Occupation Quotes

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“If you really want to possess a woman, you must think like her, and the first thing to do is win over her soul. The rest, that sweet, soft wrapping that steals away your senses and your virtue, is a bonus.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Criss Jami
“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man's true worth.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Virginia Woolf
“Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Mahmoud Darwish
“ليس وطني دائماً على حق. ولكنني لا استطيع ان امارس حقاً حقيقياً الا في وطني .”
محمود درويش

“They make a desolation and call it peace.”
Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, C. Cornelii Taciti Germania, Agricola, Et de Oratoribus Dialogus

Frederick Douglass
“A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.”
Frederick Douglass, The Portable Frederick Douglass

Suheir Hammad
“Occupation, curfew, settlements, closed military zone, administrative detention, siege, preventive strike, terrorist infrastructure, transfer. Their WAR destroys language. Speaks genocide with the words of a quiet technician.

Occupation means that you cannot trust the OPEN SKY, or any open street near to the gates of snipers tower. It means that you cannot trust the future or have faith that the past will always be there.

Occupation means you live out your live under military rule, and the constant threat of death, a quick death from a snipers bullet or a rocket attack from an M16.

A crushing, suffocating death, a slow bleeding death in an ambulance stopped for hours at a checkpoint. A dark death, at a torture table in an Israeli prison: just a random arbitrary death.

A cold calculated death: from a curable disease. A thousand small deaths while you watch your family dying around you.

Occupation means that every day you die, and the world watches in silence. As if your death was nothing, as if you were a stone falling in the earth, water falling over water.

And if you face all of this death and indifference and keep your humanity, and your love and your dignity and YOU refuse to surrender to their terror, then you know something of the courage that is Palestine.”
Suheir Hammad

Michel de Montaigne
“The least strained and most natural ways of the soul are the most beautiful; the best occupations are the least forced.”
Michael de Montaigne

Dennis Prager
“Whatever one does for a living, three questions need to be confronted before it is too late: What really matters to me? What price do my spouse and kids pay for my career success? What price does my soul pay?”
Dennis Prager, Think a Second Time

Criss Jami
“Growing up, I always had a soldier mentality. As a kid I wanted to be a soldier, a fighter pilot, a covert agent, professions that require a great deal of bravery and risk and putting oneself in grave danger in order to complete the mission. Even though I did not become all those things, and unless my predisposition, in its youngest years, already had me leaning towards them, the interest that was there still shaped my philosophies. To this day I honor risk and sacrifice for the good of others - my views on life and love are heavily influenced by this.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Wilkie Collins
“If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business.”
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

“Writer: It's not an occupation; it's a compulsion.”
Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Over the years I have had much occasion to ponder this word, the intelligentsia. We are all very fond of including ourselves in it—but you see not all of us belong. In the Soviet Union this word has acquired a completely distorted meaning. They began to classify among the intelligentsia all those who don't work (and are afraid to) with their hands. All the Party, government, military, and trade union bureaucrats have been included. All bookkeepers and accountants—the mechanical slaves of Debit. All office employees. And with even greater ease we include here all teachers (even those who are no more than talking textbooks and have neither independent knowledge nor an independent view of education). All physicians, including those capable only of making doodles on the patients' case histories. And without the slightest hesitation all those who are only in the vicinity of editorial offices, publishing houses, cinema studios, and philharmonic orchestras are included here, not even to mention those who actually get published, make films, or pull a fiddle bow.

And yet the truth is that not one of these criteria permits a person to be classified in the intelligentsia. If we do not want to lose this concept, we must not devalue it. The intellectual is not defined by professional pursuit and type of occupation. Nor are good upbringing and good family enough in themselves to produce and intellectual. An intellectual is a person whose interests in and preoccupation with the spiritual side of life are insistent and constant and not forced by external circumstances, even flying in the face of them. An intellectual is a person whose thought is nonimitative.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books III-IV

Hassan Nasrallah
“If you want to judge if a party is a Lebanese enough, let me say we take up arms and fight against the occupation of our land, is that Lebanese enough?”
Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Anthony Eden
“... if one hasn't been through, as our people mercifully did not go through, the horrors of an occupation by a foreign power, you have no right to pronounce upon what a country does, which has been through all that.”
Anthony Eden

“In spite of lip service paid to domestic duties, in 1881 the Census excluded women’s household chores from the category of productive work and, for the first time, housewives were classified as unoccupied.”
Gabrielle Palmer, The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts Are Bad for Business

“There wasn’t a question of what compromise there should be or what kind of peace process we should engage in. There was only one discussion: How do we remove the colonial power that is occupying our
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Blankets become Jackets

“I always have believed that we should not call it an Arab-Israeli issue or a Palestinian-Arab dispute or a peace negotiation. I think we should call it what it is: an occupation of Palestine, full stop. This is not a popular position in mixed company.”
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Blankets become Jackets

“. . . published the Road Map to Peace. The premise of this plan, as the Palestinian historians Samih Farsoun and Naseer Aruri point out, "is that the nearly forty-year-old impasse is not caused by an abnormal and illegal occupation but by the Palestinian resistance to that occupation. Progress was thus linked to ending the intifada and all acts of resistance rather than ending the occupation or reversing decades of colonial impoverishment of land, resource, and institutions.”
Saree Makdisi

Iain Pears
“His idleness was his refuge, and in this he was like many others in [occupied] France in that period; laziness became political.”
Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

“What draws me to Palestine, then, is neither nationalism not patriotism, but my sense of justice, my refusal to remain silent in the face of injustice, my unwillingness to just go on living my life -- and enjoying the privileges of a tenured university professor – while trying to block out and ignore what Wordsworth once called the still, sad music of humanity.”
Saree Makdisi, Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation

“Israel maintains its pressure on the Palestinian population not simply for its own security, then, but because such pressure has for four decades enabled it to maintain control over the territories- and, quite simply, because it encourages Palestinians to leave.”
Saree Makdisi, Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation

“Tigris. A young soldier said, ‘I want to tell you a story.’ When he was ten years old, he said, the Americans invaded. Between his school and his home in Baghdad sprang up an American checkpoint. At first he was scared of them. But then he found they were friendly. Every day after classes he’d go there and spend two hours with the soldiers. They fed him, played with him, showed him pictures of their children. He taught them Arabic words, they taught him English words. He loved them. They loved him. Even now, he thought of them every day. I looked at him expectantly. ‘That’s all,’ he said. ‘That’s my story.’

I asked whether he was glad America had come all those years ago. The stupidity of the question occurred to me only as it left my mouth.

‘No,’ he said, smiling.”
James Verini, They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate

John Bagot Glubb
“Many of the foreign immigrants
will probably belong to races originally
conquered by and absorbed into the empire.
While the empire is enjoying its High Noon
of prosperity, all these people are proud and glad to be imperial citizens. But when decline
sets in, it is extraordinary how the memory
of ancient wars, perhaps centuries before, is
suddenly revived, and local or provincial
movements appear demanding secession or
independence. Some day this phenomenon
will doubtless appear in the now apparently
monolithic and authoritarian Soviet empire.
It is amazing for how long such provincial
sentiments can survive.”
John Bagot Glubb, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival

Susanna Craig
“Perhaps it is the lack of useful occupation that renders lap dogs so vicious, Miss Burke countered, the fear in her voice now replaced by the more familiar bite.”
Susanna Craig, The Companion's Secret

“We want a state of Jammu and Kashmir where we can make our own decisions. Where we can establish our rule over our homeland by popular vote by the will of the people where our own government has its own currency
I don't know what these forces mean by freedom. What do they appreciate about freedom? Anyway, I don't care. We need freedom from sticks and bullets. We need freedom from censorship. We need freedom from hatred. We need the state of Jammu and Kashmir. I want complete freedom of autonomy, not beyond my thoughts, my history, no one touches me, we need freedom to read and write, we need freedom to read our history, we should not be forced to read the syllabus of India and Pakistan Let the history syllabus be read. India and Pakistan have also banned it. Our historical books have been banned on both sides. We should have the freedom to read our history. These are the things. These are the things we need. This is the freedom that we have. If the occupiers of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides consider it a crime, then keep on thinking that we will continue to commit this crime again and again. We are also human beings. We have every right to live. Stop your hatred and hypocrisy. Shoes are also on our minds We need complete independence from the occupation of India and Pakistan. We are peaceful people and always struggle peacefully. We are not afraid of anyone.”
Sheikh Gulzar-Kashmir

“I wont get into details, but the greeks are a loud people because they have been occupied for centuries by different peoples on different occasions, and so the best way to keep the 'bear' away is to make it think twice before approaching.”

“The situation on the ground has gotten worse. There is no communication between the administration and the people and no citizen has brought the administration to mind. The Indian government has been running the region with the help of a few non-state-subject officials, which is a major challenge for the Government of India.”
Breaking News-Indian Media,Govt. of India

“The taste of biryani includes the blood and sweat of the farmer”
Sheikh Gulzar,farmer

“My sons were flying birds,” said the 70-year-old mother. “They were not meant to be in jails. This was the time for them to play...I can hear them call my name but then I realize my pieces of heart are not here.”
Kashmir Dispute

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