Hank Nuwer quotes

  • Hazing is an extraordinary activity that, when it occurs often enough, becomes perversely ordinary as those who engage in it grow desensitized to its inhumanity.
    -- Hank Nuwer

    #Ordinary #Enough #Inhumanity

  • Few of us go through life without taking part in some kind of rite of passage.
    -- Hank Nuwer

    #Kind #Passages #Rite

  • Why do so many young people literally die to belong to fraternities, sororities, and other college social organizations? The answer is complicated, but here is a starting point: Ever since the medieval universities were founded, young people have done whatever it takes to gain acceptance, to break with their past lives, to achieve a sense of power, to carve out a society of their own that isn't quite what their tutors and teachers had in mind. In the United States, hazing and drinking have been endemic since colonial days.
    -- Hank Nuwer

    #Teacher #Drinking #Acceptance

  • Now then, Pooh," said Christopher Robin, "where's your boat?" "I ought to say," explained Pooh as they walked down to the shore of the island, "that it isn't just an ordinary sort of boat. Sometimes it's a Boat, and sometimes it's more of an Accident. It all depends." "Depends on what?" "On whether I'm on the top of it or underneath it.

  • If 'ecstasy' meant the sudden intrusion of the sacred into the ordinary, then it had just happened to me.

  • A good poem is a tautology. It expands one word by adding a number which clarify it, thus making a new word which has never before been spoken. The seedword is always so ordinary that hardly anyone perceives it. Classical odes grow from and or because, romantic lyrics from but and if. Immature verses expand a personal pronoun ad nauseam, the greatest works bring glory to a common verb. Good poems, therefore, are always close to banality, over which, however, they tower like precipices.

  • Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary.

  • It is not enough to wear an ornamental cross as a pretty decoration.

  • The best technology is aimed far enough in the future that it stands out, but close enough to the present that it blends in.

  • I won't let you close enough to hurt me.

  • It is bad enough to be bad, but to be bad in bad taste is unpardonable.

  • Nowhere is inhumanity more revealed than in hospitals.

  • Almost as many inhumanities are committed in the name of love as in the name of religion.

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