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Lewis H Lapham Quotes

A year from now you'll wish you started today - Work Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
Together is my favorite place to be - Love Quotes
Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini - Funny Quotes
I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure - Funny Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
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Youth as glimpsed by its elders is a story that comes from afar, showing itself as either lovely to look at or a torment to endure.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The figure of the enthusiast who has just discovered jogging or a new way to fix tofu can be said to stand or, more accurately, to tremble on the threshold of conversion, as the representative American  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Talk about the flag or drugs or crime (never about race or class or justice) and follow the yellow brick road to the wonderful land of consensus. In place of honest argument among consenting adults the politicians substitute a lullaby for frightened children: the pretense that conflict doesn’t really exist, that we have achieved the blessed state in which we no longer need politics  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Power broken into a thousand pieces can be hidden and disowned. If no individual or institution possesses the authority to act without of everybody else in the room, then nobody is at fault if anything goes wrong  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) What kind of people do we wish to become, and how do we know an American when we see one? Is it possible to pursue a common purpose without a common history or a standard text?  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The substitution of meaning accounts for the grasping of misers as well as the extravagance of spendthrifts. Karl Marx well understood this peculiar transformation of flesh into coin  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The future is an empty canvas or a blank sheet of paper, and if you have the courage of your own thought and your own observation you can make of it what you will  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) When we talk about the foreign, the question becomes one of us versus them. But in the end, is one just the opposite side of the other?  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The days of my youth I remember as nearly always in need of explanation, and not as much fun as advertised in the promotions for board games and breakfast cereal  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Seeing is believing, and if an American success is to count for anything in the world it must be clothed in the raiment of property. As often as not it isn’t the money itself that means anything; it is the use of money as the currency of the soul  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The survival of American democracy depends less on the size of its armies than on the capacity of its individual citizens to rely... on the strength of their own thought  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) If a foreign country doesn’t look like a middle-class suburb of Dallas or Detroit, then obviously the natives must be dangerous as well as badly dressed.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The American oligarchy increasingly has less in common with the American people than it does with the equivalent oligarchies in Germany or Mexico or Japan.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Recollections of early childhood bear comparison to fairy tales, and ... youth remains an unknown country to whose bourn no traveler returns except as the agent of a foreign power.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Democracy is born in dirt, nourished by the digging up and turning over as much of it as can be brought within reach of a television camera or subpoena.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Love of country follows from the exercise of its freedoms, not from pride in its fleets or its armies.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) What the Bush administration is primarily interested in is regime change in the United States, not regime change in Iraq or South East Asia or the Balkans. A foreign war is a wonderful lollipop to stuff in the mouth of a possibly quarrelsome press  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The days of my youth I remember as nearly always in need of explanation, and not as much fun as advertised in the promotions for board games and breakfast cereal.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) [For American consumer society], the country’s reserves of ignorance constitute a natural resource as precious as the Mississippi River or the long-lost herds of buffalo.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Now that Mr. Carter has made a book of his diary, an adoring memoir entitled Keeping Faith, the notes read like a collection of letters sent from scout camp  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The playing field is more sacred than the stock exchange, more blessed than Capital Hill or the vaults of Fort Knox. The diamond and the gridiron -- and, to a lesser degree, the court, the rink, the track, and the ring -- embody the American dream of Eden  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Youth as glimpsed by its elders is a story that comes from afar, showing itself as either lovely to look at or a torment to endure  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Recollections of early childhood bear comparison to fairy tales, and... youth remains an unknown country to whose bourn no traveler returns except as the agent of a foreign power  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) I know no other way out of what is both the maze of the eternal present and the prison of the self except with a string of words  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The state of perpetual emptiness is, of course, very good for business  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Wars might come and go, but the seven o’clock news lives forever  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) Label celebrity a consumer society’s most precious consumer product, and eventually it becomes the hero with a thousand faces, the packaging of the society’s art and politics, the framework of its commerce, and the stuff of its religion.  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes) The leading cause of death is birth  (Lewis H Lapham Quotes)
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