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
Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the very first time.margot fonteyn
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.
Our peasant music, naturally, is invariably tonal, if not always in the sense that the inflexible major and Minor system is tonal. (An "atonal" folk-music, in my opinion, is unthinkable.) Since we depend upon a tonal basis of this kind in our creative work, it is quite self-evident that our works are quite pronouncedly tonal in type. I must admit, however, that there was a time when I thought I was approaching a species of twelve-tone music. Yet even in works of that period the absolute tonal foundation is unmistakable.béla bartók
The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren't simply hobbies or Minor influences.pierre bourdieu
We're not playing some Minor game in Scientology. It isn't cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.l. ron hubbard
The Nazis hated culture itself, because it is essentially international and therefore subversive of nationalism. What they called Nazi culture was a local, perverted, nationalistic cult, by which a few major artists and many Minor ones were honored for their Germanness, not their talent.christopher isherwood
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
People are too apt to treat God as if he were a Minor royalty.herbert beerbohm tree
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
Economy is the first and great article (economy such as I understand it) in my financial creed. The controversy between direct and indirect taxation holds a Minor, though important place.william ewart gladstone
In this state, dig it, you get twenty years for sale of dope to a Minor. You only get five to ten for manslaughter. So like, the thing is, if you're selling to a kid and cops come, shoot the kid real quick!abbie hoffman
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
In most parts of our country men work, not for themselves, not as partners in the old way in which they used to work, but generally as employees, in a higher or lower grade, of great corporations. There was a time when corporations played a very Minor part in our business affairs, but now they play the chief part, and most men are the servants of corporations.
Cui non conveniet sua res, ut calceus olim, Si pede major erit subvertet; si Minor, uret.
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
Patience, n. A Minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
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!