The education system is not designed to turn out thoughtful individualists, it is there to get us to work. When we come home exhausted from the inanities of our jobs we can relax in front of the inanities of the TV screen. This pattern, punctuated by birth, death and marriage and a new car, is offered to us as real life.
Children who are born into a tired world as batteries of new energy are plugged into the system as soon as possible and gradually drained away … Those who have kept their spirit find it hard to nourish it and between the ages of twenty and thirty, many are successfully emptied of all resistance.
I do not think it an exaggeration to say that most of the energy of most of the people is being diverted into a system which destroys them
Money is no antidote. If the imaginative life is to be renewed it needs its own coin.
Imagination and Reality // Jeannette Winterson
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups.
I have seen them intimately, close at hand.
And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.
The Little Prince // Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The people I find irresistible are those in whom the child was not killed.
The qualities of openness, trust, inquisitiveness, tenderness, eagerness, enthusiasm, others undefinable, come from the child in us and are the source of charm.
The laughter and the smile that do not calculate, the spontaneity that is not arrested.
I cannot remember ‘adult’ charm or whether it even exists.
The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 6: 1955-1966 // Anaïs Nin
When someone tells you they’ve just bought a house, they might as well tell you they no longer have a personality. You can immediately assume so many things: that they’re locked into jobs they hate; that they’re broke; that they spend every night watching videos; that they’re fifteen pounds overweight; that they no longer listen to new ideas. It’s profoundly depressing.
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture // Douglas Coupland
The older I get the more I realize how loosely defined the idea of an “adult” is.