Friday, July 20, 2007

Quotes: Machine. Mae West. Majority. Male and Female.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

Machines don’t bleed, ache, and worry about the fate of other machines.
Machine bird 140 ...on the other hand the machine does not bleed, ache, hang for hours in the empty sky in a torment of hope to learn the fate of another machine, nor does it cry out with joy nor dance in the air with the fierce passion of a bird. Eiseley, The Immense Journey

The machine makes the user its servant.
Machines 857 …the machine unmans the user. Emerson, English Traits.

Mae West
Mae West could make any line in a script sound salacious.
Mae West 113 …even after a script had been torn apart she could make the barest participle left on a page sound oozily lubricious. Pierpont, Claudia Roth. “A Critic at Large: The Strong Woman.” The New Yorker (Nov. 11, 1996), pp. 106-118.

Mae West enjoyed fighting for her rights, but we will never know what it cost her.
Mae West 118 Maybe the best of her [Mae West’s] valor and the choicest of her victories…arose from how much she enjoyed the fight, and insisted on her right to enjoy it and, of course, on our right to enjoy her enjoying it: What it cost her we’ll never know. Pierpont, Claudia Roth. “A Critic at Large: The Strong Woman.” The New Yorker (Nov. 11, 1996), pp. 106-118.

The majority often do not know their opinion.
Majority 1082 To say then, the majority are wicked, means no malice, no bad heart in the observer, but simply, that the majority are unripe, and have not yet come to themselves, do not yet know their opinion. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Considerations by the Way.

Male and Female
The great religions gave the female principle of obedience at least as much emphasis as the male.
Male and female 177 The stabilizing, comprehensive religions of the world, the religions which penetrate to every part of a man’s being—in Egypt, India or China—gave the female principle of creation at least as much importance as the male…communities of obedience. Clark, Civilization.

Aggressive societies conceived their gods as male.
Male and female 177 The aggressive, nomadic societies…communities of will—Israel, Islam, the Protestant North, conceived their gods as male. Clark, Civilization.

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