Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Some quotes to ponder

Some that I've recently come across, relevant to some of the recent posts on the blog...


“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck
"You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from." -Cormac McCarthy

Consider the scene in Woody Allen’s movie Annie Hall, when Alvy asks a happy couple how they account for their happiness, and the woman answers, “I am very shallow and empty, and I have no ideas and nothing interesting to say,” and the man agrees, “I’m exactly the same way.”
 The Socialist objective is not a society where everything comes right in the end, because kind old gentlemen give away turkeys. What are we aiming at, if not a society in which ‘charity’ would be unnecessary? We want a world where Scrooge, with his dividends, and Tiny Tim, with his tuberculous leg, would both be unthinkable. But does that mean we are aiming at some painless, effortless Utopia? At the risk of saying something which the editors of Tribune may not endorse, I suggest that the real objective of Socialism is not happiness. Happiness hitherto has been a by-product, and for all we know it may always remain so. The real objective of Socialism is human brotherhood. This is widely felt to be the case, though it is not usually said, or not said loudly enough. Men use up their lives in heart-breaking political struggles, or get themselves killed in civil wars, or tortured in the secret prisons of the Gestapo, not in order to establish some central-heated, air-conditioned, strip-lighted Paradise, but because they want a world in which human beings love one another instead of swindling and murdering one another. And they want that world as a first step. Where they go from there is not so certain, and the attempt to foresee it in detail merely confuses the issue. - George Orwell
Voltaire -  "It is difficult to free fools from chains they revere"
"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." - Muhammad Ali
“If you continually ask a one-armed man to play the guitar, he’ll either come to hate himself or hate you” (source unknown)
"If experience was so important, we'd never have had anyone walk on the moon." - Doug Rader
"Today, people are afraid of not having enough money. That’s the big risk in a consumer society. If life entails consumption, if we don’t have the entity with which we need to consume (money), then we are in a bad way."

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