I argued that the Bush administration, and the Coalition officials more recently, didn't understand Iraqi society. They thought it was a blank slate, that they could use Iraqis as guinea pigs.— Juan Cole
Jaw-dropping Blank Slates quotations
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, Write a good one !
The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero.
When absolutes are abandoned for principles, the U.
S. Constitution becomes a blank slate for anyone’s graffiti.
Music is the chalk to the blackboard of life. Without it everything is a blank slate
The strongest argument against totalitarianism may be a recognition of a universal human nature; that all humans have innate desires for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The doctrine of the blank slate... is a totalitarian's dream.
We are here to inscribe ourselves on the universe, and it is not inappropriate to remind ourselves of this when blank slates are given us.
Don't get seduced by your own stuff; work hard to keep a blank slate state of mind each time you watch your film.
The brain is highly structured, but it is also extremely flexible.
It's not a blank slate, but it isn't written in stone, either.
Man will become better when you show him what he is like.
I am a blank slate - therefore I can create anything I want.
Whenever I finish a book, I start with a blank slate and never have ideas lined up.
I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and hope to God that I am creative.
As a matter of principle, I always come to a film like a blank slate, I don't learn my lines in advance. With this approach, I feel clean.
I got to college and saw all of my friends going to these other schools and thought, 'You know, college is just a blank slate.' And I had an opportunity to go to different schools, but I chose Brown because it was unique and allowed you to be yourself as an individual and like I said, it's a blank slate.
The religion that has transformed Western civilization for two millennia is a blank slate for liberals. Their closest reference point is conservative Christians, meaning people you're not supposed to hire. And these are the people who carp about George Bush's alleged lack of intellectual curiosity.
There's a brief moment when you first wake up, where you have no memories.
A blissful blank slate, a happy emptiness.
Most people have a blank slate and can start from nothing.
But for me, I had to break a bad habit that I've been doing all of my life, which is freestyle hip-hop.
Thus, true long-term change is brought about not by destructive passion of the moment but by well-reasoned constructive action. Violent shock of Armageddon that leaves nothing in its wake but a blank slate is not a solution, only a postponement of progress.
A baby is such a blank slate, like training the understudy for a role you're planning to leave. You truly hope your replacement will do the play justice, but in secret you want future critics to say you played the character better.
With violence, as with so many other concerns, human nature is the problem, but human nature is also the solution.
I've heard some designers talk about the design process being centred on invention, starting with a blank slate. I admire that and occasionally I'm capable of that, but I have to admit that I really have trouble working with completely open briefs.
The desert is an ideal illusion of a blank slate - so much mystery in endless layers is hidden underneath its bright, pseudo-sterile surface.
Life is just a blank slate, what matters most is what you write on it.
It was a lot of fun to play a character [in Swiss Army Man] with no inhibitions, and with no knowledge of the world, and who comes into the world kind of like a blank slate. It means there's no template or blueprint for how you need to play certain scenes.
You can sit in front of a computer and have a blank slate and be completely overwhelmed by the possibilities and not get anywhere.
I've never been about trying to promote a brand of Squarepusher.
I've never been keen on that idea that these are the character traits that I've got to stick with and amplify and keep pushing forward and pushing on the public. I'm really happy to throw it all away and start each record with a blank slate but I concede you've got a point, there are things I can't get rid of, no matter how hard I try.
It is so hard for musicians when they step into acting is they're not coming in as a blank slate, they're coming in with a real set idea of who they are, where they're coming from, what their politics are, what their tastes are.
Inside each of us is a unique person resulting from millennia of environment and heredity combined in a way that could never happen again and could never have happened before. We aren't blank slates, but we are also communal creatures who are born before our brains are fully developed, so we're very sensitive to our environment. The question is: How to find the support and the circumstances that allow you to express what's inside you?
Contrary to what some parents might believe or hope for, children are not born a blank slate. Rather, they come into the world with predetermined abilities, proclivities and temperaments that nurturing parents may be able to foster or modify, but can rarely reverse.
The apartment was entirely, was only, for her: a wall of books, both read and unread, all of them dear to her not only in themselves, their tender spines, but in the moments or periods they evoked… Her self, then, was represented in her books; her times in her records; and the rest of the room she thought of as a pure, blank slate.
We're not blank slates. What we've done, what we've survived all go into us.
There's nothing so attractive as a blank slate.
Take one attractive man, slap on a thick coat of daydream, and voila, the perfect man. With absolutely no resemblance to reality.
My room is cleared. My head is cleared. Earlier, around dawn, I took out the last load of trash. I look around and see what's left. Nothing. There is no more Daelyn Rice. As I was. As I am. Or will become. I'm a blank slate
Blank-slate friendships were thin and temperamental.
She knew that. There was no history there to cement people together, for better or worse.
Without memories to cloud it, the mind perceives with absolute clarity.
Each observation stands out in stark relief. In the beginning, when there's not yet a smudge, the slate still blank, there is only the present moment: each vital detail, shocked color, the fall of light. Like film stills. The mind relentlessly open to the world, deeply impressed, even hurt by it: not yet gauzed by memory.