— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Martin Esslin Playwright, theatre critic, scholar 1918 - 2002
Context: The "Theatre of the Absurd" has become a catch-phrase, much used and much abused. What does it stand for? And how can such a label be justified? Perhaps it will be best to attempt to answer the second question first. There is no organised movement, no school of artists, who claim the label for themselves. A good many playwrights who have been classed under this label, when asked if they belong to the Theatre of the Absurd, will indigniantly reply that they belong to no such movement — and quite rightly so. For each of the playwrights concerned seeks to express no more and no less his own personal vision of the world. Yet critical concepts of this kind are useful when new modes of expression, new conventions of art arise. Introduction to Absurd Drama (1965) http://www.samuel-beckett.net/AbsurdEsslin.html
— Mike Godwin, Cyber Rights
Cyber Rights, Cyber Rights — cited in [DeCandido, GraceAnne A., Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age, Booklist, American Library Association, 94, 22, 1932, August 1998]
— John Kenneth Galbraith American economist and diplomat 1908 - 2006
Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went (1975), Chapter II, Of Coins and Treasure
— Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963
„Every day you are being abused by the press and by the sections that had abused us for millennia. If you stand by us, you will get your share of abuse.“
— V. P. Singh Indian politician 1931 - 2008
Dalit students of JNU addressing him quoted in his interview with Javed M. Ansari and Zafar Agha in: We are ruled by an upper caste Hindu raj http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dalits-are-a-powerful-secular-force--v.p.-singh/1/307978.html, 29 December 2012.
„People far too easily neglect or abuse us, as soon as we become intimate with them. To live pleasantly, one must almost always remain a stranger in the crowd.“
— Adolph Freiherr Knigge, Über den Umgang mit Menschen
Über den Umgang mit Menschen (1788), Gar zu leicht missbrauchen oder vernachlässigen uns die Menschen, sobald wir mit ihnen vertraulich werden. Um angenehm zu leben, muss man fast immer ein Fremder unter den Leuten bleiben.
„We can decrease abuse and murder when we get that for both sexes, abuse does not derive from power, but powerlessness.“
— Warren Farrell, book The Myth of Male Power
The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part III: Government as substitute husband, p. 282.
„Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.“
— Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
Death in the Afternoon (1932), Ch. 7
„As to abuse, I thrive on it. Abuse, hearty abuse, is a tonic to all save men of indifferent health.“
— Norman Douglas British writer 1868 - 1952
Some Limericks (1928).
— Daniel Webster Leading American senator and statesman. January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852. Served as the Secretary of State for three… 1782 - 1852
On the Agriculture of England (1840), Context: An English farmer looks not merely to the present year's crop. He considers what will be the condition of the land when that crop is off; and what it will be fit for the next year. He studies to use his land so as not to abuse it. On the contrary, his aim is to get crop after crop, while still the land shall be growing better and better. If he should content himself with raising from the soil a large crop this year, and then leave it neglected and exhausted, he would starve. It is upon this fundamental idea of constant production without exhaustion, that the system of English cultivation, and, indeed, of all good cultivation, is founded. England is not original in this. Flanders, and perhaps Italy, have been her teachers.
„To refuse to take, or to permit others to take, wise and practical action for the remedying of abuses is to invite unwise action under the lead of violent extremists.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
1910s, The Progressives, Past and Present (1910), Context: From the National standpoint nothing can be worse - nothing can be full of graver menace - for the National life than to have the Federal courts active in nullifying State action to remedy the evils arising from the abuse of great wealth, unless the Federal authorities, executive, legislative, and judicial alike, do their full duty in effectually meeting the need of a thoroughgoing and radical supervision and control of big inter-State business in all its forms. Many great financiers, and many of the great corporation lawyers who advise them, still oppose any effective regulation of big business by the National Government, because, for the time being, it serves their interest to trust to the chaos which is caused on the one hand by inefficient laws and conﬂicting and often unwise efforts at regulation by State governments, and, on the other hand, by the efficient protection against such regulation afforded by the Federal courts. In the end this condition will prove intolerable, and will hurt most of all the very class which it at present benefits. The continuation of such conditions would mean that the corporations would ﬁnd that they had purchased immunity from the efficient exercise of Federal regulative power at the cost of being submitted to a violent and radical local supervision, inﬂamed to fury by having repeatedly been thwarted, and not chastened by exercised responsibility. To refuse to take, or to permit others to take, wise and practical action for the remedying of abuses is to invite unwise action under the lead of violent extremists.
„One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful.. we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..“
— Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential