„People are afraid. In the 1960s and 1970s we pushed the limits farther.“
Context: I am quite bored nowadays. I don't know if it's age and the fact that I have seen so many things and am less surprised, or whether the problem is truly the content. But things have been repeating themselves for 30-40 years already. It seems to me that there is no desire to push the envelope or even to peek there. People are afraid. In the 1960s and 1970s we pushed the limits farther. More attention was paid to what was going on around.
Television and the media are everywhere and they are taking over so powerfully. They don't shut up for a second. So you are unable to think. It is very difficult to think independently when you are surrounded by all that noise. What I most aspire to is to be alone. Not lonely, but alone. To stop all this noise. That is what I do when I go to Umbria. There is no television there, no telephone.
The situation is especially serious with television. The money is dispersed among hundreds of stations so that no money is left for good things. In our time there was far greater depth. Not everything is artificial and as cheap as possible. Everyone gossips on television; it's all so trivial and it's impossible to hear anything.
„What makes people enter into cults? I think that kind of certainty about something is not necessarily just religious. It was seen in secular organizations, secular ideologues, ideological organizations of one kind or another. I've experienced it among people I used to know in the 1960s and 1970s. It's a terrifying thing when you see it at work.“
— Kanan Makiya American orientalist 1949
"Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/faith/interviews/makiya.html, PBS Frontline (2002)
— Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980
Source: 1980s, p. 109
„So we listen. We add up associations of people with people. When a push against Scientology starts somewhere, we go over the people involved and weed them out. Push vanishes.“
— L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
Manual Of Justice (1959).
— Liu Qiangdong Chinese businessman 1973
Reuters, China's JD.com boss criticizes 'slackers' as company makes cuts, Josh, Horwitz, April 13, 2019 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-jd-com-labour/chinas-jd-com-boss-criticizes-slackers-as-company-makes-cuts-idUSKCN1RP06D?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29,
„Unless you're not pushing yourself, you're not living to the fullest. You can't be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven't pushed hard enough.“
— Dean Karnazes American distance runner 1962
Source: 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days -- and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance!
„We lavish on animals the love we are afraid to show to people. People might not return it; or worse, they might.“
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Love
— Louise Rennison British writer 1951 - 2016
Source: On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God
„We have not been pushed around either abroad or at home and we are not going to be. This is government of the people; it is government for all the people, and the accent is on government.“
— Harold Wilson Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1916 - 1995
Speech to the Labour Party Conference in Blackpool (28 September 1965), quoted in The Times (29 September 1965), p. 5.
„Because we are so unfamiliar with the motivation of the people we are dealing with, we are more afraid of them than we need to be.“
— John le Carré British novelist and spy 1931
Radio interview (November 2008)
„Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn't talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares
Propaganda, all is phony.“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
„Our social relationships are limited, most of the time, to gossip and criticizing people's behavior. This observation slowly pushed me to isolate from the so-called social life. My days pass by in solitude.“
— Ingmar Bergman Swedish filmmaker 1918 - 2007
"Isak Borg" (Victor Sjöström) in Wild Strawberries (1957).