Culture Quotes


You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

We have to create culture, don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.

Consumerism    Culture    Inspirational    Life    Tv    Wisdom

A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement

Beauty    Body    Body image    Culture    Dance    Dancer    Desire    Fashion    Fitness    Food    Food for thought    Friendship    Funny    Girl    Health    Healthy    Hip hop    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Lust for life    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Self    Sex    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Young adult    Young adult fiction    Young adult literature    Young adult novels    Young adults    Youth

The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.

Art    Culture    Film    Music    Writing

I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.

Culture    Hell    Humor    Humour    Stereotypes

Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care for your loved one I think it’s quite stupid. I hate this commercialism. It’s all artificial, and has nothing to do with real love.

Body    Books    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Friendship    Funny    Girl    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values[...].

The Woman Destroyed

Simone de Beauvoir

The Woman Destroyed

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.

Body    Books    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Friendship    Funny    Girl    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind.

Maybe you could be mine / or maybe we’ll be entwined / aimless in this sexless foreplay.

Body    Boy    Boyfriend    Boys    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Friendship    Funny    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Poem    Poems    Poet    Poetry    Poetry life    Poets    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

It sounds like a fairy-tale, but not only that; this story of what man by his science and practical inventions has achieved on this earth, where he first appeared as a weakly member of the animal kingdom, and on which each individual of his species must ever again appear as a helpless infant... is a direct fulfilment of all, or of most, of the dearest wishes in his fairy-tales. All these possessions he has acquired through culture. Long ago he formed an ideal conception of omnipotence and omniscience which he embodied in his gods. Whatever seemed unattainable to his desires - or forbidden to him - he attributed to these gods. One may say, therefore, that these gods were the ideals of his culture. Now he has himself approached very near to realizing this ideal, he has nearly become a god himself. But only, it is true, in the way that ideals are usually realized in the general experience of humanity. Not completely; in some respects not at all, in others only by halves. Man has become a god by means of artificial limbs, so to speak, quite magnificent when equipped with all his accessory organs; but they do not grow on him and they still give him trouble at times... Future ages will produce further great advances in this realm of culture, probably inconceivable now, and will increase man's likeness to a god still more.

Culture    Desire    Fairy tale    Forbidden    Fulfillment    Future    Gods    Humanity    Mankind    Omnipotence    Omniscience    Prediction    Science    Wish

Sadly, the signals that allow men and women to find the partners who most please them are scrambled by the sexual insecurity initiated by beauty thinking. A woman who is self-conscious can't relax to let her sensuality come into play. If she is hungry she will be tense. If she is "done up" she will be on the alert for her reflection in his eyes. If she is ashamed of her body, its movement will be stilled. If she does not feel entitled to claim attention, she will not demand that airspace to shine in. If his field of vision has been boxed in by "beauty"--a box continually shrinking--he simply will not see her, his real love, standing right before him.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.

Autotune    Bandwagon    Compassion    Culture    Fads    Flattery    Gossip    Knowledge    Love    Music    News    Peace    Pity    Pop    Pop culture    Pop music    Popular    Popular culture    Popular music    Propaganda    Singing    Tension    Trends

I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.

Bisexual    Bisexuality    Bisexuals    Body    Books    Boy    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Erotic    Erotica    Friendship    Funny    Gay    Gay men    Gay rights    Glbt    Guy    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Sexuality    Society    Society s increasing stupidity    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

Do not let your assumptions about a culture block your ability to perceive the individual, or you will fail.

Words of Radiance

Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance

Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men's eyes when deciding what provokes it.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

Men are visually aroused by women's bodies and less sensitive to their arousal by women's personalities because they are trained early into that response, while women are less visually aroused and more emotionally aroused because that is their training. This asymmetry in sexual education maintains men's power in the myth: They look at women's bodies, evaluate, move on; their own bodies are not looked at, evaluated, and taken or passed over. But there is no "rock called gender" responsible for that; it can change so that real mutuality--an equal gaze, equal vulnerability, equal desire--brings heterosexual men and women together.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust.

Culture    Erotic    Porn    Sex

What becomes of a man who acquires a beautiful woman, with her "beauty" his sole target? He sabotages himself. He has gained no friend, no ally, no mutual trust: She knows quite well why she has been chosen. He has succeeded in buying something: the esteem of other men who find such an acquisition impressive.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn't grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights. It's true what they say about women: Women
are
insatiable. We
are
greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we
would
ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demands
would
begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

The soul takes nothing with her to the next world but her education and her culture. At the beginning of the journey to the next world, one's education and culture can either provide the greatest assistance, or else act as the greatest burden, to the person who has just died.

Language is the key to the heart of people.

Ahmed    Ahmed deedat    Arabic    Christian    Culture    Deedat    English    Harmony    Heart    Hindu    Islam    Key    Language    Literature    Love    Muslims    Non muslim    Peace    People    Religion

I will defend the absolute value of Mozart over Miley Cyrus, of course I will, but we should be wary of false dichotomies. You do not have to choose between one or the other. You can have both. The human cultural jungle should be as varied and plural as the Amazonian rainforest. We are all richer for biodiversity. We may decide that a puma is worth more to us than a caterpillar, but surely we can agree that the habitat is all the better for being able to sustain each.

A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience.

We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. "I'm this way because my father made me this way. I'm this way because my husband made me this way." Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But then you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.

America    Art    Criticism    Culture    Democrat    Inspirational    Liberal    Libertarian    Republican    Responsibility    Sex    Trauma    Victim

الحضارة تُعلِّم أما الثقافة فتُنور. تحتاج الأولي الى تعلم, اما الثانية فتحتاج الى تأمل

Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds. -Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (1867-1957)

They speak very well of you".
- "They speak very well of everybody."
- "That so bad?"
- "Yes. It means you can´t trust them.

The downfall of the attempts of governments and leaders to unite mankind is found in this- in the wrong message that we should see everyone as the same. This is the root of the failure of harmony. Because the truth is, we should not all see everyone as the same! We are not the same! We are made of different colours and we have different cultures. We are all different! But the key to this door is to look at these differences, respect these differences, learn from and about these differences, and grow in and with these differences. We are all different. We are not the same. But that's beautiful. And that's okay.In the quest for unity and peace, we cannot blind ourselves and expect to be all the same. Because in this, we all have an underlying belief that everyone should be the same as us at some point. We are not on a journey to become the same or to be the same. But we are on a journey to see that in all of our differences, that is what makes us beautiful as a human race, and if we are ever to grow, we ought to learn and always learn some more.

Color    Culture    Difference    Differences    Equality    Government    Harmony    Human    Humanism    Humanity    Inspiration    Inspirational    Inspirational quotes    Peace    Race    Society    Unity

The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached from it. I have always viewed it from a safe distance, knowing I don't belong; it doesn't include me, and it never has. no matter how you care to define it,
I do not identify with the local group.
Planet, species, race, nation, state, religion, party, union, club, association, neighborhood improvement committee; I have no interest in any of it. I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.

Brain Droppings

George Carlin

Brain Droppings

One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.

To be or not to be that is the question.

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Art    Creation    Culture

The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

Even the models we see in magazines wish they could look like their own images.

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.

Art    Art work    Awareness    Canvas of life    Culture    Heart    Love    Mind body spirit    Religion    Religions    Soul    Yoga day

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.

There's no such thing as civilization. The word just means the art of living in cities.

Whatever is deeply, essentially female--the life in a woman's expression, the feel of her flesh, the shape of her breasts, the transformations after childbirth of her skin--is being reclassified as ugly, and ugliness as disease. These qualities are about an intensification of female power, which explains why they are being recast as a diminution of power. At least a third of a woman's life is marked with aging; about a third of her body is made of fat. Both symbols are being transformed into operable condition--
so that
women will only feel healthy if we are two thirds of the women we could be. How can an "ideal" be about women if it is defined as how much of a female sexual characteristic
does not
exist on the woman's body, and how much of a female life
does not
show on her face?

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today's woman has become her "beauty.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

Women could probably be trained quite easily to see men first as sexual things. If girls never experienced sexual violence; if a girl's only window on male sexuality were a stream of easily available, well-lit, cheap images of boys slightly older than herself, in their late teens, smiling encouragingly and revealing cuddly erect penises the color of roses or mocha, she might well look at, masturbate to, and, as an adult, "need" beauty pornography based on the bodies of men. And if those initiating penises were represented to the girl as pneumatically erectible, swerving neither left nor right, tasting of cinnamon or forest berries, innocent of random hairs, and ever ready; if they were presented alongside their measurements, length, and circumference to the quarter inch; if they seemed to be available to her with no troublesome personality attached; if her sweet pleasure seemed to be the only reason for them to exist--then a real young man would probably approach the young woman's bed with, to say the least, a failing heart.

The Beauty Myth

Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.

Culture    Family    Food    Meal

Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.

No one today is purely one thing. Labels like Indian, or woman, or Muslim, or American are not more than starting-points, which if followed into actual experience for only a moment are quickly left behind. Imperialism consolidated the mixture of cultures and identities on a global scale. But its worst and most paradoxical gift was to allow people to believe that they were only, mainly, exclusively, white, or Black, or Western, or Oriental. Yet just as human beings make their own history, they also make their cultures and ethnic identities. No one can deny the persisting continuities of long traditions, sustained habitations, national languages, and cultural geographies, but there seems no reason except fear and prejudice to keep insisting on their separation and distinctiveness, as if that was all human life was about. Survival in fact is about the connections between things; in Eliot’s phrase, reality cannot be deprived of the other echoes [that] inhabit the garden. It is more rewarding - and more difficult - to think concretely and sympathetically, contrapuntally, about others than only about us. But this also means not trying to rule others, not trying to classify them or put them in hierarchies, above all, not constantly reiterating how our culture or country is number one (or not number one, for that matter).

Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world.

The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.

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