A Smorgasbord of Quotes (Part 2)

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What are quotes without a generic photo to accompany them

The second half of quotes (see Part 1 here) that I’ve saved in my Google Keep. These date back to when I first started using Keep back in sophomore year and go to early this year. (Most evident through the works some of these quotes come from.)

Vlogbrothers on Racism:

While I think statistics and data are really important, I also think it’s important to listen to the voices of people who have been affected by racism. Data is cold in a way that humans are not, and to really understand these statistics and their impact on the real lives of real people we need to find ways to listen to those people.

W.E.B. Dubois:

I was a little thing, away up in the hills of New England, where the dark Housatonic winds between Hoosac and Taghkanic to the sea. In a wee wooden schoolhouse, something put it into the boys’ and girls’ heads to buy gorgeous visiting-cards — ten cents a package — and exchange. The exchange was merry, till one girl, a tall newcomer, refused my card, — refused it peremptorily, with a glance. Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil. I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows.

[…]

After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, — a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, — an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.

The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, — this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost. He would not Africanize America, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world. He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of opportunity closed roughly in his face.

Trich email lists:

We ALL know that it doesn’t matter how long we stop for or how embarrassed and insecure trich makes us feel, it’ll ALWAYS be there. I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade or seem like a pessimist but we HAVE to be REALISTIC. That’s the only way we can get through trich. I stopped pulling for a little more than half a year. That’s a really fucking long time when you have trich lol. But all it took was for me to pull one hair…one hair and all my hard work to go to shit. I’m not saying you can never stop pulling because obviously you can, I’m saying most likely than not, it will come back and make up for time lost. Boy, if I could show you pictures of the damage I’d done! It was bad. But now I know what triggers my trich, what I should and shouldn’t do if I want to maintain not pulling. Now I know that it only takes one damn hair to ruin everything I’ve worked hard for. So now, when I get bored, I find something else to do. I don’t let the feeling (a feeling that WILL pass if you give it time I might add) get to me. That’s what you need to do and stop worrying about finding a cure because as of now, THERE IS NO CURE. Work with what you got and I promise you, happiness and relief will come from there.

I don’t even remember the source:

“Trillions of frames get caught by your eyes that get deleted. Most of your life is 1 player snapchat.” -Deep thoughts by Finbarr Taylor

Writing advice (Posted this once during NaBloPoMo):

Write 50 words . That’s a paragraph.
Write 400 words . That’s a page.
Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript.
Write everyday. That’s a habit.
Edit and Rewrite. That’s how you get better.
Spread your writing for people to comment. That’s called feedback.
Dont worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer.
When not writing, read. Read from writers better than you. Read and Perceive.

More Paul Graham:

Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

Not the Iliad (Despite what the internet says):

The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again

Of Mice and Men:

“Funny thing,” she said. “If I catch any one man, and he’s alone, I get along fine with him. But just let two of the guys get together an’ you won’t talk. Jus’ nothing but mad.” She dropped her fingers and put her hands on her hips. “You’re all scared of each other, that’s what. Ever’ one of you’s scared the rest is goin’ to get something on you.”

Mussolini:

War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to meet it. All other trials are substitutes, which never really put men into the position where they have to make the great decision-the alternative of life or death. Thus a doctrine which is founded upon this harmful postulate of peace is hostile to Fascism.

Atlantic articles about the email equivalent of Snapchat:

There is sadness in this, certainly; there’s also an implied nostalgia. But there’s something powerful in it, too. Not only does a service like Pluto have obvious privacy implications—it’s hard to have your privacy violated when there is no record to do the violating—but it also makes a statement about how we want to conduct our communications in the first place. Do we want them to be on the record, or off? Do we want them to be permanent, or ephemeral? Do we want an Internet that is, as we are, able to forget … or one that insists, always, on remembering?

On the difference between guilt and shame:

“Guilt says I’ve done something wrong; shame says there is something wrong with me.

Guilt says I’ve made a mistake; shame says I am a mistake.

Guilt says what did was not good; shame says I am no good.”

Bradshaw (1988).

From another blog:

If you’re doing it for someone else, even if you enjoy it, you’re more likely to do the least amount required, to focus on satisfying the requirements set by someone else, rather than really digging in to it. We’ve all had that experience in school.

You can make the claim that kids don’t know what’s best for them so we need to force it on them. That they’ll appreciate this in the future. There is some truth to this statement (I won’t let my two year old reach her hand in to a fire no matter what), but you have to admit, based on your own experiences in the world when you are forced to do something against your will, that we are complicating, if not ruining, the joy of learning for millions of students every day.

The Ox-Bow Incident:

“You think I’m crazy, don’t you? It always seems crazy to tell the truth. We don’t like it; we won’t admit what we are. So I’m crazy.”

From SuperMemo:

Myth: Hypertext can substitute for memory.

An amazingly large proportion of the population holds memorization in contempt. Terms “rote memorization”, “recitatory rehearsal”, “mindless repetition” are used to label any form of memorization or repetition as unintelligent. Seeing the “big picture”, “reasoning” and leaving the job of remembering to external hypertext sources are supposed to be viable substitutes.

Fact: Knowledge stored in human memory is associative in nature. In other words, we are able to suddenly combine two known ideas to produce a new quality: an invention. Hypertext references are a poor substitute for associative memory. Two facts stored in human memory can instantly be put together and bring a new idea to life. The same facts stored on the Internet will remain useless until they are pieced together inside a creative mind. A mind rich in knowledge, can produce rich associations upon encountering new information. An empty mind is as useful as a toddler given the power of the Internet in search of a solution. Biological neural networks work in such a way that knowledge is retained in memory only if it is refreshed/reviewed. Learning and repetition are therefore still vital for the progress of mankind. This humorous text explains the importance of memory: It is not just memorizing

One last Paul Graham quote:

There are simply no outside forces pushing high school to be good. The air traffic control system works because planes would crash otherwise. Businesses have to deliver because otherwise competitors would take their customers. But no planes crash if your school sucks, and it has no competitors. High school isn’t evil; it’s random; but random is pretty bad.

Personal notes:

  • I suck at sticking to schedules
  • Board meeting, StuCon meeting, District administration meeting all coming up within 2 weeks.
  • Trich has been and will be giving me a bad hair day for the next few months.
  • Is it bad that I wish that I could function on less sleep?
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