Monday, August 27, 2007

Quotes: Objectives; Objectivity. Obscenity. Obscurity. Obsession. Obstructions. Occupation.

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

Military action has to have political objectives.
Objectives 360 JFK: The paper indicates no relationship between the proposed military action and larger political objectives. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Passionate participant cannot be objective.
Objectivity 6 JFK: An impassioned participant cannot be an objective observer. Sorenson, Kennedy

Epithets are not obscene; tolerance of inhumanity by those in power is genuinely obscene.
Obscenity 427 [About Lenny Bruce]: Bruce was saying that individual foul epithets were not obscene; it was the tolerance of all kinds of inhumanity by people in power which was genuinely obscene. Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest.

It seems deep because it is obscure.
Obscurity in meaning 502 They will conclude that there is depth to my meaning because of the obscurity. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

I wish there were a cure for obsession.
Obsession 325 Johnson: I wish there were some cure…for all heads of which some single idea has obtained an unreasonable and irregular possession. Boswell, Life of Johnson, Vol. 1.

He has only one idea, and it is wrong.
Obsession 393 Johnson: That fellow seems to me to possess one idea, and that is a wrong one. Boswell, Life of Johnson, Vol. 1.

Any time is the right time if we know what to do with it.
Obstructions 68 This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Emerson, The American Scholar.

Our occupations tend to be funny in nature.
Occupation 520 Most of our occupations smack of comedy. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

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