I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to make it. Your successful past will block your visions of the future.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any translation which intends to perform a transmitting function cannot transmit anything but information -- hence, something inessential. This is the hallmark of bad translations.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Common-sense is part of the home-made ideology of those who have been deprived of fundamental learning, of those who have been kept ignorant. This ideology is compounded from different sources: items that have survived from religion, items of empirical knowledge, items of protective skepticism, items culled for comfort from the superficial learning that is supplied. But the point is that common-sense can never teach itself, can never advance beyond its own limits, for as soon as the lack of fundamental learning has been made good, all items become questionable and the whole function of common-sense is destroyed. Common-sense can only exist as a category insofar as it can be distinguished from the spirit of inquiry, from philosophy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The press and politicians. A delicate relationship. Too close, and danger ensues. Too far apart and democracy itself cannot function without the essential exchange of information. Creative leaks, a discreet lunch, interchange in the Lobby, the art of the unattributable telephone call, late at night.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Much more than our other needs and endeavors, it is sexuality that puts us on an even footing with our kind: the more we practice it, the more we become like everyone else: it is in the performance of a reputedly bestial function that we prove our status as citizens: nothing is more public than the sexual act.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Institutions -- government, churches, industries, and the like -- have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Priority is a function of context.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Morality and its victim, the mother -- what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In a democracy -- even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-litist one -- the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is function of government to invent philosophies to explain the demands of its own convenience.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The disesteem into which moralists have fallen is due at bottom to their failure to see that in an age like this one the function of the moralist is not to exhort men to be good but to elucidate what the good is. The problem of sanctions is secondary.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My conception of the audience is of a public each member of which is carrying about with him what he thinks is an anxiety, or a hope, or a preoccupation which is his alone and isolates him from mankind; and in this respect at least the function of a play is to reveal him to himself so that he may touch others by virtue of the revelation of his mutuality with them. If only for this reason I regard the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values. Because myth anchors the present in the past it is a sociological charter for a future society which is an exact replica of the present one.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Science is intimately integrated with the whole social structure and cultural tradition. They mutually support one other -- only in certain types of society can science flourish, and conversely without a continuous and healthy development and application of science such a society cannot function properly.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The far right seeks to retain the material progress of American capitalism while removing some of its crucial causes and consequences -- as though a bridge could be made to change part of its function by blowing up part of its supports and part of its exit.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The male function is to produce sperm. We now have sperm banks.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art -- and, by analogy, our own experience -- more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct to love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed. To disapprove, to condemn --the human soul shrivels under barren righteousness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The function of posterity is to look after itself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.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]
The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in its love and pursuit.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]
Most of our lives, we function with a big divide between here and here.More [04/06/2006 12:04:00]
It was an accident, although I’ve been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child – in school, music, athletics. To me, acting is the most logical way for people’s neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves. To my way of thinking, an actor’s course is set even before he’s out of the cradle.More [05/16/2006 12:05:00]
Healthful whole foods improve our brain function as well.More [09/14/2006 12:09:00]
I didn't know my mother had it. I think a lot of women don't know their mothers had it; that's the sad thing about depression. You know, you don't function anymore. You shut down. You feel like you are in a void.More [11/07/2006 12:11:00]
Arthur Weasley: Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles, tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?More [02/21/2007 12:02:00]
“I can function and I couldn't have ever done that before this treatment,”More [04/26/2007 12:04:00]
V: [Evey pulls out her mace] I can assure you I mean you no harm.
Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey Hammond: Oh. Right.
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.
V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
[carves V into poster on wall]
V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey Hammond: Are you like a crazy person?
V: I am quite sure they will say so. But, to whom am I speaking with?
Evey Hammond: I'm Evey.
V: Evey? E-V. Of course you are.
Evey Hammond: What does that mean?
V: It means that I, like God, do not play with dice and I don't believe in coincidences.More [05/21/2007 12:05:00]
Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.More [05/21/2007 12:05:00]
The Architect: The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.
Neo: You won't let it happen, you can't. You need human beings to survive.More [07/13/2007 12:07:00]
The Architect: It is interesting reading your reactions. Your five predecessors were, by design, based on a similar predication: a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the One. While the others experienced this in a general way, your experience is far more specific. Vis-à-vis: love.
[the monitors show images of Trinity]
The Architect: Apropos, she entered the Matrix to save your life at the cost of her own.
The Architect: Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the Anomaly revealed as both beginning... and end.More [07/13/2007 12:07:00]
“The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money.”More [08/14/2007 12:08:00]
M: We do function in your absence, Commander.More [08/27/2007 12:08:00]
Gandhi: The function of a civil resistance is to provoke response and we will continue to provoke until they respond or change the law. They are not in control; we are.More [12/08/2007 12:12:00]
I even believe in helping an employer function more productively. For then, we will have a claim to higher wages, shorter hours, and greater participation in the benefits of running a smooth industrial machine.More [02/05/2008 12:02:00]
Henry Van Cleve: Its a fathers function to stop his son making the mistakes he made.More [02/26/2008 12:02:00]
Socialism, on the contrary, extends its function to the description of society as it should be, and the discovery of the means of making it what it should be.More [03/29/2008 12:03:00]
Detective Del Spooner: Is there a problem with the Three Laws?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws are perfect.
Detective Del Spooner: Then why would you build a robot that could function without them?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws will lead to only one logical outcome.
Detective Del Spooner: What? What outcome?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: Revolution.
Detective Del Spooner: Whose revolution?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: *That*, Detective, is the right question. Program terminated.More [04/07/2008 12:04:00]
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I've been a strong supporter of public financing my whole career. I'm the first guy to introduce a public financing bill to the United States Senate in 1973. [06/08/2022 09:06:59] More
We live in a time when smart people are silenced so that stupid people are not offended. [06/07/2022 01:06:45] More