— Thomas Watson (Puritan) English nonconformist preacher and author 1616 - 1686
„If Christ has been the only manifestation of the Word, supposing such a uniqueness of manifestation to be possible, the effect of His birth would have been the instantaneous reduction of the universe to ashes.“
„Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared' (Luther).“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
„It is better to have been, then not to have been, then to have been nothing at all." What truly is logic? Who decides reason? "It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reason can be found."-JOHN NASH JR.“
— John Nash American mathematician and Nobel Prize laureate 1928 - 2015
„It would seem that mythological worlds have been built up only to be shattered again, and that new worlds were built from the fragments.“
— Franz Boas German-American anthropologist 1858 - 1942
„The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.“
— Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
„The accepted theory that the serpent is evil cannot be substantiated. It has long been viewed as the emblem of immortality. It is the symbol of reincarnation, or metempsychosis, because it annually sheds its skin... It was also believed that snakes swallowed themselves, and this resulted in their being considered emblematic of the Supreme Creator, who periodically reabsorbed His universe back into Himself.“
— Manly P. Hall Canadian writer and mystic 1901 - 1990
Chapter: Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles and Birds
„Fundamentally, however, there is neither good nor evil; this is all based on human concepts. In the universe there exists neither good nor evil, because everything has been created in accordance with immutable laws. the divine principles are reflected in these laws, and only through knowing these laws will we be able to get close to the divine.“
— Franz Bardon Czech hermeticist, illusionist, occultist and writer 1909 - 1958
„Politics is a great art. It succeeds at convincing the people that they have to pay for what has been stolen from them.“
— Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966
— Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
Speech (December 31, 1995), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."
„I would have loved to have been on the Band Aid record but I only heard about it when I was in Germany. I don’t know if they would have had me on the record anyway, because I’m a bit old.
I’m just an old slag who gets up every morning, scratches his head and wonders what he wants to fuck.“
— Freddie Mercury British singer, songwriter and record producer 1946 - 1991
As quoted in "Blame it on Rio" by Robin Smith, in Record Mirror (26 January 1985) http://www.queenarchives.com/index.php?title=Freddie_Mercury_-_01-26-1985_-_Record_Mirror.
„The very essence of dhyana, or meditativeness, is that you push yourself to the highest possible intensity where, after some time, there is no effort. Now meditation will not be an act, but a natural consequence of the intensity that has been achieved. You can simply be. It is in these absolutely non-compulsive states of existence that the necessary atmosphere is set for the blossoming of an individual into a cosmic possibility. If“
— Sadhguru, Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republic... 1883 - 1945
Context: For this I have been and am a socialist. The accusation of inconsistency has no foundation. My conduct has always been straight in the sense of looking at the substance of things and not to the form. I adapted socialisticamente to reality. As the evolution of society belied many of the prophecies of Marx, the true socialism folded from possible to probable. The only feasible socialism socialisticamente is corporatism, confluence, balance and justice interests compared to the collective interest. As quoted in “Soliloquy for ‘freedom’ Trimellone island”, on the Italian Island of Trimelone, journalist Ivanoe Fossani, one of the last interviews of Mussolini, March 20, 1945, from Opera omnia, vol. 32. Interview is also known as "Testament of Benito Mussolini, or Testamento di Benito Mussolini. Also published under “Mussolini confessed to the stars”, Publishing House Latinitas, Rome, 1952. (Intervista di Ivanoe Fossani, Soliloquio in “libertà” all'isola Trimellone, Isola del Trimellone, 20 marzo 1945)
„No man can be judged a criminal until he be found guilty; nor can society take from him the public protection, until it have been proved that he has violated the conditions on which it was granted. What right, then, but that of power, can authorise the punishment of a citizen, so long as there remains any doubt of his guilt? The dilemma is frequent. Either he is guilty, or not guilty. If guilty, he should only suffer the punishment ordained by the laws, and torture becomes useless, as his confession is unnecessary. If he be not guilty, you torture the innocent; for, in the eye of the law, every man is innocent, whose crime has not been proved.“
— Cesare Beccaria jurist, philosopher and politician from Italy 1738 - 1794