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Quotable (and not-so quotable) Quotes

My finals are done, I’m totally free, but of course, that’s no reason to entertain an idle mind! Here are some good thought-provoking quotes, some I agree with, some not so much. Some are funny because of their creators, others ironic. But each one is such an interesting thought preserved from years ago but as applicable today as it was then.


-A few years ago, adolescence was a phase; then it became a profession; now it is a new nationality. 

-Donald Barr 1971

-At 3 am, I’m most scared about the future- then, when the thought of living becomes as scary as the thought of dying and being nineteen feels no different than being seven and a half.

-Edna Goldsmith 1975

-When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.

-De Gaulle

-It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the fate of a brave man.

-Georges Bernanos 1937

-Young people reflect social change most radically because they are partly its products.

-Herbert Hendin 1975

-The church must be relevant and stop answering questions that no one is asking.

-T Cecil Myers 1965

-The university is simply the canary in the coal mine. It is the most sensitive barometer of social change.

-James Perkins 1970

-There’s something secondary about comedy. Comedy teases a problem, it pokes fun at it, but it never really confronts it.

-Woody Allen 1975

-Every society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers .

-Mignon McLaughlin 1963

-Anybody who isn’t confused isn’t well-informed.


-Good questions outrank easy answers.

-Paul Samuelson 1978

– The poor wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the clothes their affluent counterparts were buying in order to look like the poor.

-Roger Ricklefs 1976 (this one makes me laugh about ‘hipsterism’)

-There’s a lot of nostalgia for the Depression, though obviously by people who didn’t live through it.

-Hilton Kramer 1972

-Too soft a bed tends to make people dream which is unhealthy and weakening.

-Girl Scout Manual 1913

-I see little hope for a peaceful world until men are excluded from the realm of foreign policy altogether and all decisions concerning international relations are reserved for women, preferably married ones.

-W.H. Auden 1973

-The generation gap is just another way of saying that the younger generation makes overt what is covert in the older generation; the child expresses openly what the parent represses.

-Erik Erikson 1971

-Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald 1969

-A hippie wears tight pants and suffers.

-A fifth grade student 1968

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