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    The aim is not to give human beings real goals that warrant belief, and tasks to share in, but to re-establish "belonging," although this kind of speech and thought is precisely calculated to avoid contact and so makes belonging impossible.
    — Paul Goodman
    In a milieu of resignation, where the young men think of society as a closed room in which there are no values but the rejected rat race, ... it is extremely hard to aim at objective truth or world culture. One's own products are likely to be personal or parochial.
    — Paul Goodman
    I move in a society so devoid of ordinary reality that I am continually stopping to teach good sense, to give support, to help out, as a young gangster might help an old lady across the street on his way to the stick-up.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: society  reality  young  help 
     
    Humankind is innocent, loving, and creative, you dig? It's the bureaucracies that create the evil, that make Honor and Community impossible, and it's the kids who really take it in the groin.
    — Paul Goodman
    Because of their historical theory of the "alienation of labor" (that the worker must become less and less in control of the work of his hands) the Marxist parties never fought for the man-worthy job itself.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: work  control  job  historical 
     
    Let me formulate the artistic disposition as follows: it is reacting with one's ideal to the flaw in oneself and in the world, and somehow making that reaction formation solid enough in the medium so that it indeed becomes an improved bit of real world for others.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: world  oneself  real  media 
     
    It takes application, a fine sense of value, and a powerful community-spirit for a people to have serious leisure, and this has not been the genius of the Americans.
    — Paul Goodman
    There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: people  food 
     
    Few great men would have got past personnel.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  past 
     
    It is by losing ourselves in inquiry, creation & craft that we become something. Civilization is a continual gift of spirit: inventions, discoveries, insight, art. We are citizens, as Socrates would have said, & we have it available as our own.
    — Paul Goodman
    My own view, for what it's worth, is that sexuality is lovely, there cannot be too much of it, it is self-limiting if it is satisfactory, and satisfaction diminishes tension and clears the mind for attention and learning.
    — Paul Goodman
    Low pay generally means harder work under worse conditions.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: work 
     
    Naturally, grown-up citizens are concerned about the beatniks and delinquents. ... The question is why the grownups do not, more soberly, draw the same conclusions as the youth. Or, since no doubt many people are quite clear about the connection that the structure of society that has becoming increasingly dominant in our country is disastrous to the growth of excellence and manliness, why don't more people speak up and say so?
    — Paul Goodman
    We certainly have at present the dismal situation that the most imaginative men are directed by a group, the top managers, who are among the least.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  present 
     
    In America you can say anything you want - as long as it doesn't have any effect.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: america 
     
    The family is the American fascism.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: american 
     
    We live increasingly in a system in which little direct attention is paid to the object, the function, the program, the task, the need; but immense attention to the role, the procedure, prestige, and profit.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: live  attention 
     
    A good teacher feels his way, looking for response.
    — Paul Goodman
    Not to teach the whole curriculum is to give up on the whole man.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men 
     
    The philosophic aim of education must be to get each one out of his isolated class and into the one humanity.
    — Paul Goodman
    Anarchism is grounded in a rather definite social-psychological hypothesis: that forceful, graceful and intelligent behaviour occurs only when there is an uncoerced and direct response to the physical and social environment; that in most human affairs, more harm than good results from compulsion, top-down direction, bureaucratic planning, pre-ordained curricula, jails, conscription, states.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: human 
     
    Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society you wanted. How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now!
    — Paul Goodman
    It is by losing himself in the objective, in inquiry, creation, and craft, that a man becomes something.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  creation  craft 
     
    The importance of the Beats is twofold: first, they act out a critique of the organized system that everybody in some sense agrees with. But second-and more important in the long run-they are a kind of major pilot study of the use of leisure in an economy of abundance.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: abundance  leisure 
     
    American society has tried so hard and so ably to defend the practice and theory of production for profit and not primarily for use that now it has succeeded in making its jobs and products profitable and useless.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: society  job  american 
     
    The important thing about travel in foreign lands is that it breaks the speech habits and makes you blab less, and breaks the habitual space-feeling because of different village plans and different landscapes. It is less important that there are different mores, for you counteract these with your own reaction-formations.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: travel  speech 
     
    When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: community 
     
    In the modern world, we Americans are the old inhabitants. We first had political freedom, high industrial production, an economy of abundance.
    — Paul Goodman
    The irony is that in our decades, the combination of rationalism, asceticism, and individualism (the so-called Protestant Ethic) has produced precisely the system of boondoggling, luxury-consumption, and status.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: irony 
     
    When the sciences are supreme, average people lose their feeling of causality.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: people 
     
    The ancient dream of man to fly among the stars and go through the could and look down on the lands and seas has degenerated in its realization to the socialized and apathetic behavior of passengers who hardly look out the windows.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  realization  star  dreams 
     
    The "brightness" of the 15 percent might or might not indicate a profound feeling for the causes of things; it is largely verbal and symbol-manipulating, and is almost certainly partly an obsessional device not to know and touch risky matter, just as Freud long ago pointed out that the nagging questions of small children are a substitute for asking the forbidden questions.
    — Paul Goodman
    To consider powerful souls as if they were a useful public resource is quite foreign to our customs. In a small sense it is undemocratic, for it assumes that some people really know better in a way that must seem arbitrary to most. In a large sense it is certainly democratic, in that it makes the great man serve as a man.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  people  soul  powerful 
     
    We do not need to be able to say what "human nature" is in order to be able to say that some training is "against human nature.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: nature  human 
     
    What the devil to do with the sentence "Who the devil does he think he's fooling?" You can't write "Whom the devil- ".
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: devil  write 
     
    All men are creative but few are artists.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  creative  artist 
     
    There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy... the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul... the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: silence  soul 
     
    To translate, one must have a style of his own, for the translation will have no rhythm or nuance, which come from the process of artistically thinking through and molding the sentences; they cannot be reconstituted by piecemeal imitation. The problem of translation is to retreat to a simpler tenor of one's own style and creatively adjust this to one's author.
    — Paul Goodman
    Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: comedy 
     
    When there is official censorship it is a sign that speech is serious. Where there is none, it is pretty certain that the official spokesmen have all the loud-speakers.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: speech 
     
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