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Solemn sayings about our society (II)

Solemn sayings about our society (II)

Our society is portrayed by several traits as a result of our belief and differences. There is a narrow difference between good and evil.

Below is the continuation of some social issues and what famous writers and researchers have to say.


Work

As soon as labor is distributed, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood.

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883) German philosopher.

 

All professions, achievements, impulses, are thrown up to compete, to strive, to an end which is not chance, but is the effect of some Universal Will.

David Mamet (1947 – ) U.S. writer and film director.


Waste

If all of us had every dime that we’ve wasted in our lives, we’d be a nation of millionaires.

Jane Bryant Quinn (1939 – ) U.S. journalist and author.


University

Universities hire professors the way some men choose wives—they want the ones the others will admire.

Morris Kline (1908 – 1992) U.S. mathematician.


Unemployment

A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.

Attributed to ‘Fats’ Domino (1928 – )


Treason

If words spoken to friends, in familiar discourse, spoken in one’s chamber, spoken at one’s table, spoken in one’s sick-bed…if these things shall be brought against a man as treason… it will be a silent world…and no man shall dare to impart his solitary thoughts or opinions to his friend and neighbour.

Thomas Wentworth (1593 – 1641) English statesman.


Traditions

No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.

William Faulkner (1897 – 1962) U.S. novelist.


Survival

When God gives you a rash, he also gives you nails to scratch it with.

Flora Nwapa (1931 – 1993) Nigerian novelist and educator.

 

People are in exterminable—like flies and bed-bugs. There will always be some that survive in cracks and crevices—that’s us.

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) U.S. poet.

 

One can survive everything nowadays, except death.

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish poet, playwright, and wit.


Society

Nothing is so hard to understand as that there are human beings in this world besides one’s self and one’s own set.

William Dean Howells (1837 – 1920) U.S. writer and critic.

 

The most dangerous aspect of present-day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and external, between the intellectual and the physical.

Eugenio Montale (1896 – 1981) Italian poet.


Slavery

If a slave has a bad master, his ambition is to get a better; when he gets a better, he aspires to have the best; and when he gets the best, he aspires to be his own master.

Frederick Douglass (1817? – 1895) U.S. abolitionist, writer, and orator.

 

If any man should buy another man without his consent, and compel him to his service and slavery without any agreement of that man to serve him, the enslaver is a robber, and a defrauder of that man every day. Wherefore it is as much the duty of a man who is robbed in that manner to get out of the hands of his enslaver, as it is for any honest community of men to get out of the hands of rogues and villains.

Ottobah Cugoano (1757? – 1803?) Ghanaian freed slave and abolitionist.


Racism

Hate is also creative: it creates more hate.

Henry Dumas (1934 – 1968) U.S. writer and poet.

 

The battle still remains the same. It is not anti-white, but anti-wrong.

Kenneth David Kaunda (1924 – ) Zambian president, 1961.


Prostitution

Prostitution is blight on the human race…for if you men did not impose chastity on women as a necessary virtue while refusing to practice it yourselves, they would not be rejected by society for yielding to the sentiments of their hearts, nor would seduced, deceived, and abandoned girls be forced into prostitution.

Flora Tristan (1803 – 1844) French feminist writer and revolutionary Socialist.


Protest

We have taken this action, because as women…we realize that the condition of our sex is so deplorable that it is our duty even to break the law in order to call attention to the reasons why we do so.

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928) British campaigner for woman suffrage.

 

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command.

Charles Eliot Norton (1827 – 1908) U.S. writer, editor, and educator.


Police

The police are the only 24-hour social service in the country.

Alex Marnoch  British police officer.

 

Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups that question that status.

David Mamet (1947 – ) U.S. writer and film director.


Obligation

Nobody is bound by obligation unless it has first been freely accepted.

Ugo Betti (1892 – 1953) Italian dramatist and poet.

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