„Woe to the flesh which depends upon the soul, woe to the soul which depends upon the flesh!“

—  São Tomé, 112

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„The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine Grace.“

—  Brother Lawrence French Christian monk 1614 - 1691
From the "Fourth Conversation" in The Practice of the Presence of God at Gutenberg.org http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13871.

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„All good things
Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more, now, than flesh helps soul!“

—  Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Context: Let us cry, "All good things Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more, now, than flesh helps soul!" Line 70.

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„The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47, 52 (3 March 1919).

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„No words suffice the secret soul to show,
For truth denies all eloquence to woe.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
Canto III, stanza 22.

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„What is evidence to a man will depend upon those of his faculties whk at work upon the things which are presented as evidence.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887
Context: Now, evidence to a man is that which convinces his mind. It varies with different men. An argument to a man who cannot reason is no evidence. Facts are no evidence to a man who cannot perceive them. A sentimental appeal is evidence to a man whose very nature moves by emotion, though it may not be to his neighbor. So then, when men come to the investigation of truth, they are responsible, first, for research, for honesty therein, for being diligent, and for attempting to cleanse their minds from all bias of selfishness and pride. They are responsible for sincerity and faithfulness in the investigation of truth. And when they go beyond that to the use of their faculties, the combination of those faculties will determine very largely, not, perhaps, the generic nature of truth, but specific developments of it. And as long as the world stands there will be men who will hold that God is a God of infinite love and sympathy and. goodness with a residunm of justice; and there will be men who will believe that God is a God of justice with a residunm of love and sympathy and goodness; and each will follow the law of his own mind. As a magnet, drawn through a vessel containing sand and particles of iron, attracts the particles of iron but does not attract the sand; so the faculties of a man's mind appropriate certain facts and reject others. What is evidence to a man will depend upon those of his faculties whk at work upon the things which are presented as evidence.

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„Man was made for joy and woe,
And when this we rightly know
Through the world we safely go.
Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
Line 56. Compare Psalm 30:5 (KJV): "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

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„Happiness depends upon ourselves.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.
An interpretative gloss of Aristotle's position in Nicomachean Ethics book 1 section 9, tacitly inserted by J. A. K. Thomson in his English translation The Ethics of Aristotle (1955). The original Greek at Book I 1099b.29 http://perseus.uchicago.edu/perseus-cgi/citequery3.pl?dbname=GreekFeb2011&getid=0&query=Arist.%20Eth.%20Nic.%201099b.25, reads ὁμολογούμενα δὲ ταῦτ’ ἂν εἴη καὶ τοῖς ἐν ἀρχῇ, which W. D. Ross translates fairly literally as [a]nd this will be found to agree with what we said at the outset. Thomson's much freer translation renders the same passage thus: [t]he conclusion that happiness depends upon ourselves is in harmony with what I said in the first of these lectures; the words "that happiness depends upon ourselves" were added by Thomson to clarify what "the conclusion" is, but they do not appear in the original Greek of Aristotle.