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Distraction is a killer of dreams, visions and goals
The majority of Americans, the ones who never elected George W. Bush, are not fooled by his weapons of mass distraction.
[On filling out a grant application:] I seek an extended period of time, free from all distractions, so that I might be free to be distracted.
Closing one’s eyes when praying doesn’t increase the odds of the prayer being answered. It merely decreases the odds of being distracted.
Most of our distractions are designed to invite us away from this recognition, which is a good idea.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction.
Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short.
The author explores the result of endless choice. It is not only overload, but a profound loss of unity, solidity, and coherence in life.
This is why you shouldn't fall in love, it blinds you. Love is wicked distraction.
Talking on a landline with no interruptions used to be an everyday thing. Now it's exotic; the jewel in the crown.
the problem with reading off a screen isn’t resolution, eyestrain, or compatibility with reading in the bathtub: it’s that computers are seductive, they tempt us to do other things, making concentrating on a long-form work impractical.
Sometimes I walk into a situation and I know somebody is going to provoke me - not maybe, I know he will provoke me - I know he will provoke me! And there are times when I simply refuse to be provoked. And the other times you have to use that superior knowledge to carry on at work without distraction, and don't allow yourself to be distracted.
the old ploy of the powerful: never refuse when you can confuse. Distraction and delay are always better than obstruction.
Some days, who can stare at swathes of sky, leafage and bad-complected whale-gray streets, tailpipes and smokestacks orating sepia exhaust, or the smaller enthusiasms of pistil and mailbox key, and not weep for the world's darks on lights, lights on darks, how its half-tones stay unchanged in their changings, or how turning wheels and wind-trash and revolving doors weave us into wakefulness or dump us into distraction?
There are two types of 'busy': 1) Constantly distracting yourself from what is true. 2) Constantly working to create something real.
I should have learned mindfulness, and it’s too late now because it’s no good learning it when you’re already in crisis: you have to start when things are good. But only the very, very oddest would think, Hey, my life is perfect. I know! I’ll sit and waste twenty minutes Observing My Thoughts without Judgement.
Dating without technology would have been so fun back in the day. Having to actually go see someone if you wanted to talk to them, having to ask them out in person, being completely there in the moment without having the distraction of a phone.
If someone around you is multitasking, you pick up distraction like second-hand smoke.
Previously, leaving the couch and walking up to the television to change the channel might cost more effort than merely enduring the awful advertisement and associated anxiety. But with a remote in hand, the viewer can click a button and move away effortlessly. Add cable television and the ability to change channels without returning the set (not to mention hundreds of channels to watch instead of just three), and the audience's orientation to the program has utterly changed. The child armed with the remote control is no longer watching a television program, but watching television—moving away from anxiety states and into more pleasurable ones. Take note of yourself as you operate a remote control. You don't click the channel button because you are bored, but because you are mad: Someone you don't trust is attempting to make you anxious. You understand that it is an advertiser trying to make you feel bad about your hair (or lack of it), your relationship, or your current SSRI medication, and you click away in anger. Or you simply refuse to be dragged still further into a comedy or drama when the protagonist makes just too many poor decisions. Your tolerance for his complications goes down as your ability to escape becomes increasingly easy. And so today's television viewer moves from show to show, capturing important moments on the fly. Surf away from the science fiction show's long commercial break to catch the end of a basketball game's second quarter, make it over to the first important murder on the cop show, and then back to the science fiction show before the aliens show up.
It’s easy to forgo distractions and to not accumulate things when you have a larger goal on the horizon.
Hapiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.
To drink for pleasure may be a distraction, but to drink from misery is always a danger.
Ellington Feint was a line in my mind running right down the middle of my life, separating the formal training of my childhood and the territory of the rest of my days. She was an axis, and at that moment and for many moments afterward, my entire world revolved around her.
To some people, employment is a distraction. To all entertainers, distraction is employment.
Have you ever had a dream so strong it slapped you in the face every time you looked away?
This is the problem about thinking about something else to take your mind off something. It works for a little while, but in the end you always come back to the thing you were trying not to think about, only now whatever it was is worse.
Jen Pollock Michel
Desire, if it is to be trusted, is to be inspired by a holy vocabulary.
The disease of the hypochondriac consists in this: that certain bodily sensations do not so much indicate a really existing disease in the body as rather merely excite apprehensions of its existence: and human nature is so constituted – a trait which the animal lacks – that it is able to strengthen or make permanent local impressions simply by paying attention to them, whereas an abstraction – whether produced on purpose or by other diverting occupations – lessen these impressions, or even effaces them altogether.
C. Wright Mills
The mass production of distraction is now as much a part of the American way of life as the mass production of automobiles.
The more my brain was fed, the hungrier it became.
Fatigues and hardships serve to wean me more from the earth, and will make heaven sweeter.
Monastic life cuts off the distractions and emotional entanglements one becomes involved in, in the lay life.
I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.
O woman, perfect woman! what distraction Was meant to mankind when thou wast made a devil!
I'm not the distraction in the room.' 'Oh? And what might be?' -Nora & Patch (PG 242)
If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient." [The Guardian, 25 February 2010]
Some days are hard on us. Life gets serious and shit sucks. But you're my favorite distraction, attraction and human being. And, I can't wait to love you more tomorrow.
Fear of repeating oneself, of repeating oneself may be the greatest bugaboo of late capitalist society. The fear has been marketed so effectively that a will to sustain attention on any one thing can be cancelled out easily in favour of the latest distraction.
With all the touring and distractions going on, I would get a sound together but I wouldn't have time to work on it. So I sat on the road with the sketches and saw how they revealed themselves emotionally.
You don't want your readers seeing easy connections; it becomes a distraction.
Don't puzzle the mind with too many inquiries. One finds it difficult to put one single thing into practising, but dares invite distraction by filling the mind with too many things.
Feeling its power, one Civil War paper trumpeted that Milton and Homer were for another age but for this one was the New York Herald.
Don't get too comfortable. We are here for a certain period of time, and how much of your life are you gonna choose to spend with distractions? How do you make your choices? What is important?
More voices means less trust in any given voice.
But really, by this point, I think I had resigned myself to fate. No stupid movie would save me.
Increasingly we confused the pursuit of happiness with the pursuit of pleasure.
Is daydreaming a distraction from work, or work a distraction from daydreaming?
It may be decades until we know what living in a state of constant distraction will do to us.
It's hard to stay true to yourself and what you want in life when there are so many distractions and so much craziness going on around you.