Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Quotes: Cruelty. Crusader. Culture.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Cruelty 180 "Cruelty isn’t softened by tears; it feeds on them." Publius Syrus. 1st century BC. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Crusader 112 Crusaders enjoy being vicious in the name of virtue. "She was a crusader and, like every crusader, she exulted in the opportunity to be vicious in the name of virtue." Lewis, Babbitt.

Culture 74 "Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who when their turn comes, will manufacture professors." Simone Weil. Portable Curmudgeon.

Culture 107 The townspeople want noisy celebrations in town and I want culture in a quiet atmosphere. "They want shouts on Main Street, and I want violins in a paneled room." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Culture 166 "…champagne taste and beer income…." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Culture 262 Venice has gondolas, but America has better bathrooms. "I imagine gondolas [in Venice] are kind of nice to ride in, but we’ve got better bathrooms." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Culture 328 America's taste in plays--violence. "Oh, another play I wish we could do is Tennyson Jesse’s ‘The Black Mask’…never seen it, but—Glorious ending, where this woman looks at the man with his face all blown away, and she just gives one horrible scream." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Culture 329 There is a world where beautiful things are important. "You see, it’s so awful recent that I’ve found there was a world—well, a world where beautiful things counted." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Culture 330 We have to do practical things, yet we are not satisfied with just doing practical things. "We have to darn socks, and yet we’re not content to think of nothing but socks and darning-cotton." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Culture 10 Being immersed in a strange country can give one culture shock. "Culture shock is the effect that immersion in a strange culture has on the unprepared visitor." Toffler, Future Shock.

Culture 40 "Each culture has its own characteristic pace." Toffler, Future Shock.

Culture 347 Culture shock means having to deal with the unpredictable. "The culture shocked person, like the soldier and disaster victim, is forced to grapple with unfamiliar and unpredictable events, relationships and objects." Toffler, Future Shock.

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