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    Be patient, do nothing, cease striving. We find this advice disheartening and therefore unfeasible because we forget it is our own inflexible activity that is structuring the reality. We think that if we do not hustle, nothing will happen and we will pine away. But the reality is probably in motion and after a while we might take part in that motion. But one can't know.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: reality  advice 
     
    It rarely adds anything to say, "In my opinion" - not even modesty. Naturally a sentence is only your opinion; and you are not the Pope.
    — Paul Goodman
    We do not behave as if we believed that the affairs of our world were significant enough for the intervention of great men.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  world 
     
    An awkward consequence of heightening experience when one is inexperienced, of self-transcendence when one has not much world to lose, is that afterward one cannot be sure that one was somewhere or had newly experienced anything. If you aren't much in the world, how do you know you are "out of this world"?
    — Paul Goodman
    Nothing could be more stupid than for the communications commission to give to people who handle the means of broadcasting the inventing of what to broadcast, and then, disturbed at the poor quality, to worry about censorship.
    — Paul Goodman
    When we choose a man to beautify our towns, we do not automatically call on the major artists of the world. ... We now lavishly praise Frank Lloyd Wright, but we never made any community use of him, though he longed for the chance.
    — Paul Goodman
    There is only one curriculum, no matter what the method of education: what is basic and universal in human experience and practice, the underlying structure of culture.
    — Paul Goodman
    The ideal of having a real job that you risk your soul in and make good or be damned, belongs to the heroic age of capitalist enterprise, imbued with self-righteous beliefs about hard work, thrift, and public morals. Such an ideal might still have been mentioned in public fifty years ago; in our era of risk-insured semimonopolies and advertised vices it would be met with a ghastly stillness.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: belief  work  soul  age  job  risk  real  morals  year 
     
    It is hard to grow up in a society in which one's important problems are treated as nonexistent. It is impossible to belong to it, it is hard to fight to change it.
    — Paul Goodman
    Thwarted, or starved, in the important objects proper to young capacities, the boys and young men naturally find or invent deviant objects for themselves. ... Their choices and inventions are rarely charming, usually stupid, and often disastrous; we cannot expect average kids to deviate with genius. But on the other hand, the young men who conform to the dominant society become for the most part apathetic, disappointed, cynical and wasted.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  society  young  choice  boys  genius  kids  invent 
     
    The stultifying effect of the movies is not that the children see them but that their parents do, as if Hollywood provided a plausible adult recreation to grow up into.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: children  adult  child  movie  parent 
     
    A successful revolution establishes a new community. A missed revolution makes irrelevant the community that persists. And a compromised revolution tends to shatter the community that was, without an adequate substitute.
    — Paul Goodman
    Penology...has become torture and foolishness, a waste of money and a cause of crime...a blotting out of sight and heightening of social anxiety.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: anxiety  money 
     
    God works in many ways His wonders to perform. But He's not a skillful mechanic. A man drived over a cliff and "by a miracle" he only breaks his back. It would be more divine if he were a better driver and stayed on the road.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  work  wonder  divine  god 
     
    Comedy is something that we can all share, no matter what language we speak or our background, it has the power to unite us all.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: power  language  comedy  shares 
     
    To want a job that exercises a man's capacities in an enterprise useful to society, is utopian anarcho-syndicalism; it is labor invading the domain of management. No labor leader has entertained such a thought in our generation. Management has the "sole prerogative" to determine the products.
    — Paul Goodman
    For mankind, speech with a capital S is especially meaningful and committing, more than the content communicated. The outcry of the newborn and the sound of the bells are fraught with mystery more than the baby's woeful face or the venerable tower.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: mystery  mankind  speech 
     
    It then becomes necessary to stop short and make a choice: Either/Or. Either one drifts with their absurd system of ideas, believing that this is the human community. Or one dissents totally from their system of ideas and stands as a lonely human being. (But luckily one notices that the others are in the same crisis and making the same choices.)
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: human  community  ideas  absurd 
     
    No good has ever come from feeling guilty, neither intelligence, policy, nor compassion. The guilty do not pay attention to the object but only to themselves, and not even to their own interests, which might make sense, but to their anxieties.
    — Paul Goodman
    The organization of American society is an interlocking system of semi-monopolies notoriously venal, an electorate notoriously unenlightened, misled by mass media notoriously phony.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: society  media  american 
     
    An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goal Few great men could pass personnel
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men  eyes  goal 
     
    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
    tags: problem  author 
     
    Few great men could pass personnel.
    — Paul Goodman
    tags: men 
     
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