„I'm trying to see, when everything in this world conspires to prevent us from seeing.“

1960's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde' (1965 - 1969)

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Bram van Velde
niederländischer Maler 1895 - 1981

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„Extreme violence has a way of preventing us from seeing the interests it serves.“

—  Naomi Klein Canadian author and activist 1970

Quelle: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007)

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„When I was young, I used to have this thing where I wanted to see everything. I used to think, 'How can I die without seeing every inch of this world?“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974

http://www.popmonk.com/actors/leonardo-dicaprio/quotes-leonardo-dicaprio.htm

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„A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. (1954), p. 75“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955)

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„True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.“

—  Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963

Le Mystère Laïc (1928); later published in Collected Works Vol. 10 (1950)

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„You see, many of the troubles going on in the world right now are being supervised by people with very good intentions whose attempts are to keep things in order, to clean things up, to forbid this, and to prevent that. The more we try to put everything to rights, the more we make fantastic messes.“

—  Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973

Play to Live : Lectures of Alan Watts (1982)
Kontext: Archimedes said, "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the Earth"; but there isn't one. It is like betting on the future of the human race — I might wish to lay a bet that the human race would destroy itself by the year 2000, but there is nowhere to place the bet. On the contrary, I am involved in the world and must try to see that it does not blow itself to pieces. I once had a terrible argument with Margaret Mead. She was holding forth one evening on the absolute horror of the atomic bomb, and how everybody should spring into action and abolish it, but she was getting so furious about it that I said to her: "You scare me because I think you are the kind of person who will push the button in order to get rid of the other people who were going to push it first." So she told me that I had no love for my future generations, that I had no responsibility for my children, and that I was a phony swami who believed in retreating from facts. But I maintained my position. As Robert Oppenheimer said a short while before he died, "It is perfectly obvious that the whole world is going to hell. The only possible chance that it might not is that we do not attempt to prevent it from doing so." You see, many of the troubles going on in the world right now are being supervised by people with very good intentions whose attempts are to keep things in order, to clean things up, to forbid this, and to prevent that. The more we try to put everything to rights, the more we make fantastic messes. Maybe that is the way it has got to be. Maybe I should not say anything at all about the folly of trying to put things to right but simply, on the principle of Blake, let the fool persist in his folly so that he will become wise.

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„Sometimes statistics will conspire to draw attention to a problem. Maybe they are trying to tell us something.“

—  Brian G. Marsden British astronomer 1937 - 2010

"1997 XF<sub>11</sub> – the true story" in The Journal of the British Astronomical Association Vol. 109, No.1 (February 1999) https://archive.is/20121220165604/www.britastro.org/jbaa/archive/marsden.htm.
Kontext: It is probably a good idea to search, at some level, for asteroids that come to the Earth's general vicinity. But merely counting the asteroids found is not sufficient. It is desirable to follow up each discovery to examine whether it can or can not be a threat during the next century or so. Objects for which the threat cannot be eliminated should be singled out for special study, notably to the extent of searching for old images in photographic archives. 1997 XF11 was noteworthy for the apathy shown to it prior to the very widespead announcement in March. If proper attention had been given to it earlier, the circumstances that led to the announcement would never have occurred. Sometimes statistics will conspire to draw attention to a problem. Maybe they are trying to tell us something.

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„If you're trying to turn me into something else? It's easy to see, I'm not down with that.“

—  Avril Lavigne Canadian singer-songwriter and actress 1984

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„When I see myself, I wonder: what do others try to see in themselves?“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

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„Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.“

—  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first President of Turkey 1881 - 1938

As quoted in The Macmillan Dictionary of Political Quotations (1993) by Lewis D. Eigen and Jonathan Paul Siegel, p. 424; also in Ataturk: First President and Founder of the Turkish Republic (2002) by Yüksel Atillasoy, p. 15

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