— Martin Heidegger German philosopher 1889 - 1976
„Ours is a problem in which deception has become organized and strong; where truth is poisoned at its source; one in which the skill of the shrewdest brains is devoted to misleading a bewildered people.“
A Preface to Politics (1913), quoted in The Essential Lippmann, pp. 516-517
„The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„"But I can't devote myself entirely to a child," said she; "it may die — which is not at all improbable."
"But, with care, many a delicate infant has become a strong man or woman."
"But it may grow so intolerably like its father that I shall hate it."
"That is not likely; it is a little girl, and strongly resembles its mother."“
— Anne Brontë, livro Agnes Grey
Fonte: Agnes Grey (1847), Ch. XXIII : The Park
„To be a materialist is to acknowledge objective truth, which is revealed to us by our sense organs.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
Fonte: Materialism and Empirio-Criticism (1908), p. 130
„There is an old saying which, from its truth, has become proverbial, that friendships should be immortal, enmities mortal.“
— Livy Roman historian -59 - 17 a.C.
Book XL, sec. 46
History of Rome
„It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without." ~ Poirot“
— Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976
— Sofia Samatar, livro A Stranger in Olondria
Fonte: A Stranger in Olondria (2013), Chapter 17, “The House of the Horse, My Palace” (p. 248)
„Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted, cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Pearls of Wisdom
„The art of painting is only the art of expressing the invisible by the visible. Whether its roads be great or small, they are sown with problems which it is permitted to sound for one's self as truth, but which it is well to leave in their darkness as mysteries.“
— Eugène Fromentin French painter 1820 - 1876
Quote from The Old Masters of Belgium and Holland - Les Maitres d’Autrefois, 'Preface', Eugène Fromentin; ed. Mary Caroline Robbins, publisher: J. R. Osgood and company, Boston 1882, p. iv
„Economic and spiritual power are made an active power through organization. It binds all the different wills to unity of purpose and combines the single forces into a mighty unity of action. Its outer forms may differ and change as to circumstances, its essence is its new moral character, the solidarity, the strong community-feeling, the devotion and spirit of sacrifice, the self-imposed discipline. Organization is the life principle of the working class, the condition of liberation. A minority ruling by its strong organization can be vanquished only, and certainly will be vanquished, by organization of the majority.“
— Antonie Pannekoek Dutch astronomer and Marxist theorist 1873 - 1960
Workers Councils (1947)
— Friedrich Nietzsche, livro Assim Falou Zaratustra
Fonte: Thus Spoke Zarathustra
„Rhetoric is a dangerous art. It is the manipulation of the difference, one might say the distance, between truth and image […] And in our times, that distance has become the means by which power is exercised“
— Nick Drake (poet) British writer 1961
The Rahotep series, Book 2: Tutankhamun
Contexto: Rhetoric is a dangerous art. It is the manipulation of the difference, one might say the distance, between truth and image [... ] And in our times, that distance has become the means by which power is exercised [... ] Rhetoric has been a force for persuasion since man began to speak, and to convince his enemy that he was indeed his friend.
„Money only buys the illusion of power. Real power is in the force of will — will strong enough that others bend to it for its own sake, and follow it willingly. Power that is won through deception will evaporate under the hot light of truth.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
Homecoming saga, The Call Of Earth (1992)
„In many ways art is similar to religion. Its development consists not in new discoveries which invalidate the old truths (as is obviously the case in science). Its development consists in sudden illuminations, similar to lightning, in explosions, which burst in the sky like fireworks.... this illumination shows with blinding light new perspectives, new truths, which are basically nothing but the organic development, the further organic growth of the earlier wisdom... Was the New Testament possible without the Old? Could our time, that of the threshold of the 'third' revelation, be thinkable without the second?“
— Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter 1866 - 1944
Fonte: 1916 -1920, Autobiography', 1918, p. 33
„Is a virus a living organism? What is a gene, and how does the original genetic constitution of a living organism express itself in the developed characteristics of the adult? Do complex protein molecules "know how" to reduplicate their pattern, and is this an essential clue to the problem of reproduction of living creatures? All these are certainly complex problems, but they are not problems of disorganized complexity, to which statistical methods hold the key. They are all problems which involve dealing simultaneously with a sizable number of factors which are interrelated into an organic whole. They are all, in the language here proposed, problems of organized complexity.“
— Warren Weaver American mathematician 1894 - 1978
Fonte: Science and Complexity, 1948, p. 537
„We must put our energies into solving the difficult problems, in many disciplines, which are involved in renewable sources - on which both the developed and the developing countries must eventually depend.“
— Martin Ryle English radio astronomer 1918 - 1984
p 500 of Electronics and Power (1982) Vol 28 Issue 7/8.
— Michel Crozier French sociologist 1922 - 2013
Fonte: The Bureaucratic Phenomenon, 1954, p. 145
„To organize Anarchy, is the problem which the revolutionists have and will eternally have to resolve.“
— Albert Pike, livro Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Fonte: Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871), Ch. XXXII : Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
Contexto: To organize Anarchy, is the problem which the revolutionists have and will eternally have to resolve. It is the rock of Sisyphus that will always fall back upon them. To exist a single instant, they are and always will be by fatality reduced to improvise a despotism without other reason of existence than necessity, and which, consequently, is violent and blind as Necessity. We escape from the harmonious monarchy of Reason, only to fall under the irregular dictatorship of Folly.
Sometimes superstitious enthusiasms, sometimes the miserable calculations of the materialist instinct have led astray the nations, and God at last urges the world on toward believing Reason and reasonable Beliefs.
We have had prophets enough without philosophy, and philosophers without religion; the blind believers and the skeptics resemble each other, and are as far the one as the other from the eternal salvation.