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William Irwin Thompson Quotes and Sayings

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Ideologies do not map the complete living processes of a World.
- William Irwin Thompson

If you do not create your destiny, you will have your fate inflicted upon you.
- William Irwin Thompson

The more chaos there is, the more science holds on
to abstract systems of control,
and the more chaos is engendered.
- William Irwin Thompson

One way to find food for thought is to use the fork in the road,
the bifurcation that marks the place of emergence in
which a new line of development begins to branch off.
- William Irwin Thompson

 

In the domain of cops and robbers, an interdiction
serves to structure a black market and a shadow economy.
- William Irwin Thompson

Unconscious Polities emerge independent of conscious purpose.
- William Irwin Thompson

Not all intelligence can be artificial now,
so if we make a mistake, the consequences are no longer
simply located within an institution or a national culture.
- William Irwin Thompson

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The conscious purpose of science is control of Nature;
its unconscious effect is disruption and chaos.
- William Irwin Thompson

Idealistic reformers are dangerous because their idealism has no roots in love,
but is simply a hysterical and unbalanced rage for
order amidst their own chaos.
- William Irwin Thompson

A World is not an ideology nor a scientific institution,
nor is it even a system of ideologies;
rather,
it is a structure of unconscious relations and symbiotic processes.
- William Irwin Thompson

The conscious process is reflected in the imagination;
the unconscious process is expressed as karma,
the generation of actions divorced from thinking and alienated from feeling.
- William Irwin Thompson

Catastrophes are often stimulated by the failure to
feel the emergence of a domain,
and so what cannot be felt in the imagination is experienced
as embodied sensation in the catastrophe.
- William Irwin Thompson

The teacher of history's work should be,
ideally, not simply a description of past cultures,
but a performance of the culture in which we live and
are increasingly taking our being.
- William Irwin Thompson

Hominid and human evolution took place over millions
and not billions of years,
but with the emergence of language there was a further
acceleration of time and the rate of change.
- William Irwin Thompson

For the first time in human evolution,
the individual life is long enough, and the cultural
transformation swift enough,
that the individual mind is now a constituent player
in the global transformation of human culture.
- William Irwin Thompson

With the emergence of civilization, the rate of change
shifted from hundreds of thousands of years to millennia.
With the emergence of science as a way of knowing the universe,
the rate of change shifted to centuries.
- William Irwin Thompson

Ideologies separate us.
Dreams and anguish bring us together.
- Eugene Ionesco

Ideologies aren't all that important.
What's important is psychology.
- James Carville

We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash.
But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.
- Samuel Hopkins Adams

More recently, as faith gave way to materialism,
anti-Semitism assumed a secular mode,
harnessing itself to the dominant ideologies of both the Left and the Right.
- Jack Schwartz

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat
some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization
without destabilizing the whole planet.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika

All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political,
for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word,
which has so unfortunately divided man.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities
is not a proof of their vitally necessary character.
The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality,
but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.
- Wilhelm Reich

I find it greatly disturbing that the Bush administration
has used political and religious ideologies to influence
national policy on science and medicine.
- Tammy Baldwin

Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to
our world in the name of revolution have become,
in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

I have always preferred conflict of individuals over
the battle of extreme ideologies.
- Robert Ludlum

Ideologies, however appealing, cannot shape the whole
structure of perceptions and conduct unless they are
embedded in daily experiences that confirm them.
- Christopher Lasch

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear,
a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and
real diseases are useful material.
- Susan Sontag

Aggression is inherently destructive of relationships.
People and ideologies are pitted against each other,
believing that in order to survive, they must destroy the opposition.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies.
Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution
affirms a life of liberty,
equality and fraternity.
Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them.
- B. R. Ambedkar

And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto,
where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies.
One thing that we insisted on was that they should
take an oath to reject racism and discrimination.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi

If modernist naturalism were true, there would be no
objective truth outside of science.
In that case right and wrong would be a matter of cultural preference,
or political power, and the power already available
to modernists ideologies would be overwhelming.
- Phillip E. Johnson

The election is over, and even though there are people
who have different ideologies and beliefs,
from now on we must all embrace each other,
creating a harmonious and unified new Taiwan through our love and tolerance.
- Chen Shui-bian

If the lives of men can be measured in terms of years,
ideologies in decades, and nations in centuries,
then the unit measuring civilizations,
born of the interaction among peoples,
would be the millennium.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

Choose a friend as thou dost a wife,
till death separate you.
- William Penn

Can miles truly separate us from friends?
If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?
- Richard Bach

Looking at a sunset, just for a second
you forget your separateness:
you are the sunset.
That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it.
But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset,
you are no longer feeling it;
you have come back to your separate,
enclosed entity of the ego.
Now the mind is speaking.
- Osho

Each of us shares a unity with Spirit and all life,
and simultaneously each of us is an individual with free will.
There is a duality to us as separate and as part of the whole.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends.
- Robert E. Lee

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being,
and remain conscious - and you are meditating.
And then meditation is not separate from life.
- Osho

Make the most of your regrets;
never smother your sorrow,
but tend and cherish it till it comes to have
a separate and integral interest.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.
- Henry David Thoreau

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

Can miles truly separate you from friends...
If you want to be with someone you love,
aren't you already there?
- Richard Bach

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together.
They are, for the time being, separate,
from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.
- Charles Dudley Warner

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
- Anais Nin

Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
- Paul Wellstone

The notion of the single man began in the 1950's.
The idea of the bachelor as a separate life was new and obscure.
- Hugh Hefner

I try to keep myself on an even keel by trying to be
as critical of myself as I am of other people.
I try to separate my performance from myself.
- Damon Hill

I think that I do separate myself a fair amount.
And I don't feel like I am representing women.
That's up to however people interpret it once they sort of see it.
- Joan Allen

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
- Seneca

The soul is neither inside nor outside the body;
neither proximate to nor separate from it.
- Muhammed Iqbal

I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage,
as so many actors can.
- Kate Smith

Sometimes it's difficult directing yourself on film
because you can't quite separate yourself from the subject.
- Stanley Tucci

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination;
it is essentially a part of it.
- Charles de Lint

One of your tasks is to separate the "personal" from the "substantive."
The two can become confused,
especially if someone rubs the President wrong.
- Donald Rumsfeld

We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart,
we take separate vacations - we're doing everything
we can to keep our marriage together.
- Rodney Dangerfield

No, no, no separate but equal...
never the twain shall meet.
And the pendulum kept swinging and it came to rest
in the bastard hybrid known as the Daily Show.
- Mo Rocca

When the generation after me started getting on the cut,
a lot of them would call me over to hang out or go
jam and scratch and they were always separate from each other.
- Eric San

A piece of wall can be visually disintegrated from
the whole into a separate triangle by plunging a diagonal
of light from edge to edge on the wall;
that is,
side to floor, for instance.
- Dan Flavin

Unlike the phone system, which is engineered around an application,
the Internet layered model allows you to,
in essence, separate applications from infrastructure.
- Michael K. Powell

Wash four distinct and separate times,
using lots of lather each time from individual bars of soap.
- Howard Hughes

We're introducing separate rooms with double beds in
all of our planes so people can actually go with their
partner and have a proper night's sleep.
- Richard Branson

Now a lot has changed and I can separate a lot of things.
- Jennifer Capriati

The decathlon includes ten separate events and they all matter.
You can't work on just one of them.
- Dan O'Brien

However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way.
To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is -
in other words,
not a thing, but a think.
- Penelope Fitzgerald

So I'm not really quite sure what Landis' plans were to make another one.
The American Werewolf in Paris was a completely separate story.
- Jenny Agutter

I never wanted to separate from either wife.
It was accumulated stress.
We had virtually no time to ourselves.
After politics we were both working very hard to establish new careers.
- John Hewson


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