— Dan Brown, livro The Lost Symbol
Fonte: The Lost Symbol
— Dan Brown, livro The Lost Symbol
Fonte: The Lost Symbol
— Edward O. Wilson American biologist 1929
Fonte: Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998), p. 262.
— Alice Miller Swiss psychologist 1923 - 2010
Fonte: The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
— G. K. Chesterton, livro What I Saw in America
"The Future of Democracy" http://www.online-literature.com/chesterton/what-i-saw-in-america/19/
What I Saw in America (1922)
Contexto: The last hundred years has seen a general decline in the democratic idea. If there be anybody left to whom this historical truth appears a paradox, it is only because during that period nobody has been taught history, least of all the history of ideas. If a sort of intellectual inquisition had been established, for the definition and differentiation of heresies, it would have been found that the original republican orthodoxy had suffered more and more from secessions, schisms, and backslidings. The highest point of democratic idealism and conviction was towards the end of the eighteenth century, when the American Republic was 'dedicated to the proposition that all men are equal.' It was then that the largest number of men had the most serious sort of conviction that the political problem could be solved by the vote of peoples instead of the arbitrary power of princes and privileged orders.
— George Mason American delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention 1725 - 1792
Virginia Charters (1773)
— Henry Schriver American politician 1914 - 2011
Cows, Kids, and Co-ops
— Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935
Fonte: Academy Series - Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, Omega (2003), Chapter 41 (p. 404)
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and his passion, but also because of his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and the customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depend upon his.
2013, Eulogy of Nelson Mandela (December 2013)
— Hermann Hesse, livro The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Bead Game (1943)
Contexto: "If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?"
The Master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said, "There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht — I can see they have already begun."
— Benjamin Fish Austin Nineteenth-century Canadian educator/Methodist Minister/Spiritualist 1850 - 1933
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
John D. Barrow, Between Inner and Outer Space: Essays on Science, Art and Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-192-88041-1, Part 4, ch. 13: Why is the Universe Mathematical? (p. 88). Also found in Barrow's "The Mathematical Universe" http://www.lasalle.edu/~didio/courses/hon462/hon462_assets/mathematical_universe.htm (1989) and The Artful Universe Expanded (Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN 0-192-80569-X, ch. 5, Player Piano: Hearing by Numbers, p. 250
— John Armstrong British poet 1709 - 1779
Book IV, line 301.
The Art of Preserving Health (1744)
— John D. Barrow British scientist 1952
The Artful Universe (1995)
Contexto: If a 'religion' is defined to be a system of ideas that contains unprovable statements, then Gödel taught us that mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one.<!-- Ch. 5, p. 211
— Herbert Butterfield, livro The Whig Interpretation of History
The Whig Interpretation of History (1931)
— Jay Lemke American academic 1946
Fonte: Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. 1990, p. 149
— Eugene O'Neill, The Iceman Cometh
Fonte: The Iceman Cometh
— Mahmoud al-Zahar Co-founder of Hamas 1945
[Mahmoud al-Zahar, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/16/AR2008041602899.html, No Peace Without Hamas, Washington Post, April 17, 2008, February 25, 2014]
— Julian (emperor), livro Against the Galilaeans
Against the Galilaeans (c. 362)
Contexto: All of us, without being taught, have attained to a belief in some sort of divinity, though it is not easy for all men to know the precise truth about it, nor is it possible for those who do know it to tell it to all men. … Surely, besides this conception which is common to all men, there is another also. I mean that we are all by nature so closely dependent on the heavens and the gods that are visible therein, that even if any man conceives of another god besides these, he in every case assigns to him the heavens as his dwelling-place; not that he thereby separates him from the earth, but he so to speak establishes the King of the All in the heavens as in the most honourable place of all, and conceives of him as overseeing from there the affairs of this world. What need have I to summon Hellenes and Hebrews as witnesses of this? There exists no man who does not stretch out his hands towards the heavens when he prays; and whether he swears by one god or several, if he has any notion at all of the divine, he turns heavenward. And it was very natural that men should feel thus.