„When a man is in doubt what to do, he goes wherever he happens to be first called.“

—  Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Kopal-Kundala, Chapter IV: With the Kapálik translated by Henry Arthur Deuteros Phillips (1885)
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„Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
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„What prison?—Where he is already: for he is there against his will; and wherever a man is against his will, that to him is a prison.“

—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Context: You are impatient and hard to please. If alone, you call it solitude: if in the company of men, you dub them conspirators and thieves, and find fault with your very parents, children, brothers and neighbours. Whereas when by yourself you should have called it Tranquillity and Freedom: and herein deemed yourself like unto the Gods. And when in the company of the many, you should not have called it a wearisome crowd and tumult, but an assembly and a tribunal; and thus accepted all with contentment. What then is the chastisement of those who accept it not? To be as they are. Is any discontented with being alone? let him be in solitude. Is any discontented with his parents? let him be a bad son, and lament. Is any discontented with his children? let him be a bad father.—"Throw him into prison!"—What prison?—Where he is already: for he is there against his will; and wherever a man is against his will, that to him is a prison. Thus Socrates was not in prison since he was there with his own consent. (31 & 32).

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„People have become so degraded in this Kali Yuga that they think they can do anything, and then they can go to a holy place, and their sins will be forgiven. If a man goes with an impure mind into a temple, he adds to the sins that he had already, and goes home a worse man than when he left it.“

—  Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Context: It is in love that religion exists and not in ceremony, in the pure and sincere love in the heart. Unless a man is pure in body and mind, his coming into a temple and worshipping Shiva is useless. The prayers of those that are pure in mind and body will be answered by Shiva, and those that are impure and yet try to teach religion to others will fail in the end. External worship is only a symbol of internal worship; but internal worship and purity are the real things. Without them, external worship would be of no avail. Therefore you must all try to remember this. People have become so degraded in this Kali Yuga that they think they can do anything, and then they can go to a holy place, and their sins will be forgiven. If a man goes with an impure mind into a temple, he adds to the sins that he had already, and goes home a worse man than when he left it.

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„There is no man so fortunate that there shall not be by him when he is dying some who are pleased with what is going to happen.“

—  Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180
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„Wherever the government goes, the Constitution goes, and wherever the Constitution goes, the protections that it guarantees restrain the government and requires it to protect those rights.“

—  Andrew P. Napolitano American judge and syndicated columnist 1950
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