Tuesday, October 14, 2008

You said it!

You've got me blowing, blowing my mind
Is it tomorrow or just the end of time?
-- Jimi Hendrix

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. . . . There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.
-- John Kenneth Galbraith, 1989

There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars. . . . The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. . . . But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness.
-- John Kenneth Galbraith, 1992

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
-- Mark Twain

Politics is the shadow cast on society by big business.
-- John Dewey

Being a prophet is a horrible business!
-- Henryk Ibsen, Peer Gynt

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
-- Ezra Pound

O generation of the thoroughly smug
and thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,
I have seen them with untidy families,
I have seen their smiles full of teeth
and heard ungainly laughter.
And I am happier than you are,
And they were happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
and do not even own clothing.
-- Ezra Pound

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