Thursday, March 6, 2008

Quotes: Brotherhood. Bureaucracy. Business. Butterflies.

The bold-face print is an interpretation of the quote that follows.

Brotherhood 1272 People who do not feel as if a stranger is a brother do not belong on this earth which is home for the human brotherhood. "When men do not feel towards the humblest stranger as if he were a brother, said the traveler, in tones so deep they sounded like those of an organ, they are unworthy to exist on earth, which was created as the abode of a great human brotherhood." “The Miraculous Pitcher” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Brotherhood 119 The virtues refer to yourself, not to others. "Brotherhood, solidarity, unity, love: they all mean…you but not them." Michael Frayn. 1974. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Brotherhood 119 "That all men should be brothers is the dream of people who have no brothers." Charles Chincholles. 1880. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Bureaucracy 36 "Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies." Honoré de Balzac. Portable Curmudgeon.

Bureaucracy 144 "Three of the outstanding characteristics of bureaucracy were…permanence, hierarchy, and a division of labor." Toffler, Future Shock.

Bureaucrats 794 "Many chesty bureaucrats with interchangeable heads." DeLillo, Underworld.

Business 7 Some business schools believed that business had social responsibilities as well as responsibilities to shareholders and would still be profitable. "Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration: [some professors] …taught that business leaders had a duty to serve society as well as their shareholders, and that a company could drive for profits and at the same time meet social responsibilities. McNamara In Retrospect.

Business 109 "The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling." Ambrose Bierce. 1906. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Business 408 "She discovered that in the afternoon, office routine stretches to the grave." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Business 408 An office has all the cliques and scandals as a small town. "She discovered that an office is as full of cliques and scandals as a Gopher Prairie." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Business 17 As soon as a man learns that he will get no free ride, he will begin to produce. "The sooner a man learns he isn't going to be coddled, and he needn't expect a lot of free grub…the sooner he'll get on the job and produce--produce--produce!" Lewis, Babbitt.

Business 31 "The zest of the spring morning was smothered in the stale office air." Lewis, Babbitt.

Business 89 Gossip, rumor, promotions, personalities are natural to the corporation. "The corporation is supposed to take us outside ourselves…gossip, rumor, promotions, personalities, it’s only natural, isn’t it—all the human lapses that take up space in the company soul." DeLillo, Underworld.

Business 266 "Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry." Heller, Catch-22.

Business 272 "The government has no business in business…." Heller, Catch-22.

Business Organization 134 Groups are gathered to achieve a specific goal and then are dismantled. "Clearly there is nothing new about the idea of assembling a group to work toward the solution of a specific problem, then dismantling it when the task is completed." Toffler, Future Shock.

Business and labor 258 Laborers want wages the way business people want profits. "Now, these strikers: Honest, they’re not such bad people; just foolish; they don’t understand the complications of merchandising and profit, the way we business men do, but sometimes I think they’re about like the rest of us, and no more hogs for wages than we are for profits." Lewis, Babbitt.

Butterflies 87 "…this big brown butterfly…seems to have neither haste nor hunger, only that need to ride the air, absorb the sun, be fully alive again." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Butterflies 236 "They [the monarch butterflies] come with the goldenrod and the asters, special spangles for late-summer days, and they stay until the maples have begun to turn to gold and crimson." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.

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