“He said he didn’t care if he went to heaven or hell, because neither could be more fearful than absolute nothingness; salvation and damnation were one and the same if the only thing out there was total nothingness”.- Shizuka-na seikatsu (A Quiet Life) (1990) – Kenzaburō Ōe
Kenzaburō Ōe (大江 健三郎, Ōe Kenzaburō?, born January 31, 1935) is a Japanese author and a major figure in contemporary Japanese literature.
“As I grew up, I was continually to suffer hardships in different realms of life – in my family, in my relationship to Japanese society and in my way of living at large in the latter half of the twentieth century”. Kenzaburo Oe
His works, strongly influenced by French and American literature and literary theory, deal with political, social and philosophical issues including nuclear weapons, nuclear power, social non-conformism and existentialism.
“By reading Huckleberry Finn I felt I was able to justify my act of going into the mountain forest at night and sleeping among the trees with a sense of security which I could never find indoors”. Kenzaburo Oe
“The fundamental style of my writing has been to start from my personal matters and then to link it up with society, the state and the world”. Kenzaburō Ōe
“There could be joy in destruction, too, couldn’t there? Isn’t Jesus Christ’s Second Coming supposed to occur only after a lot of unmitigated destruction? But again, human history is fraught with tragedies in which man spared no effort to destroy with millenarian joy, only to learn that no messiah appeared afterwards.”.- Shizuka-na seikatsu (A Quiet Life) (1990) – Kenzaburō Ōe
Ōe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for creating “an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today”.
Between 1958 and 1961 Ōe published a series of works incorporating sexual metaphors for the occupation of Japan. He summarised the common theme of these stories as “the relationship of a foreigner as the big power [Z], a Japanese who is more or less placed in a humiliating position [X], and, sandwiched between the two, the third party [Y] (sometimes a prostitute who caters only to foreigners or an interpreter)”. In each of these works, the Japanese X is inactive, failing to take the initiative to resolve the situation and showing no psychological or spiritual development. The graphically sexual nature of this group of stories prompted a critical outcry; Ōe said of the culmination of the series Our Times, “I personally like this novel [because] I do not think I will ever write another novel which is filled only with sexual words.”
List of books available in English
Memeushiri Kouchi, 1958 – Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (trans. by Paul Mackintosh & Maki Sugiyama)
Sebuntiin, 1961– Seventeen (Trans. by Luk Van Haute)
Seiteki Ningen 1963 Sexual Humans, published as J (Trans. by Luk Van Haute)
Kojinteki na taiken, 1964 – A Personal Matter (trans. by John Nathan)
Hiroshima noto, 1965 – Hiroshima Notes (trans. by David L. Swain, Toshi Yonezawa)
Man’en gannen no futtoboru, 1967 – The Silent Cry (trans. by John Bester)
Warera no kyōki wo ikinobiru michi wo oshieyo, 1969 – Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (1977)
Mizukara waga namida wo nuguitamau hi, 1972 – The Day He Himself Shall Wipe My Tears Away in Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness (1977)
Pinchiranna chosho,’ 1976 – The Pinch Runner Memorandum (trans. by Michiko N. Wilson)
Atarashii hito yo mezame yo, 1983 – Rouse Up O Young Men of the New Age! (trans. by John Nathan)
Jinsei no shinseki, 1989 – An Echo of Heaven (trans. by Margaret Mitsutani)
Shizuka-na seikatsu, 1990 – A Quiet Life (trans. by Kunioki Yanagishita & William Wetherall)
Kaifuku suru kazoku, 1995 – A Healing Family (trans. by Stephen Snyder, ill. by Yukari Oe)
Chugaeri, 1999 – Somersault (trans. by Philip Gabriel)
Torikae ko (Chenjiringu), 2000 – The Changeling (trans. by Deborah Boehm)
“Kenzaburo Oe has devoted his life to taking certain subjects seriously — victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the struggles of the people of Okinawa, the challenges of the disabled, the discipline of the scholarly life — while not appearing to take himself seriously at all. Although he is known in Japan as much for being a gadfly activist as for being one of the country’s most celebrated writers, in person Oe is more of a delightful wag” - Sarah Fay, in “Kenzaburo Oe, The Art of Fiction No. 195″ in The Paris Review (Winter 2007)
“After the end of the Second World War it was a categorical imperative for us to declare that we renounced war forever in a central article of the new Constitution. The Japanese chose the principle of eternal peace as the basis of morality for our rebirth after the War. I trust that the principle can best be understood in the West with its long tradition of tolerance for conscientious rejection of military service. In Japan itself there have all along been attempts by some to obliterate the article about renunciation of war from the Constitution and for this purpose they have taken every opportunity to make use of pressures from abroad. But to obliterate from the Constitution the principle of eternal peace will be nothing but an act of betrayal against the peoples of Asia and the victims of the Atom Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki”. – Japan, The Ambiguous, and Myself (1994) – Kenzaburō Ōe
“The voice of a crying and dark soul” is beautiful, and his act of expressing it in music cures him of his dark sorrow in an act of recovery. Furthermore, his music has been accepted as one that cures and restores his contemporary listeners as well”. – Japan, The Ambiguous, and Myself (1994) – Kenzaburō Ōe
“To be upright and to have an imagination: that is enough to be a very good young man”. Conversations with History interview (1999) – Kenzaburō Ōe
“I am the kind of writer who rewrites and rewrites. I am very eager to correct everything. If you look at one of my manuscripts, you can see I make many changes. So one of my main literary methods is “repetition with difference.” I begin a new work by first attempting a new approach toward a work that I’ve already written — I try to fight the same opponent one more time. Then I take the resulting draft and continue to elaborate upon it, and as I do so the traces of the old work disappear. I consider my literary work to be a totality of differences within repetition. I used to say that this elaboration was the most important thing for a novelist to learn”. -Paris Review interview (2007) – Kenzaburō Ōe
“Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility”. Anne Hathaway
“I believe that anybody who gets married should go to a counselor for months before the wedding. I think that’s going to save guys a lot of money and the ladies a lot of heartbreak”. James Brolin
A wedding is a ceremony where people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.
WEDDING A GIRL THING?
“I’d imagine my wedding as a fairy tale… huge, beautiful and white”. Paris Hilton
“A wedding is such a girl thing”. Selma Blair
“In the ’50s, a lot of girls never saw beyond the wedding day”. Helen Reddy
“I always had boyfriends, but I never imagined a proposal or a wedding. To me, that was like having a ball and chain round your neck”. Sandra Bullock
THE WEDDING PLANNER
“Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage”. Zig Ziglar
“Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding – yikes!” Niecy Nash
“People always complain, ‘you never invited me to your wedding’, but I prefer casual weddings”. Sinead O’Connor
“An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court”. William Feather
A number of cultures have adopted the traditional Western custom of the white wedding, in which a bride wears a white wedding dress and veil.
“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride”. Carolina Herrera
This tradition was popularized through the wedding of Queen Victoria. Some say Victoria’s choice of a white gown may have simply been a sign of extravagance, but may have also been influenced by the values she held which emphasized sexual purity.Within the modern ‘white wedding’ tradition, a white dress and veil are unusual choices for a woman’s second or subsequent wedding. The use of a wedding ring has long been part of religious weddings in Europe and America, but the origin of the tradition is unclear.
“In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble”. Eva Longoria
Music played at Western weddings includes a processional song for walking down the aisle (ex: wedding march) either before or after the marriage service.
THE WEDDING MARCH
“When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race”. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle”. Heinrich Heine
“The Wedding March has a bit of a death march in it”. Brian May
Relevant music includes:
Various works for trumpet and organ, arguably the most famous of which include the Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke as a processional, the “Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell and the “Trumpet Voluntary” by John Stanley as recessionals.
Selections by George Frideric Handel, perhaps most notably the “Air” from his Water Music as processional and the “Alla Hornpipe” as recessional.
The “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner, often used as the processional and commonly known as “Here Comes the Bride”.
Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D is an alternative processional.
The “Wedding March” from Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music for the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, used as a recessional.
The “Toccata” from Charles-Marie Widor’s Symphony for Organ No. 5, used as a recessional.
Segments of the Ode to Joy, the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Other alternative considerations include various contemporary melodies like Bob Marley’s One Love which is often performed by a steel drum band.
THE WEDDING SINGER
“I sang a song at my sister’s wedding. My mother forced me into that, too. But that one felt all right”. Adam Sandler
“I only did karaoke once in my life. It was with Courtney Love and it was a total disaster. She pulled me on stage in front of 500 people at a wedding. I’d never done karaoke before”. Jared Leto
“I think that weddings have probably been crashed since the beginning of time. Cavemen crashed them. You go to meet girls. It makes sense”. Christopher Walken
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
“A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers”. Eddie Cantor
“My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening”. Alice Roosevelt Longworth
“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth”. Henry David Thoreau
“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly”. – Lauren Bacall
“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly”. Richard Bach
“IF I COULD SEE WHERE MY FLYERS GO”
“Our words have wings, but fly not where we would”. George Eliot
A flyer or flier, also called a circular, handbill or leaflet, is a form of paper advertisement intended for wide distribution and typically posted or distributed in a public place or through the mail.
Flyers may be used by individuals, businesses, or organizations to:
-Promote a good or service, such as a restaurant or nightclub.
-Persuade or send a social, religious, or political message, as in evangelism or political campaign activities on behalf of a political party or candidate.
-Flyers have been used in armed conflict: for example, airborne leaflet propaganda has been a tactic of psychological warfare.-Recruit members
-Advertise an event such as a music concert, nightclub appearance, festival, or political rally
Like postcards, pamphlets and small posters, flyers are a low-cost form of mass marketing or communication.
There are many different flyer formats. Some examples are:
A4 (roughly letterhead size)
A5 (roughly half letterhead size)
DL (compliments slip size)
A6 (postcard size)
Cheap to produce, contemporary flyers are frequently produced in 300 g/m2 glossy card, whereas a leaflet might be produced on a 130 g/m2–170 g/m2 weight paper and can be a very effective form of direct marketing.
San Francisco has a long history of flyering. The first flyer company was The Thumbtack Bugle, which has been around for over twenty-five years. Haight Street is very popular for posting on telephone poles.
“And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high”. Ayrton Senna
“I’ve often said that the most important thing you can give your children is wings. Because, you’re not gonna always be able to bring food to the nest. You’re… sometimes… they’re gonna have to be able to fly by themselves” Elizabeth Edwards
“It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish”.
“I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating”.
Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980), normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist, and critic.
“You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen”. – Mother to her young son, Act 1 – The Flies (1943) – Les mouches (The Flies)
“Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry”. – “Orphée Noir (Black Orpheus)”
“He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being”. – L’âge de raison (The Age of Reason) (1945)
Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone Berriau et Hélèna Bossis
“What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards. If man as the existentialist sees him is not definable, it is because to begin with he is nothing. He will not be anything until later, and then he will be what he makes of himself. Thus, there is no human nature, because there is no God to have a conception of it. Man simply is. Not that he is simply what he conceives himself to be, but he is what he wills, and as he conceives himself after already existing – as he wills to be after that leap towards existence. Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself. That is the first principle of existentialism”. Existentialism Is a Humanism, lecture (1946)
Aside from the impact of Nausea, Sartre’s major work of fiction was The Roads to Freedom trilogy which charts the progression of how World War II affected Sartre’s ideas. In this way, Roads to Freedom presents a less theoretical and more practical approach to existentialism.
Despite their similarities as polemicists, novelists, adapters, and playwrights, Sartre’s literary work has been counterposed, often pejoratively, to that of Camus in the popular imagination. In 1948 the Roman Catholic Church placed Sartre’s oeuvre on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (List of Prohibited Books).
Nausea (1938) – La nausée (Nausea)
“I construct my memories with my present. I am lost, abandoned in the present. I try in vain to rejoin the past: I cannot escape”.
1630s, “to feel sick, to become affected with nausea,” from nauseat- past participle stem of Latin nauseare “to feel seasick, to vomit,” also “to cause disgust,” from nausea (see nausea). Related: Nauseated; nauseating; nauseatingly. In its early life it also had transitive senses of “to reject (food, etc.) with a feeling of nausea” (1640s) and “to create a loathing in, to cause nausea” (1650s). Careful writers use nauseated for “sick at the stomach” and reserve nauseous (q.v.) for “sickening to contemplate.”
early 15c., vomiting, from Latin nausea “seasickness,” from Ionic Greek nausia (Attic nautia) “seasickness, nausea, disgust,” literally “ship-sickness,” from naus “ship” (see naval). Despite its etymology, the word in English seems never to have been restricted to seasickness.
“As if there could be true stories: things happen in one way, and we retell them in the opposite way”.
“This indifference of “things in themselves” (closely linked with the later notion of “being-in-itself” in his Being and Nothingness) has the effect of highlighting all the more the freedom Roquentin has to perceive and act in the world; everywhere he looks, he finds situations imbued with meanings which bear the stamp of his existence. Hence the “nausea” referred to in the title of the book; all that he encounters in his everyday life is suffused with a pervasive, even horrible, taste—specifically, his freedom. The book takes the term from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, where it is used in the context of the often nauseating quality of existence”.
“For the moment, the jazz is playing; there is no melody, just notes, a myriad of tiny tremors. The notes know no rest, an inflexible order gives birth to them then destroys them, without ever leaving them the chance to recuperate and exist for themselves…. I would like to hold them back, but I know that, if I succeeded in stopping one, there would only remain in my hand a corrupt and languishing sound. I must accept their death; I must even want that death: I know of few more bitter or intense impressions”.
In Letter on Humanism, Heidegger criticized Sartre’s existentialism: “Existentialism says existence precedes essence. In this statement he is taking existentia and essentia according to their metaphysical meaning, which, from Plato’s time on, has said that essentia precedes existentia. Sartre reverses this statement. But the reversal of a metaphysical statement remains a metaphysical statement. With it, he stays with metaphysics, in oblivion of the truth of Being.”
Brian C. Anderson denounced Sartre as an apologist for tyranny and terror because of his support for Stalinism, Maoism, and Castro’s regime in Cuba.
Paul Johnson denounced Sartre’s ideas for their influence on the Khmer Rouge: “The events in Cambodia in the 1970s, in which between one-fifth and one-third of the nation was starved to death or murdered, were entirely the work of a group of intellectuals, who were for the most part pupils and admirers of Jean-Paul Sartre – ‘Sartre’s Children’ as I call them.”
“I would like [people] to remember Nausea, [my plays] No Exit and The Devil and the Good Lord, and then my two philosophical works, more particularly the second one, Critique of Dialectical Reason. Then my essay on Genet, Saint Genet…. If these are remembered, that would be quite an achievement, and I don’t ask for more. As a man, if a certain Jean-Paul Sartre is remembered, I would like people to remember the milieu or historical situation in which I lived,… how I lived in it, in terms of all the aspirations which I tried to gather up within myself”
“I know. I know that I shall never again meet anything or anybody who will inspire me with passion. You know, it’s quite a job starting to love somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment, in the very beginning, when you have to jump across a precipice: if you think about it you don’t do it. I know I’ll never jump again”.
Sartre wrote successfully in a number of literary modes and made major contributions to literary criticism and literary biography. His plays are richly symbolic and serve as a means of conveying his philosophy. The best-known, Huis-clos (No Exit), contains the famous line “L’enfer, c’est les autres,” usually translated as “Hell is other people.”
“I am a man, Jupiter, and each man must invent his own path”. Orestes, Act 3 – The Flies (1943) – Les mouches (The Flies)
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about” Wayne Dyer
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you”. Wayne Dyer
What is this hell you have put me through
Day in day out live my life through you
Pushed onto me what’s wrong or right
Hidden from this thing that they call life
Every thought I’d think you’d disapprove
Always censoring my every move
Children are seen but are not heard
Tear out everything inspired
Torn from me without your shelter
I’m living blindly
Time has frozen still what’s left to be
Cannot face the fact I think for me
No guarantee, it’s life as is
But damn you for not giving me my chance
You’ve clipped my wings before I learned to fly
I’ve outgrown that fucking lullaby
Same thing I’ve always heard from you
Do as I say not as I do
Torn from me without your shelter
I’m living blindly
I’m in hell without you
Cannot cope without you two
Shocked at the world that I see
Innocent victim please rescue me
Hidden in your world you’ve made for me
Ripping wounds in me that never heal
Undying spite I feel for you
Living out this hell you always knew
Songwriter(s): Kirk L. Hammett, James Alan Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself”. Wayne Dyer
“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours”.Wayne Dyer
Wayne Walter Dyer (born May 10, 1940) is an American self-help author and motivational speaker. He born in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Melvin Lyle and Hazel Irene Dyer and spent much of his childhood (until he was ten years old) in an orphanage on the east side of Detroit. After graduation from Denby High School Dyer served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962. He received his DEd degree in counseling from Wayne State University.
Dyer worked as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit and as a professor of counselor education at St. John’s University in New York City.He pursued an academic career, published in journals and established a private therapy practice. His lectures at St. John’s, which focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, attracted many students. A literary agent persuaded Dyer to document his theories in his first book called Your “Erroneous Zones”.
“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out – because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside”. Wayne Dyer
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice”. Wayne Dyer
“Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery”. Wayne Dyer
“Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made”. Wayne Dyer
Dyer has been criticized by some PBS viewers for his appearances on PBS during their pledge drives and his teachings have been characterized by some of these viewers as superficial platitudes that lack rigor and have limited practical or intellectual value. In May 2010, author Stephen Mitchell, husband of New Age author Byron Katie, filed a suit against Dyer for plagiarism, accusing him of taking 200 lines of his interpretation of the Tao Te Ching for his books Living the Wisdom of the Tao and Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life
“My beliefs are that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don’t think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don’t be Christian, be Christ-like. Don’t be Buddhist, be Buddha-like.” Wayne Dyer
“Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual.” Wayne Dyer
“DO OR DYE”
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed”. Wayne Dyer
“Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life”. Wayne Dyer
Day & Night (2010), an animated short film created by Pixar and which was shown along with Toy Story 3 during the movie’s opening in the U.S., featured an excerpt from one of Dyer’s lectures.
“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing”. Wayne Dyer
“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion” Max de Pree
“Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout”. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fat man lookin’ in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
Hollow man lookin’ in a cottonfield
Wise man lookin’ in a blade of grass
Young man lookin’ in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin’ through painted glass
Somebody got murdered on New Year’s Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun
Searchin’ high, searchin’ low
Searchin’ everywhere I know
Askin’ the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?
Blind man breakin’ out of a trance
Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin’ to find one circumstance
I went to the wedding of Mary-lou
She said ?I don’t want nobody see me talkin’ to you?
Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
I went down where the vultures feed
I would’ve got deeper, but there wasn’t any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn’t any difference to me
Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?
Drinkin’ man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years
Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
Said he’d give me information if his name wasn’t used
He wanted money up front, said he was abused
Footprints runnin’ cross the silver sand
Steps goin’ down into tattoo land
I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the bordertowns of despair
Got no place to fade, got no coat
I’m on the rollin’ river in a jerkin’ boat
Tryin’ to read a note somebody wrote
Sick man lookin’ for the doctor’s cure
Lookin’ at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin’ his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
Into the valley of dry bone dreams
So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity
early 13c., from Old French dignite “dignity, privilege, honor,” from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) “worthiness,” from dignus “worth (n.), worthy, proper, fitting” from PIE *dek-no-, from root *dek- “to take, accept” .
“A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it”. Victor Hugo
“There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance”. John C. Maxwell
“It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent”. W. Somerset Maugham
“We don’t live by just sleeping and eating. We need pride and dignity in our lives. Work gives you that”. Yoko Ono
So society just can’t let us be
Please don’t be ashamed, we are not to blame
The future’s ours to take, we will make mistakes
Scream this loud and proud, we will not back down
“Relationships based on obligation lack dignity”. Wayne Dyer
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances”. Aristotle
“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind”. Voltaire
pa•tri•ot•ism/ˈpeɪtriəˌtɪzəm or, esp. British, ˈpæ-/ Show Spelled [pey-tree-uh-tiz-uhm or, esp. British, pa-]
devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty. Origin:
1720–30; patriot + -ism
“I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism”. Bob Riley
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”. Samuel Johnson
“Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride”. Anne-Marie Slaughter
“Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong”. James Bryce
“They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead”. Henry A. Wallace
“The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms! Robert Walpole
1590s, “compatriot,” from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota “fellow-countryman” (6c.), from Greek patriotes “fellow countryman,” from patrios “of one’s fathers,” patris “fatherland,” from pater (genitive patros) “father” (see father (n.)); with -otes, suffix expressing state or condition. Liddell & Scott write that patriotes was “applied to barbarians who had only a common [patris], [politai] being used of Greeks who had a common [polis] (or free-state).”
Meaning “loyal and disinterested supporter of one’s country” is attested from c.1600, but became an ironic term of ridicule or abuse from mid-18c. in England, so that Johnson, who at first defined it as “one whose ruling passion is the love of his country,” in his fourth edition added, “It is sometimes used for a factious disturber of the government.”
“A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works”. Bill Vaughan
“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about”. Mark Twain
“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched”. Guy de Maupassant
“Patriotism is the religion of hell”. James Branch Cabell
“My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism”. John Woo
“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first”. Charles de Gaulle
“I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country. How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?” Bill Maher
“Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong”. Ron Paul
“There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism”. Bruce Springsteen
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