Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some Quotes from Some Readings

"Nationalism is not the awakening of nations to self-consciousness; it invents nations where they do not exist." - Ernest Gellner (1965)
"Foucalt's work permanently changes one's understanding of how people are governed in modern society." - Brent Pickett
"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." - James Cameron
"You should sweat like you're being chased by the police daily." - Joe De Sena
 Technology: "[A] form of art that bridges culture and social structure, and in the process reshapes both." - Daniel Bell
"The 'cold monster' of the state is profoundly limiting as a way of rendering intelligible the way we are governed." - Nikolas Rose
"Who says organization, says oligarchy." - Robert Michels
"Thank god, they are not as intelligent as we who kill them; although they are more noble and more able." - Ernest Hemingway (Old Man and the Sea)
"Deviant behavior is behavior that people so label." - Howard Becker (identity and behavior are often determined by how we are defined and classified within society)
 "Women's domesticity is a circle of learned deprivation and induced subjugation." - Ann Oakley
"Communication is power." - Tony Robbins (Unlimited Power)
"now it's computers and more computers, and soon everybody will have one, 3-year-olds will have computers, and everybody will know everything about everybody else long before they meet them, and so they won't want to meet them. nobody will want to meet anybody else ever again, and everybody will be a recluse like I am now." - Charles Bukowski
"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters." - Frank Lloyd Wright
"Let's declare war against the center, against all centers, all authorities in the name of difference." - Steven Seidman ('queer' is not just about resisting the norm but challenging the very idea of normal behavior)
"Hovstad: I think a newspaperman who turns down any chance to give the underdog a lift is taking a responsibility that I don't want. I know perfectly well that in fancy circles they call it agitation, and they can call it anything they like if it makes them happy, but I have my own conscience... Isn't it time we pumped some guts into these well-intentioned men of good will? Under all that liberal talk they still idolize authority, and that's got to be rooted out of this town. This blunder of the water system has to be made clear to every voter. Let me print your report." - Arthur Miller from his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People