VENT #7


I can only play if we’re on the same team, not opponents — if it’s us against others — if it’s us against the world.


So if this is a game to you, I don’t want to play against you, I don’t want to play at all. I just want us to be a team, I want us to root for each other and support each other. I want us to be so invested in making our team grow that we forget about the game, about the score


“Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves.” ― Herbert Marcuse


 

“If the worker and his boss enjoy the same television program and visit the same resort places, if the typist is as attractively made up as the daughter of her employer, if the Negro owns a Cadillac, if they all read the same newspaper, then this assimilation indicates not the disappearance of classes, but the extent to which the needs and satisfactions that serve the preservation of the Establishment are shared by the underlying population.”

― Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society


“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou


“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter 


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ― Maya Angelou


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” ― Maya Angelou


“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter


“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” ― Maya Angelou


“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!” ― Maya Angelou


“Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse” ― Joseph Brodsky


“If there is any substitute for love, it is memory.” ― Joseph Brodsky


“[T]he longer you stay skeptical, doubtful, intellectually uncomfortable, the better it is for you.”


“…and love, as an act, lacks a verb” ― Joseph Brodsky, Collected Poems in English


My thoughts are just stars I can’t fathom into constellations


“Life the way it really is, is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse” ― Joseph Brodsky


“Man is what he reads.” ― Joseph Brodsky


“If there is any substitute for love, it is memory.” ― Joseph Brodsky


“Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.” ― Joseph Brodsky


“He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive.” ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild


“Why, if there is anything in supply and demand, life is the cheapest thing in the world. There is only so much water, so much earth, so much air; but the life that is demanding to be born is limitless. Nature is a spendthrift. Look at the fish and their millions of eggs. For that matter, look at you and me. In our loins are the possibilities of millions of lives. Could we but find time and opportunity and utilize the last bit and every bit of the unborn life that is in us, we could become the fathers of nations and populate continents. Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest. Everywhere it goes begging. Nature spills it out with a lavish hand. Where there is room for one life, she sows a thousand lives, and it’s life eats life till the strongest and most piggish life is left.”

― Jack London, The Sea Wolf


“He had learned well the law of club and fang, and he never forewent an advantage or drew back from a foe he had started on the way to Death. He had lessoned from Spitz, and from the chief fighting dogs of the police and mail, and knew there was no middle course. He must master or be mastered; while to show mercy was a weakness. mercy did not exist in the primordial life. It was misunderstood for fear, and such misunderstandings made for death. Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, was the law; and this mandate, down out of the depths of Time, he obeyed.”

― Jack London, The Call of the Wild


“He was a silent fury who no torment could tame.” ― Jack London, White Fang


“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” ― Jack London


 

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