ARamsHeart - Feed http://quotationsbook.com/ Quotations Book Search <![CDATA[There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2870/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2870/ <![CDATA[But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2904/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2904/ <![CDATA[Great intellects are skeptical.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36484/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36484/ <![CDATA[People of genius whenever they are faced with misfortune find resources within themselves.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26637/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26637/ <![CDATA[Beggars should be entirely abolished! Truly, it is annoying to give to them and annoying not to give to them.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/3962/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/3962/ <![CDATA[After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33920/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33920/ <![CDATA[The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37387/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37387/ <![CDATA[My doctor gave me six months to live but when I couldn't pay the bill, he gave me six months more.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11275/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11275/ <![CDATA[Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/39319/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/39319/ <![CDATA[Achievement is not the most important thing -- Authenticity is]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21275/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21275/ <![CDATA[Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/13318/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/13318/ <![CDATA[We have a Bill of rights. What we need is a Bill of responsibilities.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34222/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34222/ <![CDATA[A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26893/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26893/ <![CDATA[Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/8638/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/8638/ <![CDATA[To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan... believe... act!]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11486/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11486/ <![CDATA[Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19587/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19587/ <![CDATA[The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32866/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32866/ <![CDATA[As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4405/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4405/ <![CDATA[So do not think of helpful whores as aberrational blots; I could not love you half so well without my practice shots.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32868/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32868/ <![CDATA[Civil Rights: What black folks are given in the U.S. on the installment plan, as in civil-rights bills. Not to be confused with human rights, which are the dignity, stature, humanity, respect, and freedom belonging to all people by right of their birth.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/6932/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/6932/ <![CDATA[The whore is despised by the hypocritical world because she has made a realistic assessment of her assets and does not have to rely on fraud to make a living. In an area of human relations where fraud is regular practice between the sexes, her honesty is regarded with a mocking wonder.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32858/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32858/ <![CDATA[What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician -- these are the people who make money out of prostitution, these are the real reapers of the wages of sin.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32855/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32855/ <![CDATA[Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and you pay it back and then -- one day -- you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then -- one day -- you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/23735/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/23735/ <![CDATA[If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to allexcept the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/44591/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/44591/ <![CDATA[The women who take husbands not out of love but out of greed, to get their bills paid, to get a fine house and clothes and jewels; the women who marry to get out of a tiresome job, or to get away from disagreeable relatives, or to avoid being called an old maid -- these are whores in everything but name. The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money's worth.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32854/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32854/ <![CDATA[Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/13131/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/13131/ <![CDATA[When you can do the common things in life in a uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/14107/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/14107/ <![CDATA[Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37830/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37830/ <![CDATA[Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a gray suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7217/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7217/ <![CDATA[The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/13101/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/13101/ <![CDATA[Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21093/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21093/ <![CDATA[Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21088/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21088/ <![CDATA[I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21089/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21089/ <![CDATA[There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21098/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21098/ <![CDATA[Dreaming permits each and everyone of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11432/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11432/ <![CDATA[Revolution, in order to be creative, cannot do without either a moral or metaphysical rule to balance the insanity of history.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34408/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34408/ <![CDATA[People generally treat me like I'm very intelligent and really, I'm much less intelligent than she is. Scully is insanely intelligent.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21289/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21289/ <![CDATA[Let us consider that we are all partially insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles; it will make clear and simple many things which are involved in haunting and harassing difficulties and obscurities now.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21110/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21110/ <![CDATA[When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isnt a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/45152/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/45152/ <![CDATA[Burning lies led to my silent cries Keeping it inside I've got everything to hide. lustful desire, a burning fire You are the flame, You are to blame. Beautiful light deliver me from fright dreams full of lust. Or is the dream dreaming us? PHYSICAL PAIN don't call me insane. I don't want to be dead but all beautiful colors bleed to red]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/23437/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/23437/ <![CDATA[The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4111/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4111/ <![CDATA[When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/25536/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/25536/ <![CDATA[Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24540/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24540/ <![CDATA[How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42654/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42654/ <![CDATA[Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/5807/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/5807/ <![CDATA[Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/40849/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/40849/ <![CDATA[A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19091/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19091/ <![CDATA[Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24545/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24545/ <![CDATA[Of all Gods creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/44807/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/44807/ <![CDATA[If you are planning on doing business with someone again, don't be too tough in the negotiations. If you're going to skin a cat, don't keep it as a house cat.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/28091/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/28091/ <![CDATA[It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/27743/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/27743/ <![CDATA[Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20154/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20154/ <![CDATA[Memory always obeys the commands of the heart.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26008/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26008/ <![CDATA[To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34392/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34392/ <![CDATA[Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37167/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37167/ <![CDATA[In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34394/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34394/ <![CDATA[Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34389/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34389/ <![CDATA[There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7423/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7423/ <![CDATA[Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38808/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38808/ <![CDATA[A man's thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/39068/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/39068/ <![CDATA[History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36783/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36783/ <![CDATA[You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/18634/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/18634/ <![CDATA[Constant repetition carries conviction.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/1360/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/1360/ <![CDATA[Thank You Friend I never came to you, my friend, and went away without some new enrichment of the heart; More faith and less of doubt, more courage in the days ahead. And often in great need coming to you, I went away comforted indeed. How can I find the shining word, the glowing phrase that tells all that your love has meant to me, all that your friendship spells? There is no word, no phrase for you on whom I so depend. All I can say to you is this, God bless you precious friend.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/16028/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/16028/ <![CDATA[Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36833/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36833/ <![CDATA[Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36773/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36773/ <![CDATA[It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36797/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36797/ <![CDATA[Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/17927/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/17927/ <![CDATA[One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9059/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9059/ <![CDATA[Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36801/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36801/ <![CDATA[This great misfortune -- to be incapable of solitude.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36780/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36780/ <![CDATA[The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36775/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/36775/ <![CDATA[The fool needs company, the wise solitude.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/15410/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/15410/ <![CDATA[Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/5599/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/5599/ <![CDATA[Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/16412/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/16412/ <![CDATA[When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9893/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9893/ <![CDATA[When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/43081/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/43081/ <![CDATA[When you're prepared, you're more confident. When you have a strategy, you're more comfortable.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32128/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32128/ <![CDATA[It's better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32133/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32133/ <![CDATA[To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32126/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32126/ <![CDATA[If you are prepared, you will be confident, and will do the job.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32134/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32134/ <![CDATA[I will prepare and some day my chance will come.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32135/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32135/ <![CDATA[Unless you have prepared yourself to profit by your chance, the opportunity will only make you ridiculous. A great occasion is valuable to you just in proportion as you have educated yourself to make use of it.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32137/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32137/ <![CDATA[You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32138/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32138/ <![CDATA[In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32142/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32142/ <![CDATA[The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32144/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32144/ <![CDATA[Trust in your preparation.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32152/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32152/ <![CDATA[The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32158/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32158/ <![CDATA[The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32154/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32154/ <![CDATA[Preparing mentally takes more out of you than the physical aspect of it.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32149/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32149/ <![CDATA[If you're prepared, then you're able to feel confident.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32148/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32148/ <![CDATA[Thorough preparation makes its own luck.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32146/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32146/ <![CDATA[Necessity is not an established fact, but rather an interpretation.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/28058/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/28058/ <![CDATA[All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/25746/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/25746/ <![CDATA[Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33533/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33533/ <![CDATA[I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38951/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38951/ <![CDATA[In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/6780/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/6780/ <![CDATA[To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/285/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/285/ <![CDATA[No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4599/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4599/ <![CDATA[The non permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of summer and winter seasons.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2694/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2694/ <![CDATA[In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32628/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/32628/ <![CDATA[A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the fa?ade of his appearance.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2728/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2728/ <![CDATA[Understand clearly that when a great need appears a great use appears also; when there is small need there is small use; it is obvious, then, that full use is made of all things at all times according to the necessity thereof.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/10681/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/10681/ <![CDATA[It is all a question of sensitiveness. Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But in the end, that which lives by delicate sensitiveness. If it were a question of brute force, not a single human baby would survive for a fortnight. It is the grass of the field, most frail of all things, that supports all life all the time. But for the green grass, no empire would rise, no man would eat bread: for grain is grass; and Hercules or Napoleon or Henry Ford would alike be denied existence.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/35883/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/35883/ <![CDATA[In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn't want it any other way.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/1073/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/1073/ <![CDATA[Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer. Those who do not last are always more beloved since no one has to see them in their long, dull, unrelenting, no-quarter-given-and-no-quarter-received, fights that they make to do something as they believe it should be done before they die. Those who die or quit early and easy and with every good reason are preferred because they are understandable and human. Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38016/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38016/ <![CDATA[It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/5312/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/5312/ <![CDATA[America has run the world for at least the past 50 years, and when you're at the top that long, you forget what it's like in the valley. There are 5+ billion people out there now who are willing to study harder, work harder for less money and be more industrious than we are. And we're linked to them by technology. With telecommunications, you can have your bookkeeping done in Madra, India, for less than it costs here. Today technology can replace whole new industries, so you have to stay flexible. To survive today, you have to be able to walk on quicksand and dance with electrons.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2247/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/2247/ <![CDATA[However great a man's fear of life, suicide remains the courageous act, the clear-headed act of a mathematician. The suicide has judged by the laws of chance -- so many odds against one that to live will be more miserable than to die. His sense of mathematics is greater than his sense of survival. But think how a sense of survival must clamor to be heard at the last moment, what excuses it must present of a totally unscientific nature.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37951/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/37951/ <![CDATA[Common-sense is part of the home-made ideology of those who have been deprived of fundamental learning, of those who have been kept ignorant. This ideology is compounded from different sources: items that have survived from religion, items of empirical knowledge, items of protective skepticism, items culled for comfort from the superficial learning that is supplied. But the point is that common-sense can never teach itself, can never advance beyond its own limits, for as soon as the lack of fundamental learning has been made good, all items become questionable and the whole function of common-sense is destroyed. Common-sense can only exist as a category insofar as it can be distinguished from the spirit of inquiry, from philosophy.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7213/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7213/ <![CDATA[In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity. The main characteristic of phallic identity is that worth is entirely contingent on the possession of a phallus. Since men have no other criteria for worth, no other notion of identity, those who do not have phalluses are not recognized as fully human.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26067/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/26067/ <![CDATA[Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21242/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/21242/ <![CDATA[A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20248/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20248/ <![CDATA[Just as the office worker dreams of murdering his hated boss and so is saved from really murdering him, so it is with the author; with his great dreams he helps his readers to survive, to avoid their worst intentions. And society, without realizing it respects and even exalts him, albeit with a kind of jealousy, fear and even repulsion, since few people want to discover the horrors that lurk in the depths of their souls. This is the highest mission of great literature, and there is no other.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24175/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24175/ <![CDATA[Our children will not survive our habits of thinking, our failures of the spirit, our wreck of the universe into which we bring new life as blithely as we do. Mostly, our children will resemble our own misery and spite and anger, because we give them no choice about it. In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/6348/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/6348/ <![CDATA[The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33998/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33998/ <![CDATA[We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9536/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9536/ <![CDATA[Both class and race survive education, and neither should. What is education then? If it doesn't help a human being to recognize that humanity is humanity, what is it for? So you can make a bigger salary than other people?]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/12000/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/12000/ <![CDATA[The misery of the middle-aged woman is a gray and hopeless thing, born of having nothing to live for, of disappointment and resentment at having been gypped by consumer society, and surviving merely to be the butt of its unthinking scorn.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/1526/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/1526/ <![CDATA[Once one determines that he or she has a mission in life, that's it's not going to be accomplished without a great deal of pain, and that the rewards in the end may not outweigh the pain --if you recognize historically that always happens, then when it comes, you survive it.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38022/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/38022/ <![CDATA[One reason writers write is out of revenge. Life hurts; certain ideas and experiences hurt; one wants to clarify, to set out illuminations, to replay the old bad scenes and get the Treppenworte said -- the words one didn't have the strength or ripeness to say when those words were necessary for one's dignity or survival.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42786/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42786/ <![CDATA[I understood that all the material of a literary work was in my past life, I understood that I had acquired it in the midst of frivolous amusements, in idleness, in tenderness and in pain, stored up by me without my divining its destination or even its survival, as the seed has in reserve all the ingredients which will nourish the plant.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9054/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/9054/ <![CDATA[The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4745/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/4745/ <![CDATA[The Trojans lost the war because they fell for a really dumb trick. hey, there's a gigantic wooden horse outside and all the Greeks have left. Let's bring it inside! Not a formula for long-term survival. Now if they had formed a task force to study the Trojan Horse and report back to a committee, everyone wouldn't have been massacred.. Who says middle management is useless?]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/25185/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/25185/ <![CDATA[There is an urgent need -- in fact a national survival need -- for invigorating intellectual life, for upgrading the general regard for intellectual excellence. The United States must experience an intellectual renaissance or it will experience defeat. The time cannot be far off -- if indeed it is not already here -- when the strength of a nation, measured in terms of any kind of world competition, will depend less on the number of its bombs than on the number of its learned men.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/31727/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/31727/ <![CDATA[We cannot feel strongly toward the totally unlike because it is unimaginable, unrealizable; nor yet toward the wholly like because it is stale -- identity must always be dull company. The power of other natures over us lies in a stimulating difference which causes excitement and opens communication, in ideas similar to our own but not identical, in states of mind attainable but not actual.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11206/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/11206/ <![CDATA[An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20186/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20186/ <![CDATA[Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/27388/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/27388/ <![CDATA[We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/28639/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/28639/ <![CDATA[A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose-and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/40271/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/40271/ <![CDATA[Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It's a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19464/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19464/ <![CDATA[One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/39137/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/39137/ <![CDATA[For what we call illusions are often, in truth, a wider vision of past and present realities --a willing movement of a man's soul with the larger sweep of the world's forces --a movement towards a more assured end than the chances of a single life.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20346/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20346/ <![CDATA[People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20350/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20350/ <![CDATA[Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24228/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24228/ <![CDATA[Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/17776/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/17776/ <![CDATA[Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33492/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/33492/ <![CDATA[The price which society pays for the law of competition, like the price it pays for cheap comforts and luxuries, is great; but the advantages of this law are also greater still than its cost -- for it is to this law that we owe our wonderful material development, which brings improved conditions in its train. But, whether the law be benign or not, we must say of it: It is here; we cannot evade it; no substitutes for it have been found; and while the law may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7505/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7505/ <![CDATA[What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/23538/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/23538/ <![CDATA[How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42976/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42976/ <![CDATA[Romantic love, in pornography as in life, is the mythic celebration of female negation. For a woman, love is defined as her willingness to submit to her own annihilation. The proof of love is that she is willing to be destroyed by the one whom she loves, for his sake. For the woman, love is always self-sacrifice, the sacrifice of identity, will, and bodily integrity, in order to fulfill and redeem the masculinity of her lover.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24512/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/24512/ <![CDATA[From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34633/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/34633/ <![CDATA[Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19648/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/19648/ <![CDATA[Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42604/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42604/ <![CDATA[An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self: in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20185/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20185/ <![CDATA[In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet. But slowly, step by step, decade by decade, I was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/16606/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/16606/ <![CDATA[There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/22404/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/22404/ <![CDATA[Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a work of man.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42256/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42256/ <![CDATA[When committees gather, each member is necessarily an actor, uncontrollably acting out the part of himself, reading the lines that identify him, asserting his identity. We are designed, coded, it seems, to place the highest priority on being individuals, and we must do this first, at whatever cost, even if it means disability for the group.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7203/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/7203/ <![CDATA[Identity is a bag and a gag. Yet it exists for me with all the force of a fatal disease. Obviously I am here, a mind and a body. To say there's no proof my body exists would be arty and specious and if my mind is more ephemeral, less provable, the solution of being a writer with solid (touchable, tearable, burnable) books is as close as anyone has come to a perfect answer.]]> http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20197/ http://quotationsbook.com/quote/20197/