"Anti-intellectualism is one thing, but faith in wrong-headed pseudo-intellectualism is far worse." ~Jonathan Wilson, Inverting the Pyramid
"On Prozac, Sisyphus might well push the boulder back up the mountain with more enthusiasm and more creativity. I do not want to deny the benefits of psychoactive medication. I just want to point out that Sisyphus is not a patient with a mental health problem. To see him as a patient with a mental health problem is to ignore certain larger aspects of his predicament connected to boulders, mountains, and eternity." ~Carl Elliott, Better Than Well
"It is not true that 'everyone knows what is wrong with our society' and differs only over a simple choice of solutions. What we see as wrong, and our ability to express what is wrong in a profound, subtle and organized way, will influence our conception of a solution as well as providing us with the energy to seek it." ~Iris Murdoch, "A House of Theory"
"[W]e are never more (and sometimes less) than the co-authors of our own narratives. Only in fantasy do we live what story we please. In life, as both Aristotle and Engels noted, we are always under certain constraints. We enter upon a stage which we did not design and we find ourselves part of an action that was not of our making." ~Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue