.”
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Eugène Ionesco
“Living is abnormal.”
Eugène Ionesco

Anne Rice
“What does all this mean finally, I kept asking like a college kid. Why does it make me want to cry? Maybe it’s that we are all outsiders, we are all making our own unusual way through a wilderness of
normality that is just a myth.”
Anne Rice, Exit to Eden

“Being famous is wicked, but being normal is better.”
Rupert Grint

María Dueñas
“Normality wasn't in the days I'd left behind me: it was only to be found in whatever fortune placed in my path each morning.”
Maria Duenas

John Fowles
“I have a strange illusion quite often. I think I've become deaf. I have to make a little noise to prove I'm not. I clear my throat to show myself that everything is normal. It's like the little Japanese girl they found in the ruins of Hiroshima. Everything dead; and she was singing to her doll.”
John Fowles, The Collector

Charles Eisenstein
“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”
Charles Eisenstein

Catherine of Genoa
What the majority of people look, act, and talk and like.
So what if the majority became what we see as wierd now?
Would our normal, become our new wierd?”

Alex Scarrow
“In a world turned upside-down, where everything was wrong, bizarre, you could at least look up at the sky and see normality. Stars that shone regardless of who won a civil war, or who should or should not be a president. Their light was billions of years old. They didn't have a care...”
Alex Scarrow, The Eternal War

Lorrie Moore
“[T]he normal and the everyday are often amazingly unstoppable, and what is unimaginable is the cessation of them. The world is resilient, and, no matter what interruptions occur, people so badly want to return to their lives and get on with them. A veneer of civilization descends quickly, like a shining rain. Dust is settled.”
Lorrie Moore

Anthony Liccione
“Don’t pass on your passions, to settle in the stale normality. Endure. Strive. Ensure.”
Anthony Liccione

Lauren Kate
“-Oamenii care intarzie de obicei nu inteleg niciodata nenumaratele moduri in care dau peste cap programul celor punctuali si normali, ii spuse Penn in timp ce tranversau o portiune mai alunecoasa a peluzei.”
Lauren Kate, Fallen

“Just because something is normal, does not make it morally justified. Case in point: Antisemitism in Nazi Germany.”
Narcissismus Decimus Maximus

Tyler Hamilton
“One day I'm a normal person with a normal life,” he said. “The next I'm standing on a street corner in Madrid with a secret phone and a hole in my arm and I'm bleeding all over, hoping I don't get arrested. It was completely crazy. But it seemed like the only way at the time.”
Tyler Hamilton, The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

“If a society normalizes indecencies, then indecencies will be the norm, without countermeasures.”
Henry Johnson Jr

R.D. Laing
“What we call ‘normal’ is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience (see below). It is radically estranged from the structure of being.”
R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise

“And, no, perhaps I wasn't normal in their eyes, but what was normal, anyway? Who decided that?”
Jacques Von Kat, Mirror Man

Georges Canguilhem
“we have only to remember that disease happens to man in order not to lose all hope.”
Georges Canguilhem, The Normal and the Pathological

Salman Rushdie
“Normal doesn't feel so normal to me," I tell him.

"It's normal to feel that way," he replies.”
Salman Rushdie, Quichotte

Antonio Muñoz Molina
“The appearance of normality was in and of itself a poor antidote to disaster.”
Antonio Muñoz Molina, In the Night of Time

Paulo Coelho
“...diplomacy, as well as being the art of waiting, was also the art of keeping up a facade of normality whatever the circumstances.... The ambassador praised his son's determination, drew the conversation to a close with a smile, and decided to give him another month; after all, diplomacy is also the art of postponing decisions until the problems resolve themselves.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

Anton Chekhov
“My illness is only that in twenty years I have only found one intelligent man in the whole town, and he is mad.”
Anton Chekhov, Палата № 6

Donna Goddard
“As spiritual beings, to some extent, we are ever a stranger to normal human life. We are in the world but not of it.”
Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

Rasmenia Massoud
“How nice that must be, to blend in with unexceptional people in that banal, work-a-day banter. Like regular people.”
Rasmenia Massoud, Tied Within

Joanna Russ
“I've never slept with a girl. I couldn't. I wouldn't want to. That's abnormal and I'm not, although you can't be normal unless you do what you want and you can't be normal unless you love men. To do what I wanted would be normal, unless what I wanted was abnormal, in which case it would be abnormal to please myself and normal to do what I didn't want to do, which isn't normal.”
Joanna Russ, The Female Man

Glennon Doyle
“The norms were created by somebody, and each of us is somebody. We can make our own normal.”
Glennon Doyle, Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living / A Toolkit for Modern Life

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