„Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.“

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—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.

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Contexto: It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. It is characteristic of the superior man, appearing insipid, yet never to produce satiety; while showing a simple negligence, yet to have his accomplishments recognized; while seemingly plain, yet to be discriminating. He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.

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„What we call knowing a man's character, is knowing how he will act in such and such conditions. The better we know him the more surely we can prophesy. If we know him perfectly, we are certain.“

—  James Anthony Froude, livro The Nemesis of Faith

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The Nemesis of Faith (1849)
Contexto: It is alike self-contradictory and contrary to experience, that a man of two goods should choose the lesser, knowing it at the time to be the lesser. Observe, I say, at the time of action. We are complex, and therefore, in our natural state, inconsistent, beings, and the opinion of this hour need not be the opinion of the next. It may be different before the temptation appear; it may return to be different after the temptation is passed; the nearness or distance of objects may alter their relative magnitude, or appetite or passion may obscure the reflecting power, and give a temporary impulsive force to a particular side of our nature. But, uniformly, given a particular condition of a man's nature, and given a number of possible courses, his action is as necessarily determined into the course best corresponding to that condition, as a bar of steel suspended between two magnets is determined towards the most powerful. It may go reluctantly, for it will still feel the attraction of the weaker magnet, but it will still obey the strongest, and must obey. What we call knowing a man's character, is knowing how he will act in such and such conditions. The better we know him the more surely we can prophesy. If we know him perfectly, we are certain.

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„We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it.“

—  Jean-Claude Juncker Luxembourgian politician 1954

When talking about economic reforms. http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/publication_summary12588_en.htm&ved=0ahUKEwiBxefUmpXRAhVJjywKHZEnBBIQFggaMAA&usg=AFQjCNGP2YiE7cKXtbR9DsI71bR6q0OkGw (page 4 of the report).
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Variante: If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

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—  Paul Celan Romanian poet and translator 1920 - 1970

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