„Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.“

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„The great reformers of the world turn into the great misanthropists, if circumstances or organisation do not permit them to act.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Cassandra (1860), Context: The great reformers of the world turn into the great misanthropists, if circumstances or organisation do not permit them to act. Christ, if He had been a woman, might have been nothing but a great complainer. Peace be with the misanthropists! They have made a step in progress; the next will make them great philanthropists; they are divided but by a line. The next Christ will perhaps be a female Christ. But do we see one woman who looks like a female Christ? or even like "the messenger before" her "face", to go before her and prepare the hearts and minds for her? To this will be answered that half the inmates of Bedlam begin in this way, by fancying that they are "the Christ." People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned.

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„A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness.“

—  James C. Collins American business consultant and writer 1958
Good To Great And The Social Sectors, 2005, p. 1

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„To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Books, Coningsby (1844), Sybil (1845), Book 1, chapter 5.

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„Healing requires conscious choices“

—  Caroline Myss author from the United States 1952
Context: Healing requires conscious choices… Very few alcoholics want to give up liquor. Obese people don’t want to give up food. Diabetics don’t want to give up sugar. People in toxic relationships don’t want to leave because that’s what they know. It’s change. People are afraid of change. As quoted in "Caroline Myss' Journey" by Terry Loncaric, at Conscious Choice (September 2003)

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„Peace is a conscious choice.“

—  John Denver American singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian 1943 - 1997

„Your life is a reflection of many choices you have made at the innumerable amount of choice-points you've crossed. Great endeavors are the summation of a great and deliberate equation.“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975
Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), Context: This is a mathematical universe. We are surrounded by equations and summations. Your life: the current state of your life and life itself is a direct summation of the equation you have created. Your life is a reflection of many choices you have made at the innumerable amount of choice-points you've crossed. Great endeavors are the summation of a great and deliberate equation. p. 16

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„There are no great men, there are only great challenges, which ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.“

—  William Frederick Halsey, Jr. United States admiral 1882 - 1959
Quoted in the Congressional Record, 11 December 1971 http://books.google.com/books?id=ltuwtwQcKHwC&q=%22There+are+no+great+men+there+are%22+%22only+great+challenges+which+ordinary+men+like+you+and+me+are++forced+by+circumstances+to+meet%22&pg=PA46480#v=onepage.

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„Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
2010s, "Socialism for the Uninformed" http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2016/05/31/socialism-for-the-uninformed-n2171042, 31 May 2016

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