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  • Categorizing is necessary for humans, but it becomes pathological when the category is seen as definitive, preventing people from considering the fuzziness of boundaries, let alone revising their categories.

    Source: The Black Swan
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 16 Feb 2015 at 11:58 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 4 members; oursojeri, winswmlik, hnorthsale, Puck
  • Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn’t exist in any declaration I have ever read.

    If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

    I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn’t occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don’t like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don’t like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.

    To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.

    Speaker: Salman Rushdie
    Rating:
    2 (2 votes)
    Posted: 14 Feb 2015 at 2:40 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 4 members; atahymasgeor, sdressfancy, hnorthsale, Puck
  • anger is just vulnerability’s mask.

    Speaker: Warren Farrell
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 09 Jan 2015 at 2:26 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; drmccadexavie, Puck
  • I’d rather spend an hour with a reasonable Christian than spend… any time at all with a vegan atheist.

    Speaker: Marc Maron
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 08 Jan 2015 at 6:30 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; drmccadexavie, Puck
  • It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.

    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 07 Jan 2015 at 9:24 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

    Speaker: Alan Furst
    Source: Night Soldiers: A Novel
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 24 Dec 2014 at 9:30 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

    Speaker: Mark Twain
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 24 Dec 2014 at 9:22 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: humanity, humor
  • If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.

    Speaker: Dorothy Parker
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 24 Dec 2014 at 9:21 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: humor, writing
  • For in spite of itself any movement that thinks and acts in terms of an ‘ism becomes so involved in reaction against other ‘isms that it is unwittingly controlled by them. For it then forms its principles by reaction against them instead of by a comprehensive, constructive survey of actual needs, problems, and possibilities.

    Speaker: John Dewey
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 24 Dec 2014 at 9:21 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate.
    ...And such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener, neglect and pass them by. But with far more subtlety does this mischief insinuate itself into philosophy and the sciences; in which the first conclusion colors and brings into conformity with itself all that come after, though far sounder and better. Besides, independently of that delight and vanity which I have described, it is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human intellect to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives; whereas it ought properly to hold itself indifferently disposed toward both alike. Indeed, in the establishment of any true axiom, the negative instance is the more forcible of the two.

    Speaker: Francis Bacon
    Source: Novum Organum
    Rating:
    2 (2 votes)
    Posted: 11 Dec 2014 at 1:16 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The ways we miss our lives are life.

    Speaker: Randall Jarrell
    Source: A Girl in a Library
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 11 Nov 2014 at 9:49 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Failure is the condiment that gives success it’s flavor.

    Speaker: Truman Capote
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 11 Nov 2014 at 9:39 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

    Speaker: Thomas Edison
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 11 Nov 2014 at 9:38 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • In our hearts, we want to believe in – and would choose – great accomplishment and virtue. That’s why our lies, particularly to ourselves, are so beautiful.

    Source: The Way of Kings
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 11 Nov 2014 at 9:34 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • If democracy is to mean anything, it is the ability to all agree to arrange things in a different way.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:38 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • whenever there are some people calling for the elimination of the class that lives by collecting interest, there will be others to object that this will destroy the livelihood of widows and pensioners.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:37 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • [The] great embarrassing fact that haunts all attempts to represent the market as the highest form of human freedom: that historically, impersonal, commercial markets originate in theft. More than anything else, the endless recitation of the myth of barter, employed much like an incantation, is the economists’ way of fending off any possibility of having to confront it.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:37 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The one thing that’s clear is that new ideas won’t emerge without the jettisoning of much of our accustomed categories of thought— which have become mostly sheer dead weight, if not intrinsic parts of the very apparatus of hopelessness—and formulating new ones. This is why I spent so much of this book talking about the market, but also about the false choice between state and market that so monopolized political ideology for the last centuries that it made it difficult to argue about anything else.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:36 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • To begin to free ourselves, the first thing we need to do is to see ourselves again as historical actors, as people who can make a difference in the course of world events. This is exactly what the militarization of history is trying to take away.
    Even if we are at the beginning of the turn of a very long historical cycle, it’s still largely up to us to determine how it’s going to turn out. For instance: the last time we shifted from a bullion economy to one of virtual credit money, at the end of the Axial Age and the beginning of the Middle Ages, the immediate shift was experienced largely as a series of great catastrophes. Will it be the same this time around? Presumably a lot depends on how consciously we set out to ensure that it won’t be.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:35 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Just as the United States had managed to largely get rid of the problem of political corruption by making the bribery of legislators effectively legal (it was redefined as “lobbying”), so the problem of loan-sharking was brushed aside by making real interest rates of 25 percent, 50 percent, or even in some cases (for instance for payday loans) 120 percent annually, once typical only of organized crime, perfectly legal — and therefore, enforceable no longer by just hired goons and the sort of people who place mutilated animals on their victims’ doorsteps, but by judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and police.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:33 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; atahymasgeor, Puck