Sad Truth Quotes

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“The heart can get really cold if all you've known is winter.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Golda Meir
“When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons. Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
Golda Meir, A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography

Marie Lu
“No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

Napoléon Bonaparte
“Ability is of little account without opportunity.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Jodi Picoult
“Maybe that's what we do to the people we love: take shots in the dark and realize too late that we've wounded the people we are trying to protect.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

“If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money.”
Guy McPherson

Ahmed Mostafa
“Life is a bitch; you get used though, or you kill yourself. Either way, you're winning.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Ahmed Mostafa
“Everything has a price. The price, however, isn't always money.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Ahmed Mostafa
“The only difference between fiction and religion is that people don't kill themselves over fiction.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“There's no progress without bloodshed...”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Gift of the Fox

Ahmed Mostafa
“Having sex with a condom is like eating chocolate with the wrap on.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Alfred Russel Wallace
“Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly.”
Alfred Russel Wallace

Camille Paglia
“The universities are an absolute wreck right now, because for decades, any graduate student in the humanities who had independent thinking was driven out. There was no way to survive without memorizing all these stupid bromides with this referential bowing to these over-inflated figures like Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, and so on. Basically, it's been a tyranny in the humanities, because the professors who are now my age – who are the baby boomer professors, who made their careers on the back of Foucault and so on – are determined that that survive. So you have a kind of vampirism going on.

So I've been getting letters for 25 years since Sexual Personae was released in 1990, from refugees from the graduate schools. It's been a terrible loss. One of my favorite letters was early on: a woman wrote to me, she was painting houses in St. Louis, she said that she had wanted a career as a literature professor and had gone into the graduate program in comparative literature at Berkeley. And finally, she was forced to drop out because, she said, every time she would express enthusiasm for a work they were studying in the seminar, everyone would look at her as if she had in some way created a terrible error of taste. I thought, 'Oh my God', see that's what's been going on – a pretentious style of superiority to the text.

[When asked what can change this]: Rebellion! Rebellion by the grad students. This is what I'm trying to foment. We absolutely need someone to stand up and start criticizing authority figures. But no; this generation of young people have been trained throughout middle school and high school and college to be subservient to authority.”
Camille Paglia

Christina Hoff Sommers
“I call [fourth-wave feminism] fainting–couch feminism, a la the delicate Victorian ladies who retreated to an elegant chaise when overcome with emotion. As an equality feminist from the 1970s, I am dismayed by this new craze. Women are not children. We are not fragile little birds who can’t cope with jokes, works of art, or controversial speakers. Trigger warnings and safe spaces are an infantilizing setback for feminism—and for women.”
Christina Hoff Sommers

Ahmed Mostafa
“It's ironic how your comfort zone can be tiring sometimes.”
Ahmed Mostafa

“We are living in an era of woke capitalism in which companies pretend to care about social justice to sell products to people who pretend to hate capitalism.”
Clay Routledge

Arthur Koestler
[January 1944] As to this country, I have been lecturing now for three years to the troops and their attitude is the same. They don’t believe in concentration camps, they don’t believe in the starved children of Greece, in the shot hostages of France, in the mass-graves of Poland; they have never heard of Lidice, Treblinka or Belzec; you can convince them for an hour, then they shake themselves, their mental self-defence begins to work and in a week the shrug of incredulity has returned like a reflex temporarily weakened by a shock.
Clearly all this is becoming a mania with me and my like. Clearly we must suffer from some morbid obsession, whereas the others are healthy and normal. But the characteristic symptom of maniacs is that they lose contact with reality and live in a phantasy world. So perhaps it is the other way around: perhaps it is we, the screamers, who react in a sound and healthy way to the reality which surrounds us, whereas you are the neurotic, who totter about in a screamed phantasy world because you lack the faculty to face the facts! Were it not so, this war would have been avoided, and those murdered within sight of your daydreaming eyes would still be alive!”
Arthur Koestler

Slavoj Žižek
“All too often, when we love somebody, we don't accept him or her as what the person effectively is. We accept him or her insofar as this person fits the co-ordinates of our fantasy. We misidentify [...] him or her – which is why, when we discover that we were wrong, love can quickly turn into violence.”
Slavoj Žižek

Edward Bond
“I think drama has to push things to extremes so that we can understand what we are doing in our society.”
Edward Bond

Ahmed Mostafa
“Sex sells, but gay sex sells better.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Michael E. Mann
“The science that we are doing is a threat to the world’s most powerful and wealthiest special interests. The most powerful and wealthiest special interest that has ever existed: the fossil fuel industry.

They have used their immense resources to create fake scandals and to fund a global disinformation campaign aimed at vilifying the scientists, discrediting the science, and misleading the public and policymakers. Arguably, it is the most villainous act in the history of human civilisation, because it is about the short-term interests of a small number of plutocrats over the long-term welfare of this planet and the people who live on it.”
Michael E. Mann

Richard Dawkins
“No matter how much knowledge and wisdom you acquire during your life, not one jot will be passed on to your children by genetic means. Each new generation starts from scratch. A body is the genes' way of preserving the genes unaltered.”
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

“All that the people ever get out of a revolution is a change of masters.”
Arthur Norman Field

Ahmed Mostafa
“Sarcasm is the new staircase to stardom.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Siddhartha Mukherjee
“Ants have a powerful caste system. A colony typically contains ants that carry out radically different roles and have markedly different body structures and behaviors. These roles, Reinberg learned, are often determined not by genes but by signals from the physical and social environment. 'Sibling ants, in their larval stage, become segregated into the different types based on environmental signals,' he said. 'Their genomes are nearly identical, but the way the genes are used—turned on or off, and kept on or off—must determine what an ant "becomes." It seemed like a perfect system to study epigenetics. And so Shelley and I caught a flight to Arizona to see Jürgen Liebig, the ant biologist, in his lab.'

The collaboration between Reinberg, Berger, and Liebig has been explosively successful—the sort of scientific story ('two epigeneticists walk into a bar and meet an entomologist') that works its way into a legend. Carpenter ants, one of the species studied by the team, have elaborate social structures, with queens (bullet-size, fertile, winged), majors (bean-size soldiers who guard the colony but rarely leave it), and minors (nimble, grain-size, perpetually moving foragers). In a recent, revelatory study, researchers in Berger’s lab injected a single dose of a histone-altering chemical into the brains of major ants. Remarkably, their identities changed; caste was recast. The major ants wandered away from the colony and began to forage for food. The guards turned into scouts. Yet the caste switch could occur only if the chemical was injected during a vulnerable period in the ants’ development.

[...] The impact of the histone-altering experiment sank in as I left Reinberg’s lab and dodged into the subway. [...] All of an ant’s possible selves are inscribed in its genome. Epigenetic signals conceal some of these selves and reveal others, coiling some, uncoiling others. The ant chooses a life between its genes and its epigenes—inhabiting one self among its incipient selves.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee

P.J. Harvey
“I lost my heart
Under the bridge
To that little girl –
So much to me.
And now I moan,
And now I holler...
She'll never know
Just what I found.
That blue eyed girl –
She said "no more";
That blue eyed girl
Became blue eyed whore.
Down by the water,
I took her hand.
Just like my daughter,
I'll see her again

Oh, help me, Jesus.
Come through this storm.
I had to lose her
To do her harm;
I heard her holler,
I heard her moan,
My lovely daughter...
I took her home.

Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water,
Come back here, man, give me my daughter.

Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water.
Come back here, man, give me my daughter.”
P.J. Harvey

Yarro Rai
“It's sad and sickening that a diseases & natural disaster is less discriminating, racist, egotistical and evil than humanity.
at least their plight doesn't depends upon your religion, cast or the party you are associated with.
they just get you and kill you.”
Yarro Rai

“Aku tidak mau menyesali atas pilihanku, walaupun harus memilih utk meninggalkanmu demi kebahagiaanku.”

Oscar Wilde
“Hasta la memoria de una alegría tiene su amargura, y los recuerdos de un placer su dolor.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“The recent history of human population dynamics resembles the ‘boom-bust’ cycle of any other species introduced to a new habitat with abundant resources and no predators, therefore little negative feedback.
[...] The population expands rapidly (exponentially), until it depletes essential resources and pollutes its habitat. Negative feedback (overcrowding, disease, starvation, resource scarcity/competition/conflict) then reasserts itself and the population crashes to a level at or below theoretical carrying capacity (it may go locally extinct).
Some species populations, in simple habitats, cycle repeatedly through boom and bust phases. The height of the boom is called the ‘plague phase’ of such cycles.
Hypothesis: Homo sapiens are currently approaching the peak of the plague phase of a one-off global population cycle and will crash because of depleted resources, habitat deterioration and psycho-social feedback, including possible war over remaining ‘assets,’ sometime in this century. (“But wait,” I hear you protest. “Humans are not just any other species. We’re smarter; we can plan ahead; we just won’t let this happen!” Perhaps, but what is the evidence so far that our leaders even recognize the problem?)
[...] climate change is not the only existential threat confronting modern society. Indeed, we could initiate any number of conversations that end with the self-induced implosion of civilization and the loss of 50 per cent or even 90 per cent of humanity.
And that places the global community in a particularly embarrassing predicament. Homo sapiens, that self-proclaimed most-intelligent-of-species, is facing a genuine, unprecedented, hydra-like ecological crisis, yet its political leaders, economic elites and sundry other messiahs of hope will not countenance a serious conversation about of any of its ghoulish heads.
Climate change is perhaps the most aggressively visible head, yet despite decades of high-level talks — 33 in al — and several international agreements to turn things around, atmospheric CO2 and other GHG concentrations have more than doubled to over 37 billion tonnes and, with other GHG concentrations, are still rising at record rates.”
William E. Rees

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