“It is the fate of most men who mingle with the world, and attain even the prime of life, to make many real friends, and lose them in the course of nature. It is the fate of all authors or chroniclers to create imaginary friends, and lose them in the course of art.”—Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
“The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it — I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.”—Hayao Miyazaki
“'Do you miss Jess?'
‘Yes. She was my friend.’
‘Then why don’t you show it?’
‘Why should I?’ I ask, sitting up. ‘If I know I feel it, that’s what counts. Don’t you ever look at someone who’s hysterical in public and wonder if it’s because they really feel miserable or because they want others to know they’re miserable? It kind of dilutes the emotion if you display it for the whole world to see. Makes it less pure.’”—Jodi Picoult, House Rules
“There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will… The well-off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. The poor in our countries have been shut out of our minds, and driven from the mainstream of our societies, because we have allowed them to become invisible. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.’”—Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Charity is the humanitarian mask hiding the face of economic exploitation. In a superego blackmail of gigantic proportions, the developed countries ‘help’ the undeveloped with aid, credit and so on, and thereby avoid the key issue, namely their complicity in and co-responsibility for the miserable situation of the undeveloped.”—Slavoj Žižek
Sometimes I feel there’s such a fine balance between calling someone out for their privilege-denying language and sounding like a complete dick.
Particularly when it’s obvious that they didn’t mean to offend anyone, and it’s just that the norms the statement is based on are so embedded into society that they come to be taken totally for granted.
And particularly when I’m sure I make tons of mistakes myself, but I don’t really have anyone offline to point them out to me. (My university, for example, is ridiculously white, straight-presenting and wealthy, even by general UK standards.)
“I am uneasy to think I approve of one object, and disapprove of another; call one thing beautiful and another deformed; decide concerning truth and falsehood, reason and folly, without knowing on what principles I proceed.”—David Hume