Paul Goodman Quotes

11 Paul Goodman quotes:

"In America you can say anything you want - as long as it doesn't have any effect."
"Few great men could pass personal."
"When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels."
Author: Goodman Quotes Category: Community Quotes
"Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface."
Author: Goodman Quotes Category: Comedy Quotes
"Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity."
"There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison."
"Few great men would have got past personnel."
"It was fun, I'd do it again. Although, I think I'd want to be something different."
Author: Goodman Quotes Category: Fun Quotes
"Patience is drawing on underlying forces, it is powerfully positive, though to a natural view it looks like just sitting it out. How would I persist against positive eroding forces if I were not drawing on invisible forces? And patience has a positive tonic effect on others; because of the presence of the patient person, they revive and go on, as if he were the gyroscope of the ship providing a stable ground. But the patient person himself does not enjoy it."
"The important thing about travel in foreign lands is that it breaks the speech habits and makes you blab less, and breaks the habitual space-feeling because of different village plans and different landscapes. It is less important that there are different mores, for you counteract these with your own reaction-formations."
"For mankind, speech with a capital S is especially meaningful and committing, more than the content communicated. The outcry of the newborn and the sound of the bells are fraught with mystery more than the baby's woeful face or the venerable tower."
Author: Goodman Quotes Category: Speech Quotes

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