When I first heard about Barack Obama's book The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage), a few years ago, I had never heard of Obama and thought the book was a new self-help book and Obama was some new guru. Well, I don't have to explain that was not entirely right. Only now have I read the book and I like it. Let me not provide a conventional review the book here. I am not sure I can add much to the 743 reviews here. Instead, let me share with you 10 quotes from the book which I found appealing. So here we go.
- Life is not obliged to work out as you’d planned (page 3).
- I began to harbor doubts about the path I had chosen; I began feeling the way I imagine an actor or athlete must feel when, after years of commitment to a particular dream, after years of waiting tables between auditions or scratching out hits in the minor leagues, he realizes that he’s gone just about as talent or fortune will take him. (page 4),
- Eventually, my rejection of authority spilled into self-indulgence and self-destructiveness (page 30),
- Finding the right balance between our competing values is difficult. Tensions arise not because we have steered a wrong course, but simply because we live in a complex and contradictory world. (page 56).
- The blood of slaves reminds us that our pragmatism can sometimes be moral cowardice. (page 98)
- Our dominance isn’t inevitable. (page 142)
- We should be guided by what works. (page 159)
- Religion was an expression of human culture, she would explain, not its well-spring, just one of the many ways – and not necessarily the best way- that man attempted to control the unknowable and understand deeper truths about our lives. (page 204)
- Of course organized religion doesn’t have a monopoly on virtue, and one need not be religious to make moral claims or appeal to a common good. (page 214)
- Perhaps I just find the ways of the human heart to various and my own life too imperfect, to believe myself qualified to serve as anyone’s moral arbiter. (page 336)
Do you like these quotes? Which do you like best and least?