A Few Favorite Quotes

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HERE ARE A FEW STATE­MENTS that I fan­cied when I read them. I orig­i­nally placed them in the sidebar on the home­page of this site but in 2022, side­bars are no longer hip. In fact, most on­line ex­perts about things on­line sug­gest doing away with side­bars com­pletely! Me, I like side­bars but I com­pro­mised with the pros by dras­ti­cally re­ducing the length of mine. 

But not wanting to simply delete the quotes that I had col­lected, I moved them here. They’re in no order and they cer­tainly don’t make some kind of co­he­sive state­ment. So it goes . . .




“The basic tool for the ma­nip­u­la­tion of re­ality is the ma­nip­u­la­tion of words. If you can con­trol the meaning of words, you can con­trol the people who must use them.”

– Philip K. Dick


“Turn on, tune in, drop out.”

– Tim­othy Leary


“We are what we pre­tend to be, so we must be careful about what we pre­tend to be.”

– Kurt Vonnegut


“Dr. King’s policy was that non­vi­o­lence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major as­sump­tion was that if you are non­vi­o­lent, if you suffer, your op­po­nent will see your suf­fering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good. He only made one fal­la­cious as­sump­tion: In order for non­vi­o­lence to work, your op­po­nent must have a con­science. The United States has none.” 

― Stokely Carmichael


“The pen­dulum of the mind os­cil­lates be­tween sense and non­sense, not be­tween right and wrong.”

– Carl Gustav Jung 


“Were the six­ties that way for everybody—music and sex and pol­i­tics and love all in­ex­tri­cably part of each other—or is it just me?”

– Ray Shackleford


If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you re­ally make them think, they’ll hate you.”

– Harlan Ellison


“We cannot teach people any­thing; we can only help them dis­cover it within themselves.”

— Galileo Galilei


“Trying to ed­u­cate a bigot is like shining light into the pupil of an eye: it constricts.”

– Oliver Wen­dell Holmes Jr


“I was ap­palled that the San Fran­cisco ethic didn’t mush­room and en­ve­lope the whole world into this loving com­mu­nity of acid freaks. I was very naïve.” – Grace Slick


“There is no more neu­trality in the world: you ei­ther have to be part of the so­lu­tion, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” – El­dridge Cleaver


You are a func­tion of what the whole uni­verse is doing in the same way that a wave is a func­tion of what the whole ocean is doing.” – Alan Watts


“The Six­ties are gone. Dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock & roll never as great.” – Abbie Hoffman


“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so.”

– Mark Twain


“I have lived with sev­eral Zen mas­ters, all of them cats.”

– Eck­hart Tolle