some people expend tremendous energy merely to do this

Albert Camus:

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

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evil gathers

James Parker:

Evil is not an active principle in this universe; it is a sluggish compound of evasion, appetite, and self-interest. It gathers around your ankles.

the world is a gigantic asshole

martin luther, reformer and priest:

I am like a ripe shit and the world is a gigantic asshole. We will both probably let go of each other soon.

what must the comfortable expert do?

Warren Berger:

“In a time when so much of what we know is subject to revision or obsolescence, the comfortable expert must go back to being a restless learner.”

why are there so many consultants?

henry mintzberg:

“…times of uncertainty in our modern world breed magicians, witch-detectives, and consultants.”

when a single person breaks the rules of the game

Václav Havel:

But the moment someone breaks through in one place, when one person cries out, “The emperor is naked!”—when a single person breaks the rules of the game, thus exposing it as a game—everything suddenly appears in another light and the whole crust seems then to be made of a tissue on the point of tearing and disintegrating uncontrollably.

but to tell the truth

mary oliver:

You want to cry aloud for your
mistakes. But to tell the truth the world
doesn’t need anymore of that sound.