James G. Frazer Quotes

Best Quotes by James G. Frazer

“The question whether our conscious personality survives after death has been answered by almost all races of men in the affirmative.”

“The second principle of magic: things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed.”

The Golden Bough Quotes

“It is a common rule with primitive people not to waken a sleeper, because his soul is away and might not have time to get back.”

The Golden Bough

“The advance of knowledge is an infinite progression towards a goal that ever recedes.”

The Golden Bough

“The world cannot live at the level of its great men.”

The Golden Bough

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“Although watching TV is far from being a positive experience — generally people report feeling passive, weak, rather irritable, and sad when doing it — at least the flickering screen brings a certain amount of order to consciousness.

The predictable plots, familiar characters, and even the redundant commercials provide a reassuring pattern of stimulation. The screen invites attention to itself as a manageable, restricted aspect of the environment.

While interacting with television, the mind is protected from personal worries. The information passing across the screen keeps unpleasant concerns out of the mind. Of course, avoiding depression this way is rather spendthrift, because one expends a great deal of attention without having much to show for it afterward.

More drastic ways of coping with the dread of solitude include the regular use of drugs, or the recourse to obsessive practices, which may range from cleaning the house incessantly to compulsive sexual behavior.”

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