— Leila Ben Ali Wife of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali 1956
„By the time we awaken faintly to the awareness that we have been socially conditioned, we find ourselves so indoctrinated that it's difficult, if not impossible, to break the old patterns“
"Science Fiction and a World in Crisis" in Science Fiction: Today and Tomorrow (1974) edited by Reginald Bretnor
Контексте: By the time we awaken faintly to the awareness that we have been socially conditioned, we find ourselves so indoctrinated that it's difficult, if not impossible, to break the old patterns … Survival pressures demanding that we evolve, grow, and change, however, continue to proliferate. We don't want to change, but the floodgates open abruptly and we are overwhelmed.
„Without watching ourselves we can't be aware of the tricks the mind plays. So a yogi should be alert all the time.“
— Baba Hari Dass master yogi, author, builder, commentator of Indian spiritual tradition 1923 - 2018
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— George Berkeley Anglo-Irish philosopher 1685 - 1753
Can Love be controlled by Advice?, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990 Update), The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean [Episode 1]
Контексте: We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.
„The mammalian record thus confirms our statement that any animal which is not too strongly conditioned by some special sort of experience is capable of responding to any adequate stimulus. This is what we find in the more uninhibited segments of our human species, and this is what we find among young children who are not too rigorously restrained in their early sex play. Exclusive preferences and patterns of behavior, heterosexual or homosexual, come only with experience, or as a result of social pressures which tend to force an individual into an exclusive pattern of one or the other sort. Psychologists and psychiatrists, reflecting the mores of the culture in which they have been raised, have spent a good deal of time trying explain the origins of homosexual activity; but considering the physiology of sexual response and the mammalian backgrounds of human behavior, it is not so difficult to explain why a human animal does a particular thing sexually. It is more difficult to explain why each and every individual is not involved in every type of sexual activity.“
— Alfred Kinsey American scientist (1894–1956) 1894 - 1956
Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953)
„While it's impossible to be completely prepared for a downturn of this magnitude, we began priming ourselves for a weakening economy earlier last year. We have implemented strict cost cutting measures across all our operations. We have reduced headcount in individual businesses where appropriate and we've scaled back on capital expenditures. Even in plush times, we have never been a company that tolerates fat. So in times like these, we are better positioned to weather this cycle than our competitors.“
— Rupert Murdoch Australian-American media mogul 1931
About News Corp. 6.4 billion quarterly lost in 2008-09
Источник: News Corporation F2Q09 (Qtr End 12/31/08) Earnings Call Transcript http://seekingalpha.com/article/118935-news-corporation-f2q09-qtr-end-12-31-08-earnings-call-transcript?page=-1
„The condition of all progress is experience. We go wrong a thousand times before we find the right path.“
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Section 8 : Suffering and Consolation
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913)
Контексте: The condition of all progress is experience. We go wrong a thousand times before we find the right path. We struggle, and grope, and hurt ourselves until we learn the use of things, and this is true of things spiritual as well as of material things. Pain is unavoidable, but it acquires a new and higher meaning when we perceive that it is the price humanity must pay for an invaluable good.
„In this time of uncertainty, when all our old social forms are crumbling, when we cannot easily find our way, we can be lights to each other.“
— Marilyn Ferguson American writer 1938 - 2008
Источник: The Aquarian Conspiracy (1980), Chapter Twelve, Human Connections: Relationships Changing, p. 403
„At the time, my life just seemed too complete, and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.“
— Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Вариант: ... and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.
Источник: Fight Club
„If Muslim people do not change their mind in spite of the changes of social conditions, and if we supplement Islamic courtesy and law without explaining and advertising real Islamic beliefs at the same time, then it is impossible to save the minds of the people.“
— Ma Fuxiang Chinese politician 1876 - 1932
The completion of the idea of dual loyalty towards China and Islam, Masumi, Matsumoto, 2010-06-28 http://science-islam.net/article.php3?id_article=676&lang=fr,
„It is, for example, axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.“
— W. H. Auden, книга Forewords and Afterwords
"Markings", p. 438
Forewords and Afterwords (1973)
„In time of the crises of the spirit, we are aware of all of need, our need for each other and our need for ourselves. We call up our fullness; we turn, and act.“
— Muriel Rukeyser poet and political activist 1913 - 1980
Источник: The Life of Poetry (1949), p. 169; part of this statement is also used in the "Introduction"
Контексте: In time of the crises of the spirit, we are aware of all of need, our need for each other and our need for ourselves. We call up our fullness; we turn, and act. We begin to be aware of correspondences, of the acknowledgement in us of necessity, and of the lands.
And poetry, among all this — where is there a place for poetry?
If poetry as it comes to us through action were all we had, it would be very much. For the dense and crucial moments, spoken under the stress of realization, full-bodied and compelling in their imagery, arrive with music, with our many kinds of theatre, and in the great prose. If we had these only, we would be open to the same influences, however diluted and applied. For these ways in which poetry reaches past the barriers set up by our culture, reaching toward those who refuse it in essential presence, are various, many-meaning, and certainly — in this period — more acceptable. They stand in the same relation to poetry as applied science to pure science.
„We often find that we cannot easily give up the tendency to hold rigidly to patterns of thought built up over a long time. We are then caught up in what may be called absolute necessity.“
— David Bohm American theoretical physicist 1917 - 1992
Changing Consciousness (1991)
Контексте: We often find that we cannot easily give up the tendency to hold rigidly to patterns of thought built up over a long time. We are then caught up in what may be called absolute necessity. This kind of thought leaves no room at all intellectually for any other possibility, while emotionally and physically, it means we take a stance in our feelings, in our bodies, and indeed, in our whole culture, of holding back or resisting. This stance implies that under no circumstances whatsoever can we allow ourselves to give up certain things or change them. <!-- p. 15
„It is very difficult for one person to change the actions of a government, but for one person to have a strong impact on a group at the local level is not impossible. This is happening all the time. People with something to say, with ideas that the community thinks are good and practical, are changing life in every country in the world. It is happening whether we are aware of it or not.“
— Benjamin Creme artist, author, esotericist 1922 - 2016
The World Teacher for All Humanity (2007)
— Atul Gawande, книга Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Источник: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
„Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.“
— Loren Eiseley US philosopher (1907-1977) 1907 - 1977
Источник: The Unexpected Universe
„All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.“
— Robert F. Kennedy American politician and brother of John F. Kennedy 1925 - 1968
„When we are self-conscious, we cannot be wholly aware; we must throw ourselves out first. This throwing ourselves away is the act of creativity. So, when we wholly concentrate, like a child in play, or an artist at work, then we share in the act of creating. We not only escape time, we escape our self-conscious selves.“
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
The Crosswicks Journal, A Circle of Quiet (1972)