Quotes About Overcompensation

Quotes tagged as "overcompensation" (showing 1-6 of 6)
Roseanne Barr
“Men read maps better than women because only men can understand the concept of an inch equaling a hundred miles.”
Roseanne Barr

Christopher Hitchens
“Arab nationalism in its traditional form was the way in which secular Arab Christians like Edward had found and kept a place for themselves, while simultaneously avoiding the charge of being too 'Western.' It was very noticeable among the Palestinians that the most demonstrably 'extreme' nationalists—and Marxists—were often from Christian backgrounds. George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh used to be celebrated examples of this phenomenon, long before anyone had heard of the cadres of Hamas, or Islamic Jihad. There was an element of overcompensation involved, or so I came to suspect.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Thomas Ligotti
“A misbegotten hatchling of consciousness, a birth defect of our species, imagination is often revered as a sign of vigor in our make-up. But it is really just a psychic overcompensation for our impotence as beings. Denied nature’s exemption from creativity, we are indentured servants of the imaginary until the hour of our death, when the final harassments of imagination will beset us.”
Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

Peter Heather
“The author describes the attitude of some on the frontier at Rome's twilight as exhibiting "a kind of London-in-the-blitz determination to carry on being more Roman than usual.”
Peter Heather, The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians

Bill Bryson
“a modern-day conservator of Monticello says that Woodmont Jefferson as an amateur architect rather than a professional was that he made things more complicated than they needed to be for any practical purpose.”
Bill Bryson, At Home: A Short History of Private Life

“only a small minority of military personnel have combat-related jobs. In 2015, even after two lengthy wars, the percentage of military personnel in combat specialties was only 14 percent overall—with substantial differences between the services: for instance, 28 percent of enlisted Army personnel serve in jobs that are classified as combat positions compared to just 3 percent of Navy enlisted personnel.
To be sure, many military personnel in noncombat positions end up in combat [zones] anyway. . . . But even when deployed in combat zones, most members of the military never end up fighting.”
Rosa Brooks, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

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