Sameness Quotes

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Candace Bushnell
“The car was on the FDR drive now and, turning her head, she glanced out at the bleak brown buildings of the projects that stretched for blocks along the drive. Something inside her sank at the sight of all that sameness, and she suddenly felt defeated.
She shifted uncomfortably in her seat. In the past year, she'd started experiencing these moments of desperate emptiness, as if nothing really mattered, nothing was ever going to change, there was nothing new; and she could see her life stretching before her--one endless long day after the next, in which every day was essentially the same. Meanwhile, time was marching on, and all that was happening to her was that she was getting older and smaller, and one day she would be no bigger than a dot, and then she would simply disappear. Poof! Like a small leaf burned up under a magnifying glass in the sun. These feelings were shocking to her, because she'd never experienced world-weariness before. She'd never had time. All her life, she'd been striving and striving to become this thing that was herself--the entity that was Nico O'Neilly. And then, one morning, time had caught up with her and she had woken up and realized that she was there. She had arrived at her destination, and she had everything she'd worked so hard for: a stunning career, a loving (well, sort of) husband, whom she respected, and a beautiful eleven-year-old daughter whom she adored.
She should have been thrilled. But instead, she felt tired. Like all those things belonged to someone else.”
Candace Bushnell, Lipstick Jungle

Harry Bernstein
“We're not very different from one another, not different at all in fact. We're all just people with the same needs, the same desires, the same feelings. It's a lie about us being different.”
Harry Bernstein, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers

Phillips Brooks
“Dreadful will be the day when the world becomes contented, when one great universal satisfaction spreads itself over the world. Sad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life that he is living, with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is a child of God.”
Phillips Brooks

Marguerite Duras
“You think of outside your room, of the streets of the town, the lonely little squares over by the station, of those winter Saturdays all alike.”
Marguerite Duras, The Malady of Death

Dejan Stojanovic
“Everything and nothing are the same in the Absolute.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

“To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of otherness and instead embrace togetherness.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Lois Farfel Stark
“Oneness is not sameness.”
Lois Farfel Stark, The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Anthony Liccione
“We are equal by fault, but never equal in acceptance.”
Anthony Liccione

Joe Reyes
“He doesn't trust people because he knows they are all the same. Everyone cares about their own survival and nothing else, just like him. Since he is more than willing to kill for it, so are they. After all, he has endured through all these years, leading him to be alone, it was the only conclusion that made sense.”
Joe Reyes, Aftermath

Deborah Bravandt
“We are all two spirited beings in one body. We originated from a Soul that is two-spirited, male and female in one body. When you validate, honor, and love the opposite within, you validate, honor, and love both the opposite and same-ness with another human being. A healthy relationship starts by loving the internal twin flame relationship, which results in attracting a healthy external twin flame relationship.”
Deborah Bravandt

DaShanne Stokes
“You can flip a coin to change its face, but it remains the same coin.”
DaShanne Stokes

Mohsin Hamid
“The most important thing to keep in mind is not that we are all the same, but that we are all equally weird.”
Mohsin Hamid

Adrienne Rich
“The retreat into sameness—assimilation for those who can manage it—is the most passive and debilitating of responses to political repression, economic insecurity, and a renewed open season on difference.”
Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

“Through understanding, people will be able to see their similarities before differences.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Jean Baudrillard
“Wherever exchange is impossible, what we encounter is terror. Any radical otherness at all is thus the epicentre of a terror: the terror that such otherness holds, by virtue of its very existence, for the normal world. And the terror that this world exercises upon that otherness in order to annihilate it.
Over recent centuries all forms of violent otherness have been incorporated, willingly or under threat of force, into a discourse of difference which simultaneously implies inclusion and exclusion, recognition and discrimination.
Childhood, lunacy, death, primitive societies - all have been categorized, integrated and absorbed as parts of a universal harmony. Madness, once its exclusionary status had been revoked, was caught up in the far subtler toils of psychology. The dead, as soon as they were recognized in their identity as such, were banished to outlying cemeteries - kept at such a distance that the face of death itself was lost. As for Indians, their right to exist was no sooner accorded them than they were confined to reservations. These are the vicissitudes of a logic of difference.
Racism does not exist so long as the other remains Other, so long as the Stranger remains foreign. It comes into existence when the other becomes merely different - that is to say, dangerously similar. This is the moment when the inclination to keep the other at a distance comes into being.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena

“What did one mirror see in the other?
Nothing.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

“Lyotard addresses... in Postmodern Fables... [that] ideas of difference, alterity and multiculturalism have become nothing more than streams of cultural capital, streams which themselves fashion, and are fashioned by, the demands of the global market. Hence, the following irony: 'What cultural capitalism has found is the marketplace of singularities'. The result of this discovery, which even reduces the 'postmodern' celebration of difference or otherness to a marketable strategy, is that ideas are stripped of their intrinsic value (value-rationality) and are judged by their value as commodities. This leads to the production of thought that is itself devoid of difference, for streams of cultural capital 'must all go in the right direction' and 'must converge'. Global capitalism, while appearing to affirm the potentiality of cultural differentiation, in fact subordinates difference and alterity to an instrumental logic of exchange, performance and control.”
Nicholas Gane, Max Weber and Postmodern Theory: Rationalization Versus Re-enchantment

Penelope Lively
“And in any case, I am someone else now. This seems to contradict earlier assertions that you are in old age the person you always were. What I mean is that old age has different needs, different satisfactions, a different outlook. I remember my young self, and I am not essentially changed, but I perform otherwise today.

There are things I no longer want, things I no longer do, things that are now important.”
Penelope Lively, Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

Elmar Hussein
“If everyone were like you, you could be the same as everyone. Since this is impossible, we are all unique in the universe. Without one of us, the universe will be a little less colorful, less interesting, less complete.”
Elmar Hussein

Rachel Kushner
“...America was supposed to be a place ruined and homogenized by highways, that that was its unique character, crass and vulgar sameness.”
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers

Mehmet Murat ildan
“We look at sunflowers, they all look the same; we look at people, they all look the same! Everyone became same because everyone is focused on the same things that society wants of them! Everyone is striving to fulfil the destiny that society has drawn for them!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Sinclair Lewis
“But she knew that she still had no plan in life, save always to go along the same streets, past the same people, to the same shops.”
Sinclair Lewis, Main Street

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Places of worship that have been built throughout history often represent monotony because they are mostly made of the same type! The distinctness is admirable; but monotony makes people bored! Sameness represents the poverty of the mind; distinctness on the other hand represents the wealth of the mind!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Jean Baudrillard
“Surely the extraordinary success of artificial intelligence is attributable to the fact that it frees us from real intelligence, that by hypertrophying thought as an operational process it frees us from thought's ambiguity and from the insoluble puzzle of its relationship to the world. Surely the success of all these technologies is a result of the way in which they make it impossible even to raise the timeless question of liberty. What a relief! Thanks to the machinery of the virtual, all your problems are over! You are no longer either subject or object, no longer either free or alienated - and no longer either one or the other: you are the same, and enraptured by the commutations of that sameness. We have left the hell of other people for the ecstasy of the same, the purgatory of otherness for the artificial paradises of identity. Some might call this an even worse servitude, but Telecomputer Man, having no will of his own, knows nothing of serfdom. Alienation of man by man is a thing of the past: now man is plunged into homeostasis by machines.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena

Jean Baudrillard
“This is the reappearance of the principle of Evil in a new guise. No morality or guilt is implied, however: the principle of Evil is simply synonymous with the principle of reversal, with the turns of fate. In systems undergoing total positivization - and hence desymbolization - evil is equivalent, in all its forms, to the fundamental rule of reversibility.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena

Renée Watson
“Those girls are not the opposite of me. We are perpendicular. We may be on different paths, yes. But there's a place where we touch, where we connect and are just the same.”
Renée Watson, Piecing Me Together

“There is pain in staying the same and there is pain in changing. Pick the one that moves you forward.”
Lee Rose & Kathleen McGhee-Anderson

Hugh Mackay
“Accept that you can't control many of the things that happen to you. Stop wishing for things to stay the same, or to to be different. Above all, remember that your own struggles are part of the human struggle, shared by everyone you meet.
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Hugh Mackay, The Kindness Revolution: How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire optimism

Chuck Palahniuk
“Relax, Brandy says, Whatever you're thinking, a million other folks are thinking. Whatever you do, they're doing, and none of you is responsible. All of you is cooperative effort.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“As sure as things will change, Is as sure
As things will stay the same. Stillness and flux
Are of the same fabric. And sameness, and change Are one.”
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, The Wealth Reference Guide: An American Classic

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