„For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen.“
„As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, we identify with the other creature and learn something about ourselves.“
— Martha C. Nussbaum American philosopher 1947
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
„If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals.“
— José Saramago, livro Ensaio sobre a Cegueira
Blindness (1995), Se não formos capazes de viver inteiramente como pessoas, ao menos façamos tudo para não viver inteiramente como animais. p. 116
„We may learn everything about something, and we may learn something about everything, but we're never going to learn everything about everything.“
— Robert M. Sapolsky American endocrinologist 1957
Emperor Has No Clothes Award acceptance speech (2003), Context: I am a reasonably emotional person, and I see no reason why that's incompatible with being a scientist. Even if we learn about how everything works, that doesn't mean anything at all. You can reduce how an impala leaps to a bunch of biomechanical equations. You can turn Bach into contrapuntal equations, and that doesn't reduce in the slightest our capacity to be moved by a gazelle leaping or Bach thundering. There is no reason to be less moved by nature around us simply because it's revealed to have more layers of complexity than we first observed. The more important reason why people shouldn't be afraid is, we're never going to inadvertently go and explain everything. We may learn everything about something, and we may learn something about everything, but we're never going to learn everything about everything. When you study science, and especially these realms of the biology of what makes us human, what's clear is that every time you find out something, that brings up ten new questions, and half of those are better questions than you started with.
„We may have learned to fly like birds and swim like fish, but we have forgotten how to live like human beings. It seems we have to relearn that skill. How can we do this? It is only possible if we learn about ourselves. We have to subject ourselves to self-analysis. Why? Because it is not outer space, not the wind, not the ocean, not the seasons, nature or animals that are the cause of this world’s problems, but we human beings—our minds.“
— Mata Amritanandamayi Hindu spiritual leader and guru 1953
Practice Spiritual Values & Save the World (2013)
„When in the end, the day came on which I was going away, I learned the strange learning that things can happen which we ourselves cannot possibly imagine, either beforehand, or at the time when they are taking place, or afterwards when we look back on them.“
— Karen Blixen, Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass
— Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love & Compassion
„There is an aspiration we all have which needs to be fulfilled. That’s what I’m talking about. There is something that I can offer that fulfills that place, that fulfills that vacuum. It replaces that vacuum with a reality, with an experience of your own self. Because what you are is very beautiful. We need to learn to live with ourselves. When we can’t learn to live with ourselves, we can’t live with anybody. The world is too small.“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
1980s, Hayward, California, USA, March 1, 1985
„All we can learn from a film like this is that millions of people can be led, and millions more killed, by madness leashed to racism and the barbaric instincts of tribalism.“
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Reviews, Four star reviews, Context: Admiration I did not feel. Sympathy I felt in the sense that I would feel it for a rabid dog, while accepting that it must be destroyed. I do not feel the film provides "a sufficient response to what Hitler actually did," because I feel no film can, and no response would be sufficient. All we can learn from a film like this is that millions of people can be led, and millions more killed, by madness leashed to racism and the barbaric instincts of tribalism. Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/downfall-2005 of Downfall (11 March 2005)
„Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
„Whatever happens in the country, whatever warfare harasses our land, we will never relinquish our hold on Western learning.“
— Fukuzawa Yukichi Japanese author, writer, teacher, translator, entrepreneur and journalist who founded Keio University 1835 - 1901
Context: Whatever happens in the country, whatever warfare harasses our land, we will never relinquish our hold on Western learning. As long as this school of ours stands, Japan remains a civilized nation of the world. Ch. X.
— Mary Midgley British philosopher and ethicist 1919 - 2018
Context: We are not just rather like animals; we are animals. Our difference from other species may be striking, but comparisons with them have always been, and must be, crucial to our view of ourselves. Introduction, Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature (1979).
„Humans have spent (10k+) years learning to fight and debate with the other side, and almost no time learning to listen and empathize.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say (2000), p. 18.