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So the idea that there is nothing essential,
by Catharine MacKinnon

So the idea that there is nothing essential,
in the sense that there are no human universals,
is dogma.
Ask most anyone who is going to be shot at dawn.
- Catharine MacKinnon

Can postmodernism hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable?
- Catharine MacKinnon

Postmodernism is an academic theory,
originating in academia with an academic elite,
not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted.
- Catharine MacKinnon

If you want to know who is being hurt in this society,
go see what is being done and to whom in pornography
and then go look for them other places in the world.
- Catharine MacKinnon

 

In a society in which equality is a fact,
not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault
and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.
- Catharine MacKinnon

What postmodernism gives us instead is a multicultural
defense for male violence -
a defense for it wherever it is,
which in effect is a pretty universal defense.
- Catharine MacKinnon

In not having an appointment at Harvard,
I'm in the company of a great many people whose work I admire tremendously,
in particular women of color.
- Catharine MacKinnon

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Politically, I call it rape whenever a woman has sex and feels violated.
- Catharine MacKinnon

To be a prisoner means to be defined as a member of
a group for whom the rules of what can be done to you,
of what is seen as abuse of you, are reduced as part
of the definition of your status.
- Catharine MacKinnon

Men who are in prison for rape think it's the dumbest
thing that ever happened...
they were put in jail for something very little different
from what most men do most of the time and call it sex.
The only difference is they got caught.
It may also be true.
- Catharine MacKinnon

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Unity with all creation is a huge idea,
but it fits comfortably within the vast cathedral of our being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

When I eventually met Mr. Right
I had no idea that his first name was Always.
- Rita Rudner

The value of an idea has nothing whatsoever
to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
- Oscar Wilde

The idea of brotherhood re-dawns upon the world
with a broader significance
than the narrow association of
members in a sect or creed.
- Helen Keller

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea
that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
- Brian Eno

I come from that society and there is a common thread,
specifically family values - the idea that you do anything for your family,
and the unconditional love for one's children.
- Ednita Nazario

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as
an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
- Everett Dirksen

An idea not coupled with action will never get any
bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
- Arnold H. Glasow

I like marriage.
The idea.
- Toni Morrison

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
- Walter Bagehot

Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic,
that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea -
and there is no experiment up to now
that has found any center in the brain
which corresponds to awareness.
The whole work of meditation is
to make you aware of all that is "mind"
and disidentify yourself from it.
That very separation is the
greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Now you can do and act on only that
which makes you more joyous, fulfills you,
gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty.
But this is possible only if the master in you is awake.
- Osho

Everyone who's ever taken a shower has an idea.
It's the person who gets out of the shower,
dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.
- Nolan Bushnell

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time
capsules in order to give those people living in the
next century or so some idea of what we are like.
- Alfred Hitchcock

My idea of fast food is a mallard.
- Ted Nugent

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be
so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

What do I think of Western civilization?
I think it would be a very good idea.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
- Robert A. Heinlein

My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.
- George Foreman

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- Ashley Montagu

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -
the idea that anything is possible.
- Ray Bradbury

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I happen to dig being able to use whatever mystique
I have to further the idea of peace.
- Garrett Morris

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism
and become a fearless is mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly -
indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
- Arianna Huffington

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
- Brendan Gill

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination,
because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise,
gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which
it was not before possessed.
- Joseph Addison


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