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In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.

Ivan Illich Quotes , Source: Tools for Conviviality (ch. 3)

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The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Ivan Illich Quotes , Source: Tools for Conviviality (ch. 3)

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I live in the crowds of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.

Samuel Johnson Quotes , Source: Rasselas (ch. XVI)

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The wise man sometimes flees from society from fear of being bored.

Jean de la Bruyere Quotes , Source: Les Caracteres (V)

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Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.

John Lahr Quotes , Source: in the London "Guardian"

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He might have proved a useful adjunct, if not an ornament to society.

Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) Quotes , Source: Captain Starkey

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Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.

Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia) Quotes , Source: Captain Starkey

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The Don Quixote of one generation may live to hear himself called the savior of society by the next.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: Don Quixote

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A system in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour's wife.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: Essays--Moore's Life of Lord Byron

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Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.

Groucho Marx Quotes , Source: Groucho and Me (ch. 26)

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If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.

Margaret Mead Quotes , Source: Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

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Very often the quiet fellow has said all he knows.

Kin Hubbard Quotes

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Society is like air; very high up, it is sublimated--too low down, a perfect choke-damp.

Anon. Quotes

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The more backwoodish a social group, juvenile or adult, the stricter its conception of the normal, and the readier it will ridicule any departure from it.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Society is joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner's success as a means for the attainment of his own.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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The collective matrix of a science at a given time is determined by a kind of establishment, which includes universities, learned societies, and, more recently, the editorial offices of technical journals. Like other establishments, they are consciously or unconsciously bent on preserving the status quo- partly because unorthodox innovations are a threat to their authority, but also because of the deeper fear that their laboriously erected an intellectual edifice might collapse under the impact.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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The individual is not a killer, but the group is, and by identifying with it the individual is transformed into a killer.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Society is only possible on these terms, that the individual finds therein a strengthening of his own ego and his own will.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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When reality becomes unbearable, the mind must withdraw from it and create a world of artificial perfection. Plato's world of pure Ideas and Forms, which alone is to be considered as real, whereas the world of nature which we perceive is merely its cheap Woolworth copy, is a flight into delusion.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...the cosmology of a given age is not the result of unilinear, "scientific" development, but rather the most striking, imaginative symbol of its mentality- the projection of its conflicts, prejudice and specific ways of double-think onto the graceful sky.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...in the course of the last century science has become so dizzy with its successes, that it has forgotten to ask the pertinent questions- or refused to ask them under the pretext that they are meaningless, and in any case not the scientists concern.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...the self-assertive tendency is the dynamic expression of the holon's wholeness, the integrative tendency, the dynamic expression of its partness.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Wherever we find orderly, stable systems in Nature, we find that they are hierarchically structured, for the simple reason that without such structuring of complex systems into sub-assemblies, there could be no order and stability- except the order of a dead universe filled with a uniformly distributed gas.

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...man has an irrepressible tendency to read meaning into the buzzing confusion of sights and sounds impinging on his senses; and where no agreed meaning can be found, he will provide it out of his own imagination.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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The integrative tendencies of the individual operate through the mechanisms of empathy, sympathy, projection, introjection, identification, worship- all of which make him feel that he is a part of some larger entity which transcends the boundaries of the individual self. This psychological urge to belong, to participate, to commune is as primary and real as its opposite. The all-important question is the nature of that higher entity of which the individual feels himself a part.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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