Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Quotes: Squirrels. Stagecoach. Standards. State. Statistics. Stereotype.

Squirrels seem to know that someone is looking at them.
Squirrels 540 …for all the motions of a squirrel, even in the most solitary recesses of the forest, imply spectators as much as those of a dancing girl…. Thoreau, Walden.

Impressions of a stagecoach.
Stagecoach 545 Our coach was a great swinging and swaying stage, of the most sumptuous description—an imposing cradle on wheels. Twain, Roughing It.

JFK on his worst quality: irritability and impatience with the boring, commonplace and mediocre.
Standards 95 [Kennedy on his worst quality]: irritability...impatience with the boring, the commonplace and the mediocre. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

A state with one man is no state.
State 189 Haemon: A one-man state is no state at all. Sophocles. Antigone.

For the Nazis: the state came first, then the individual.
State individual 329 First “the State,” then the individual. Bracher, The German Dictatorship

Belief in that which can be quantified needs to be balanced by that which is not quantifiable.
Statistics 908 In the past, McNamara’s susceptibility to quantification had led him to take extreme comfort in General Harkins’s statistical optimism…and Nolting had done little to assert the importance of things which could not be quantified. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Do statistics convey the wonder of it all?
Statistics 113 We have to ask--do the numbers convey the wonder of it all, the sheer impossibility of what the birds accomplish in migration? Browning, Notes from Turtle Creek.

Stereotype of the German Nazis.
Stereotype 50 English author Nevil Shute [depicted the Germans as] …deadly, serious, efficient, arrogant…. They never seemed to laugh…except when they killed. Blum, V Was for Victory

The stereotype of generals in the military.
Stereotype 57 “These Are the Generals,” a series of articles published during 1943 in the Saturday Evening Post, linked athletic prowess, academic mediocrity, and success in command. Blum, V Was for Victory

The effect of the stereotype on the Jew.
Stereotype 254 …the stereotype of the Jew did away with all individual, humane, social, and political differentiation in favor of a systematic, pseudo-religious persecution and extirpation of evil. Bracher, The German Dictatorship

Clever men are homely men.
Stereotype 170 Clever men are usually so homely. Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.

Stereotype of the Japanese during WWII.
Stereotypes 46 The comic strips depicted the Japanese as teeth and spectacles, a subhuman species…. “murderous little ape-men.” Blum, V Was for Victory.

The belief that all Germans are guilty of the Holocaust is similar to the belief that all Jews are Shylocks.
Stereotypes 352 The insistence that all Germans are suspect because of the Holocaust is little different from the anti-Semitic mindset that characterizes all Jews as Shylocks. Bradley, Time Present, Time Past.

The effects of stereotypes on people.
Stereotypes xviii The one so labeled [“honky,” “hippie,” “pig,” etc.] may be reviled, tortured, killed or exiled because he is no longer a human being, but a symbol. Sevareid, Not So Wild a Dream.

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