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Subversion Quotes

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You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird
or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.
- Hal Borland

Related topics: Nature

Comedy makes the subversion of the existing state of affairs possible.
- Dario Fo

Nixon's attempts to order subversion of various departments
was bound to come out in some form.
- Bob Woodward

An attack on values is inevitably seen as an act of subversion.
- Garrett Hardin

 

Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it,
a delicious element often.
Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in
political or social activity.
- Leonard Cohen

The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy;
nowadays it means rank subversion.
- Germaine Greer

We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent
that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion.
- Richard Perle

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May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

All political revolutions, not affected by foreign conquest,
originate in moral revolutions.
The subversion of established institutions is merely
one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.
- John Stuart Mill

Here in America we are descended in blood
and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels.
Men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.
As their heirs, may we never confuse
honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Western musical canon came about not merely by accumulation,
but by opposition and subversion, both to the ruling
powers on whom composers depended for their livelihoods and to other musics.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism
for purposes of subversion,
it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid,
complete and classic as the works of museums.
- Salvador Dali

Subversive language, however, must be constantly reinvented,
because it is continually being co-opted by the powerful.
- Carol P. Christ

The real breeders of discontent and alien doctrines
of government and philosophies subversive of good citizenship
are such as these who take the law into their own hands.
- John L. Lewis

Granted, there are times when, for business reasons,
you do something that's more mainstream.
But even then, I try to find something that has a dark or subversive aspect.
- Ryan Phillippe

Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie...
a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
- George Orwell

Sometimes people get mad at The Simpsons' subversive story telling,
but there's another message in there,
which is a celebration of making wild,
funny stories.
- Matt Groening

My house was bugged.
They couldn't find any information on me being a subversive
because I happen to love America;
I just don't like some of the things the government is doing.
- Eartha Kitt

I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Writing, I'm convinced, should be a subversive activity -
frowned on by the authorities -
and not one cooed over and praised beyond common sense by some teacher.
- Dan Simmons

The new always carries with it the sense of violation,
of sacrilege.
What is dead is sacred; what is new,
that is different,
is evil, dangerous, or subversive.
- Henry Miller

Men in authority will always think that criticism of
their policies is dangerous.
They will always equate their policies with patriotism,
and find criticism subversive.
- Henry Steele Commager

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

I am not a member of any organization listed by the
Attorney General as subversive.
In any instance where I lent my name in the past,
it was certainly without knowledge that such an organization was subversive.
I have always been essentially and foremost an American.
- Judy Holliday

The function of literature, through all its mutations,
has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves,
and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with
its society and its culture.
Literature is in that sense subversive.
- Lionel Trilling

The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley

Sir Hugh Greene is the man I hold most responsible
for the state of our country today.
For 11 years hardly a week went by without a sniping reference to me.
And he gave access to anyone who was prepared to say
anything morally subversive.
- Mary Whitehouse

Thought is subversive and revolutionary,
destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege,
established institutions, and comfortable habit.
Thought is great and swift and free.
- Bertrand Russell

People who talk about revolution and class struggle
without referring explicitly to everyday life,
without understanding what is subversive about love
and what is positive in the refusal of constraints,
such people have a corpse in their mouth.
- Raoul Vaneigem

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given
a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive
of the function of judicial review;
and it is not the less so because the Court promises
to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left.
- Robert Bork

It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians
that political honesty is unnecessary,
slow, subversive of a man's interests,
and incompatible with quick onward movement.
- Anthony Trollope

U.S.
journalists I don't think are very courageous.
They tend to go along with the government's policy
domestically and internationally.
To question is seen as being unpatriotic,
or potentially subversive.
- Robert Fisk

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear,
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

On what rests the hope of the republic? One country,
one language, one flag!
- Alexander Henry

The most important words in the English language
are not "I love you" but "It's benign."
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

Use what language you will,
you can never say anything but what you are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

Drawing on my fine command of the English language,
I said nothing.
- Robert Benchley

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely.
You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
- Henry David Thoreau

The protean nature of the computer is such that it
can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.
- Alan Kay

I personally think we developed language
because of our deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

We don't have a language for the senses.
Feelings are images,
sensations are like musical sounds.
- Anais Nin

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
- George Carlin

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

To him who in the love of Nature holds Communion with her visible forms,
she speaks A various language.
- William C. Bryant

In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors,
one's own language above all.
- Edward Sapir

War is what happens when language fails.
- Margaret Atwood

Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs,
making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is.
- Jose Saramago

Numbers constitute the only universal language.
- Nathanael West

If the president is going to use so much language of theology and the Bible,
then let's use that language for a serious discussion about the war in Iraq.
And that was never done.
- Jim Wallis

Faith is more basic than language or theology.
- Sydney Carter

Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language,
a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Hope is the most important four-letter word in the language.
- Ed Markey


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