Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quotes: Life (19)

Life 412 "…world of happy unawareness…." Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Life 455 How do we measure quality of life? "We have no measures of the 'quality of life.' ” Toffler, Future Shock.

Life 472 We exist to learn and to entertain our neighbors. "…formed just such a contrast with his early opinion on the subject when the poor little girl’s coming had been first agitated, as time is forever producing between the plans and decisions of mortals, for their own instruction, and their neighbors’ entertainment." Austen, Mansfield Park.

Life 66 It is better to do than to have. William James once wrote that “lives based on having are less free than lives based on doing….” Toffler, Future Shock.

Life 154 What we learn from celebrities. "These vicarious people [images of celebrities] both live and fictional, play a significant role in our lives, providing models for behavior, acting out for us various roles and situations from which we draw conclusions about our own lives." Toffler, Future Shock.

Life 253 What all who are young need to learn. Young black woman: "…you need to have a feeling for the temporary—of making something as good as you can, while it lasts." Toffler, Future Shock.

Life 264 Too much choice paralyzes. "Ironically, the people of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice, but from a paralyzing surfeit of it." Toffler, Future Shock.

Life and Death 924 Nothing is ever completed in this life; what is accomplished is simply an exercise of the spirit. "But, rather, such incomplete designs of this life will be perfected nowhere; this so frequent abortion of man’s dearest projects must be taken as a proof, that the deeds of earth, however etherealized by piety or genius, are without value, except as exercises and manifestations of the spirit." Hawthorne: “The Artist of the Beautiful”

Life and death 356 "…wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life." Spinoza. 1677. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Life and death 356 "No man should be afraid to die, who hath understood what it is to live." Thomas Fuller II. 1732. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

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