„In short, what the sensitive liberals want is a thus try to deprive the French Revolution of its status as the founding event of modern democracy, relegating it to a historical anomaly: there was a historical necessity to assert the modern principles of personal freedom, etc.“
— Slavoj Žižek Slovene philosopher 1949
Robespierre: Virtue and Terror (2007)
„Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.“
— Sigmund Freud, livro The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
1930s, Analysis Terminable and Interminable, sect. 5 (1937); reprinted in Complete Works, Standard Edition, vol. 23 (ed. James Strachey and Anna Freud. 1964); as quoted in The New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations by Robert Andrews, Penguin Books, 2001.
„Charlotte, having seen his body
Borne before her on a shutter,
Like a well-conducted person,
Went on cutting bread and butter.“
— William Makepeace Thackeray novelist 1811 - 1863
Sorrows of Werther, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„Complete knowledge of every theoretical and instrumental detail can only be obtained by those who will devote… a large portion of their lives; but sound knowledge of the principles… can be obtained by the reasonable efforts of persons possessing common opportunities for general knowledge.“
— George Biddell Airy English mathematician and astronomer 1801 - 1892
Popular Astronomy: A Series of Lectures Delivered at Ipswich (1868), Introduction
„For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.“
— Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn Austrian noble and political theorist 1909 - 1999
Leftism Revisited (1990), p. 319
„Logic should no longer be considered an elegant and learned accomplishment; it should take its place as an indispensable study for every well-informed person.“
— William Stanley Jevons English economist and logician 1835 - 1882
Elementary Lessons on Logic (1870), Preface.
„A "value" in the life of a person as well as a nation suggests a pattern of attitudes or behavior that recurs with some frequency. An attitude or a passion or a principle must have a history—either personal or societal before it becomes a "value."“
— John Rohr American political scientist 1934 - 2011
John Rohr (1976). "The study of ethics in a P.A. Curriculum." Public Administration Review, 36, p. 402
„To one completely committed to this realm of becoming, as are the empiricists, the claim to apprehend verities is a sign of psychopathology. Probably we have here but a highly sophisticated expression of the doctrine that ideals are hallucination and that the only normal, sane person is the healthy extrovert, making instant, instinctive adjustments to the stimuli of the material world.“
— Richard M. Weaver American scholar 1910 - 1963
Language is Sermonic (1970), “The Power of the Word,” p. 37.
— Poul Anderson, livro The Star Fox
The Star Fox (1965), Section 2 “Arsenal Port”, Chapter VIII (p. 133)
„Revolution is indeed a violent process. But if it is to result only in a change of dictatorship, in a shifting of names and political personalities, then it is hardly worth while. It is surely not worth all the struggle and sacrifice, the stupendous loss in human life and cultural values that result from every revolution. If such a revolution were even to bring greater social well being (which has not been the case in Russia) then it would also not be worth the terrific price paid: mere improvement can be brought about without bloody revolution.“
— Emma Goldman, livro Minha Desilusão na Rússia
My Disillusionment in Russia (1923)