Los valores entonces no son más que un conjunto de puntos de vista altamente movedizo. No son iguales a las estrellas fijas (como alguna vez lo fueron las ideas) sino más bien a los globos cuyo forro se conserva para, en dado caso, especialmente en las fiestas, inflarlos (Luhmann, 2006: 266).
— Luhmann, N. (2006). La sociedad de la sociedad. Editorial Herder: México.
Islandness is a sense that is absorbed into the bones of islanders through the obstinate and tenacious hold that island communities exert on their native-born as well as on their converts, who experience it as an instantaneous recognition. Islandness thus is an important metacultural phenomenon that helps maintain island communities in spite of daunting economic pressures to abandon them (Conkling, 2007: 200).
— Conkling, P. (2007). On islanders and islandness. The Geographical Review 97(2), 191-201.
Our prejudices are not good guides to intellectual quality. The use of classics as identifying badges tends to produce sects rather than open intellectual communities. The badges tend to become boundaries rather than guides (Stinchcombe, 1982: 7).
— Stinchcombe, A. (1982). Should sociologists forget their mothers and fathers. The American Sociologist 17, 2-11.
…it might be inferred that […] much of political ecology has no articulated guidelines to effect positive change; that it is largely extractive as well as ineffectual, powerless, apolitical (Walker, 2007: 366).
— Walker, P. A. (2007). Political ecology: where is the politics? Progress in Human Geography 31(3), 363-369.
Sedado pela abundância, Portugal engordou, em vez de criar músculo. (E, prolongando a metáfora, quando chegou o século XXI, Portugal estava em demasiada baixa de forma para poder competir) (Hatton, 2011: 223).
— Hatton, B. (2011). Os portugueses. Lisboa: Clube de Autor.