„It is too little to call man a little world, except God, man is a diminutive to nothing. Man consists of more pieces, more parts, than the world; than the world doth, nay, than the world is.“
— John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
IV. Mediscque Vocatur The physician is sent for
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
„In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. But his kingship is kingship over nothing. It brings no powers and privileges, only loss of faith and exhaustion of the power to act. Its world is a world without values.“
— Colin Wilson, livro The Outsider
Fonte: The Outsider (1956), Chapter one, The Country of the Blind, referencing a quote by Desiderius Erasmus.
Contexto: He alone is aware of the truth, and if all men were aware of it, there would be an end of life. In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. But his kingship is kingship over nothing. It brings no powers and privileges, only loss of faith and exhaustion of the power to act. Its world is a world without values.
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, livro Lectures on the Philosophy of History
Often abbreviated to: Nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.
Variant translation: We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm.
Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832), Volume 1
Variante: We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
Contexto: We assert then that nothing has been accomplished without interest on the part of the actors; and — if interest be called passion, inasmuch as the whole individuality, to the neglect of all other actual or possible interests and claims, is devoted to an object with every fibre of volition, concentrating all its desires and powers upon it — we may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.
— Leo Tolstoy, livro Guerra e Paz
Fonte: War and Peace
„Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it.“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.
The Analects, The Doctrine of the Mean
Contexto: The way which the superior man pursues, reaches wide and far, and yet is secret. Common men and women, however ignorant, may intermeddle with the knowledge of it; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage does not know. Common men and women, however much below the ordinary standard of character, can carry it into practice; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage is not able to carry into practice. Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it.
„(Man in bar) Can you imagine a world without men? (Sylvia) No crime, and lots of happy, fat women.“
— Nicole Hollander Cartoonist 1939
Fonte: Sylvia cartoon strip, pp. 212-213
„Every man would like to possess all the women in the world, but a woman only wants the man she loves and to whom she is faithful.“
— Elfriede Jelinek, livro Wonderful, Wonderful Times
Wonderful, Wonderful Times (1990)
„Without passion, you don't have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
As quoted in Social Networking for Authors: Untapped Possibilities for Wealth (2009) by Michael Volkin, p. 60
„Man moves in a world that is nothing more or less than his consciousness objectified.–Neville Goddard“
— Neville Goddard American author and lecturer 1905 - 1972
„A man lusts to become a god … and there is murder. Murder upon murder upon murder. Why is the world of men nothing but murder?“
— David Zindell, livro The Broken God
Fonte: The Broken God (1992), p. 278
„Man, the two-fold creature, apprehends
The two-fold manner, in and outwardly,
And nothing in the world comes single to him.“
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861
Bk. VII, l. 801-808.
Aurora Leigh http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/barrett/aurora/aurora.html (1857)
Contexto: Man, the two-fold creature, apprehends
The two-fold manner, in and outwardly,
And nothing in the world comes single to him.
A mere itself, — cup, column, or candlestick,
All patterns of what shall be in the Mount;
The whole temporal show related royally,
And build up to eterne significance
Through the open arms of God.
„I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.“
— Hermann Hesse, livro Demian
Fonte: Demian (1919), p. 134
„If man had been created solely for the sake of this world, he would have had no need of being inspired with a soul so precious and exalted as to be greater than the angels themselves, especially so in that it derives no satisfaction whatsoever from all of the pleasures of this world. … "What is this analogous to? To the case of a city dweller who married a princess. If he brought her all that the world possessed, it would mean nothing to her, by virtue of her being a king's daughter. So is it with the soul. If it were to be brought all the delights of the world, they would be as nothing to it."“
— Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, livro Mesillat Yesharim
quote is from Koheleth Rabbah
Mesillat Yesharim (1738), Chapter 1
„A man discovers what he is actually worth in this world when he faces society as a man, without money, name, or powerful connections, stripped of all but his native potentialities. He soon finds that nothing has less weight than his human qualities. They are prized so low that the market does not even list them. Strict science, which acknowledges man only as a biological concept, reflects man’s lot in the actual world; in himself, man is nothing more than a member of a species. In the eyes of the world, the quality of humanity confers no title to existence, nay, not even a right of sojourn. Such title must be certified by special social circumstances stipulated in documents to be presented on demand.“
— Max Horkheimer German philosopher and sociologist 1895 - 1973
Fonte: "The Latest Attack on Metaphysics" (1937), p. 137.
„If girls could do nothing else in this world, they were supposed to be able to keep their blood from showing.“
— Colette Dowling 1938
Fonte: The Frailty Myth: Women Approaching Physical Equality (2000), p. 40