Sunday, April 13, 2008

Other people's eloquence

In doing some research for my actual job, I came across some quotations that put me in mind of the political moment in our culture now:

"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel."
— John Ruskin (literary essayist)

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
— William James (philosopher)

"Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian."
— Robert Orben (comedian)

"The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary. "
— Wilhelm Reich (psychoanalyst)

"The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition."
— Freidrich Neitzsche (philosopher)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
— Margaret Mead (anthropologist)

"The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity."
— Dorothy Parker (literary author)

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his. "
— Oscar Wilde (playwright among other things)

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. "
— Virginia Woolf (author, essayist)

"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg"
— Thomas Jefferson (President of the United States among other things)


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