You can have courage or you can have comfort, but you can’t have both.
– Brene Brown
The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows.
And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.
– Hannah Arendt
“One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.” — Arthur C. Clarke
To our demise, marketing has mastered the art of continuous dissatisfaction.
– Kevin Saker
“I’ve yet to find anything convincing about the arguments Christians make for the existence of this God chap, and feel, that if he does exist, events such as the Holocaust, Cambodian massacres and Limp Bizkit illuminate the fact that he’s been asleep at the wheel for quite some time.”
— Wil Forbis
Shy of open insurrection, a nationwide refusal to pay income taxes would certainly shake things up. But broader America is happy in the sense they know happiness as an undisturbed regimen of toil, stress and commodity consumption.
You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
— Steven Wright
We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.
— Steve Jobs, /via The Technium: Predicting the Present, First Five Years of Wired