Under present conditions, people are preoccupied with consumer goods not because they are brainwashed but because buying is the one pleasurable activity not only permitted but actively encouraged by our rulers. The pleasure of eating an ice cream cone may be minor compared to the pleasure of meaningful, autonomous work, but the former is easily available and the latter is not. A poor family would undoubtedly rather have a decent apartment than a new TV, but since they are unlikely to get the apartment, what is to be gained by not getting the TV?
Most of us stand poised at the edge of brilliance, haunted by the knowledge of our proximity, yet still demonstrably on the wrong side of the line, our dealings with reality undermined by a range of Minor yet critical psychological flaws (a little too much optimism, an unprocessed rebelliousness, a fatal impatience or sentimentality). We are like an exquisite high-speed aircraft which for lack of a tiny part is left stranded beside the runway, rendered slower than a tractor or bicycle.Alain de Botton
Whenever a massacre of Armenians is reported from Asia Minor, every one assumes that it has been carried out "under orders" from somewhere or another; no one seems to think that there are people who might like to kill their neighbours now and then.saki
Minor in parvis Fortuna furit, Leviusque ferit leviora deus.
Lying at the meeting-place of the sea routes leading to Syria, Asia Minor, and Greece, Cyprus seemed the inevitable first stage of a missionary venture.
When people listen to my music, I hope that they will notice that if you take a piece by a composer like Schubert, the major and the Minor triad is an extermely important thing not merely as harmony, but in creating melodic lines. Schubert is always walking up and down with arpeggios on C, E, G and so forth. I am not doing anything different really, except using a different system of harmony.elliott carter
The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in Minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.martha gellhorn
Among Minor alterations, I may mention the substitution for the name political economy of the single convenient term economics. I cannot help thinking that it would be well to discard, as quickly as possible, the old troublesome double-worded name of our science.william stanley jevons
If you and I shall, like the believing shepherds, watch and long for His appearing, one day we, too, shall hear a music grander and sweeter even than the song of angels, when the great Composer shall transpose all the strains of earth from the Minor into the major, when the wail of nature shall give way to the glad harmony of the everlasting jubilee.abbott eliot kittredge
When I wrote about Hank Williams 'A hundred floors above me in the tower of song', it's not some kind of inverse modesty. I know where Hank Williams stands in the history of popular song. Your Cheatin' Heart, songs like that, are sublime, in his own tradition, and I feel myself a very Minor writer.hank williams
Even a Minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child’s world and thus a world event.gaston bachelard
It was clear to him that he had lost something irretrievably that day, and that now he wanted to make up for the loss with Minor, inconsequential, and most importantly, belated measures.mikhail bulgakov
Whether we take these characters then, or such Minor ones as those which are derivable from the proportional length of the spines in the cervical vertebrae, and the like, there is no doubt whatsoever as to the marked difference between Man and the Gorilla; but there is as little, that equally marked differences, of the very same order, obtain between the Gorilla and the lower apes.thomas henry huxley
So far from the posterior lobe, the posterior cornu, and the hippocampus Minor, being structures peculiar to and characteristic of man, as they have been over and over again asserted to be, even after the publication of the clearest demonstration of the reverse, it is precisely these structures which are the most marked cerebral characters common to man with the apes. They are among the most distinctly Simian peculiarities which the human organism exhibits.thomas henry huxley
From the viewpoint of pure economic theory, Karl Marx can be regarded as a Minor post- Ricardian .karl marx
The nursery of brooding Pelicans, The dormitory of their dead, had vanish'd, And all the Minor spots of rock and verdure, The abodes of happy millions, were no more.james montgomery
Although the martial arts are a Minor path , we can by means of the lesser glimpse the greater.
Tra i benefizi che ci ha fatto Iddio, Non è mica il Minor quelle del vino.
Despite our attempts to imbue them with some flavor, any flavor aphorisms all turn out so...generic; they all sound as if they were delivered by the same disenfranchised, bad-tempered Minor deity.
There are certain figures in the arts who, although Minor in accomplishment and equivocal in their aesthetic influence, are so completely representative of the spirit of their age....
Oh, Mercy now I understand : The secret behind your actions , the thread that binds all these seemingly random events. … There's no great or small! No question of size or importance! Each act of compassion however Minor it may appear to our blind eyes affects all Creation; shakes it to its roots!
The monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try to start playing... which I usually construct in terms of the way it institutionalises deference, can be expressed much more simply: it rots the brain. ... This romancing about the royal family is, I fear, only a Minor symptom of the softening of the brain of socialists ...