„A quest for self-respect is proof of its lack“

—  Ayn Rand, livro The Fountainhead
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„People need self-respect, but self-respect must be earned -- it cannot be self-respect if it's not earned -- and the only way to earn anything is to achieve it in the face of the possibility of failing.“

—  Charles Murray American libertarian political scientist, author, and columnist 1943
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/16997889. Crown Forum (2012); ISBN10: 0307453421; ISBN13: 9780307453426.

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„Poker teaches self-reliance, self-control, self-respect, self-denial, and independence. But when cards are wild or are given fictitious authority, the noble game is robbed of its romance, grace and stimulation and degenerates into a gambling scheme.“

—  Henry Fountain Ashurst United States Senator from Arizona 1874 - 1962
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„A general proof is difficult because of the lack of general criteria for the existence of steady states, but it can be given for special cases.“

—  Ludwig von Bertalanffy austrian biologist and philosopher 1901 - 1972
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„Feelings are self-justifying, with a set of perceptions and "proofs" all their own.“

—  Daniel Goleman American psychologist & journalist 1946
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„The proof of a theory is in its reasoning, not in its sponsorship“

—  Ludwig von Mises austrian economist 1881 - 1973
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„It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.“

—  Brendan Behan, Brendan Behan, Interviews and Recollections
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