— D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
„But what we're pretending doesn't exist is the stuff that is destroying the habitability of the planet.“
— Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Context: For the last fourteen years, I have advocated the elimination of all payroll taxes — including those for social security and unemployment compensation — and the replacement of that revenue in the form of pollution taxes — principally on CO2. The overall level of taxation would remain exactly the same. It would be, in other words, a revenue neutral tax swap. But, instead of discouraging businesses from hiring more employees, it would discourage business from producing more pollution. Global warming pollution, indeed all pollution, is now described by economists as an "externality." This absurd label means, in essence: we don't need to keep track of this stuff so let's pretend it doesn't exist. And sure enough, when it's not recognized in the marketplace, it does make it much easier for government, business, and all the rest of us to pretend that it doesn't exist. But what we're pretending doesn't exist is the stuff that is destroying the habitability of the planet.
— Julian Huxley English biologist, philosopher, author 1887 - 1975
Context: God is a hypothesis constructed by man to help him understand what existence is all about.... To say that God is ultimate reality is just semantic cheating, as well as being so vague as to become effectively meaningless... Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable, has lost its explanatory value and is becoming an intellectual and moral burden to our thought. It no longer convinces or comforts, and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief. Many people assert that this abandonment of the god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions. This is simply not true. But it does mean, once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, that we must construct some thing to take its place.
„Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.“
— Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955
As quoted in Plenty of Time to Sleep When You're Dead : A Compilation of Life-changing Quotes (2006) by Richard Caridi Variant: Remember happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. As quoted in Sprituality in a Materialistic World (2008) by Leslie Klein
— Jim Davis American cartoonist and creator of Garfield 1945
— Friedrich Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright 1759 - 1805
Act IV, sc. iii