„Humbleness, forgiveness, clarity and love are the dynamics of freedom. They are the foundations of authentic power.“

—  Gary Zukav

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„It is of the essence of traditions that they cover or conceal their humble foundations by erecting impressive edifices on them.“

—  Leo Strauss Classical philosophy specialist and father of neoconservativism 1899 - 1973

Fonte: Natural Right and History (1953), p. 31

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„There is power in forgiveness.“

—  Phil McGraw American television host, psychologist, actor and film producer 1950

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„There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied.“

—  Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973

The Wisdom of Insecurity (1951)
Contexto: There is no formula for generating the authentic warmth of love. It cannot be copied. You cannot talk yourself into it or rouse it by straining at the emotions or by dedicating yourself solemnly to the service of mankind. Everyone has love, but it can only come out when he is convinced of the impossibility and the frustration of trying to love himself. This conviction will not come through condemnations, through hating oneself, through calling self love bad names in the universe. It comes only in the awareness that one has no self to love.

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„Alexander illustrates with startling clarity the ultimate loneliness of supreme power.“

—  Ernst Badian Austrian classical scholar 1925 - 2011

Studies in Greek and Roman History, Alexander the Great and the Loneliness of Power, 1964 p. 204
Contexto: After fighting, scheming and murdering in pursuit of the secure tenure of absolute power, he found himself at last on a lonely pinnacle over an abyss, with no use for his power and security unattainable. His genius was such that he ended an epoch and began another - but one of unceasing war and misery, from which exhaustion produced an approach to order after two generations and peace at last under the Roman Empire. He himself never found peace. One is tempted to see him, in medieval terms, as the man who sold his soul to the Devil for power: the Devil kept his part of the bargain but ultimately claimed his own. But to the historian, prosaically such allegory, we must put it differently: to him, when he has done all the work - work that must be done, and done carefully - of analysing the play of faction and the system of government, Alexander illustrates with startling clarity the ultimate loneliness of supreme power.

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„Love which is not humble is a devil.“

—  John of St. Samson 1571 - 1636

From, Light on Carmel: An Anthology from the Works of Brother John of Saint Samson, O.Carm.

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„First, we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. It is impossible even to begin the act of loving one's enemies without prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us. It is also necessary to realize that the forgiving act must always be initiated by the person who has been wronged, the victim of some great hurt, the recipient of some tortuous injustice, the absorber of some terrible act of oppression.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1950s, Loving Your Enemies (Christmas 1957)
Contexto: First, we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. It is impossible even to begin the act of loving one's enemies without prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us. It is also necessary to realize that the forgiving act must always be initiated by the person who has been wronged, the victim of some great hurt, the recipient of some tortuous injustice, the absorber of some terrible act of oppression. The wrongdoer may request forgiveness. He may come to himself, and, like the prodigal son, move up with some dusty road, his heart palpitating with the desire for forgiveness. But only the injured neighbor, the loving father back home can really pour out the warm waters of forgiveness.

„Pestel was a very forceful person and quickly saw the power of system dynamics.“

—  Jay Wright Forrester American operations researcher 1918 - 2016

Forrester (1989) The Beginning of System Dynamics http://leml.asu.edu/jingle/Web_Pages/EcoMod_Website/Readings/SD+STELLA/Forrester-Begin'g-SD_1989.pdf. Banquet Talk at the international meeting of the System Dynamics Society Stuttgart, Germany July 13, l989

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