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    materialism Quotes

    We live in a materialist world, and materialism appeals so strongly to humanity, no matter where.
    — Wole Soyinka
    If there is such a thing as spiritual materialism, it is displayed in the urge to possess the mountains rather than to unravel and accept their mysteries.
    — Wojciech Kurtyka
    The ontology of materialism rested upon the illusion that the kind of existence, the direct "actuality" of the world around us, can be extrapolated into the atomic range. This extrapolation is impossible, however.
    — Werner Heisenberg
    The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip.
    — Wassily Kandinsky
    Only just now awakening after years of materialism, our soul is still infected with the despair born of unbelief, of lack of purpose and aim.
    — Wassily Kandinsky
    Universal appreciation of art... belongs to those countries and those ages which are not, or were not, ruled by materialism. Though travel was never so easy, literature on art never so profuse, and works of art never so widely distributed, a real passion for pictures is encountered but rarely.
    — Walter J. Phillips
    Materialism is the recognition of "objects in themselves", or outside the mind; ideas and sensations are copies of images of those objects.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    tags: materialism  ideas 
    The sole "property" of matter with whose recognition philosophical materialism is bound up is the property of being an objective reality, of existing outside the mind.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    The natural scientist must be a modern materialist, a conscious adherent of the materialism represented by Marx, i.e., he must be a dialectical materialist.
    — Vladimir Lenin
    New pressures are causing ever more people to find their main satisfaction in their consumptive role rather than in their productive role. And these pressures are bringing forward such traits as pleasure-mindedness, self-indulgence, materialism, and passivity as conspicuous elements of the American character.
    — Vance Packard
    It seems to me that philosophers should be more relaxed about whether or not some form of materialism is true.
    — Tyler Burge
    But as an adult working in the fashion industry, I struggle with materialism. And I'm one of the least materialistic people that exist, because material possessions don't mean much to me. They're beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they're ultimately not important.
    — Tom Ford
    I wonder how long this word will last, governed exclusively by the merciless, inhuman and immoral criteria of global economy. Seeing the shadow of distant islands, I imagined one still inhabited by a tribe of poets set aside for when, after the middle age of materialism, humanity will have to start to put other values into his existence.
    — Tiziano Terzani
    Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. In four years they managed to stop the Vietnam War. They got marijuana decriminalized in fourteen states during the Carter Administration.
    — Timothy Leary
    There's that great Irish joke: a man is lost in the countryside, stops a passer-by: 'how do I get to Dublin?'. The passer-by says 'well, I wouldn't start from here'. Rather than starting by talking in the abstract about materialism, dualism, 'material stuff' and things like that in regard to the mind, I would rather start from somewhere else.
    — Tim Crane
    tags: men  lost  materialism  mind 
    Materialism is incomplete even as a theory of the physical world, since the physical world includes conscious organisms among its most striking occupants.
    — Thomas Nagel
    My fundamental axiom of speculative philosophy is that materialism and spiritualism are opposite poles of the same absurdity-the absurdity of imagining that we know anything about either spirit or matter.
    — Thomas Huxley
    All men need something to poetize and idealize their life a little-something which they value for more than its use, and which is a symbol of their emancipation from the mere materialism and drudgery of daily life.
    — Theodore Parker
    tags: men  value  materialism 
    The materialism, the brashness, the misogyny - everything in hip-hop is amplified. Misogyny is a good example of something that is completely amplified in hip-hop. I do think there is more than enough of a balance, though, for fans who are willing to search it out.
    — Talib Kweli
    If capitalism begins as the practical idealism of the aspiring bourgeoisie, it ends ... as an orgy of materialism.
    — Talcott Parsons
    Science has, after all, made some colossal blunders in the past... Our current materialism and its rejection of the idea of a spirit or soul might be just another great falsity.
    — Susan Blackmore
    tags: past  soul  materialism  spirit  ideas 
    On the other side, is a substantial, more materialism, everything is real long to the extent we can see or measure it, and things are as real as I think they. That's way too materialistic or substantialist, because things are not really what they seem to be.
    — Surya Das
    tags: materialism  real 
    Rome is the Great Beast of atheism and materialism, adoring nothing but itself. Israel is the Great Beast of religion. Neither one nor the other is likable. The Great Beast is always repulsive
    — Simone Weil
    Critics are always complaining about the materialism of hip-hop and accusing the artists of living way above their means. But this ostentatious sort of spending isn't strictly the province of hip-hop. It's almost like a continuation of the American Dream.
    — Simon de Pury
    Americans consume three quarters of the world's anti-depressants because materialism will never bring happiness.
    — Shmuley Boteach
    I think materialism has trumped a lot of stuff, but I don't think it has trumped the heart, especially when it comes to (a person's) last thought.
    — Shirley MacLaine
    That feeling of freedom, open highways of possibilities, has kind of been lost to materialism and marketing.
    — Sheryl Crow
    Matters of the heart are important to me. All this materialism and all the money and wealth are things that you don't take to the grave. One day you have it. The next day you don't.
    — Shari Arison
    When I think of some of the great renewals in the church I think of folks like St. Francis and Clare of Assisi who, through their lifestyle, were challenging the patterns of materialism and militarism and it affected the Christianity of their age.
    — Shane Claiborne
    This is our most dangerous addiction - our addiction to things. For it is this addiction that underlies the materialism of our age. And nowhere is this addiction more apparent than in our addiction to money.
    — Russell Peters
    Contemporary science is based on the philosophy of materialism, which claims that all reality is material or physical.
    — Rupert Sheldrake
    What is necessary to keep providing good care to nature has completely fallen into ignorance during the materialism era.
    — Rudolf Steiner
    South Africa is such a fraught place to live. The anxiety about crime, the crunching on racial eggshells, the juxtaposition of First World materialism with Third World squalor.
    — Rory Carroll
    Australia's is a special kind of philistinism, an immovable materialism which puts art and ideas of any kind deliberately and firmly to one side to let the serious business of living proceed without distraction.
    — Robin Boyd
    The sense that materialism has gotten out of hand is magnified by the pressures facing middle-class American families.
    — Robert Wuthnow
    By the same token, frozen dinners, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and an illegal immigrant hired to clean the house and take one's cat to the vet would have seemed like the epitome of materialism in another time, but now provide the only means available for two-career couples to work hard enough at their jobs to earn the salaries they need to pay for those labor-saving amenities.
    — Robert Wuthnow
    tags: time  work  job  materialism  cat 
    The danger, then, is that materialism is not only shaping how we live but the way we think as well. It influences our consumer tastes and our preference for high-paying jobs, but it also alters our capacity to pray, the nature of our prayers, and the ways in which religious tutelage instructs our values.
    — Robert Wuthnow
    Materialism is not fundamentally an economic problem, but a cultural one... a spiritual issue. It runs to the depths of our souls, and, for this reason, needs to be understood less in terms of budgets or fiscal cycles and more in terms of where we locate the sacred, of where we search for meaning and transcendence, and of how we think about justice, equality, and the future of our world.
    — Robert Wuthnow
    Look, Salvador Dali did not paint because he needed the money. No conversation about materialism and music makes sense. You make music and that's that, it doesn't matter why.
    — Robert Plant
    tags: materialism  music  money 
    The only antidote to materialism is giving, because materialism's all about getting. Every time I give, my heart grows bigger. Every time I give, I become more like Jesus.
    — Rick Warren
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