„Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return.“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
Context: There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise; it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return. 3 (20 October 1917); as published in The Blue Octavo Notebooks (1954); also in Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings (1954); variant translations use "cardinal sins" instead of "main human sins" and "laziness" instead of "indolence".
— Gabrielle Roy French Canadian fiction writer 1909 - 1983
in Where Nests the Water Hen:Roy,Gabrielle (1951)
— Gerry Spence American lawyer 1929
Context: Today the insatiable quest for profit promotes the new slavery. In bewildering ways, the new is more pernicious than the old, for the New American Slave is told he is free, and he clings to that myth as if his life depended upon it, a suspicion that cannot be totally ignored. Ch. 2 : Man, the Enslaving Animal, p. 22
— Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Re: *Why* is LISP better? http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/56b07583ed1eb1de (Usenet article).
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Context: You are impatient and hard to please. If alone, you call it solitude: if in the company of men, you dub them conspirators and thieves, and find fault with your very parents, children, brothers and neighbours. Whereas when by yourself you should have called it Tranquillity and Freedom: and herein deemed yourself like unto the Gods. And when in the company of the many, you should not have called it a wearisome crowd and tumult, but an assembly and a tribunal; and thus accepted all with contentment. What then is the chastisement of those who accept it not? To be as they are. Is any discontented with being alone? let him be in solitude. Is any discontented with his parents? let him be a bad son, and lament. Is any discontented with his children? let him be a bad father.—"Throw him into prison!"—What prison?—Where he is already: for he is there against his will; and wherever a man is against his will, that to him is a prison. Thus Socrates was not in prison since he was there with his own consent. (31 & 32).
— Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose
— John Denham English poet and courtier 1615 - 1669
The Sophy: A Tragedy, Act I, scene ii.
— David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda
— R.S. Thomas, The Echoes Return Slow
"The Echoes Return Slow" in The Echoes Return Slow (1988)