Utopia quotes

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◆ When all the hatred we bear toward each other ceases, will eternal worldwide peace ensue.
- Isaiah Harden100
◆ The standard that a society should actually embody its own professed principles is a utopian one, in the sense that moral principles contradict the way things really are --- and always will be. How things really are --- and always will be --- is neither all-evil nor all-good but deficient, inconsistent, inferior. Principles invite us to do something about the morass of contradictions in which we function morally. Principles invite us to clean up our act; to become intolerant of moral laxity and compromise and cowardice and the turning away from what is upsetting: that secret gnawing of the heart that tells us that what we are doing is not right, and so counsels us that we'd be better off just not thinking about it.
- Susan Sontag99
◆ Although images of perfection in people's personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies, utopian images, can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century.
- Dennis Prager99
◆ Is the nature of men such, that they can reject miracle, and at the great moments of their life, the moments of their deepest, most agonising spiritual difficulties, cling only to the free verdict of the heart? Oh, Thou didst know that Thy deed would be recorded in books, would be handed down to remote times and the utmost ends of the earth, and Thou didst hope that man, following Thee, would cling to God and not ask for a miracle. But Thou didst not know that when man rejects miracle he rejects God too; for man seeks not so much God as the miraculous. And as man cannot bear to be without the miraculous, he will create new miracles of his own for himself, and will worship deeds of sorcery and witchcraft, though he might be a hundred times over a rebel, heretic and infidel.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky99
◆ I believe that all my work explores the human desire or obsession for utopias, and the structure of all my works is the search for utopias lost and rediscovered.
- Marguerite Young99
◆ I would say my theme has always been paradise lost, always the lost cause, the lost leader, the lost utopia.
- Marguerite Young99
◆ Jews do not have to be Christians. Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism, but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.
- Michael Novak99
◆ To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia.
- Michael Novak99
◆ Utopianism is probably a necessary social device for generating the superhuman efforts without which no major revolution is achieved.
- Eric Hobsbawm99
◆ Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
- Victor Hugo99
◆ For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.
- Henry A Kissinger99
◆ The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne99
◆ Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
- Helen Keller99
◆ None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace.
- Theodor Adorno99
◆ Perhaps the greatest utopia would be if we could all realize that no utopia is possible; no place to run, no place to hide, just take care of business here and now.
- Jack Carroll99

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