Society Quotes SMS Collection

If our american way of life fails

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.  ~Pearl S. Buck

Society is now one polishd horde formed

Society is now one polish’d horde, Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored. ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIII, stanza 95BMC

A people that values its privileges above

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, first inaugural address, 20 January 1953

The human races prospects of survival were

The human race’s prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless

When people go to work they shouldnt

When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.  ~Betty Bender

Our democratic capitalist society has converted eros

Our democratic capitalist society has converted Eros into an employee of Mammon.  ~Octavio Paz

Being human in our modern civilization is

Being human in our modern civilization is being forced into a boxing ring with Nature.  And we’re bloodied every time.  ~M. Robin D’Antan

Information and communications technology unlocks the value

Information and communications technology unlocks the value of time, allowing and enabling multi-tasking, multi-channels, multi-this and multi-that.  ~Li Ka Shing

The danger of the past was that

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.  The danger of the future is that man may become robots.  ~Erich Fromm

I think gods going to come down

I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.  ~Steven WrightMCDD

Its a sad and stupid thing to

It’s a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim yourself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.  ~David Harris

The trouble with our times is that

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.  ~Paul Valery

Punishment is now unfashionable because it creates

Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious.  We prefer a meaningless collective guilt

Armaments universal debt and planned obsolescence

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.  ~Aldous Huxley, IslandLCD

Any society that needs disclaimers has too

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.  ~Erik Pepke

Its difficult to view the world outside

It’s difficult to view the world outside our human context.  Staying alive and paying the bills both require our attention squarely fixed on our

I am not quite sure what the

I am not quite sure what the advantage is in having a few more dollars to spend if the air is too dirty to

Failure seems to be regarded as the

Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim

You taught me to be nice so

You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong,

My meaningless office job they pay me

My meaningless office job:  they pay me for my body and mind, but my heart gets no paycheck and my soul pays the taxes. 

So long as all the increased wealth

So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper

When gandhi was asked what he thought

When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he said, "It would be nice."  ~Author UnknownSD

The world has achieved brilliance without conscience

The world has achieved brilliance without conscience.  ~Omar Bradley

We are living in a world today

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.  ~Alfred E.

Somehow among all our use of antibiotic

Somehow among all our use of antibiotic medicine and antibacterial soap our souls are becoming sanitized as well – don’t let it happen to

Science is now the craft of manipulation

Science is now the craft of the manipulation, substitution and deflection of the forces of nature.  What I see coming is a gigantic slaughterhouse,

One of the misfortunes our time is

One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as

We have smothered ourselves buried in the

We have smothered ourselves, buried ourselves, in the vast heap of information which all of us have and none of us has.  ~Gamaliel BradfordCUL

Youre obliged to pretend respect for people

You’re obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd.  You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions

The world is so dreadfully managed one

The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.  ~Ronald FirbankPCR

Fame is proof that the people are

Fame is proof that the people are gullible.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonPMB

I believe that one of the great

I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world

Social reform aims to improve the condition

Social reform aims to improve the condition of the poor by worsening the condition of the rich.  ~Martin H. FischerFFM

In the lifetime of one person we

In the lifetime of one person, we went from figuring out where we came from to figuring out how to get rid of ourselves. 

Food water shelter air sleep societal inflation

Food.  Water.  Shelter.  Air.  Sleep.  Societal inflation has expanded need into greed.  Suddenly the basic survival needs also include a cell phone, cable TV,

Are right and wrong convertible terms dependant

Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?  ~William Lloyd Garrison

Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about

Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about the twentieth century.  ~Greg Egan, "Distress"

No matter what happens somebody will find

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.  ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50qtd in rdqqfeb02

Depressed of course were all depressed weve

Depressed?  Of course we’re all depressed.  We’ve been so quickly, violently, and irreconcilably plucked from nature, from physical labor, from kinship and village mentality,

On an average day 7 minutes of

On an average day 7 minutes of news happens.  Yet there are currently three full-time, 24-hour news networks.  ~Jon Stewart

Unhappy is a people that has run

Unhappy is a people that has run out of words to describe what is going on.  ~Thurman ArnoldCUL

Formerly when religion was strong and science

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine

Noise crowding pollution and the sheer rush

Noise, crowding, pollution, and the sheer rush of our complex, modern society are rapidly becoming as oppressive to many individuals as the worst kind

Weve taken the world apart but we

We’ve taken the world apart but we have no idea what to do with the pieces.  ~Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Everybody gets so much information all day

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.  ~Gertrude SteinPCR

There comes a time when woman needs

There comes a time when a woman needs to stop thinking about her looks and focus her energies on raising her children. This time

In nature there are neither rewards nor

In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.  ~Robert Greene Ingersoll, "The New Testament," Some Reasons Why, 1881, part 8; PMB,

Society honors its living conformists and dead

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

Where is the wisdom we have lost

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? ~T.S. Eliot, Choruses from The Rock

br / In this prostituting society, we all have to hustle, and

In this prostituting society, we all have to hustle, and I’d rather suck cock than kiss ass!  ~Margo St James, attributed (MHC)

Our modern society is engaged in polishing

Our modern society is engaged in polishing and decorating the cage in which man is kept imprisoned.  ~Swami Nirmalananda, Enlightened AnarchismMHC

Once the xerox copier was invented private

Once the Xerox copier was invented, private diplomacy died.  There’s no such thing as secrecy.  It’s just a question of whether it’s leaked or

The three horrors of modern life

The three horrors of modern life – talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN

You can find your way across this

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.  ~Charles KuraltNEMYL

Few great men could pass personnel paul

Few great men could pass Personnel.  ~Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society, 1956PMB

It is not that artistic power has

It is not that artistic power has left the world but that a more rapid life has developed itself in it, leaving no time

Most of our diversions do not so

Most of our diversions do not so much delay death as accustom us to it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN

American youth attributes much more importance to

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver’s-license age than at voting age.  ~Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964CTO

I think we risk becoming the best

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.  ~Reuben Blades

The things that are wrong with the

The things that are wrong with the country today are the sum total of all the things that are wrong with us as individuals. 

I never expected to see the day

I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they do now.  ~Will Rogers

Information should be used as food for

Information should be used as food for thought, not poison to the soul.  ~Shellie R. Warrenauthor submitted, see sep2008 email

If some people got their rights they

If some people got their rights they would complain of being deprived of their wrongs.  ~Oliver HerfordCUL

The thoughts of plato and machiavelli dont

The thoughts of Plato and Machiavelli… don’t seem quite enough armor for a world beset with splitting the atoms, urban guerrillas, nineteen varieties of

Most people are willing to pay more

Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.  ~Robert C. Savage, Life Lessons

The time is ripe and rotten ripe for

The time is ripe, and rotten-ripe, for change.  ~Lowell

The object of life is not to

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the

Itll be a great day when education

It’ll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to

We have produced a world of contented

We have produced a world of contented bodies and discontented minds.  ~Adam Clayton Powell, Keep the Faith, Baby!, 1967LCD

History assures us that civilizations decay quite

[H]istory assures us that civilizations decay quite leisurely.  ~Will and Ariel Durant, Lessons of HistorySH

The trouble with our age is that

The trouble with our age is that it is all signposts and no destination.  ~The War Cry

We have a system that increasingly taxes

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.  ~Milton Friedman

It is one of the maladies our

It is one of the maladies of our age to profess a frenzied allegiance to truth in unimportant matters, to refuse consistently to face

The devil seldom leads people astray anymore

I was talking to t[T]he devil… the other day, and he told me that he seldom leads people astray anymore, finding it easier to

The trouble with the rat race is

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.  ~Lily Tomlin

If living conditions dont stop improving in

If living conditions don’t stop improving in this country, we’re going to run out of humble beginnings for our great men.  ~Russell P. Askue

There is no hope for a civilization

There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.  ~Author Unknown

Society is always engaged in a vast

Society is always engaged in a vast conspiracy to preserve itself – at the expense of the new demands of each new generation.  ~John

Death is losing its terror it the

Death is losing its terror.  It is the emergency exit for a world that is becoming more frightening death ever was.  ~Julian Green, Diary,

Mammalia npl a family of vertebrate animals

Mammalia, n.pl.  A family of vertebrate animals whose females in a state of nature suckle their young, but when civilized and enlightened put them

You cant make up anything anymore the

You can’t make up anything anymore.  The world itself is a satire.  All you’re doing is recording it.  ~Art BuchwaldPCR

You make me sick are offered meat

You make me sick!  You are offered meat and you choose a banana-split-with-nuts.  ~Martin H. FischerFFM

Oh for the good old days when

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.  ~Author Unknown

The tragedy of it is that nobody

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face.  Thousands and thousands of us, and we’re passing one

What they sell to the masses are

What they sell to the masses are the chains you must break if you are ever to be in control of your life.  ~Mike

The public is hedged about by so

The public is hedged about by so many goddam bookkeepers that no time is left in which to produce.  More time is spent in

People havent time to learn anything they

People haven’t time to learn anything.  They buy things ready-made in stores.  But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people

Jefferson thought schools would produce free men

Jefferson thought schools would produce free men: we prove him right by putting dropouts in jail.  ~Benjamin R. BarberLLDT