Quotes about Society
The strongest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
All of us (...) are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.
The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering the prisons.
We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.
The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
The common people, on the whole, are still living in the world of absolute good and evil from which the intellectuals have long since escaped.
The measure of how free a society is is not how it treats its good, obedient, compliant citizens, but how it treats its dissidents and those who resist orthodoxy.
You have to see lots of ways of living in order to choose the best life for yourself. This is what the best cities do: They cultivate a vibrant array of cultures and allow their citizens to find their way to the neighborhoods and traditions in which they're most at home.
Without connections and overlap between communities, subcultures that make up the city don't evolve. As a result, the ghettos breed stagnation and intolerance.