„It’s not by chance that most of the basketball players are tall men, nor that most of the transvestite are homosexuals. It’s also not a coincidence that most of those who hold the power are ambitious people. In other words, it’s not a coincidence that the world is ruled by people who shouldn’t rule.“

Critica de la pasión pura (1998)

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História

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„But such their power who rule with tyrant sway,
Whom most they loath the people most obey.“

—  John Hoole British translator 1727 - 1803

Book XXXVII, line 774
Translations, Orlando Furioso of Ludovico Ariosto (1773)

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„But such their power who rule with tyrant sway,
Whom most they loath the people most obey.“

—  Ludovico Ariosto, livro Orlando Furioso

Ma 'l populo facea come i più fanno,
Ch'ubbidiscon più a quei che più in odio hanno.
Canto XXXVII, stanza 104 (tr. J. Hoole)
Orlando Furioso (1532)

„Most coincidences are simply chance events that turn out to be far more probable than many people imagine.“

—  Ivars Peterson Canadian mathematician 1948

Fonte: The Jungles of Randomness: A Mathematical Safari (1997), Chapter 10, “Lifetimes of Chance” (p. 188)

Ken Ham photo

„For centuries, 'scientists' have tried to present the dinosaurs as violent monsters because they wanted to scare children. It's no coincidence that most of these men have been atheists or even homosexuals who are possessed by an intense hatred of young boys and girls.“

—  Ken Ham Australian young Earth creationist 1951

parody of Dinosaurs of Eden: Tracing the Mystery Through History in Stephenson Billings, " Why Are Liberals Stealing Our Children's Dinosaur Lemonade? http://web.archive.org/web/20120820195648/http://dailybleach.com/why-are-liberals-stealing-our-childrens-dinosaur-lemonade/", Daily Bleach (August 8, 2012)
actual page text: "At this stage you may have two questions: Why did animals like T. rex have fierce-looking sharp teeth if they were vegetarians? And why is the world today one in which there is death, disease, suffering and bloodshed everywhere?"
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„We on the left have forgotten that the question is not how do you get good people to rule, most people who rule are mediocre at best and usually venal. The question is how do we make those in power frightened of us and not be seduced by formal political processes.“

—  Chris Hedges American journalist 1956

Transcript: Thom Hartmann talks to Chris Hedges about how liberals are a useless lot. 07 Dec '09. http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2010/02/transcript-thom-hartmann-talks-chris-hedges-about-how-liberals-are-useless-lot-07-dec-0

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„Those who have least to do are generally the most busy people in the world.“

—  Samuel Richardson, livro The History of Sir Charles Grandison

Vol. 2, letter 3.
Sir Charles Grandison (1753–1754)

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„The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere.“

—  E.M. Forster English novelist 1879 - 1970

What I Believe (1938)
Contexto: Democracy is not a beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assumption that the individual is important, and that all types are needed to make a civilization. It does not divide its citizens into the bossers and the bossed — as an efficiency-regime tends to do. The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere. They found religions, great or small, or they produce literature and art, or they do disinterested scientific research, or they may be what is called "ordinary people", who are creative in their private lives, bring up their children decently, for instance, or help their neighbours. All these people need to express themselves; they cannot do so unless society allows them liberty to do so, and the society which allows them most liberty is a democracy.

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„Wouldn't it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people?“

—  Muhammad Ali, livro The Soul of a Butterfly

Fonte: The Soul of a Butterfly (2004), p. xxiii
Contexto: Wouldn't it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people? So many of us enjoy taking part in competitions, why not hold a competition of love instead of one that leads to jealousy and envy? If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other.

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„You can have the other words — chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace.“

—  Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019

"Sand Dabs, Five"
Winter Hours (1999)
Contexto: You can have the other words — chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it.

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„Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others.“

—  Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784

As quoted in Happyology by Harald W. Tietze, p. 28

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„Early to Bed and Early to Rise is a Bad Rule for any one who wishes to become acquainted with our most Prominent and Influential People.“

—  George Ade American writer, newspaper columnist and playwright 1866 - 1944

True Bills http://books.google.com/books?id=aZ4VAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Early+to+Bed+and+Early+to+Rise+is+a+Bad+Rule+for+any+one+who+wishes+to+become+acquainted+with+our+most+Prominent+and+Influential+People%22&pg=PA153#v=onepage (1904)

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„I am convinced the most unfortunate people are those who would make an art of love. It sours other effort. Of all artists, they are certainly the most wretched.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007

Fonte: The Man Who Studied Yoga (1956), Ch. 5

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