„To whom nothing is given, of him can nothing be required.“

—  Henry Fielding, Book II, Ch. 8
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—  Anne Brontë British novelist and poet 1820 - 1849
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„For of those to whom much is given, much is required.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Context: For of those to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of us — recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state — our success or failure, in whatever office we hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage — with the courage to stand up to one’s enemies — and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one’s associates — the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed? Secondly, were we truly men of judgment — with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past — of our mistakes as well as the mistakes of others — with enough wisdom to know what we did not know and enough candor to admit it? Third, were we truly men of integrity — men who never ran out on either the principles in which we believed or the men who believed in us — men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust? Finally, were we truly men of dedication — with an honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and comprised of no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest? Courage — judgment — integrity — dedication — these are the historic qualities … which, with God’s help … will characterize our Government’s conduct in the 4 stormy years that lie ahead.

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„Quality is conformance to requirements - nothing more, nothing less.“

—  Philip B. Crosby Quality guru 1926 - 2001
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„The author whom a lexicon can keep up with is worth nothing“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
Context: Goethe said, “The author whom a lexicon can keep up with is worth nothing”; Somerset Maugham says that the finest compliment he ever received was a letter in which one of his readers said: “I read your novel without having to look up a single word in the dictionary.” These writers, plainly, lived in different worlds. “The Obscurity of the Poet”, p. 17

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„If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

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„Nothing is given so profusely as advice.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680
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„A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do never does all he can.“

—  John Stuart Mill British philosopher and political economist 1806 - 1873
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„For remember that until one has given all, one has given nothing.“

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