Sociology Quotes

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Susan Cain
“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Alexandre Dumas
“As a general rule...people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.”
Alexandre Dumas

Niccolò Machiavelli
“I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
Niccolò Machiavelli

John Brunner
“It's supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button. ”
John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar

Manny Rayner
“There's nothing wrong with giving up all your principles for a suitable financial reward. It is indeed the basis of our society.”
Manny Rayner

Robert A. Heinlein
“My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity . . . and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. So now I do what pleases myself.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

B.R. Ambedkar
“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”
B.R. Ambedkar

Leo Tolstoy
“What is the cause of historical events? Power. What is power? Power is the sum total of wills transferred to one person. On what condition are the willso fo the masses transferred to one person? On condition that the person express the will of the whole people. That is, power is power. That is, power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand. ”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Toni Morrison
“Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.”
Toni Morrison

Graham Greene
“One can't love humanity. One can only love people.”
Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

Bob Black
“You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education.”
Bob Black, The Abolition of Work & Other Essays

Stephen King
“Nobody likes to see a stupid guy wise up.”
Stephen King, The Stand

Malcolm Gladwell
“That is the paradox of the epidemic: that in order to create one contagious movement, you often have to create many small movements first.”
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Jostein Gaarder
“People are, generally speaking, either dead certain or totally indifferent.”
Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people - and people of other nations - for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn't entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”
Suzy Kassem

Kathryn Stockett
“Miss Leefolt sigh, hang up the phone like she just don't know how her brain gone operate without Miss Hilly coming over to push the Think buttons.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Ray Bradbury
“Ah, art! Ah, life! The pendulum swinging back and forth, from complex to simple, again to complex. From romantic to realistic, back to romantic. ”
Ray Bradbury, The October Country

Neil Postman
“Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death.”
Neil Postman

Robert Wright
“If two people stare at each other for more than a few seconds, it means they are about to either make love or fight. Something similar might be said about human societies. If two nearby societies are in contact for any length of time, they will either trade or fight. The first is non-zero-sum social integration, and the second ultimately brings it.”
Robert Wright

Karl R. Popper
“We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.”
Karl R. Popper

Stephen King
“And when there are enough outsiders together in one place, a mystic osmosis takes place and you're inside.”
Stephen King, The Stand

David Richo
“The more invested I am in my own ideas about reality, the more those experiences will feel like victimizations rather than the ups and downs of relating. Actually, I believe that the less I conceptualize things that way, the more likely it is that people will want to stay by me, because they will not feel burdened, consciously or unconsciously, by my projections, judgments, entitlements, or unrealistic expectations.”
David Richo, Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

ميلان كونديرا
“يمكن اختصار مأساة حياة «باستعارة» الثقل. نقول مثلاً إن حملاً قد سقط فوق أكتافنا. فنحمل هذا الحمل. نتحمله أو لا نتحمله ونتصارع معه، وفي النهاية إما أن نخسر وإما أن نربح. ولكن ما الذي حدث مع سابينا بالضبط؟ لا شيء. افترقت عن رجل لأنها كانت راغبة في الافتراق عنه. هل لاحقها بعد ذلك؟ هل حاول الانتقام؟ لا. فمأساتها ليست مأساة الثقل إنما مأساة الخفة والحمل الذي سقط فوقها لم يكن حملاً بل كان خفة الكائن التي لا تُطاق.”
ميلان كونديرا, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

ميلان كونديرا
“الوقت الإنساني لا يسير في شكل دائري بل يتقدم في خط مستقيم. من هنا، لا يمكن للإنسان أن يكون سعيداً لأن السعادة رغبة في التكرار.”
ميلان كونديرا, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Graham Greene
“Pity is cruel. Pity destroys.”
Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

Michael S. Kimmel
“Single parents - both women and men - can play as critical a role as the traditional two-parent family, and gay and lesbian parents can, and do, raise happy, resilient children. When it comes to family life, form is not merely as important as content. Feeling loved and supported, nurtured and safe, is far more critical than the 'package' it comes in.”
Michael S. Kimmel, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Graham Greene
“It is always of interest to know what strikes another human being as remarkable.”
Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

Fulton J. Sheen
“The danger today is in believing there are no sick people, there is only a sick society.”
Fulton J. Sheen

Michael Crichton
“False fears are a plague, a modern plague!”
Michael Crichton, State of Fear

J.B. Priestley
“We must beware the revenge of the starved senses, the embittered animal in its prison.”
J.B. Priestley

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