„Time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.“

— William Blackstone, Book I, ch. 18 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/blackstone_bk1ch18.asp: Of Corporations.
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„It is thus quite simply false that whereof one cannot speak (in the sense of 'there is nothing to say about it that specifies it and grants it separating properties'), thereof one must be silent. It must on the contrary be named.“

— Alain Badiou French writer and philosopher 1937
Original French: Il est donc tout simplement faux que ce dont on ne peut parler (au sens ou il n'y a rien à en dire qui le spécifie, qui lui accorde des propriétés séparatrices), il faille le taire. Il faut au contraire le nommer... From Manifesto for Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. . The quote is a commentary on Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent".

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„There cannot any one moral Rule be propos'd, whereof a Man may not justly demand a Reason.“

— John Locke English philosopher and physician 1632 - 1704
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„It is alike self-contradictory and contrary to experience, that a man of two goods should choose the lesser, knowing it at the time to be the lesser.“

— James Anthony Froude English historian, novelist, biographer, and editor of Fraser's Magazine 1818 - 1894
Context: It is alike self-contradictory and contrary to experience, that a man of two goods should choose the lesser, knowing it at the time to be the lesser. Observe, I say, at the time of action. We are complex, and therefore, in our natural state, inconsistent, beings, and the opinion of this hour need not be the opinion of the next. It may be different before the temptation appear; it may return to be different after the temptation is passed; the nearness or distance of objects may alter their relative magnitude, or appetite or passion may obscure the reflecting power, and give a temporary impulsive force to a particular side of our nature. But, uniformly, given a particular condition of a man's nature, and given a number of possible courses, his action is as necessarily determined into the course best corresponding to that condition, as a bar of steel suspended between two magnets is determined towards the most powerful. It may go reluctantly, for it will still feel the attraction of the weaker magnet, but it will still obey the strongest, and must obey. What we call knowing a man's character, is knowing how he will act in such and such conditions. The better we know him the more surely we can prophesy. If we know him perfectly, we are certain. Fragments of Markham's notes

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— Richard Hooker English bishop and Anglican Divine 1554 - 1600
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„The sign work of the Orient it runneth up and down;
The Talmud stalks from right to left, a rabbi in a gown;“

— Nathalia Crane American writer 1913 - 1998
Context: p>The sign work of the Orient it runneth up and down; The Talmud stalks from right to left, a rabbi in a gown;The Roman rolls from left to right from Maytime unto May; But the gods shake up their symbols in an absent-minded way.Their language runs to circles like the language of the eyes, Emphasised by strange dilations with little panting sighs.</p "The Symbols"

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„The work of memory collapses time.“

— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940

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„Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.“

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Context: Translated: Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. (7) Also: About what one can not speak, one must remain silent. (7)

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Context: This whole world is one great City, and one is the substance whereof it is fashioned: a certain period indeed there needs must be, while these give place to those; some must perish for others to succeed; some move and some abide: yet all is full of friends—first God, then Men, whom Nature hath bound by ties of kindred each to each. (123).

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