„Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think.“


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„Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play.“

— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. "The Sporting Spirit" http://orwell.ru/library/articles/spirit/english/e_spirit, Tribune (14 December 1945)

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„I think it's a disgrace for the international community that we have allowed so many conflicts to become frozen, and we are not making a serious effort to solve them.“

— Martti Ahtisaari Finnish politician and former President of Finland 1937
Telephone interview with Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org (10 October 2008) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2008/ahtisaari-telephone.html

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„Most arts have produced miracles, while the art of government has produced nothing but monsters.“

— Louis Antoine de Saint-Just military and political leader 1767 - 1794
Tous les arts ont produit des merveilles: l'art de gouverner n'a produit que des monstres. Discours sur la Constitution à donner à la France http://www.royet.org/nea1789-1794/archives/discours/stjust_constitution_24_04_93.htm, speech to the National Convention (April 24, 1793).

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„The brain is a mystery; it has been and still will be. How does the brain produce thoughts? That is the central question and we have still no answer to it.“

— Charles Scott Sherrington English neurophysiologist and Nobel Prize recipient 1857 - 1952
As quoted in the article The Human Brain — Three Pounds of Mystery, in The Watchtower magazine (15 July 1978)

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„It has been a damned serious business“

— Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington British soldier and statesman 1769 - 1852
Context: It has been a damned serious business... Blucher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. … By God! I don't think it would have been done if I had not been there. Remark to Thomas Creevey (18 June 1815), using the word nice in an older sense of "uncertain, delicately balanced", about the Battle of Waterloo. Creevy, a civilian, got a public interview with Wellington at headquarters, and quoted the remark in his book Creevey Papers (1903), in Ch. X, on p. 236; the phrase "a damned nice thing" has sometimes been paraphrased as "a damn close-run thing."

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