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The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As the end of the century approaches, all our culture is like the culture of flies at the beginning of winter. Having lost their agility, dreamy and demented, they turn slowly about the window in the first icy mists of morning. They give themselves a last wash and brush-up, their oscillated eyes roll, and they fall down the curtains.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As the twentieth century ends, commerce and culture are coming closer together. The distinction between life and art has been eroded by fifty years of enhanced communications, ever-improving reproduction technologies and increasing wealth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output -- how much you produce -- not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio -- empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how -- has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. Here at home -- within the family, so to speak -- our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One should never risk a joke, even of the mildest and most unexceptional charters, except among people of culture and wit.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No man receives the full culture of a man in whom the sensibility to the beautiful is not cherished; and there is no condition of life from which it should be excluded. Of all luxuries this is the cheapest, and the most at hand, and most important to those conditions where coarse labor tends to give grossness to the mind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The goal of every culture is to decay through over-civilization; the factors of decadence, -- luxury, skepticism, weariness and superstition, -- are constant. The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The hatred of the youth culture for adult society is not a disinterested judgment but a terror-ridden refusal to be hooked into the, if you will, ecological chain of breathing, growing, and dying. It is the demand, in other words, to remain children.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everyone in our culture wants to win a prize. Perhaps that is the grand lesson we have taken with us from kindergarten in the age of perversions of Dewey-style education: everyone gets a ribbon, and praise becomes a meaningless narcotic to soothe egoistic distemper.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It the proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Unless criticism refuses to take itself quite so seriously or at least to permit its readers not to, it will inevitably continue to reflect the finicky canons of the genteel tradition and the depressing pieties of the Culture Religion of Modernism.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People with a culture of poverty suffer much less from repression than we of the middle class suffer and indeed, if I may make the suggestion with due qualification, they often have a hell of a lot more fun than we have.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
War seems to be one of the most salutary phenomena for the culture of human nature; and it is not without regret that I see it disappearing more and more from the scene.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If mass communications blend together harmoniously, and often unnoticeably, art, politics, religion, and philosophy with commercials, they bring these realms of culture to their common denominator -- the commodity form. The music of the soul is also the music of salesmanship. Exchange value, not truth value, counts.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Coitus can scarcely be said to take place in a vacuum; although of itself it appears a biological and physical activity, it is set so deeply within the larger context of human affairs that it serves as a charged microcosm of the variety of attitudes and values to which culture subscribes. Among other things, it may serve as a model of sexual politics on an individual or personal plane.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
However muted its present appearance may be, sexual dominion obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and interrelatedness. And they are all talking at once!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Popular culture is the new Babylon, into which so much art and intellect now flow. It is our imperial sex theater, supreme temple of the western eye. We live in the age of idols. The pagan past, never dead, flames again in our mystic hierarchies of stardom.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics -- a rational ethics -- as a precondition of rebirth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The higher the culture the more honorable the work.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The hard truth is that what may be acceptable in elite culture may not be acceptable in mass culture, that tastes which pose only innocent ethical issues as the property of a minority become corrupting when they become more established. Taste is context, and the context has changed.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing -- he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People without imagination are beginning to tire of the importance attached to comfort, to culture, to leisure, to all that destroys imagination. This means that people are not really tired of comfort, culture and leisure, but of the use to which they areMore [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Production and consumption are the nipples of modern society. Thus suckled, humanity grows in strength and beauty; rising standard of living, all modern conveniences, distractions of all kinds, culture for all, the comfort of your dreams.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As both capitalist and communist states -- not to mention the technological world --have evolved under the illusion that men purposefully built them, ideological optimism seeps into every niche of our lives. It is made worse by mass culture which feeds ourMore [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We now have a whole culture based on the assumption that people know nothing and so anything can be said to them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nobody seriously questions the principle that it is the function of mass culture to maintain public morale, and certainly nobody in the mass audience objects to having his morale maintained.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their Hub, as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.More [07/27/2005 12:07:00]
Coach Ken Carter: [to the people in attendance at the board hearing] You really need to consider the message you're sending this boys by ending the lockout. It's the same message that we as a culture send to our professional athletes; and that is that they are above the law. If these boys cannot honor the simple rules of a basketball contract, how long do you think it will be before they're out there breaking the law? I played ball here at Richmond High 30 years ago. It was the same thing then; some of my teammates went to prison, some of them even ended up dead. If you vote to end the lockout, you won't have to terminate me; I'll quit.More [09/30/2005 12:09:00]
I am not anti-Bush. I am not pro-Iraq. I am pro-peace. I have written a song and created a video which expresses my feelings about our culture and values and illusions of what many people believe is the American dream -- the perfect life.More [03/21/2006 12:03:00]
I'm a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all.More [03/21/2006 12:03:00]
English is my second language, but in Hong Kong, they don't know that I'm from China. They think I'm from Hollywood because all the films they see are from here. China and Hong Kong are very different places, but they're starting to merge. Still the culture is very different.More [03/23/2006 12:03:00]
The trick of making movies in this culture is how to not give up everything that makes them worthwhile in order to get them made - and that's a tricky balance.More [04/07/2006 12:04:00]

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