Defensive Indifference

Famous quotes containing the words defensive and/or indifference:

    Stay-at-home mothers, . . . their self-esteem constantly assaulted, . . . are ever more fervently concerned that their offspring turn out better so they won’t have to stoop to say “I told you so.” Working mothers, . . . their self-esteem corroded by guilt, . . . are praying their kids turn out functional so they can stop being defensive and apologetic and instead assert “See? I did do it all.”
    Melinda M. Marshall (20th century)

    That other one wanted to think his way to life,
    Sure that the ultimate poem was the mind,
    Or of the mind, or of the mind in these
    Elysia, these days, half earth, half mind;
    Half sun, half thinking of the sun; half sky,
    Half desire for indifference about the sky.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)