Paul Goodman Quotes

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Paul Goodman Quotes

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.
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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.

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I am describing again an interrupted revolution, the so-called Sexual Revolution. We see now the organized system of production and sales manages to profit by the confusion of the interruption, whereas a finished revolution would be a dead loss, since good sexual satisfaction costs nothing, it needs only health and affection.

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Few great men would have got past personnel.

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It is by losing himself in the objective, in inquiry, creation, and craft, that a man becomes something.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The philosophic aim of education must be to get each one out of his isolated class and into the one humanity.

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Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society that you wanted. How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now!

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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.

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In the modern world, we Americans are the old inhabitants. We first had political freedom, high industrial production, an economy of abundance.

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