You Can Quote Me!

by Charles Lyell on September 30, 2012

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

While perusing a file jam packed with quotes, I noticed that many of them offered valuable insights into dopamine-induced behavior. The revelation started with the above quote penned by the American author, Upton Sinclair. After reading it for the umpteenth time I realized Mr. Upton’s words could be paraphrased as:

“It is difficult to get anyone to understand anything when scoring dopamine depends on not understanding it.”

That started me thinking about other quotes, proverbs, and witticisms that offered helpful clues into how dopamine manipulates behavior.

On that note, here goes:

"Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied." -  Mark Twain

"Dopamine cravings are so powerful that a needy esteem addict will do anything to get himself envied."

“Nothing will content him who is not content with little.” – Greek proverb

“Nothing will content him who is not content with a little dopamine.”

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings grappling with dopamine-induced addictions that keep us from experiencing life as a spiritual experience.”

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure — try to please everyone.” – Herbert Swope

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure — peer-approval addiction.” 

“I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?" – Mark "Rent-boy" Renton:

“I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you're a dopamine addict?"

“Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.” – Ernest Bevin

“Dopamine addicts always look for a scapegoat.”

“Four hardest tasks on earth.
1. To return love for hate,
2. To include the excluded,
3. To forgive without apology, and
4. To be able to say "I was wrong!"  – Author Unknown

“Four relatively easy tasks that dopamine-induced addictions make impossibly hard.
1. To return love for hate,
2. To include the excluded,
3. To forgive without apology, and
4. To be able to say "I was wrong!"

“Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Forgive him, for he is a peer-approval addict.”

"No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched." – George Jean Nathan

“No safety addict can think clearly when dopamine is doing his thinking for him.”

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” -  Eleanor Roosevelt.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look at how how powerful dopamine-induced fears really are.”

“You grow up the day you have the first real laugh – at yourself." – Ethel Barrymore

“You grow up the day you have the first real laugh – at how dopamine keeps tricking you into making a fool of yourself."

"As for worrying about what other people might think – forget it. They  aren't concerned about you. They're too busy worrying about what you and other people think of them." – Michael le Boeuf

"As for worrying about what other people might think – forget it. They  aren't concerned about you. They're too busy worrying about protecting and triggering their dopamine flow."

"To qualify as humans we must take part in humanitarian acts." – José Silva

"To qualify as humans we must rise above the dopamine-induced survival behaviors (we share with chimpanzees) that keep us from taking part in humanitarian acts.”

"If you are not willing to look stupid, nothing great is ever going to happen to you."  – Dr. Gregory House

"If you are not willing to rise above your dopamine-induced safety and peer-approval addictions, nothing great is ever going to happen to you."

“The average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.” -  Leonardo da Vinci

“The average dopamine addict looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”

"Reputation matters so much only because people so seldom think for themselves." – Alain de Botton

"Reputation matters so much only because peer-approval addicts so seldom think for themselves."

"Because above a certain income, what people really want from money is status, we'd save a lot of resources by giving out medals."  – Alain de Botton

"Because above a certain income, what esteem addicts really want from money is status, we'd save a lot of resources by giving out medals." 

"The challenge now is to make the really good ideas seem like they're the normal ones." – Alain de Botton

"The challenge now is to make the really good ideas that threaten safety, peer-approval, and esteem addicts’ dopamine flow seem like they’re normal ones."

If you have any favorite quotes, proverbs, or witticisms that can be easily adapted into dopamine related sayings, please send them in.

 

 

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One Response to “You Can Quote Me!”

  1. Ah, finally, some of these quotes are making sense to me now.

    Posted by Vivienne | February 22, 2013, 6:11 pm

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