Not all quotations are positive, as this category proves. These will offer only pessimistic or negative views on a variety of subjects.
Showing 73 through 108 of 141 quotations in this category.
"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors."
"The American Way Of Life has destroyed our individuality while pretending to cater to it, and the natural interdependence of society has been compromised by the...media and the cubicle farms they call workplaces."
"The quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world."
"Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America."
"There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life."
"The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision."
"That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent."
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."
"The keenest sorrow is to recognize ouselves as the sole cause of all our adversities."
"A man with a career can have no time to waste upon his wife and friends; he has to devote it wholly to his enemies."
"Humanity is composed but of two categories, the invalids and the nurses."
"What is originality? Undetected plagiarism."
"There is so much trouble in coming into the world, and so much more, as well as meanness, in going out of it, that 'tis hardly worth while to be here at all."
"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
"All our lauded technological progress -- our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal."
"In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind."
"One disturbing trend is an inverse relationship between wealth (social success) and number of children. Sucessful families having 1.2 children (below the replacement level; their genes are effectively selected against). Poverty-level families having 3.6 children (geneticaly sucessful). We are effectively selecting against being successful."
"Scientists in the 19th century postulated that in time, the world would be taken over by morons. My belief is that this actually happened, but we are now too stupid to realise."
"You just can't escape the conclusion that half the people you know are below average."
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
"As a connoisseur of madness, I believe we all carry the seeds of self-treachery, that we sometimes secretly seek out people who hold the keys to our own destruction."
"Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them."
"Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise."
"Politics has become a game of meaningless, mindless battles, conducted by unscrupulous methods and people, designed to transform even the most serious policy debates into sport."
"Think about how stupid the average person is, then realize that half of us are stupider than that."
"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets."
"Any mention of the poor, income inequality, or declining class mobility is 'class warfare' - on the upper class, of course. There are no poor in America. There are only the lazy and the soon-to-be-rich, if they would only work even harder, 'sacrifice' even more, and give up the health care they don't have. Also, the upper class needs another tax cut . Now quit whining or we will ship your few remaining Walmart jobs over to China."
"Alas, my friends. He looked not like the ruins of his former self, but like the ruins of those ruins.""
"Maybe this world is another planet's hell."
"Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now."
"The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie."
"No human thing is of serious importance."
"[Anne Coulter's success] demonstrates the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of a journalistic culture that allows her near a microphone, much less a printing press."
"Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend."
"It is not so much the suffering as the senselessness of it that is unendurable."
"You think that way as you begin to get grayer and you see pretty plainly that the game is not going to end as you planned."
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