Quotations Accumulated The Last 12 Months

Quotations Accumulated The Last 12 Months June 13, 2014

2 years ago today, I decided to post the quotes I kept on my Facebook wall under “Favorite Quotations”. Then a year ago today, I decided to post more quotes that I had accumulated in the meantime.

So now it’s a tradition.

In the last year since, here are the things I came across or remembered that I really wanted to be able to remind myself of:

“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” Jonathan Gottschall

“Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are.” Chuck Jones

“It is precisely the nature of modern mass murder that it is not visibly direct like individual murder, but takes on a corporate character, where every participant had limited liability. The total effect, however, is a thousand times more pernicious, than that of the individual entrepreneur of violence. If the world is destroyed, it will be a white-collar crime, done in a business-like way, by large numbers of individuals involved in a chain of actions, each one having a touch of innocence.” Howard Zinn

“Find out what people believe to be sacred, and when you look around there you will find rampant irrationality.” Jonathan Haidt

“A theologian is a ventriloquist with moving lips and no puppet.” Bruce S. Springsteen

“It’s supposed to be a challenge; that’s why they call it a shortcut. If it were easy, it would just be The Way.” Road Trip

“The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.'” Jim Rohn

“It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By “business” I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” Jim Henson

“One had to cram all this stuff into one’s mind, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year…. It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreck and ruin without fail. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty. To the contrary, I believe that it would be possible to rob even a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness, if it were possible, with the aid of a whip, to force the beast to devour continuously, even when not hungry — especially if the food, handed out under such coercion, were to be selected accordingly.” Albert Einstein

“Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it was a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secret of the universe.” Lex Luthor

“Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate.” C.S. Lewis

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” Victor Frankl

“When we adults think of children there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn’t getting ready to live; a child is living. No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation. How much heartache we would save ourselves if we would recognize children as partners with adults in the process of living, rather than always viewing them as apprentices. How much we could teach each other; we have the experience and they have the freshness. How full both our lives could be.” John A. Taylor

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” C.S. Lewis

I take it not only a day at a time, but a moment at a time, and keep it at that pace. If you can be happy right now, then you’ll always be happy, because it’s always in the now.” Willie Nelson

“Humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research.” Marie Curie

“All I ever learned from love was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you.” Leonard Cohen

“Love is a piano dropped from a fourth-storey window, and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Ani Difranco

“To live in this world you must be willing to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” Mary Oliver

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb

“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and [your role] is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Steve Jobs

“The color of one’s creed, neckties, eyes, thoughts, manners, speech, is sure to meet somewhere in time or space with a fatal objection from a mob that hates that particular tone. And the more brilliant, the more unusual the man, the nearer he is to the stake. Stranger always rhymes with danger. The meek prophet, the enchanter in his cave, the indignant artist, the nonconforming little schoolboy, all share in the same sacred danger. And this being so, let us bless them, let us bless the freak; for in the natural evolution of things, the ape would perhaps never have become man had not a freak appeared in the family.” Vladimir Nabokov

“When I get sad, I just stop being sad and be awesome instead.” Barney Stinson

“Nobody thinks it can happen to them, but anyone can get a PhD. Make sure you get tested. Thank you.” Holly Rocket

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” C.S. Lewis

“It’s said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That’s false – tragically false. Look for yourself: This is the concentration camp and crematorium of Auschwitz. THIS is where people were turned into numbers … It was done by arrogance, by dogma, by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge with no test in reality this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods.” Jacob Bronowski

“You cannot kill a monster until you are willing to see it in the mirror, until you recognize its shape in your own skin.” Dylan Garity

“What we never hear about extremism is its advantages. Well, the biggest advantage of extremism is that it makes you feel good. Because it provides you with enemies. Let me explain. The great thing about having enemies is that you can pretend that all the badness in the whole world is in your enemies and all the goodness in the whole world is in you! Attractive, isn’t it? So if you have a lot of anger and resentment in you anyway, and you therefore enjoy abusing people, then you can pretend that you’re only doing it because these enemies of yours are such very bad persons! And if it wasn’t for them you actually would be good natured and courteous and rational all the time! So if you want to feel good become an extremist!” John Cleese

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was born in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us.” Colum McCann

“Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned, but just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die.
You gotta get up and try and try and try.” P!nk

“The whole thing felt kinda shady. You know, morality-wise.” Skinny Pete

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