„Pages full of idle words
Penned with hot and bitter tears:
All men call the author fool;
None his secret message hears.“

—  Cao Xueqin, livro Dream of the Red Chamber

Original: (zh) 满纸荒唐言,一把辛酸泪!
都云作者痴,谁解其中味?
Fonte: Dream of the Red Chamber (c. 1760), Chapter 1

Última atualização 4 de Junho de 2020. História
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Cao Xueqin
1724 - 1763

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„Busy opinion is an idle fool.“

—  John Ford (dramatist), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

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„None, none descends into himself, to find
The secret imperfections of his mind.“

—  Persius ancient latin poet 34 - 62

Satire IV, line 23 (translated by John Dryden).
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Original: (la) Ut nemo in sese tentat descendere! nemo!
Sed praecedenti spectatur mantica tergo.

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„But words plainly force and overrule the understanding, and throw all into confusion, and lead men away into numberless empty controversies and idle fancies.“

—  Francis Bacon, livro Novum Organum

Novum Organum (1620), Book I
Contexto: There are also Idols formed by the intercourse and association of men with each other, which I call Idols of the Market Place, on account of the commerce and consort of men there. For it is by discourse that men associate, and words are imposed according to the apprehension of the vulgar. And therefore the ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding. Nor do the definitions or explanations wherewith in some things learned men are wont to guard and defend themselves, by any means set the matter right. But words plainly force and overrule the understanding, and throw all into confusion, and lead men away into numberless empty controversies and idle fancies.

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„Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 a.C.

Original: (zh) 故三军之事,莫亲于间,赏莫厚于间,事莫密于间,
Fonte: The Art of War, Chapter XIII · Intelligence and Espionage

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„There are three lessons I would write, —
Three words — as with a burning pen,
In tracings of eternal light
Upon the hearts of men.“

—  Friedrich Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright 1759 - 1805

Hope, Faith, and Love (c. 1786); also known as "The Words of Strength", as translated in The Common School Journal Vol. IX (1847) edited by Horace Mann, p. 386
Contexto: There are three lessons I would write, —
Three words — as with a burning pen,
In tracings of eternal light
Upon the hearts of men. Have Hope. Though clouds environ now,
And gladness hides her face in scorn,
Put thou the shadow from thy brow, —
No night but hath its morn. Have Faith. Where'er thy bark is driven, —
The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth, —
Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,
The habitants of earth. Have Love. Not love alone for one,
But men, as man, thy brothers call;
And scatter, like the circling sun,
Thy charities on all. Thus grave these lessons on thy soul, —
Hope, Faith, and Love, — and thou shalt find
Strength when life's surges rudest roll,
Light when thou else wert blind.

„Mary sheds tears because men call her "The Mother of God."“

—  Jack T. Chick Christian comics writer 1924 - 2016

" Why Is Mary Crying? http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0040/0040_01.asp" (1987)

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„Secrets tear you apart.“

—  Mitch Albom, For One More Day

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„In idle wishes fools supinely stay;
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.“

—  George Crabbe English poet, surgeon, and clergyman 1754 - 1832

The Birth of Flattery, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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