— Brandon Sanderson American fantasy writer 1975
„Lessing, the most honest of theoretical men, dared to say that he took greater delight in the quest for truth than in the truth itself.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, livro The Birth of Tragedy
Darum hat Lessing, der ehrlichste theoretische Mensch, es auszusprechen gewagt, dass ihm mehr am Suchen der Wahrheit als an ihr selbst gelegen sei...
Fonte: The Birth of Tragedy (1872), p. 73
„It’s not by chance that most of the basketball players are tall men, nor that most of the transvestite are homosexuals. It’s also not a coincidence that most of those who hold the power are ambitious people. In other words, it’s not a coincidence that the world is ruled by people who shouldn’t rule.“
— Jorge Majfud Uruguayan-American writer 1969
Critica de la pasión pura (1998)
„The men who are to protect the community against violent aggression easily turn into the most dangerous aggressors. They transgress their mandate.“
— Ludwig von Mises austrian economist 1881 - 1973
Fonte: The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science (1962), Chapter 5: On Some Popular Errors Concerning the Scope and Method of Economics, § 10 : The Concept of a Perfect System of Government
Contexto: It is a double-edged makeshift to entrust an individual or a group of individuals with the authority to resort to violence. The enticement implied is too tempting for a human being. The men who are to protect the community against violent aggression easily turn into the most dangerous aggressors. They transgress their mandate. They misuse their power for the oppression of those whom they were expected to defend against oppression. The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty.
— A.E. Housman English classical scholar and poet 1859 - 1936
"The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism", a lecture delivered on August 4, 1921
— James Gilligan American psychiatrist and author
„I find that those men who are personally most polite to women, who call them angels and all that, cherish in secret the greatest contempt for them.“
— Germaine Greer, livro The Female Eunuch
Fonte: The Female Eunuch
„The fact is that most gay men and women lead, or try to lead, ordinary lives indistinguishable from those of their neighbours.“
— Michael Nava American writer 1954
Fonte: Non-fiction, Created equal: Why gay rights matter to America (1994), p.53
„Tell people that war is an evil, and they will laugh; for who does not know it? Tell them that patriotism is an evil, and most of them will agree, but with a reservation.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Patriotism, or Peace? http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism,_or_Peace%3F (1896), translated by Nathan Haskell Dole
I have already several times expressed the thought that in our day the feeling of patriotism is an unnatural, irrational, and harmful feeling, and a cause of a great part of the ills from which mankind is suffering, and that, consequently, this feeling – should not be cultivated, as is now being done, but should, on the contrary, be suppressed and eradicated by all means available to rational men. Yet, strange to say – though it is undeniable that the universal armaments and destructive wars which are ruining the peoples result from that one feeling – all my arguments showing the backwardness, anachronism, and harmfulness of patriotism have been met, and are still met, either by silence, by intentional misinterpretation, or by a strange unvarying reply to the effect that only bad patriotism (Jingoism or Chauvinism) is evil, but that real good patriotism is a very elevated moral feeling, to condemn which is not only irrational but wicked.
What this real, good patriotism consists in, we are never told; or, if anything is said about it, instead of explanation we get declamatory, inflated phrases, or, finally, some other conception is substituted for patriotism – something which has nothing in common with the patriotism we all know, and from the results of which we all suffer so severely.
Patriotism and Government http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism_and_Government (1900)
Contexto: Tell people that war is an evil, and they will laugh; for who does not know it? Tell them that patriotism is an evil, and most of them will agree, but with a reservation. "Yes," they will say, "wrong patriotism is an evil; but there is another kind, the kind we hold." But just what this good patriotism is, no one explains.
„Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.“
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Fonte: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
„Most accountants are honorable men, trying to do a job. But they are hired by corporations, not by investors.“
— George Goodman American author and economics commentator 1930 - 2014
Fonte: The Money Game (1968), Chapter 13, But What Do The Numbers Mean?, p. 185
„When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Getting Married (1908)
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
Fonte: 1980s, p. 367
— François de La Rochefoucauld, livro Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
La plupart des gens ne jugent des hommes que par la vogue qu'ils ont, ou par leur fortune.
Variant translation: Most people judge men only by their fashion or their fortune.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
— Jackie Collins British-American novelist and writer 1937 - 2015
Fonte: Married Lovers
„People always ask me where they should go to work, and I always tell them to go to work for whom they admire the most.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930