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, no outrage, no passion.  ~Garrison Keillor

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 the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent.  ~Henry George, Progress and Poverty, 1879LCD

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 you!  ~Brock Fiant

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, an Auschwitz, in which valuable enzymes, hormones, and so on will be extracted instead of gold teeth.  ~Erwin Chargaff, Columbia Forum, Summer 1969SS

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 well.  ~Louis Kronenberger, Company Manners, 1954, 2.1, MBT p72

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 you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation.  It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced.  In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers.  That’s the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.  ~Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden, "The Mission," Chapter 8

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 which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.  ~Lady Bird JohnsonCUL

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, and French manicured fingernails…. We’ve become the absolute biggest whiners of all human history with the absolute smallest justification for whining.  ~Charlie Diekatze

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

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, from every natural and primordial anti-depressant.  The further society "progresses," the grander the scale of imbalance.  Just as fluoride is put in water to prevent dental caries, we’ll soon find government mandating Prozac in our water to prevent mental caries.  ~M. Robin D’Antan

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 for magic.  ~Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin, 1973SS

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 of political dictatorship.  ~Thomas F. EagletonCUL

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 comes at the moment of conception. A child needs a role model, not a supermodel. ~Terri Guillemets2005, on the “hot mom” trend

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, p185

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

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

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 for deliberate dainty decoration or labours of love.  ~Mrs. Orrinsmith, 1877

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.  ~Charles W. Tobey

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 psychotherapists, amplified guitars, napalm, computers, astronauts, and an atmosphere polluted simultaneously with auto exhaust and TV commercials.  ~John Fischer

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 buy bombers.  ~Unknown author, quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

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 her where graver issues are at stake.  ~Norman DouglasCUL

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 Haynes HolmesCUL

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 out to nurse, or use the bottle.  ~Ambrose Bierce

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 another without a look of recognition.  ~Henry Miller

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 carrying out garbage than in carrying in food.  ~Martin H. FischerFFM

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, 28 December 1958LCD

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 revealed openly.  ~Andrew YoungCUL

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. Newman

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 insane.  ~Marcus AureliusMHC

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.  ~Jack Horner, on the eighty years between Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and the nuclear bomb, in Time, 26 April 1993SS

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

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 of life.  The hair-raising revelations of skullduggery and grand-scale thievery merely incite others to surpass by yet bolder outrages and more corrupt combinations.  ~Charles Francis Adams

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 against ourselves.  ~Arnold Toynbee

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 no longer have friends.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard HowardGPA

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

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

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 to a meaningful individual responsibility.  ~Thomas Szasz

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 own business.  Our sprawling cities and suburbs are wonderful and frightening tributes to creative self-absorption.  In them, we spend our microscheduled days bustling between work and the endless details of our private lives, turning in our moments of rest to the buzzing distractions of television and computers – all accelerating toward some ultimate, unseen fulfillment of convenience and hyperreality.  Little encourages us to pause and look around, much less question the end goal of all our busyness.  Anything slower than the quick cuts of TV commercials is overwhelmed by our impatience and short attention.  Unfortunately, we might be missing something important – to our happiness and to our survival.  The purpose of this book is to help remind us.  ~From the introduction to The Sacred Earth: Writers on Nature & Spirit, edited by Jason Gardner, 1998, New World Library

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 breathe, the water too polluted to drink, the commuters are losing out in the struggle to get in and out of the city, the streets are filthy, and the schools so bad that the young perhaps wisely stay away, and the hoodlums roll citizens for some of the dollars they saved in the tax cut.  ~John Kenneth GalbraithCUL