— John Hoole British translator 1727 - 1803
Book XXXVII, line 774
„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.“
— John Hoole British translator 1727 - 1803
— Ludovico Ariosto Italian poet 1474 - 1533
Canto XXXVII, stanza 104 (tr. J. Hoole)
„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?"
— Samuel Richardson English writer and printer 1689 - 1761
Vol. 2, letter 3.
„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
„While there are practical and sometimes moral reasons for the decomposition of the family, it coincides neither with what most people in society say they desire nor, especially in the case of children, with their best interests.“
— Robert N. Bellah American sociologist 1927 - 2013
The Good Society, ch. 1 (1991)
„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
Context: 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.
„In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
„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 African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
Context: 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. p. xxiii
— Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784
As quoted in Happyology by Harald W. Tietze, p. 28
— Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019
Context: 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. "Sand Dabs, Five"
„No doubt there are plenty of people in this world whom it is difficult to drive, but whom anybody can lead. It is well known that people who are generally most difficult to drive, are usually the most easily to be led by others who understand them.“
— William Wood, 1st Baron Hatherley Lord Chancellor of Great Britain 1801 - 1881
Turner v. Collins (1871), L. R. 7 Ch. Ap. Ca. 340.
„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