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The term hegemony refers to a situation in which a provisional alliance of certain social groups can exert ‘total social authority’ over other subordinate groups, not simply by coercion or by the direct imposition of ruling ideas, but by ‘winning and shaping consent so that the power of the dominant classes appears both legitimate and natural’ (Hall, 1977). Hegemony can only be maintained so long as the dominant classes ‘succeed in framing all competing definitions within their range’ (Hall, 1977), so that subordinate groups are, if not controlled; then at least contained within an ideological space which does not seem at all ‘ideological’: which appears instead to be permanent and ‘natural’, to lie outside history, to be beyond particular interests.
— Hebidge, Subculture and Style, From Culture to Hegemony
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[I]t is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.
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When the solution is simple, God is answering
— Einstein
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“J’ai perdu ma force et ma vie
et mes amis et ma gaieté
j’ai perdu jusqu’à la fierté
qui faisait croire à mon génie.
Quand j’ai connu la Vérité
j’ai cru que c’était une amie
quand je l’ai comprise et sentie
j’en étais déjà dégoûté.

Et pourtant elle est éternelle
et ceux qui se sont passés d’elle
ici-bas ont tout ignoré.

Dieu parle, il faut qu’on lui réponde
le seul bien qui me reste au monde
et d’avoir quelquefois pleuré.”

— Alfred de Musset, Tristesse
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As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.
— C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
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“Your question is: why am I so interested in politics? But if I were to answer you very simply, I would say this: why shouldn’t I be interested? That is to say, what blindness, what deafness, what density of ideology would have to weigh me down to prevent me from being interested in what is probably the most crucial subject to our existence, that is to say the society in which we live, the economic relations in which it functions, and the system of power which defines the regular forms and the regular permissions and prohibitions of our conduct. The essence of our life consists after all, of the political functioning of the society in which we find ourselves. So I can’t answer the question of why should I be interested; I could only answer it by asking why shouldn’t I be interested? Not to be interested in politics, that’s what constitutes a problem. You should ask someone who is not interested in politics; “Why, damn it, are you not interested?”
—  Michel Foucault, The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human Nature, 2006
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One man looks at a dying bird and thinks there’s nothing but unanswered pain. That death’s got the final word, it’s laughing at him. Another man sees that same bird, feels the glory, feels something smiling through it.
— The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick
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It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded.
— W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage
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I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.
— Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1920-1923
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The words were no sooner out than she realized that she didn’t mean them at all.

J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


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