What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.
To be content, look backward on those who possess less than yourself, not forward on those who possess more. If this does not make you content, you don't deserve to be happy.
And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good but well-behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life.
The screen opens its white door into a harem of beautiful visions and adolescent dreams, compared to which the loveliest real body seems defective.
Rene Clair, found in Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media
For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that more… seem than by those that are.
Behold, i send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
now have i known the fear of the earth people,
who are indeed a nasty bunch.
verily space calls to me,
the siren song of the void, my home.
yet i have foolishly
tied myself to the mast of this sinking ship —
soon may i find myself in the display window
of a major supermarket chain.
i disguise myself as an advertising executive,
and wait for the inevitable….
Usurper - BlebNet
We just wanna make dollars
We don't wanna make sense
We don't wanna pay attention
We just wanna pay the rent
i have found little that is good about human beings on the whole. In my experience, most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or none at all.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man's very essence. The milieu in which he lives is no longer his. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created. He was made to go six kilometers an hour, and he goes a thousand. He was made to eat when he was hungry and to sleep when he was sleepy; instead, he obeys a clock. He was made to have contact with living things, and he lives in a world of stone. He was created with a certain essential unity, and he is fragmented by all the forces of the modern world.
i am not born for any one corner of the universe; this whole world is my country.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
For a while, i would just like to sit in the shade with a glass of wine in my hands just watching the people dance.
Adlai Stevenson, just before his death
Never once did anyone ever make it clear what i was being educated for.
i am free, no matter what rules surround me. If i find them tolerable, i tolerate them; if i find them too obnoxious, i break them. i am free because i know that i alone am morally responsible for everything i do.
Robert A. Heinlein
Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.
i do not know what i may appear to the world; but to myself i seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
It is well enough that the people of this nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, i believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
If you don't become the ocean you'll be seasick all your life.
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.
There's a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman and child. Before i leave this high and noble office, i intend to expose this plot.
President John F. Kennedy 7 days before his assassination