„However democracy is not always a matter of unilateral decisions, but normally a business of opinion formation of many.“
— Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany 1954
Interview in the Berliner Zeitung (berlinonline.de) on November 7, 2007
„I understand not everybody agrees with the decisions I've made, but that's not unique to Central or South America. Truth of the matter is, there's people who disagree with the decisions I've made all over the world. But that's what happens when you make decisions.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
At the Mar del Plata Summit of the Americas, November 4, 2005. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/11/04/bush.summit/index.html
„If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted government intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or begat a child.“
— William J. Brennan American judge 1906 - 1997
Writing for the court, Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U.S. 438 (1972).
— Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. American industrial engineer 1868 - 1924
Gilbreth (1917) in: Popular Science, Dec 1920, p. 34 ( online http://books.google.nl/books?id=-ikDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA34).
„Philosophy is not a matter of knowledge; it is a matter of understanding, that is to say, of organizing what is known.“
— Anthony Kenny British philosopher 1931
What I Believe (2006), p. 14
„At terrestrial temperatures matter has complex properties which are likely to prove most difficult to unravel; but it is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.“
— Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944
The Internal Constitution of Stars, Cambridge. (1926). Paraphrased variants: It is sound judgment to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star. It is not too much to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
„Science talks about very simple things, and asks hard questions about them. As soon as things become too complex, science can't deal with them… But it's a complicated matter: Science studies what's at the edge of understanding, and what's at the edge of understanding is usually fairly simple. And it rarely reaches human affairs. Human affairs are way too complicated. In fact even understanding insects is an extremely complicated problem in the sciences. So the actual sciences tell us virtually nothing about human affairs.“
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Science in the Dock, Discussion with Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Krauss & Sean M. Carroll (2011),
„We know as little of a supreme being as of Matter. But there is as little doubt of the existence of a supreme being as of Matter. The world beyond is reality, and experiential fact. We only don't understand it.“
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
Letter to Morton Kelsey (1958) as quoted by Morton Kelsey, Myth, History & Faith: The Mysteries of Christian Myth & Imagination (1974) Ch.VIII
— Angelo Mathews Sri Lankan cricketer 1987
Context: It has been a disappointing few months for all of us. We let down the fans, we let down the whole country. All we can do is stick to one combination, not try and change the team too much. Quick decisions won't solve this matter, we got to try and be patient. Mathews on how the team isn't doing that well (kicked out of World T20), quoted on ibnlive, "Angelo Mathews exits World T20 as Sri Lanka's tragic hero" http://www.ibnlive.com/cricketnext/news/angelo-mathews-exits-world-t20-as-sri-lankas-tragic-hero-1221743.html, March 27, 2016.
„Possible is more a matter of attitude, a matter of decision, to choose among the impossible possibilities, when one sound opportunity becomes a possible solution.“
— Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
„It doesn't matter if you agree or disagree with my interpretations, even the classical Quran commentators disagreed on many details. Disagreement deepens our understanding of the Quran.“
— Muhammad Asad Austro-Hungarian writer and academic 1900 - 1992
Documentary, A Road To Mecca