American Paranoia

Sunday, November 12, 2017 – American Paranoia

As long as anger, paranoia and misinformation drive our political debate, there are unhinged souls among us who will feel justified in turning to violent remedies for imagined threats. ~ David Horsey

Even a paranoid can have enemies. ~ Henry Kissinger

Just because they really are out to get you doesn’t mean you aren’t paranoid. ~ Steven Brust

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret to a happy, successful life of paranoia is to keep careful track of your persecutors. ~ Tyrone Hayes

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you’ve got it when you can’t think of anything that’s your fault. ~ Robert M. Hutchins

The utter absence of proof for a proposition is proof of a successful conspiracy to destroy all proof. ~ George F. Will

The worm of paranoia begins to eat into even the hardest adversary. ~ David Ignatius

Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then… ~ Philip K. Dick

There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

Sometimes paranoia’s just having all the facts. ~ William S. Burroughs

People that have trust issues only need to look in the mirror. There they will meet the one person that will betray them the most. ~ Shannon L. Alder

Paranoia’s the garlic in life’s kitchen, right: you can never have too much. ~ Thomas Pynchon

There is no literature and art without paranoia. Probably there would be even civilization. Paranoia is the world. It is the attempt to make sense of what has not. ~ Thomas Pynchon

There’s a deep-seated paranoia that Americans have about not being Americans or something. ~ Billy Joel

America is in a state of somnolence. It’s an avoidance of paranoia through ignoring reality. ~ John McAfee

African-Americans have always known that a little bit of paranoia was healthy for us. ~ Cynthia McKinney

Among the Internet’s many gains for humanity, decreasing paranoia has not been one of them. Anything from that lump under your armpit to what’s lurking in the sea – just type it into a search engine and watch your nerves explode. ~ John Niven

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. ~ Andy Grove

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. ~ J. D. Salinger

I’m not a paranoid deranged millionaire. ~ Howard Hughes

Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant – it tends to get worse. ~ Molly Ivins

Guerrilla leaders win wars by being paranoid and ruthless. Once they take power, they are expected to abandon those qualities and embrace opposite ones: tolerance, compromise and humility. Almost none manages to do so. ~ Stephen Kinzer

Paranoid? Probably. But just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t an invisible demon about to eat your face. ~ Jim Butcher, Storm Front

My paranoia wasn’t always right, but just to be on the safe side, I never went to sleep with a clown in the room. ~ Mark Henwick

Fear of Vikings builds castles. ~ Charles Manson

The relentless note of incipient hysteria, the invitation to panic, the ungrounded scenarios -the overwhelming and underlying desire for something truly terrible to happen so that you could have something really hot to talk about – was still startling. We call disasters unimaginable, but all we do is imagine such things. That, you could conclude mordantly, is the real soundtrack of our time: the amplification of the self-evident toward the creation of paralyzing, preemptive paranoia. ~ Adam Gopnik

We must content ourselves with the mystery, the absurdity, the contradictions, the hostility, but also the generosity that our environment offers us. It’s not much, but it’s always better than the deadly, defeatist certainty of the paranoid. ~ Philip K. Dick