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    What's the coolest thing in the world is when you have fans that know the lyrics to your songs. That's amazing! Such a great feeling! When I go out there and am playing "Grinnin' In Your Face" and people are singing the lyrics to it, that's amazing to me. I'm actually taking a song where people wouldn't know it, and I'm bringing it back. It's a really cool feeling.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: people  world  song  lyrics 
     
    Touring has been a new part of my life in a lot of ways. We've just been touring massively since the record came out and before. Learning how to write while all that is going on is a new thing.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: learning  write 
     
    I used to ride the school bus to school and just listen to music with my headphones. I'd stick my head out the window and just think about how much I wanted to be a singer. I always wanted to do it, but I think I was always in the wrong place. I didn't really have any opportunities. So I left LA four years ago and I really just left my old life behind. I threw everything into pursuing music.
    — ZZ Ward
    Don't be afraid to get stupid and feel it. Remember everyone's looking at me and not you.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: afraid 
     
    Well, as a short-story writer, I don't think there are any weaknesses to the genre itself. I guess I would say that the difficulty of the form is that one must create an entire world in five to 30 pages, as opposed to 300. There is very little room for fat - you must be economical. And you must begin as close to the end as you possibly can.
    — ZZ Packer
    tags: world  weakness 
     
    I think when we engage in language we are engaging in something that is specifically and primally human.
    — ZZ Packer
    tags: language  human 
     
    The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom  lost  service  help 
     
    Madness is no madness when shared.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: madness 
     
    There are other ways of finding satisfaction, recipes for human happiness, enjoyment, dignified and meaningful, gratifying life, than increased consumption that increases production.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: happiness  human 
     
    A whole world is taken to the grave with the dead person; each one of us is unique and unrepeatable.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: world 
     
    Once we realize that the strangers are here forever and won't go away, then, like husband and wife in the old-style marriage, we would try to find a way of living together peacefully and with mutual benefit. The sooner we understand that in a globalized world the diasporic nature of cohabitation is never likely to end, that it will always be with us, I believe such modus vivendi will be found.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    When people think, rightly or wrongly, that marriage is forever, they are stimulated to seek and find a resolution, a modus vivendi, whenever they quarrel.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  forever  marriage 
     
    We belong to talking, not what talking is about... Stop talking - and you are out. Silence equals exclusion.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: silence 
     
    The planet is full and we will be rubbing shoulders forever. There is nowhere else to go.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: forever 
     
    We live in a world of communication, everyone gets information about everyone else. There is universal comparison and you don't just compare yourself with the people next door, you compare yourself to people all over the world and with what is being presented as the decent, proper and dignified life. It's the crime of humiliation.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Power, in a nutshell, is the ability to get things done, and politics is the ability to decide which things need to be done.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: power  politics 
     
    The value of other people is that they have something unique to offer.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  value 
     
    Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: service 
     
    We live in a globalising world. That means that all of us, consciously or not, depend on each other. Whatever we do or refrain from doing affects the lives of people who live in places we'll never visit.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  live  world 
     
    As long as we say: "Alright, it is truth for me, and I believe in it and I am ready to fight for it, but I accept that others have different beliefs - and so let me have a closer look at what they believe" - we can gain from our intercourse thanks to our difference, not despite our difference.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: belief  truth  believe  fight 
     
    You judge a society by the decency of living of the weakest
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: society  living 
     
    In a liquid modern life there are no permanent bonds, and any that we take up for a time must be tied loosely so that they can be untied again, as quickly and as effortlessly as possible, when circumstances change - as they surely will in our liquid modern society, over and over again.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  society 
     
    Civilisation, the orderly world in which we live, is frail. We are skating on thin ice. There is a fear of a collective disaster. Terrorism, genocide, flu, tsunamis.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: fear  live  world  terrorism 
     
    In a consumer society, people wallow in things, fascinating, enjoyable things. If you define your value by the things you acquire and surround yourself with, being excluded is humiliating.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Why are people so concerned with relativism? If you look back in history, millions of people were killed because of someone's dogmatic views, but I do not remember anybody being killed due to the tolerance of difference, to relativism; ethically relativism does not seem to be such an awful thing, really.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: people  tolerance 
     
    If only evil things are done by evil people... Life would be then safe, morally elevated, cozy - we know how to spot evil people and what to do with them to pay for their crimes.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: crimes  evil  people 
     
    The so called "progress," "time marching on," is not a straight line, but a pendulum.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    For one to be free there must be at least two. Freedom signifies a social relation, an asymmetry of social conditions: essentially it implies social difference-it presumes and implies the presence of social division. Some can be free only in so far as there is a form of dependence they can aspire to escape.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom 
     
    The risk of the Holocaust is not that it will be forgotten, but that it will be embalmed and surrounded by monuments and used to absolve all future sins.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: future  risk  sin 
     
    I think that the essential instruction of the Bible is very much topical. The sole problem is that with every change of historical setting, you need to readjust the interpretation of the message.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    The carrying power of a bridge is not the average strength of the pillars, but the strength of the weakest pillar. I have always believed that you do not measure the health of a society by GNP but by the condition of its worst off.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Capitalism proceeds through creative destruction. What is created is capitalism in a 'new and improved' form - and what is destroyed is self-sustaining capacity, livelihood and dignity of its innumerable and multiplied 'host organisms' into which all of us are drawn/seduced one way or another.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    Like the phoenix, socialism is reborn from every pile of ashes left day in, day out, by burnt-out human dreams and charred hopes.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: human  socialism  hope  dreams 
     
    Relationships, like cars, should undergo regular services to make sure they are still roadworthy.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    In our world of rampant individualisation, relationships are mixed blessings. They vacillate between a sweet dream and a nightmare, and there is no telling when one turns into the other.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    We have found ourselves in the period of "interregnum": the old works no more, the new is not yet born. But the awareness that without it being born we are all marked for demise, is already much alive, as is the awareness that the hard nut we must urgently crack is not the presence of "too many poor", but "too many rich".
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: work 
     
    Once upon a time there were the Pampas in Argentina, that people could treat as "empty lands" and where they could run away from their problems from problem-ridden homes. That eventuality is no longer available.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: time  people  problem 
     
    Freedom without security portends chaos, perpetual anxiety and fear.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: fear  freedom  anxiety  chaos 
     
    There are, by the most conservative counting, two grave and deeply regrettable collateral victims of the peer-review gruesome stratagem: one is the daring of thought (wished-washed to the lowest common denominator), and the other is the individuality, as well as the responsibility, of editors (those seeking shelter behind the anonymity of "peers", but in fact dissolved in it, in many cases without a trace).
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    In a nutshell: if freedom visualised by the Enlightenment and demanded/promised by Marx was made to the measure of the ideal producer; the market-promoted freedom is designed with the ideal consumer in mind; neither of the two is "more genuine" than the other.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
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