„Proportion is all; and, in sports at school, I lost it by surrendering to the awful significance of my self-consciousness. Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.“
„Benjamin, we’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?“
— Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
— John Flanagan, The Ruins of Gorlan
„From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it. How to write becomes a problem to the child. Please follow this carefully. Mathematics becomes a problem, history becomes a problem, as does chemistry. So the child is educated, from childhood, to live with problems — the problem of God, problem of a dozen things. So our brains are conditioned, trained, educated to live with problems. From childhood we have done this. What happens when a brain is educated in problems? It can never solve problems; it can only create more problems. When a brain that is trained to have problems, and to live with problems, solves one problem, in the very solution of that problem, it creates more problems. From childhood we are trained, educated to live with problems and, therefore, being centred in problems, we can never solve any problem completely. It is only the free brain that is not conditioned to problems that can solve problems. It is one of our constant burdens to have problems all the time. Therefore our brains are never quiet, free to observe, to look. So we are asking: Is it possible not to have a single problem but to face problems? But to understand those problems, and to totally resolve them, the brain must be free. p. 18
„I know where my lane is, and I know how to stay in my lane. My lane is evolving the consciousness of people.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
„Hey, how many people here are in high school? Any high school kids here? Are you in high school? Are you teacher's pet? You're sure? I was, man. I used to fuck my teacher every night. I lost my virginity with her, man. She was fucking nice.“
— GG Allin American singer-songwriter 1956 - 1993
GG Allin: Hated in the Nation, ROIR, 1987.
„My whole belief system is that our paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe we're here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have harder lessons than others.“
— Gillian Anderson American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer 1968
Movieline Magazine "Gillian of the Spirits" http://gilliananderson.ws/transcripts/98/98movieline.shtml (January, 1999)
„I try to encourage people to look at our past in a critical way because as our education, we have a great, great history. But in reality we are poorest in ethics and philosophy, so I try to raise people’s consciousness on how we deal with our past.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
„Most people have a problem becoming a vegan or stopping eating meat, but because of how I want to live in this world and how I want to treat other creatures, I have to be a vegan. In order for me to eat meat, I would have to change all of my other beliefs.“
— Jim Morris (bodybuilder) American bodybuilder 1935 - 2016
"The Story of a 78-Year-Old Vegan Bodybuilder - Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUtv4slpm-U, documentary-film on YouTube (March 11, 2014).
„Dear rulers … I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. … If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school, because in this case we are warring with the devil, whose object it is secretly to exhaust our cities and principalities of their strong men.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Martin Luther, 1524, letter to the German rulers quoted in The History of Compulsory Education in New England, John William Perrin, 1896.