„To do nothing is the way to be nothing.“

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1804 - 1864

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„There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.

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Fonte: Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of American Statesmen (1898), p. 370 http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435065322687?urlappend=%3Bseq=458: "If you would escape moral and physical assassination, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing—court obscurity, for only in oblivion does safety lie." Other versions of the saying were repeated in several of Hubbard's later writings.

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„To do nothing by halves is the way of noble spirits.“

—  Christoph Martin Wieland, livro Oberon

Nichts halb zu thun ist edler Geister Art.
Oberon, Song 5, st. 30 http://www.archive.org/stream/oberon02187gut/7ober10.txt; translation from A. B. Faust (ed.) Oberon (New York: F. S. Crofts, 1940) p. 326.

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„Nothing weird about that as long as you do it in a meaningful way.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

Oui interview (1979)
Contexto: There isn’t anything weird about my music. Weird is a skeleton in the closet, wearing a rubber mask with warts all over its nose, and all that kind of shit. That’s not what I do. The thing that makes my music unusual is that people only hear one kind of music all the time over the radio. It’s wallpaper to their lives. Audile wallpaper. There’s one acceptable beat and there are three acceptable chord progressions. There are five acceptable words: baby, love, tears, yat yat. Just because I don’t deal in those terms doesn’t mean I’m weird. So tell these people: I ain’t weird; I’m rational. I’m a person who can choose to write stuff like that, or choose to write stuff that includes all the notes on the piano played at once, followed by a cement truck driving over the piano, followed by a small atomic explosion. Nothing weird about that as long as you do it in a meaningful way.

Mona Sahlin photo

„But that has nothing to do with ethnicity. Who's by the way Swedish and who's an immigrant?“

—  Mona Sahlin Swedish politician 1957

Mona Sahlin answers a question about increased crime and immigration in the Ungt val (eng. Young Election/Choice) section of the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, March 15, 2002.

Fred Shero photo

„To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.“

—  Fred Shero Former ice hockey player and coach 1925 - 1990

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1996
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Elbert Hubbard photo

„Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you'll never be criticized.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

John North Willys (as reprinted in Elbert Hubbard's Selected Writings, Part 2 (1998), pp. 331–337, Roycrofters, 1922).
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Fonte: Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Vol. 3: American Statesmen

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„When there's nothing to do, you do nothing slowly and intently.“

—  Haruki Murakami, livro Dance Dance Dance

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Laozi photo

„Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.“

—  Laozi semi-legendary Chinese figure, attributed to the 6th century, regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of… -604

Walter Winchell photo

„Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.“

—  Walter Winchell American gossip journalist 1897 - 1972

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„There is always a strong case for doing nothing, especially for doing nothing yourself.“

—  Winston S. Churchill, livro The World Crisis

The World Crisis, 1911–1914 : Chapter XV (Antwerp), Churchill, Butterworth (1923), p. 340.
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„If you can think of nothing that wouldn't do harm, then do nothing.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928

Panel with Edward Said at Columbia University, New York, April 1999 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/042214
Quotes 1990s, 1995-1999
Contexto: Let me just put the whole thing in a kind of mundane level. Like, suppose you walk out in the street, this evening, and you see a crime being committed, you know, somebody is robbing someone else. Well, you have three choices. One choice is to try to stop it, maybe you call 911 or something. Another choice is to do nothing. A third choice is to pick up an assault rifle and kill 'em both, and kill a bystander at the same time. Well, suppose you do that, and somebody says, "Well, you know, why did you do that?" And you say, "Look, I couldn't stand by and do nothing." I mean, is that a response? If you can think of nothing that wouldn't do harm, then do nothing. And the same is true, magnified, in international affairs. Apart from the fact that there were things that could have been done.

„The know-nothings are, unfortunately, seldom the do-nothings.“

—  Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983

The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified

Aristotle photo

„Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.

„I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing.“

—  Jenny Joseph Poet 1932 - 2018

The Observer, 19 April, 1998, p. 23

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Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj photo

„The Bhakta has only to surrender himself and do nothing else but he has to do a lot for doing nothing.“

—  Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj spiritual leader 1922 - 2013

Indian Philosophy & Culture. Volume 12. Vrindāvan (India): Institute of Oriental Philosophy. 1967.

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