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...all these things were part of the business of dreams. He had learned not to laugh at the advertisements offering to teach writing, cartooning, engineering, to add inches to the biceps and to develop the bust


Nathanael West


#capitalism #commercialization #conformity #disillusionment #self-perception

A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.


Alan M. Dershowitz


#libraries #political-commentary #education

It's not Americans I find annoying; it's Americanism: a social disease of the postindustrial world that must inevitably infect each of the mercantile nations in turn, and is called 'American' only because your nation is the most advanced case of the malady, much as one speaks of Spanish flu, or Japanese Type-B encephalitis. It's symptoms are a loss of work ethic, a shrinking of inner resources, and a constant need for external stimulation, followed by spiritual decay and moral narcosis. You can recognize the victim by his constant efforts to get in touch with himself, to believe his spiritual feebleness is an interesting psychological warp, to construe his fleeing from responsibility as evidence that he and his life are uniquely open to new experiences. In the later stages, the sufferer is reduced to seeking that most trivial of human activities: fun.


Trevanian


#satire #social-commentary #experience

Doctor MacKenzie says "Sometimes I think the Victorians had the right idea. When you lost a family member back then you were suppose to be in full mourning, dress in nothing but black, for a whole year. Then you went into something they called 'half mourning' for another full year, adn during those two years, you were pretty much expected to have emotional breakdowns, you could do it whenever you felt you needed to, and everybody would support you. Now?, A month after a tragedy, maybe two, and you're expected to be all better-or down pills so you can pretend you are.


Mercedes Lackey


#family

Drugs have a long history of use in magic in various cultures, and usually in the context of either ecstatic communal rituals or in personal vision quests. However compared to people in simple pastoral tribal situations most people in developed countries now live in a perpetual state of mental hyperactivity with overactive imaginations anyway, so throwing drugs in on top of this usually just leads to confusion and a further loss of focus. Plus as the real Shamans say, if you really do succeed in opening a door with a drug it will thereafter open at will and most such substances give all they will ever give on the first attempt.


Peter J. Carroll


#commentary #magic #imagination

A hero would die for his country, but he'd much rather live for it.


Aaron Sorkin


#social-commentary #inspirational

We will not be dictated to by men with less intelligence, energy, initiative and ambition than we ourselves possess.


Elbert Hubbard


#intelligence

The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you've just told them.


Rachel Maddow


#commentary #gay #honesty #lesbian #lgbt

The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.


Larry Niven


#social-commentary #science

A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.


Alastair Reynolds


#sf #social-commentary #anarchy






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