“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”
If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, learning, etc., beginning from his youth and so go on to old age, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last! -Jonathan Swift.
“To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called . Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.”
“A scientist is in a sense a learned small boy. There is something of the scientist in every small boy. Others must outgrow it. Scientists can stay that way all their lives.”
“Any success starts with one. One step. One client. One sale.”
“An idea or institution may arise for one reason and be maintained for quite a different reason.”
“Once and for all / the idea of glorious victories / won by the glorious army / must be wiped out / Neither side is glorious / On either side they’re just frightened men messing their pants / and they all want the same thing / Not to lie under the earth / but to walk upon it / without crutches.”
“A Just Cause should direct a business model, not the other way around.”
“The family is like the forest: if you are outside, it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.”
“You want to know what weakness is? Weakness is treating someone as though they belong
to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves. “
“This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.”
“If we don’t understand people, we don’t understand business.”
“The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.”
‘To ask, “What’s best for me?” is finite thinking. To ask, “What’s best for us?” is infinite thinking.’
“Teach only if you are willing to learn.”
“Focus on the job you’re doing, don’t focus on the next few jobs. Understand the company’s politics, but don’t play in the politics. And put your hand up for the toughest assignments. That’s when you’ll get noticed.”
“Reality does its thing, so why help it?
Be an idealist, see what happens.”
“If we manipulate people, they will give us exactly what we pay for.
If we inspire people, they will give us more than we ask for.”
‘My mother used to tell me — she would tell my sister — my mother would look at me and she’d say, “Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.” And that’s why breaking those barriers is worth it. As much as anything else, it is also to create that path for those who will come after us.’
“If we say and do what we actually believe, everyone will know what we actually believe.
(It’s a handy little thing called integrity.)”
“The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil’s traps for artists.”
—Logan Pearsall Smith.
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
“Someone is Hindu, someone is Muslim, someone is Christian / Everyone is hell-bent on not becoming a human being.”
“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”
“Emails get reactions.
Phone calls start conversations.”
“Within one linear centimeter of your lower colon there lives and works more bacteria (about 100 billion) than all humans who have ever been born. Yet many people continue to assert that it is we who are in charge of the world.”
—-Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth.”
—-Rutherford B. Hayes.
“In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.”
—-Daniel J Boorstin.
“Racism tends to attract attention when it’s flagrant and filled with invective. But like all bigotry, the most potent component of racism is frame-flipping — positioning the bigot as the actual victim. So the gay do not simply want to marry; they want to convert our children into sin. The Jews do not merely want to be left in peace; they actually are plotting world take-over. And the blacks are not actually victims of American power, but beneficiaries of the war against hard-working whites. This is a respectable, more sensible bigotry, one that does not seek to name-call, preferring instead to change the subject and straw man.”