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Seriously deep quotes for a shallow world; minimal hackneyed (Einstein, Thoreau, Emerson...) quotes. Deeper dug - over several years; on Tumblr since 2008
"Pain results from a judgment you have made about a thing. Remove the judgment and the pain disappears."
"If the animal were not in exact correspondence with its environment it would, sooner or later, cease to exist. To give a biological example: if, instead of being attracted to food, the animal were repelled by it, or if instead of running from fire the animal threw itself into the fire, then it would quickly perish. The animal must respond to changes in the environment in such a manner that its responsive activity is directed towards the preservation of its existence."
- Ivan Pavlov
"Women want a lot of sex with the man they love. Men want a lot of sex with different partners."
- Moir and Jessel
"The warring gods and formulas of the various religions do indeed cancel each other, but there is a certain uniform deliverance in which religions all appear to meet. It consists of two parts:
1. An uneasiness; and
2. Its solution.
1. The uneasiness, reduced to its simplest terms, is a sense that there is something wrong about us as we naturally stand.
2. The solution is a sense that we are saved from the wrongness by making proper connection with the higher powers.”
- William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience
"It is not the people who are locked up in asylums who are truly mad, but the politicians and generals who are ready to destroy the human race at the push of a button."
- R.D. Laing
"We hear today so many phrases we have heard before. The innocent have nothing to fear. Our critics merely comfort the enemy. You cannot be too safe. Loyalty is all. As one official said in wielding his legal stick over the Guardian: "You have had your debate. There’s no need to write any more.
Yes, there bloody well is.”
- Simon Jenkins, 2013
"Each of us is in reality an abiding psychical entity far more extensive than he knows — an individuality which can never express itself completely through any corporeal manifestation. The Self manifests through the organism; but there is always some part of the Self unmanifested; and always, as it seems, some power of organic expression in abeyance or reserve."
"It’s all zero-days. Literally, if you can name the software or the controller, we have ways to exploit it. There is no software that isn’t easily crackable. In the last few years, every publicly known and patched bug makes almost no impact on us. They aren’t scratching the surface.’"
- Anonymous cyber warrior, Confessions of a Cyber Warrior, Roger Grimes, Infoworld, 2013
'This is dreadful. I don't think Hawking can take much more of this punishment. Bruno's raining the blows down now, left right right left. I can't look this is terrible. Hawking's being beaten like a ginger step-child.'
- Harry Carpenter, 1998)
"Our system of checks and balances has gone into reverse. The three branches, far from checking one another’s power or protecting the rights of Americans, entered one after another into collusion to violate them, even to the extent of immunizing the wrongdoers. Balanced, checked power has become fused power — exactly what the founders of this country feared above all else. The political parties have been no more useful as checks than the branches of government; their leaderships stand together protecting the abuses, though individual senators, including Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, have proposed sensible reforms.
Finally, even elections have proven ineffective: the voters chose a president who taught constitutional law running on a platform of stopping civil liberties abuses; but he has become the author of new abuses. Even now, his soothing demeanor and reputation for liberalism (“Change we can believe in”) confuses and thwarts those who otherwise would be reacting with anger.”
- Jonathan Schell, The Nation, 2013
"If Bono really knew the history of his own people, he would be aware that the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s was not the result of a food shortage. Famines rarely are. There were plenty of crops in the country, but they had to be exported to pay the landlords’ rents. There was also enough food in Britain at the time to feed Ireland several times over. What turned a crisis into a catastrophe was the free market doctrine for which the U2 front man is so ardent an apologist. Widespread hunger is the result of predatory social systems, a fact that Bono’s depoliticising language of humanitarianism serves to conceal."
- Terry Eagleton, 2013
"What we think we lack determines what we will become in life."
- Alfred Adler
"The great qualities, the imperious will, the rapid energy, the eager nature fit for a great crisis are not requirted - are impediments - in common times."
- Walter Bagehot, 1867
"An optimist is a guy that’s never had much experience."
- Don Marquis