When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.— Neil Postman
Unconventional Serious Business quotations
Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.
For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application -- why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again.
It's a very good time for horror. This business certainly has changed, but there's still room for serious horror films. Look at 28 Days Later, that's not a tongue-in-cheek picture.
People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.
If one defines the term 'dropout' to mean a person who has given up serious effort to meet his responsibilities, then every business office, government agency, golf club and university faculty would yield its quota.
I'm turning left. Look, everyone, my blinker is on, and I'm turning left. I am so happy to be alive, driving along, making a left turn. I'm serious. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing at this moment: existing on a Tuesday, going about my business, on my way somewhere, turning left.
The relativism which is not willing to speak about truth but only about ‘what is true for me’ is an evasion of the serious business of living. It is the mark of a tragic loss of nerve in our contemporary culture. It is a preliminary symptom of death.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
The perfect state, the summum bonum, is Play.
In play, life expresses itself in its fullness. God's life is play. Adam fell when his play became serious business .
That's why I never took this business too seriously, thinking I was something special, when I knew the truly great performers in motion pictures. pictures.
Business is difficult. But it could be approached two ways: Seriously, or with the same way you're doing your job, with entertainment aspect, with pleasure, with fun. And we decided to try to make it as fun that we do our creativity.
Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones.
If you just go out and try to make money by starting a business, you're going to come up with something that's just like what everyone else has done. But if you look at the world and see opportunities that can be taken more seriously, then you come up with a great idea.
We take the hamburger business more seriously than anyone else.
There is no secret to a long marriage - it's hard work.
..It's serious business, and certainly not for cowards.
If you want to be taken seriously, be consistent.
The arts of speech are rhetoric and poetry.
Rhetoric is the art of transacting a serious business of the understanding as if it were a free play of the imagination; poetry that of conducting a free play of the imagination as if it were a serious business of the understanding.
I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting.
But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.
The point is seeing that THIS - the immediate, everyday and present experience - is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter.
If you don't get serious about your money, you will never have serious money...
At the time we’re stuck in it, like hostages locked in a Turkish bath, high school seems the most serious business in the world to just about all of us. It’s not until the second or third class reunion that we start realizing how absurd the whole thing was.
In the era of imperialism, businessmen became politicians and were acclaimed as statesmen, while statesmen were taken seriously only if they talked the language of succcessful businessmen.
The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.
Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.
I think we need a very, very serious effort, primarily through tax policy to provide incentives and encouragement for people to save and invest and expand their businesses and to create more jobs. The kind of thing we did in the early Reagan years, 30 years ago. I think that's essential.
Charge less, but charge. Otherwise, you will not be taken seriously, and you do your fellow artists no favours if you undercut the market.
If we are really serious about preventing another crisis like the 2008 meltdown we should simply ban complex financial instruments, unless they can be unambiguously shown to benefit society in the long run. This is what we do all the time with other products-drugs, cars, electrical products and many others.
Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat the well enough so they don't want to.
Australia's is a special kind of philistinism, an immovable materialism which puts art and ideas of any kind deliberately and firmly to one side to let the serious business of living proceed without distraction.
I take my personal upkeep real seriously;
my sense of organization and attention to detail; my memory; my business - I love the business.
Once I pull up to the stadium, for me it's all business.
This is my job and I take it really serious.
Either get busy living or get busy dying.
I write simply because I hear voices of people in my head who won't give me peace until I convey their stories to the rest of the world. Seriously. They've always been with me. While other girls played with dolls, and my brothers with Hot Wheels, I was busy traveling through space or traipsing through graveyards with my imaginary playmates.
The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers.
The true dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.
It doesn't interest me to be Harrison Ford.
It interests me to be Mike Pomeroy and Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan. I don't want to be in the Harrison Ford business. I take what I do seriously, but I don't take myself seriously.
My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.
I'm busier than a busy person. People aren't scared to play this raucous, harsh music over radio speakers, so I think it's the perfect time to get in with some real serious, heavy bands.
I have friends who go [Tokyo] frequently on business, and it sounds interesting.
I've heard that they have for the first time serious drug problems.
Poetry is a serious business; literature is the apparatus through which the world tries to keep intact its important ideas and feelings.
Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.
My father didn't think being an artist was a respectable or worthy goal for a man. He hoped I would see my way to more serious work and would find myself turning towards medicine, law, or business.
I love no woman, for love is a serious business, not a jest.
Earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people. This earmark ban shows the American people we are listening and we are dead serious about ending business as usual in Washington.
Anybody who has ever been in business, anybody who has ever paid bills, anybody who has ever lived in a serious adult life knows that indebtedness is a killer.
Slater's a big star and he's been in the business a long time.
He's always in a good mood and easygoing but he takes his character very seriously.