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
Turkish denialism of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians is official, riven, driven, constant, rampant and increasing each year since the events of 1915 to 1922. It is state-funded, with special departments and units in overseas missions whose sole purpose is to dilute, counter, minimise, trivialise and relativise every reference to the events which encompassed a genocide of Armenians, Pontian Greeks and Assyrian Christians in Asia Minor.
The Genocide Convention of 1948 and other United Nations Conventions strengthen the claims of genocide victims, including the Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians of Asia Minor.
The true aristocracyand the true proletariat of the world are both in understanding with tragedy. To them it is the fundamental principle of God, and the key, the Minor key, to existence. They differ in this way from the bourgeoisie of all classes, who deny tragedy, who will not tolerate it, and to whom the word tragedy means in itself unpleasantness.
In the spacious highways of books major or Minor, each poet is allowed the stride that will get him where he wants to go if,God help him, he can hit that stride and keep it.Carl Sandburg
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 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
There seems to be no end to the senseless wickedness done on this little planet in a Minor solar system, and we puny mortals appear to be decreasing in importance so far as the universe is concerned.alec guinness
Acting is the most Minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.Katharine Hepburn
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
"Ilsa" has been such a Minor part of my career, that I find it amusing that some persons only know me for that association.dyanne thorne
Since 1954, then, approximately 70,000 women have murdered; their victims include about 60,000 men, but, as we saw in the second Item of this chapter, not one woman has been executed after killing only a man. For nearly four decades now, we have become increasingly protective of women and decreasingly protective of men even if that boy is a legal Minor, as was Heath Wilkins.warren farrell
Tra i benefizi che ci ha fatto Iddio, Non è mica il Minor quelle del vino.niccolò forteguerri
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
From the viewpoint of pure economic theory, Karl Marx can be regarded as a Minor post- Ricardian .karl marx
The function of leadership in the guerrilla, the function of Andreas Baader in the RAF is orientation: not just to distinguish the main points from the Minor ones in each situation but also to remain with the entire political context in all situations; to never lose sight, among technical and logistic details and problems, of the aim, which is the revolution.ulrike meinhof
There are no perfectly honorable men; but every true man has one main point of honor and a few Minor ones.George Bernard Shaw
For a country to have a great writer ... is like having another government. That’s why no régime has ever loved great writers, only Minor ones.aleksandr solzhenitsyn
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.
It's my observation that gardeners and gardening for a very long time have had to take a back seat. Architects are very famous; they've got huge projects. What goes on in and around them has been relegated to a very Minor role.