Political correctness

"Political correctness allows for two basic types of complaint: that people who behave the same are treated differently, and that people who behave differently are treated the same."


"I’m having trouble being politically correct. How about if I'm just theoretically appropriate?"


"If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."

c. 1730
U.S. statesman, philosopher, publisher, and scientist (1706-1790)

"We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship', we call it 'concern for commercial viability'."

American playwright and film director (1947-)

"The objection to Puritans is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think."
  Henry Louis MENCKEN
American writer (1880-1956)
"Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry."

Charles OSGOOD

"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."

Robert Louis STEVENSON
Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist (1850-1894)

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark TWAIN
American author (1835-1910)

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."

Herbert George WELLS
English author (1866-1946)

"The language and concepts contained herein are guaranteed not to cause eternal torment in the place where the guy with the horns and pointed stick conducts his business."

(Francis Vincent) Frank ZAPPA
U.S. singer and songwriter (1940-)

Last update: 26 January 2007

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