Posts tagged ‘society’



If you have never read—and grappled with—Hamlet, it  is very difficult to understand modern culture: the intense sense of individuality and the fear that you are the pawn of political forces beyond your control; the feeling of empowerment and the intensity of despair; the wild blend of savage humor and melancholy.

Stephen Greenblatt, in “Books Everyone Should Read…” on The Daily Beast (2013)


a third metric

At the moment, our society’s notion of success is largely composed of two parts: money and power. But it’s time for a third metric, beyond money and power – one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back.

Arianna Huffington, “Redefining Success: 2013 Smith College Commencement Address” (2013)



Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), Merle Johnson’s More Maxims of Mark (1927)

Note: This quote is commonly attributed to Mr. Twain, and Johnson’s reference (above) is the earliest record of this quote; that being said, there is no record of the exact quote in any of Twain’s published writings (via quoteinvestigator).



A growing body of research shows that when you share a laugh with someone, you’re mirroring not only one another’s body language, but also the hormonal and neuronal activity, prompting a mutual investment in each other’s well-being. That’s a bond of kindness—and you’ll need acts of kindness to make it in any career.

Drake Baer, “Why Humor Makes You More Creative” (2013)



Civilization, as we know it, is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbour.

Arnold J. Toynbee, Civilization on Trial (1948)

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