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C. Wright Mills Quotes

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Prestige is the shadow of money and power.
- C. Wright Mills

Related topics: Power

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of
a society can be understood without understanding both.
- C. Wright Mills

The principal cause of war is war itself.
- C. Wright Mills

In the world of the celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity
has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth.
- C. Wright Mills

 

The nearest the modern general or admiral comes to
a small-arms encounter of any sort is at a duck hunt
in the company of corporation executives at the retreat of Continental Motors,
Inc.
- C. Wright Mills

America is a nation with no truly national city,
no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center,
the political capital, and the financial hub.
- C. Wright Mills

Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy,
Americans cling to the notion that the government is
a sort of automatic machine,
regulated by the balancing of competing interests.
- C. Wright Mills

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Power is not of a man.
Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy.
Celebrity is not inherent in any personality.
To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires
access to major institutions.
- C. Wright Mills

People with advantages are loath to believe that they
just happen to be people with advantages.
- C. Wright Mills

Every revolution has its counterrevolution -
that is a sign the revolution is for real.
- C. Wright Mills

What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they
try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live;
their visions and their powers are limited.
- C. Wright Mills

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

War will exist until that distant day
when the conscientious objector
enjoys the same reputation and prestige
that the warrior does today.
- John F. Kennedy

Windows are as essential to office prestige as Christmas is to retailing.
- Enid Nemy

What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.
- Igor Stravinsky

Sometimes it is easy...
to enhance your prestige by not exercising your responsibility,
but that's not been the tradition of the court.
- Anthony Kennedy

Religion which is interested only in itself,
in its prestige and success, in its institutions and ecclesiastical niceties,
is worse than vanity; it is essentially incestuous.
- S. H. Miller

We had a certain kind of really big prestige among,
I suppose not just intellectual folk,
but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature.
- Adolph Green

It's okay to be a fat man.
It's prestige and power and all of that.
But fat women are seen as just lazy and stupid and having no self-control.
- Camryn Manheim

The damage done to U.S.
prestige by the feckless, buffoonish George W. Bush
will take years to repair.
- Camille Paglia

There are so many demands on your time,
on your resources, and on the prestige of the government.
- Brian Mulroney

We gained a great deal of prestige, but not much money.
We liked to work so much we couldn't hide it and the
club owners paid us accordingly.
- Judy Holliday

However, there's three reasons for doing things in this particular world.
One is love, one is prestige and the other's money.
If you get all three together, that's fine.
- Richard O'Brien

There can be no prestige without mystery,
for familiarity breeds contempt.
- Charles de Gaulle

Far too many executives have become more concerned with the "four P's" -
pay,
perks, power and prestige - rather than making profits for shareholders.
- T. Boone Pickens

The reserve currency role seems to add prestige to
an area and some people in Europe have talked about
the desirability of the euro becoming an international reserve currency.
- Robert C. Solomon

Authority doesn't work without prestige,
or prestige without distance.
- Charles de Gaulle

France cannot be destroyed.
She is an old country who, despite her misfortunes,
has, and always will have, thanks to her past,
a tremendous prestige in the world, whatever the fate inflicted upon her.
- Pierre Laval

A love of classical music is only partially a natural
response to hearing the works performed,
it also must come about by a decision to listen carefully,
to pay close attention, a decision inevitably motivated
by the cultural and social prestige of the art.
- Charles Rosen

The Nobel award occasions a unique celebration of the
vision of science by the public at large.
The prestige the prize confers today is largely due
to the extraordinary diligence of the Nobel committees.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

It's also much clearer how much damage the occupation
of Iraq is doing to America's reputation and prestige around the world;
and that's just starting now to hit home in the United States.
- Peter Singer

Sophistication might be described as the ability to
cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence
of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler,
or the man under the bed - but never the husband).
- James Thurber

We are aware that in 2005 our efforts to preserve the
stability and prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria
in the area of foreign policy,
and our efforts to attain fully our strategic goals
will be mostly contingent upon the way we address our domestic priorities.
- Georgi Purvanov

It is clear from all these data that the interests
of teenagers are not focused around studies,
and that scholastic achievement is at most of minor
importance in giving status or prestige to an adolescent
in the eyes of other adolescents.
- James S. Coleman

Even the people who have had success and made money
writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need
to pretend it's no big deal,
or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction,
but often it's really just about the money,
the perceived prestige.
- George Murray

Value your own opinion more, and others' opinions less.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

If anyone is unhappy, remember that
his unhappiness is his own fault...
Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility
except our own opinion.
- Epictetus

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Having a personal opinion is great.
Believing that one's personal opinion is absolute truth
leads to most of the world's troubles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your opinion is nothing but your point of view.
- don Miguel Ruiz

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In all matters of opinion,
our adversaries are insane.
- Oscar Wilde

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
- Rumi

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you,
but your opinion that these things are insulting.
- Epictetus

The minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion.
- Soren Kierkegaard

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

Hardly a man in the world has an opinion
upon morals, political, or religion
which he got otherwise than
through his associations and sympathies.
- Mark Twain

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

Each of us is burdened by an unlimited number of
expectations (demands) that we hold for the actions of others.
We "know" that there is a right way to do things,
and are often outraged when our expectations are not met.
Usually, we are unaware that we merely
have a strong opinion and point-of-view,
and are sure that we know how everything is supposed to be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one can have a higher opinion of you than I have,
and I think you're a slimy, contemptible sewer rat!
- the movie The Great Mouse Detective

People will, in a great degree,
and not without reason,
form their opinion of you upon
that which they have of your friends;
and there is a Spanish proverb
which says very justly,
"Tell me whom you live with,
and I will tell you who you are.
- Lord Chesterfield

Thoughtful people seldom share exactly the same opinion -
the same point-of-view.
The wise ones understand that they know nothing -
for virtually none of our experience is truly factual -
and they graciously honor all other opinions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

People who want to share their religious views with you
almost never want you to share yours with them.
- Dave Barry

The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man
are those of bearing and forbearing.
- Epictetus

The good opinion of mankind,
like the lever of Archimedes,
with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
- Thomas Jefferson

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

There is no such thing as public opinion.
There is only published opinion.
- Winston Churchill

Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion.
The several sects perform the office of a Censor -
over each other.
- Thomas Jefferson

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

Errors of opinion may be tolerated
where reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson


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