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jdtchicago

Joined September 2016

Filling in the gaps of my education goodreads.com/CulinaryDropout
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The other type of politician tends to be manipulative, selfish, and have unhealthy needs to be the center of attention. These people play games, start rumors, get little done but take credit for others‘ work, and jockey to been seen as indispensable to their leaders.
Leaders who fall under this type of politician‘s spell often have teams with poor morale and performance.

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A High Wind in Jamaica | Richard Hughes

Mathias shrugged. After all, a criminal lawyer is not concerned with facts. He is concerned with probabilities. It is the novelist who is concerned with facts, whose job it is to say what a particular man did do on a particular occasion: the lawyer does not, cannot be expected to go further than show what the ordinary man would be most likely to do under presumed circumstances.

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Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.

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This Is a Book | Demetri Martin

Relationships, like eyebrows, are better when there is a space between them.

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This Is a Book | Demetri Martin

It is illegal to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. If there is a fire, please yell something else instead, like “Flames!” or “Smoke maker!” or “Bad hot!

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This Is a Book | Demetri Martin

100% of the people who give 110% do not understand math.

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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.

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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garc-A Mrquez

The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not. He distrusted those who did not—when they strayed from the straight and narrow it was something so unusual for them that they bragged about love as if they had just invented it.

TheBookAddict Marquez is one of my favorite authors, even though I haven‘t read this one yet. I saw the movie with my husband because it was part of his assignment. 1mo
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

I recall certain moments, let us call them icebergs in paradise, when after having had my fill of her –after fabulous, insane exertions that left me limp and azure-barred–I would gather her in my arms with, at last, a mute moan of human tenderness (her skin glistening in the neon light coming from the paved court through the slits in the blind, her soot-black lashes matted, her grave gray eyes more vacant than ever–for all the world...

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I want - I want - I want - was all that she could think about - but just what this real want was she did not know.

Suet624 I haven‘t seen posts from you in soooo long. Nice to see you again!! 1mo
jdtchicago @Suet624 thanks! Nice to hear from you. 1mo
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Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers

Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them.

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Madame Bovary | Flaubert, Gustave

What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright...Haven't you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you've had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?

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Madame Bovary | Flaubert, Gustave

At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon. She did not know what this chance would be, what wind would bring it her, towards what shore it would drive her, if it would be a shallop or a three-decker, laden with anguish or full of bliss to the portholes.

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Bridges of Madison County | Robert James Waller

The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it's been broken into a million pieces.

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Golden Arches theory: no two countries with a McDonald‘s have ever fought in a war.

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James Payne notes a perverse sign of progress. Today‘s Holocaust deniers at least feel compelled to deny that the Holocaust took place. In earlier centuries the perpetrators of genocide and their sympathizers boasted about it.

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Once you start rummaging around in the realm of the unverifiable there is considerable room for creativity, and accusations of sorcery are often blended with self-serving motives. Tribal people, anthropologists have shown, often single out despised in-laws for allegations of witchcraft

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A great principle of moral advancement, on par with "Love thy neighbor" and "All men are created equal," is the one on the bumper sticker: "Shit happens.

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Setting fire to a person and seeing whether he burns is a dumb way to determine his guilt.

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Believe it or not—and I know that most people do not—violence has declined over long stretches of time, and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species‘ existence.

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Parker Brothers tried to introduce a German version of Risk, the board game in which players try to dominate a map of the world, the German government tried to censor it. (Eventually the rules were rewritten so that players were “liberating” rather than conquering their opponents‘ territories.)

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In the nature of man we find three principal causes of quarrel: gain (predatory raids), safety (preemptive raids), and reputation (retaliatory raids).

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The shift is not toward complacency: we enjoy the peace we find today because people in past generations were appalled by the violence in their time and worked to reduce it, and so we should work to reduce the violence that remains in our time.

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Does it never strike you as puzzling that it is wicked to kill one person, but glorious to kill ten thousand?

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The truth is, I don‘t know what will happen across the entire world in the coming decades, and neither does anyone else. Not everyone, though, shares my reticence. A Web search for the text string “the coming war” returns two million hits, with completions like “with Islam,” “with Iran,” “with China,” “with Russia,”... Who knows? Maybe they‘re right. My aim in the rest of this chapter is to point out that maybe they‘re wrong.

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The career of dueling showcases a puzzling phenomenon we will often encounter: a category of violence can be embedded in a civilization for centuries and then vanish into thin air. When gentlemen agreed to a duel, they were fighting not for money or land or even women but for honor, the strange commodity that exists because everyone believes that everyone else believes that it exists.

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This mindset, known as loss aversion, the sunk-cost fallacy, and throwing good money after bad, is patently irrational, but it is surprisingly pervasive in human decision-making. People stay in an abusive marriage because of the years they have already put into it, or sit through a bad movie because they have already paid for the ticket, or try to reverse a gambling loss by doubling their next bet...

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Religion thrives on woolly allegory, emotional commitments to texts that no one reads, and other forms of benign hypocrisy.

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Sympathy and guilt...operate within a circle of communal relationships. They are less likely to be felt in...equality matching relationships, the kind we have with acquaintances, neighbors, colleagues...Exchange relationships are regulated by norms of fairness...The businesslike quid pro quo negotiations that can repair an exchange relationship are...generally taboo in our communal relationships

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Everything in human affairs is connected to everything else, and that is especially true of violence. Across time and space, the more peaceable societies also tend to be richer, healthier, better educated, better governed, more respectful of their women, and more likely to engage in trade

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The collapse of communism and a recognition of its economic and humanitarian catastrophes took the romance out of revolutionary violence and cast doubt on the wisdom of redistributing wealth at the point of a gun.

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Positive-sum games also change the incentives for violence. If you‘re trading favors or surpluses with someone, your trading partner suddenly becomes more valuable to you alive than dead.

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Self-control has been credited with one of the greatest reductions of violence in history, the thirtyfold drop in homicide between medieval and modern Europe. Recall that according to Norbert Elias‘s theory of the Civilizing Process, the consolidation of states and the growth of commerce did more than just tilt the incentive structure away from plunder. It also inculcated an ethic of self-control that made continence and propriety second nature.

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The shocking truth is that until recently most people didn‘t think there was anything particularly wrong with genocide, as long as it didn‘t happen to them.

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Declines in violence are caused by political, economic, and ideological conditions that take hold in particular cultures at particular times. If the conditions reverse, violence could go right back up.

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The Bible depicts a world that, seen through modern eyes, is staggering in its savagery.

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In the foreign country we call the past, crucifixion was a common punishment. It was invented by the Persians, carried back to Europe by Alexander the Great, and widely used in Mediterranean empires.

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What was the lesson that the first Christians drew from crucifixion? Today such a barbarity might galvanize people into opposing brutal regimes, or demanding that such torture never again be inflicted on a living creature...No, the execution of Jesus is The Good News, a necessary step in the most wonderful episode in history. In allowing the crucifixion to take place, God did the world an incalculable favor.

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A similar semianarchy burst out in parts of Central Asia and the Balkans in the 1990s, when the communist federations that had ruled them for decades suddenly unraveled. One Bosnian Croat explained why ethnic violence erupted only after the breakup of Yugoslavia: “We lived in peace and harmony because every hundred meters we had a policeman to make sure we loved each other very much.

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In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky commented on Turkish atrocities in Bulgaria during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78, when unborn children were ripped from their mothers‘ wombs and prisoners were nailed by their ears to a fence overnight before being hanged: “People speak sometimes about the ‘animal‘ cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to animals. No animal could ever be so cruel as a man, ...so artistically cruel.

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Jerry Seinfeld once remarked that today‘s athletes churn through the rosters of sports teams so rapidly that a fan can no longer support a group of players. He is reduced to rooting for their team logo and uniforms: “You are standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city

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The doctrine of the sacredness of the soul sounds vaguely uplifting, but in fact is highly malignant. It discounts life on earth as just a temporary phase that people pass through, indeed, an infinitesimal fraction of their existence. Death becomes a mere rite of passage, like puberty or a midlife crisis.

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Reading is a technology for perspective-taking. When someone else‘s thoughts are in your head, you are observing the world from that person‘s vantage point. Not only are you taking in sights and sounds that you could not experience firsthand, but you have stepped inside that person‘s mind and are temporarily sharing his or her attitudes and reactions.

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The growth of writing and literacy strikes me as the best candidate for an exogenous change that helped set off the Humanitarian Revolution.

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In hermetic isolation, all kinds of bizarre and toxic ideas can fester. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and exposing a bad idea to the critical glare of other minds provides at least a chance that it will wither and die.

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events that occur at random will seem to come in clusters, because it would take a nonrandom process to space them out.

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Modern biblical scholars have established that the Bible is a wiki. It was compiled over half a millennium from writers with different styles, dialects, character names, and conceptions of God, and it was subjected to haphazard editing that left it with many contradictions, duplications, and non sequiturs.

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Many moral advances have taken the form of a shift in sensibilities that made an action seem more ridiculous than sinful, such as dueling, bullfighting, and jingoistic war. And many effective social critics, such as Swift, Johnson, Voltaire, Twain, Oscar Wilde, Bertrand Russell, Tom Lehrer, and George Carlin have been smart-ass comedians rather than thundering prophets. What in our psychology allows the joke to be mightier than the sword?

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As one becomes aware of the decline of violence, the world begins to look different. The past seems less innocent; the present less sinister.