Shortsightedness Quotes

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Mitch Albom
“Look, no matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don’t see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become. But if you’re surrounded by people who say ‘I want mine now,’ you end up with a few people with everything and a military to keep the poor ones from rising up and stealing it.”
Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

George Packer
“[T]he enduring problem for liberals, as for everyone else, is not whether history will judge them wise or foolish regarding the war on terrorism; it is, rather, the way that the past decade has splintered them away from other Americans. This fracture comes with a steep price: in today's toxic atmosphere, liberals are no less cynical, shortsighted, and parochial than anyone else, and they understand their fellow-Americans just as badly as they themselves are understood. When liberals look at red-state voters, they see either a mob of pious know-nothings or the insensible victims of militarism and class warfare. Yet.... [such people] defy fixed categories, which means that they have to be figured out the hard way--on their own terms.”
George Packer

George Bernard Shaw
“A man's interest in the world is only the overflow from his interest in himself.”
George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

H.G. Wells
“A shell in the pit," said I, "if the worst comes to worst will kill them all."

The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism. I remember that dinner table with extraordinary vividness even now. My dear wife's sweet anxious face peering at me from under the pink lampshade, the white cloth with it silver and glass table furniture—for in those days even philosophical writers had luxuries—the crimson-purple wine in my glass, are photographically distinct. At the end of it I sat, tempering nuts with a cigarette, regretting Ogilvy's rashness, and denouncing the shortsighted timidity of the Martians.

So some respectable dodo in the Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. "We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.”
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Thomas Bernhard
“We always look for everything in the immediate proximity, that is a mistake.”
Thomas Bernhard, Gehen

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Government in its infancy had no regular and permanent form. For want of a sufficient fund of philosophy and experience, men could see no further than the present inconveniences, and never thought of providing remedies for future ones, but in proportion as they arose.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Often we don’t see the majesty of God’s design because we’re caught up in the mediocrity of our own designs.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Eating seeds is at times a sign of shortsightedness or impatience.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Adrienne Brodeur
“I'd not felt so much as a pinprick of foreboding or dark premonition about what lay beyond the curve of time.”
Adrienne Brodeur, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me