A few days ago, I shared some of my favorite highlights from the last two years and with this post, I’ll continue with bits that took my attention in the two years of e-reading. This time with more serious lines. I will skip the “With great power comes great responsibility” type of quotes as I am quite sure everyone read or heard these several times over.
I’ll start with J.D. Hallowell’s books, as I did last time. There is a part that is sorely missing from our world, especially among those with power. Something I see well in my country where many politicians can’t even see far enough to the next elections.
“We need to begin to start fostering the idea among the people that everyone is responsible to future generations for how they leave this world in their own time… We have to convince people to think ahead for generations, not just a few years. They have to realize that what they do now will affect their great-grandchildren.”
And when I’m at that, there was one more far too real thing about it…
“…the concept of fair play doesn’t usually work its way too far into either the military or politics, and this situation was all about both.”
Next two quotes will come for a piece of well-known classic work, Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray.
Our weakest motives were those of whose nature we were conscious. It often happened that when we thought we were experimenting on others we were really experimenting on ourselves.
When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
As for the second, I could not agree more. I’m not religious, but I know well enough about it from the times I was visiting psychologist frequently.
And something from D.K. Holmberg about the price of power…
“You say that as if there is something terrible about searching for power, but power by itself is not dangerous. It’s what one does with it that makes it deadly.”
“There’s a price to power, Endric. It’s the same with all things. The question you must ask is whether you’re willing to pay it.”
Paradox of the two quotes? Said by someone seen as power-hungry. Well, I guess he knew about it firsthand.
There are always two ways to say something. Quote from Daniel Ford’s Paladin trilogy, which I’ll most likely re-read by the end of summer before the third book comes out and will post my comments about it.
“It is a rule of leading people, Gideon. You may be confused, or afraid, or overwhelmed, or all three—those who depend on you must never see it. Or, as the Old Baron once put it to me, you absolutely cannot be pissing your pants when your men are expecting orders.”
And something from David Dalglish, to show that harsh changes are… well, harsh.
“Imagine knowing something, knowing it so well that it is burned deep into your gut. You’d question your own name before you questioned this. And then…one day…the whole world changes, and you know nothing.”
And for the last one this time, the revolving doors of nature’s balance will most likely hit humanity in the face, as H.G. Wells knew…
“Humanity had been strong, energetic, and intelligent, and had used all its abundant vitality to alter the conditions under which it lived. And now came the reaction of the altered conditions.”
That’s it for the second part. I might make a third with some favorite lines that don’t fit the previous two groups, I might not…