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Alienation (Problems of Assimilation) because of Gender, Race, Class, or Creed:

The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity.  Use these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.

"By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own actsóbut his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, are experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.  Erich Fromm (1900?1980), U.S. psychologist. ěAlienation,î ch. 5, The Sane Society (1955).


"Without alienation, there can be no politics."    Arthur Miller (b. 1915), U.S. dramatist. Marxism Today (London, January 1988).


"Self-alienation is the source of all degradation as well as, on the contrary, the basis of all true elevation. The first step will be a look inward, an isolating contemplation of our self. Whoever remains standing here proceeds only halfway. The second step must be an active look outward, an autonomous, determined observation of the outer world.     [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772?1801), German novelist, philosopher, poet. Blüthenstaub (Pollen), fragment no. 24 (1798).


"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law.   James Baldwin


"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule."    Buddha


"Hatred is the madness of the heart."    Lord Byron


"Hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
"Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure."    Lord Byron


"Hatred is like fire -- it makes even light rubbish deadly."    George Eliot


"A good indignation brings out all one's powers."    Ralph Waldo Emerson


"National hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture. "    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. "    Herman Hesse


"Don't hate, it's too big a burden to bear."    Martin Luther King, Sr.


"A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man."    Archibald MacLeish


"Like the greatest virtue and the worst dogs, the fiercest hatred is silent."    Jean Paul Richter


"Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed."    Bertrand Russel


"I shall never permit myself to stoop so low as to hate any man."    Booker T. Washington


"You cannot hate other people without hating your self."    Oprah Winfrey


"Hate is not a good counselor."    Victoria Wolff

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