„A man who comes to be hanged,' pursued Jasper, impartially, 'has the satisfaction of knowing that he has brought society to its last resource. He is a man of such fatal importance that nothing will serve against him but the supreme effort of law. In a way, you know, that is success.“
„With despair, true optimism begins: the optimism of the man who expects nothing, who knows he has no rights and nothing coming to him, who rejoices in counting on himself alone and in acting alone for the good of all.“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary c... 1905 - 1980
„In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„Goodness is always an asset. A man who is straight, friendly and useful may never be famous, but he is respected and liked by all who know him. He has laid a sound foundation for success and he will have a worthwhile life.“
— Herbert N. Casson Canadian journalist and writer 1869 - 1951
Herbert N. Casson in: Forbes (1948). p. 42
„If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Context: If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows. (72) Variant: It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
„The wise man who has charge of governing the empire should know the cause of disorder before he can put it in order. Unless he knows its cause, he cannot regulate it.“
— Mozi Chinese political philosopher and religious reformer of the Warring States period -470 - -391 a.C.
Book 4; Universal Love I
„There's one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says "yes" you know he is a crook.“
— Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„For man to have a glimpse of lasting happiness, he has first to realize that God, being in all, knows all“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
Context: For man to have a glimpse of lasting happiness, he has first to realize that God, being in all, knows all; that God alone acts and reacts through all; that God, in the guise of countless animate and inanimate entities, experiences the innumerably varied phenomena of suffering and happiness. Thus, it is God who has brought suffering in human experience to its height, and God alone who will efface this illusory suffering and bring the illusory happiness to its height.
„Never was there a man of deep piety, who has not been brought into extremities — who has not been put into fire — who has been taught to say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him."“
— Richard Cecil (clergyman) British Evangelical Anglican priest and social reformer 1748 - 1810
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
— Witter Bynner American author 1881 - 1968
The Way of Life, According to Laotzu, 1944.