Passivity Quotes

Quotes tagged as "passivity" (showing 1-30 of 58)
Noam Chomsky
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”
Noam Chomsky, The Common Good

Julian Barnes
“I thought of the things that had happened to me over the years, and of how little I had made happen.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Criss Jami
“I would rather have strong enemies than a world of passive individualists. In a world of passive individualists nothing seems worth anything simply because nobody stands for anything. That world has no convictions, no victories, no unions, no heroism, no absolutes, no heartbeat. That world has rigor mortis.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Virginia Woolf
“To let oneself be carried on passively is unthinkable.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

Howard Zinn
“You can't be neutral on a moving train.”
Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

T.F. Hodge
“The path of peace is not a passive journey. It takes incredible strength not to open a can of 'whoop-ass', justifiably, when ones button is pushed.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Robert Greene
“The conventional mind is passive - it consumes information and regurgitates it in familiar forms. The dimensional mind is active, transforming everything it digests into something new and original, creating instead of consuming.”
Robert Greene, Mastery

Derek Landy
“I cannot have chaos erupting around me until I am prepared for it. I am a collector. I am an observer. I don't participate. My resources, and my standing, must be secure before I can allow the uncertainty of war to crash down upon us.”
Derek Landy, Skulduggery Pleasant

Noam Chomsky
“Passivity may be the easy course, but it is hardly the honorable one.”
Noam Chomsky

Susan Sontag
“It is passivity that dulls feeling.”
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

Anaïs Nin
“The writer is the duelist who never fights at the stated hour, who gathers up an insult, like another curious object, a collector's item, spreads it out on his desk later, and then engages in a duel with it verbally. Some people call it weakness. I call it postponement. What is weakness in the man becomes a quality in the writer. For he preserves, collects what will explode later in his work. That is why the writer is the loneliest man in the world; because he lives, fights, dies, is reborn always alone; all his roles are played behind a curtain. In life he is an incongruous figure.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Tom Robbins
“Anarchy is like custard cooking over a flame; it has to be constantly stirred or it sticks and gets heavy, like government.”
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Barbara W. Tuchman
“In a dependent relationship, the protégé can always control the protector by threatening to collapse.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Risk is the clue that our dreams are both real and great.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Arthur C. Clarke
“That requires as much power as a small radio transmitter--and rather similar skills to operate. For it's the application of the power, not its amount, that matters. How long do you think Hitler's career as a dictator of Germany would have lasted, if wherever he went a voice was talking quietly in his ear? Or if a steady musical note, loud enough to drown all other sounds and to prevent sleep, filled his brain night and day? Nothing brutal, you appreciate. Yet, in the final analysis, just as irresistible as a tritium bomb.”
Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End

Ahmed Mostafa
“I could've loved you but the line is too long and your passiveness is endless.”
Ahmed Mostafa

“Hope always deceives us when it becomes a substitute for action.”
Marty Rubin

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Only God understands how incredibly far we’ve fallen, and only God understands how incredibly far we can rise. And only we can determine if we’re going to wallow in the mediocrity that is born of the refusal to understand either.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“If you always think before you act you'll never get off the couch.”
Marty Rubin

Josh Hatcher
“What we need to do is treat some of our thoughts like door to door salesmen. If someone comes to your door and asks if he can come inside and throw some dirt on your floor to demonstrate his vaccuum cleaner - you would probably tell him “No thanks! See you later!” And yet - if a friend stopped by with a meatloaf and wanted to visit - we’d say “Come on in!” We need to stop being PASSIVE about what thoughts can take residence in our head.”
Josh Hatcher, Manlihood: The 12 Pillars of Masculinity

Josh Hatcher
“Feelings are great, and they have a purpose, but it’s certainly not to guide your life. Whoever said, “Follow your heart” was a fool. Your “heart” is your emotional center. Emotions have a great purpose - to allow us to enjoy life, to mourn loss, to have a tangible way to experience love - but feelings are fickle, and they are not meant to be the guiding force in our life.”
Josh Hatcher, Manlihood: The 12 Pillars of Masculinity

Stewart Stafford
“If you turn a blind eye to the world now, history will turn a blind eye to you later. Ignoring an issue makes you a tacit supporter of it.”
Stewart Stafford

Anna Politkovskaya
“Мы как раз вчера встречались и говорили об этом с правозащитниками, — и были вынуждены признать, что россиян никакая кровь не вызовет на улицы. То есть если написать, что вчера погибли одномоментно 200 тысяч чеченцев, скажут — ну, много, — но не более того. Люди не выйдут. Более того, если погибнут 200 тысяч жителей Твери — тоже не выйдут. Такова ситуация на сегодняшний день. Общество очень ожесточилось.”
Анна Политковская

Tarryn Fisher
“Overbearing mothers usually give way to one of two things in their children: rebellion or passivity.”
Tarryn Fisher, F*ck Love

Josh Hatcher
“Do not let your boss, your spouse, your kids, your neighbors, or anyone push you around or walk all over you. This does not mean you need to be a butt-hole - but you may need to draw some clear lines for the people in your life. Want to do it right? Communicate expectations clearly, and consistently. People cannot treat you the way you want them to treat you unless you tell them HOW to treat you.”
Josh Hatcher, Manlihood: The 12 Pillars of Masculinity

Josh Hatcher
“Passivity is really a crappy substitute for manhood. But it’s as common as facial hair on a hipster, or salmon-breath on a grizzly bear.”
Josh Hatcher, Manlihood: The 12 Pillars of Masculinity

Marsha M. Linehan
“A patient's passivity must not be unilaterally interpreted as lack of motivation, resistance, lack of confidence, or the like. Many times, passivity is a function of inadequate knowledge and/or skills.”
Marsha M. Linehan, Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

“We can accomplish a whole lot more with a team who speak up than one with a bad case of captainitis. Passive cooperation demotivates the workers, wears out the leader and harms the company – I never fired anyone for telling me I was wrong.”
Graham Speechley

“In classical art this 'aura' surrounding motherhood depicts repose. The dominant culture projects pregnancy as a time of quiet waiting. We refer to the woman as 'expecting,' as though this new life were flying in from another planet and she sat in her rocking chair by the window, occasionally moving the curtain aside to see whether the ship is coming. The image of uneventful waiting associated with pregnancy reveals clearly how much the discourse of pregnancy leaves out the subjectivity of the woman. From the point of view of others pregnancy is primarily a time of waiting and watching, when nothing happens.

For the pregnant subject, on the other hand, pregnancy has a temporality of movement, growth, and change. The pregnant subject is not simply a splitting which the two halves lie open and still, but a dialectic. The pregnant woman experiences herself as a source and participant in a creative process. Though she does not plan and direct it, neither does it merely wash over; rather, she is this process, this change. Time stretches out, moments and days take on a depth because she experiences more changes in herself, her body. Each day, each week, she looks at herself for signs of transformation...

For others the birth of an infant may only be a beginning, but for the birthing woman it is a conclusion as well. It signals the close of a process she has been undergoing for nine months, the leaving of this unique body she has moved through, always surprising her a bit in its boundary changes and inner kicks. Especially if this is her first child she experiences the birth as a transition to a new self that she may both desire and fear. She fears a loss of identity, as though on the other side of the birth she herself became a transformed person, such that she would 'never be the same again.”
Iris Marion Young, On Female Body Experience: Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays

Chris Hedges
“Tolerance is a virtue, but tolerance coupled with passivity is a vice.”
Chris Hedges, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America

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