Social Criticism Quotes

Quotes tagged as "social-criticism" (showing 1-30 of 33)
Steven Pinker
“Much of what is today called "social criticism" consists of members of the upper classes denouncing the tastes of the lower classes (bawdy entertainment, fast food, plentiful consumer goods) while considering themselves egalitarians.”
Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

James Howard Kunstler
“The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, yet its inhabitants are strikingly unhappy. Accordingly, we present to the rest of mankind, on a planet rife with suffering and tragedy, the spectacle of a clown civilization. Sustained on a clown diet rich in sugar and fat, we have developed a clown physiognomy. We dress like clowns. We move about a landscape filled with cartoon buildings in clownmobiles, absorbed in clownish activities. We fill our idle hours enjoying the canned antics of professional clowns... Death, when we acknowledge it, is just another pratfall on the boob tube. Bang! You're dead!”
James Howard Kunstler

Stendhal
“Ah, Sir, a novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies, at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Edith Wharton
“Does no one want to know the truth here, Mr. Archer? The real loneliness is living among all these kind of people who only ask one to pretend!”
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Almost everything we call "higher culture" is based on the spiritualization of cruelty.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some of our friends are our friends only because we used to be friends.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“*Prostitution* is a euphemism for rape incidents that the victim and the economy profits from.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In some rare cases, a friendship between two people benefits both of them, and what’s more, in some rarer cases, it benefits both of them equally.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In many cases, it was the woman’s stomach—not her heart—that fell for her man.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Max Frisch
“A society needs famous people; the question is whom it chooses for that role. Any criticism of its choice is by implication a criticism of that society.”
Max Frisch, Montauk

Fritz Leiber
“Minds altogether horrible in their power, and in their ignorance — which their power protected.”
Fritz Leiber, Destiny Times Three / Riding the Torch

David McCullough
“Indeed, bribery, favoritism, and corruption in a great variety of forms were rampant not only in politics, but in all levels of society.”
David McCullough, 1776

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We are, or rather our natural desire to evade pain and to attain pleasure is, the primary reason we do or say every single thing we do or say.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The only thing I hate about good people is that they like making their being good people bad people’s problem.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Every single good person is a good person for their own sake, not for the sake of humanity, not even for the sake of another human being.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“To label someone as selfless is symptomatic of having bought the preposterous claim that a human being can have great concern for other human beings and little concern for themselves, or that, when taken to extremes, a human being can have great concern for other human beings and absolutely no concern for themselves.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The pleasure or the benefit that the object of our deed derives from it is every now and then greater or even more important than the one we derive from the deed.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It is humanly impossible to be selfless. As a matter of fact, human beings are inherently selfish.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In some cases, it is the woman’s stomach—not her heart—that has left her man for another.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“No single bad person regards themselves as a bad person.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Kakuzō Okakura
“Behold the complacent salesman retailing the Good and True.
One can even buy a so-called Religion, which is really but common
morality sanctified with flowers and music. Rob the Church of her
accessories and what remains behind? Yet the trusts thrive marvelously,
for the prices are absurdly cheap,--a prayer for a ticket to heaven,
a diploma for an honorable citizenship.Hide yourself under a bushel
quickly, for if your real usefulness were known to the world you would
soon be knocked down to the highest bidder by the public auctioneer.”
Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea

Bertrand Russell
“...what is the use of making everybody rich if the rich themselves are miserable?”
Bertrand Russell

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Females and boys are the only creatures that propose others for friendship. As for the rest of us, friendship sort of just happens.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Technically, you cannot really own a book you bought; you can only own the sheets of paper your copy is printed on; unless, of course, you are the book’s publisher.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Fritz Leiber
“Minds festooned with error, barnacled with bias, swollen with delusions of godhead.”
Fritz Leiber, Destiny Times Three / Riding the Torch

“Old contradictions never die; they just get new outfits.”
Susan J. Douglas

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A social critic is someone whose work revolves around where and how our successes are failing us.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger: Aphorisms for Grown Children and Childish Grown-ups

Honoré de Balzac
“Quizá ciertas personas no tengan ya nada que ganar ni que hacer junto a aquellas con las cuales viven habitualmente tras haberles mostrado el vacío de su alma, por lo que se siente severamente juzgadas por ellas con severidad merecida.”
Honoré de Balzac, Le Pere Goriot

George Orwell
“Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody.”
George Orwell, Essays

Steven Pinker
“The observation that conflict is part of the human condition, banal though it is, contradicts fashionable beliefs.”
Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works

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