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    Once upon a time, when I was young, people saw a wedding as an event that determined the rest of their life. For a rising number of people today, it is quite normal to "try and err", marry, divorce, marry again.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  people  young  divorce  marry 
     
    There is less pressure on abandoning native communities: what for? There is nothing to be gained by it. On one hand, there are plenty tempting opportunities of experimenting with identities - being one kind of person today and a different the next day. On the other hand, there is little pressure to include the ethnic identity or religious identity into this mechanism, because now everybody is in a kind of Diaspora today.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The secret of every durable ... social system is the recasting of 'functional prerequisites' into behavioral motives for actors.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: secret 
     
    Life purpose may be shifted from achieving a 'steady state' (an equilibrium between desires and plausibilities) to the excitement of running after novelties. In other words, be guided by new desires, not by extant needs.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: desires  running 
     
    Every interpretation is but an introduction to another interpretation, and that is how Talmud pages are printed.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Fully "biodegradable" structures are nowadays the ideal and the standards to which most, if not all structures, struggle to measure up.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: struggle  standard 
     
    A reliable assurance of the right and ability to dismantle the constructed structure must be offered, before the job of construction starts in earnest.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: right  job 
     
    It is more or less clear that one idea which should emerge from the crash, whatever happens with the attempts to save the banks from bankruptcy and people from being evicted from their homes, is that this kind of life is unsustainable. We cannot go on like this... something must be done.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I am not a prophet; I cannot predict what will happen.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    I guess my claustrophobia is incurable - feeling, as I tend to, ill at ease in any closed room, and always tempted to find out what is on the other side of the door.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The tragedy is what - given the 'right circumstances,' - normal decent folks, like you and me, will do. This is what makes me worry whenever looking on the road that Israel entered and shows no intention of leaving.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: decent  right  tragedy  worries 
     
    Everybody is in trouble, including the up-and-coming economic miracles of China, Brazil or India.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: miracle  india  economics 
     
    We are living at the moment in revolutionary times. Argentineans probably are more aware of it than anybody else, because they tasted it several years earlier - but now the whole world is in trouble.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  living  world  moment  year 
     
    With my tongue in one cheek only, I'd suggest that were our palaeolithic ancestors to discover the peer-review dredger, we would be still sitting in caves.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    At the turn of the twenty-first century, the richest 5 percent of people receive one-third of total global income, as much as the poorest 80 percent.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people 
     
    The inequality between the world's individuals is staggering.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: world 
     
    State governments seek local remedies for the globally fabricated deprivations and miseries in vain - just as the individuals-by-the-decree-of-fate (read: by the impact of deregulation) seek in vain the individual solutions to the socially fabricated life problems.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The visual does seem to me the most thoroughly grasped and recorded among my impressions; sight seems to be my principal sense organ, and "seeing" supplies the key metaphors for reporting the perception.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: perception  key  metaphor 
     
    Throughout early modernity there were very strong pressures on Jews to assimilate. Assimilating meant cutting your ties with the community of origin.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: community  strong 
     
    Lev (Léon) Shestov, a Russian Jew who later became a French Jew and even converted to Catholicism, defined God not by His power to create the laws of universe, but His ability to break them at will - the capacity for miracles. God could cancel the past! For instance, God could decide retrospectively, that Socrates was never poisoned... Assimilation demanded a miracle: that you stop having been somebody else before... But only God can do it.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: power  law  miracle  god  universe 
     
    Most young people today prefer just to move in together and stay together as long, but no longer, as satisfaction lasts.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  young 
     
    Christ could not create a codified 'Christian ethics'; such a thing would be a contradiction in terms.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: christian  christ 
     
    Jews and Gypsies were well-nigh the only Diasporas in 19th century Europe. Now go to London, it is a collection of Diasporas.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: gypsy 
     
    We have to change the perception that ANC members are corrupt just because of a few greedy individuals.
    — Zweli Mkhize
    You read best what you read most.
    — Zuzana Licko
    tags: read 
     
    We read best what we read most.
    — Zuzana Licko
    tags: read 
     
    A mystery is the most stimulating force in unleashing the imagination.
    — Zuzana Licko
    The most popular typefaces are the easiest to read; their popularity has made them disappear from conscious cognition. It becomes impossible to tell if they are easy to read because they are commonly used, or if they are commonly used because they are easy to read.
    — Zuzana Licko
    There were so many bands in New Orleans. But most of the musicians had day jobs, you know - trades. They were bricklayers and carpenters and cigar makers and plasterers. Some had little businesses of their own - coal and wood and vegetable stores. Some worked on the cotton exchange and some were porters. They had to work at other trades 'cause there were so many musicians, so many bands. It was the most musical town in the country.
    — Zutty Singleton
    tags: work  job  business  cigar 
     
    I hate optimism out of insensitivity.
    — Zuoxiao Zuzhou
    tags: hate 
     
    I will talk about it on Monday. I will answer every one of their questions. I always feel nervous when I have to go to court. This is like going to court. But I will be prepared.
    — Zulima Farber
    tags: questions 
     
    We are not perfect. None of us is. I apologize for that flaw. I thank the governor for giving me a job with a driver.
    — Zulima Farber
    tags: giving  job 
     
    This is a source of much embarrassment and puzzlement to me about myself. (It) probably requires psychoanalysis of why there is this aberration in my life. The rest of my conduct, I think you will agree, is not reflective of my driving record, and I apologized for it.
    — Zulima Farber
    To build a country, [Joseph] Stalin was obliged to use force and kill. Mao Tse-tung was obliged to use force and kill. To mention only two recent cases, without raking over the whole history of the world.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    tags: world 
     
    [Mujib Rahman] is mad, mad! And they're all mad, the press included, who repeat after him, "Three million dead, three million dead!" The Indians had let out the figure of one million. He came along and doubled it. Then tripled it. It's a characteristic of the man - he'd done the same for the hurricane.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    tags: men 
     
    [Yahya Khan ] had given me an appointment for the following day. And, days later, General Mohd Umar revealed to me that he'd resorted to this stratagem so that I'd stay in Dacca and "see the efficiency of the army." I give you my word of honor that all this is true.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    tags: true  honor 
     
    The sanction of force stands behind the medley of personal orders and regulations of Martial Law. The sanction of the people's consent stands behind the hierarchy of laws. In one situation, the population is regimented into acquiescence. In the other, the population voluntarily establishes a contract with Parliament.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    tags: personal  law 
     
    In March [1972] the unity of Pakistan depended on the suppression of the secessionists. But to carry it out with such brutality on the people instead of on those responsible wasn't necessary. That's not the way to convince poor people who've been told that with the Six Points there'll be no more hurricanes, no more floods, no more hunger. I spoke out against such methods more emphatically than anyone else, and when no one dared do so.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    tags: people  hunger  poor 
     
    To conclude, the tragedy of March 25 [1969] caught me by surprise. Yahya Khan fooled even me.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
    tags: tragedy 
     
    Every government, every country, has the right to exercise force when necessary.
    — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
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