Quotes by Zygmunt Bauman

"The rationality of the ruled is always the weapon of the rulers."

"Real dialogue isn’t about talking to people who believe the same things as you."

"Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves."

"For one to be free there must be at least two."

"One thing which even the most seasoned and discerning masters of the art of choice do not and cannot choose, is the society to be born into - and so we are all in travel, whether we like it or not. We have not been asked about our feelings anyway. Thrown into a vast open sea with no navigation charts and all the marker buoys sunk and barely visible, we have only two choices left: we may rejoice in the breath-taking vistas of new discoveries - or we may tremble out of fear of drowning. One option not really realistic is to claim sanctuary in a safe harbour; one could bet that what seems to be a tranquil haven today will be soon modernized, and a theme park, amusement promenade or crowded marina will replace the sedate boat sheds. The third option not thus being available, which of the two other options will be chosen or become the lot of the sailor depends in no small measure on the ship's quality and the navigation skills of the sailors. Not all ships are seaworthy, however. And so the larger the expanse of free sailing, the more the sailor's fate tends to be polarized and the deeper the chasm between the poles. A pleasurable adventure for the well-equipped yacht may prove a dangerous trap for a tattered dinghy. In the last account, the difference between the two is that between life and death."


Books by Zygmunt Bauman

  • Liquid Modernity
  • 2,928 ratings
  • June 8th 2000 by Polity Press

    (first published 1999)

  • Liquid Life
  • 1,256 ratings
  • June 24th 2005 by Polity Press

    (first published 2005)

  • Consuming Life
  • 857 ratings
  • November 19th 2007 by Polity Press

    (first published 2001)

  • The Art of Life
  • 572 ratings
  • September 2nd 2008 by Polity Press

    (first published 2008)

Zygmunt Bauman
  • Zygmunt Bauman

  • Date of birth: November 19, 1925
  • Died: January 09, 2017
  • Born: in Poznań, Poland.

  • Description: Zygmunt Bauman was a world-renowned Polish sociologist and philosopher, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds. He was one of the world's most eminent social theorists, writing on issues as diverse as modernity and the Holocaust, postmodern consumerism and liquid modernity and one of the creators of the concept of “postmodernism”.