„While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them“
— Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
„All men indeed cannot be poets, inventors or philanthropists; but all men can join in that gigantic and godlike work, the progress of creation. Whoever improves his own nature improves the universe of which he is a part.“
— William Winwood Reade British historian 1838 - 1875
Chapter IV, "Intellect"
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
Context: Art and science coincide insofar as both aim to improve the lives of men and women. The latter normally concerns itself with profit, the former with pleasure. In the coming age, art will fashion our entertainment out of new means of productivity in ways that will simultaneously enhance our profit and maximize our pleasure.
„What chiefly diverts the men of democracies from lofty ambition is not the scantiness of their fortunes, but the vehemence of the exertions they daily make to improve them.“
— Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859
Book Three, Chapter XIX.
„Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.“
— Philip James Bailey British writer and poet 1816 - 1902
Scene IV, A Mountain; Sunrise. Compare: "The surest plan to make a man / Is to think him so", J. R. Lowell, Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9
„Men cannot improve a society by setting fire to it: they must seek out its old virtues, and bring them back into the light.“
— Russell Kirk American political theorist and writer 1918 - 1994
— Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 a.C.
Variant translation: Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances. Herodotus, Book 7, Ch. 49; Misattributed to Euripedes in ""The Imperial Four"" by Professor Creasy in Bentley's Miscellany Vol. 33 (January 1853), p. 22
„The ancient bitter opposition to improved methods on the ancient theory that it more than temporarily deprives men of employment... has no place in the gospel of American progress.“
— Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America 1874 - 1964
„Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored?“
— Мустафа Кемаль Ататюрк Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first President of Turkey 1881 - 1938
Context: Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains that the other half can soar into skies? As quoted in "Atatürk" in Images of a Divided World (29 October 2006) http://jmilton6000.wordpress.com/2006/10/29/ataturk/ Variant translation: Humankind consists of two sexes, woman and man. Is it possible that a mass is improved by the improvement of only one part and the other ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains and the other half can soar into skies?
„Without dignity, identity is erased. In its absence, men are defined not by themselves, but by their captors and the circumstances in which they are forced to live.“
— Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
„What is missing to our civilisation, is the soul, the spiritual unity, the basis. That is why everything in it is pretence and contrivance ("façade et artifice", Fr.); why also, in spite of the progress and marvellous improvement they have accomplished in the external realm ("domaine extérieur", Fr.) men have, in general, become themselves neither better, nor happier. They have neglected too much the essential; their own perfecting (or improvement - "perfectionnement", Fr.)“
— African Spir Russian philosopher 1837 - 1890
p. 36 -First thought of the book, - the translator.
„The condition of life to which people of the well-to-do classes are accustomed is that of an abundant production of various articles necessary for their comfort and pleasure, and these things are obtained only thanks to the existence of factories and works organized as at present. And, therefore, discussing the improvement of the workers' position, the men of science belonging to the well- to-do classes always have in view only such improvements as will not do away with the system of factory-production and those conveniences of which they avail themselves.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Chapter V: Why Learned Economists Assert What Is False