They ignored her because of their headphones, a thousand people marching to fifteen hundred different drummers, effectively secluded but for a very basic instinct not to bump into one another. Those that were unplugged rushed from place to place and were never actually anywhere other than “somewhere else.
Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.
I thought society would do the right thing. Now I look around and I think — society never does the right thing. Sometimes people do the right thing. Sometimes one person makes a difference. But civilization has rules, and I’ve learned them well — never be helpless, never be sick, never be poor.
Death makes life precious. Without it nothing would mean anything. Imagine a society without death
Intellect is not wisdom.
Never judge someone’s character based on the words of another. Instead, study the motives behind the words of the person casting the bad judgment.
We are now forced to actively pursue our struggles. If we do not go out of our way to stretch our comfort zones and grow, no one nor nature will do it for us.
Corrupt citizens breed corrupt rulers, and it is the mob who finally decides when virtue shall die.
Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things-though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.
Have you noticed how dogs sniff at one another when they meet? It seems to be their nature.
– Yes; it’s a funny habit.
– No, it’s not funny; you are wrong there. There’s nothing funny in nature, however funny it may seem to man. If dogs could reason and criticize us they’d be sure to find just as much that would be funny to them, if not far more, in the social relations of men, their masters -far more, I think. I am more convinced that there is far more foolishness among us.