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Utopia Quotes

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Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature,
and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia,
that we must ask that our judges adhere.
- Robert Bork

The house a woman creates is a Utopia.
She can't help it - can't help trying to interest her
nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.
- Marguerite Duras

An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled
utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno

 

We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the
only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian;
and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian.
- Lionel Trilling

The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy
of the most mediocre logic.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

Our aims in political activism are not,
and should not be, to create a perfect utopia.
- Paul Wellstone

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Perhaps the greatest utopia would be if we could all
realize that no utopia is possible;
no place to run,
no place to hide, just take care of business here and now.
- Jack Carroll

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered;
for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
- Henry A. Kissinger

To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia.
- Michael Novak

Global warming has melted the polar ice caps,
raised the levels of the oceans and flooded the earth's great cities.
Despite its evident prosperity, New Jersey is scarcely Utopia.
- Godfried Danneels

The president's dream of a worldwide liberal utopia
is going to undermine the security of the United States.
- Peter King

I would say my theme has always been paradise lost,
always the lost cause, the lost leader,
the lost utopia.
- Marguerite Young

If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to
this one utopian principle -
absolute busyness -
then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide:
an age without conflict will dawn,
perpetually busy - and without consciousness.
- Gunther Grass

All my writing is about the recognition that there is no single reality.
But the beauty of it is that you nevertheless go on,
walking towards utopia, which may not exist,
on a bridge which might end before you reach the other side.
- Marguerite Young

The commune movement is part of a reawakening of belief
in the possibilities for utopia that existed in the
nineteenth century and exist again today,
a belief that by creating the right social institution,
human satisfaction and growth can be achieved.
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human
virtue and happiness they might originally project,
have invariably recognized it among their earliest
practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery,
and another portion as the site of a prison.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer
or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush
Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again.
That's my utopia.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised.
No barrier of the senses shuts me out from
the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends.
They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
- Helen Keller

Around 1967 I began backing away from dogmatic Leninism,
not so much because I thought it was false,
I just decided there was nothing utopian about it.
- Henry Flynt

Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions,
every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race,
has been labeled Utopian.
- Emma Goldman

Jews do not have to be Christians.
Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism,
but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
- Michael Novak

I can't think of anyone who is up on evolutionary psychology
and related areas who is deluded enough to be called a utopian.
- Keith Henson

Hunger and sex still dominate the primitive mammalian side of human existence,
but at the present time it looks as if humanity were
within sight of their satisfaction.
Permanent plenty, no longer a Utopian dream,
awaits the arrival of permanent peace.
- John Desmond Bernal

Although images of perfection in people's personal
lives can cause unhappiness,
images of perfect societies - utopian images -
can cause monstrous evil.
In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to
societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century.
- Dennis Prager

Also by my earliest days, I was fascinated by a utopian
vision of what the world could be like.
I've thought that science could be the basis for a better world,
and that's what I've been trying to do all these years.
- George E. Brown, Jr.

And the annual meetings of the League's Assembly are
in effect official peace congresses binding on the
participating states to an extent that most statesmen
a quarter of a century ago would have regarded as utopian.
- Hjalmar Branting

Why have we had to invent Eden, to live submerged in
the nostalgia of a lost paradise,
to make up utopias, propose a future for ourselves?
- Julio Cortazar

I believe that all my work explores the human desire
or obsession for utopias,
and the structure of all my works is the search for
utopias lost and rediscovered.
- Marguerite Young

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Why not go out on a limb?
Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Mark Twain

Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

Urgent? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

WHY do you care what THEY think?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I can't understand why people
are frightened by new ideas.
I'm frightened of old ones.
- John Cage

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are a hundred valid reasons why something can't be done,
but only one reason, Commitment, why it can.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.
That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.
- Emily Kimbrough

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone believes that their beliefs are the right ones -
that is why they are called beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
- Judy Garland

I can see, and that is why I can be happy,
in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden.
I can see a God-made world, not a manmade world.
- Helen Keller

I am a miracle, and that's why I'm ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is serious? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why live?
Adding one to my count of days, or postponing
a feared death by another day do not inspire me.
I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new, meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you ever question why our educational system
teaches competition rather than cooperation?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

We were given:
Two hands to hold.
Two legs to walk.
Two eyes to see.
Two ears to listen.
But why only one heart?
Because the other was given to someone else.
For us to find.
- Anonymous

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other.
To catch each other when we falter.
To encourage each other when we lose heart.
Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.
- Hilary Clinton

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?"
Then a voice answers "Nothing personal,
your name just happened to come up. -
- Charlie Brown, in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal


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