„As a general truth, communities prosper and flourish, or droop and decline, in just the degree that they practise or neglect to practise the primary duties of justice and humanity.“
— William H. Seward American lawyer and politician 1801 - 1872
On the Irrepressible Conflict (1858)
Contexto: As a general truth, communities prosper and flourish, or droop and decline, in just the degree that they practise or neglect to practise the primary duties of justice and humanity. The free-labor system conforms to the divine law of equality, which is written in the hearts and consciences of man, and therefore is always and everywhere beneficent.
The slave system is one of constant danger, distrust, suspicion, and watchfulness. It debases those whose toil alone can produce wealth and resources for defence, to the lowest degree of which human nature is capable, to guard against mutiny and insurrection, and thus wastes energies which otherwise might be employed in national development and aggrandizement. The free-labor system educates all alike, and by opening all the fields of industrial employment and all the departments of authority, to the unchecked and equal rivalry of all classes of men, at once secures universal contentment, and brings into the highest possible activity all the physical, moral, and social energies of the whole state.
„It is a maxim universally agreed upon in agriculture, that nothing must be done too late; and again, that everything must be done at its proper season; while there is a third precept which reminds us that opportunities lost can never be regained.“
— Pliny the Elder, livro Natural History
Book XVIII, sec. 44.
— Tanith Lee, livro Quest for the White Witch
Book One, Part IV “The Cloud”, Chapter 5 (p. 208)
Quest for the White Witch (1978)
— Poul Anderson, livro The Star Fox
Section 2 “Arsenal Port”, Chapter III (p. 93)
The Star Fox (1965)
— Anne Louise Germaine de Staël Swiss author 1766 - 1817
La recherche de la vérité est la plus noble des occupations, et sa publication un devoir.
Pt. 4, ch. 2
De l’Allemagne [Germany] (1813)
— John Gay English poet and playwright 1685 - 1732
Act II, sc. iv, air 22
The Beggar's Opera (1728)
„No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.“
— Barbara Ehrenreich American writer and journalist 1941
"Family Values," The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1991)
„No truth can be said to be seen as it is until it is seen in its relation to all other truths. In this relation only is it true.“
— Elizabeth Prentiss American musician, hymnwriter 1818 - 1878
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 603.
„Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in search thereof when he is grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or that it is past and gone, is like saying that the season for happiness is not yet or that it is now no more.“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
122, in Moral Exhortation (1986), p. 33
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 10: Epicurus
„I think the truth is always simple. It has pretty much got to be. It needs to be simple enough for a child to understand. Otherwise it'd be too late. By the time you figured it out it would be too late.“
— Cormac McCarthy, livro No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men (2005)
— Henry Bickersteth, 1st Baron Langdale British lawyer 1783 - 1851
Booth v. Booth (1838), 1 Beav. 129.
— Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680
Heaven On Earth, 1654
„When we fall in love, we hope - both egotistically and altruistically - that we shall be finally, truly seen: judged and approved. Of course, love does not always bring approval: being seen may just as well lead to a thumbs-down and a season in hell.“
— Julian Barnes English writer 1946
Fonte: Nothing to Be Frightened Of
„You are not so good a Christian when you are neglecting a plain duty as when you are performing it. And joining the church is a plain duty for all who mean to be Christians.“
— Washington Gladden American pastor 1836 - 1918
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 155.
— Jerome Catholic saint and Doctor of the Church 345 - 420
Original: (la) Nisi quod in se habet mordacis aliquid veritatis.
„There he lieth, tossing in the guilt of his lewdness, the primal lecher, neglectful of his duties to a fair wife but all too ready to plunge his sizzling steel into the slaking black mud of a base Indian.“
— Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993
Fiction, Nothing Like the Sun (1964)