„There is a literature that does not reach the voracious mass. It is the work of creators... Every page must explode, either by profound heavy seriousness, the whirlwind, poetic frenzy, the new, the eternal, the crushing joke, enthusiasm for principles, or by the way in which it is printed. On the one hand a tottering world in flight, betrothed to the glockenspiel of hell, on the other hand: new men. Rough, bouncing, riding on hiccups. Behind them a crippled world and literary quacks with a mania for improvement.“
„The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.“
— Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Context: I think that if we are going to reform the world, and make it a better place to live in, the way to do it is not with talk about relationships of a political nature, which are inevitably dualistic, full of subjects and objects and their relationship to one another; or with programs full of things for other people to do. I think that kind of approach starts it at the end and presumes the end is the beginning. Programs of a political nature are important end products of social quality that can be effective only if the underlying structure of social values is right. The social values are right only if the individual values are right. The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. Other people can talk about how to expand the destiny of mankind. I just want to talk about how to fix a motorcycle. <!-- p. 304 Ch. 25
„Behind the black portent of the new atomic age lies a hope which, seized upon with faith, can work out salvation … Let us not deceive ourselves: we must elect world peace or world destruction.“
— Bernard Baruch American businessman 1870 - 1965
Address to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (14 June 1946)
„The natural world has its laws, and no man must interfere with them in the way of presentment any more than in the way of use; but they themselves may suggest laws of other kinds, and man may, if he pleases, invent a little world of his own, with its own laws; for there is that in him which delights in calling up new forms — which is the nearest, perhaps, he can come to creation. When such forms are new embodiments of old truths, we call them products of the Imagination; when they are mere inventions, however lovely, I should call them the work of the Fancy: in either case, Law has been diligently at work.“
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
The Fantastic Imagination (1893)
„Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. […] It is a time, in short, for a new generation of leadership — new men to cope with new problems and new opportunities.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1960, The New Frontier, Context: But I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high — to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. [... ] It is a time, in short, for a new generation of leadership — new men to cope with new problems and new opportunities.
„In literature you don't just read one poem or novel after another, but enter into a complete world of which every work of literature forms part.“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 3: Giants in Time, Context: In literature you don't just read one poem or novel after another, but enter into a complete world of which every work of literature forms part. This affects the writer as much as it does the reader.
„With the rise of Technopoly, one of those thought-worlds disappears. Technopoly eliminates alternatives to itself in precisely the way Aldous Huxley outlined in Brave New World. It does not make them illegal. It does not make them immoral. It does not even make them unpopular. It makes them invisible and therefore irrelevant. And it does so by redefining what we mean by religion, by art, by family, by politics, by history, by truth, by privacy, by intelligence, so that our definitions fit its new requirements. Technopoly, in other words, is totalitarian technocracy.“
— Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003
Technopoly: the Surrender of Culture to Technology (1992)
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
1900s, Stickeen (1909), Terry Gifford, LLO, page 693
„"There is nothing," says a correspondent of the New York Times, "which the business world discards as unpractical and useless so much as the quiet, thinking scholar. But this is the man who makes revolutions. Politicians are mere puppets in the hands of men of thought.“
— Christian Nestell Bovee American writer 1820 - 1904
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862), Volume I, p. 84.
„In the height of their power the Romans became aware of a race of men that had not abdicated freedom in the hands of a monarch; and the ablest writer of the empire pointed to them with a vague and bitter feeling that, to the institutions of these barbarians, not yet crushed by despotism, the future of the world belonged.“
— John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton British politician and historian 1834 - 1902
The History of Freedom in Christianity (1877), Context: In the height of their power the Romans became aware of a race of men that had not abdicated freedom in the hands of a monarch; and the ablest writer of the empire pointed to them with a vague and bitter feeling that, to the institutions of these barbarians, not yet crushed by despotism, the future of the world belonged. Their kings, when they had kings, did not preside [at] their councils; they were sometimes elective; they were sometimes deposed; and they were bound by oath to act in obedience to the general wish. They enjoyed real authority only in war. This primitive Republicanism, which admits monarchy as an occasional incident, but holds fast to the collective supremacy of all free men, of the constituent authority over all constituted authorities, is the remote germ of parliamentary government.
— William Randolph Hearst American newspaper publisher 1863 - 1951
Quoted in Editor & Publisher (August 12, 1944)
„All scientists must communicate their work, for what is the point of learning new things about how the world works if you don't tell anyone about them?“
— Jim Al-Khalili British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster 1962
We can't hide in our labs and leave the talking to Dawkins http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/25/comment-science-secularism-society-dawkins, The Guardian, Tuesday 25 November 2008.
„Boychick, wake up! Be something! Make your life something good. For the love of an old man who sees in your young days his new life, for such love take the world in your two hands and make it like new. Go out and fight so life shouldn't be printed on dollar bills.“
— Clifford Odets Playwright, screenwriter, director, actor 1906 - 1963
Jacob, in Awake and Sing! (1935), Act I
„The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world's need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this — with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need — this life is hell.“
— W.E.B. Du Bois American sociologist, historian, activist and writer 1868 - 1963
To His Newborn Great-Grandson, address on his ninetieth birthday (1958)
„Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined eternally to reenact their escape.“
— Antonin Artaud French-Occitanian poet, playwright, actor and theatre director 1896 - 1948
General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925)