Quotes That Say Something to Me

This is intended to be an ongoing blog post and will be updated and re-posted to bring near the top from time to time.  If possible comments will be brought forward, too.  If I could “Sticky Post” it at the top, I might try that and see how it works out.  Some of the quotes are my own.

The list is necessarily short at first.  I did not scheme and plan to do this list.  It is an inspiration of the moment.

John Steinbeck: “I believe one thing powerfully—that the only creative thing our species has is the individual, lonely mind…. The group ungoverned by individual thinking is a horrible destructive principle.”

J Robert Oppenheimer:  “We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”.

Steve Garcia:  “All institutions are destructive of the individual.”


“Committees achieve things, now and again

And groups of three, discuss now and then,

But most things are done, by committees of one.”


One response to “Quotes That Say Something to Me

  1. “The larger the group, the more toxic, the more of your beauty as an individual you have to surrender for the sake of group thought. And when you suspend your individual beauty you also give up a lot of your humanity. You will do things in the name of a group that you would never do on your own. Injuring, hurting, killing, drinking are all part of it, because you’ve lost your identity, because you now owe your allegiance to this thing that’s bigger than you are and that controls you.”
    ― George Carlin, Last Words

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