„It would be a good thing, if the systems planner's germination was moral outrage and not just a mild felt need. In other words, I do not think we should view the major problems of the world today with calm objectivity. We shouldn't first ask ourselves for a precise and operational definition of malnutrition. We should begin with 'kids are starving in great numbers, damn it all!“
„We all know that there is evil in the world — we read of it — we hear of it — but we never think of its entering our own charmed circle. Look round our circle of acquaintance; how it would startle us to be asked to name one whom we thought capable of crime; how much more so to find that crime had been committed by one near and dear to our inmost heart. What a moral revulsion would such a discovery produce — how weak we should find ourselves under such a trial — how soon we should begin to disconnect the offender and the offence; then, for the first time, we should begin to understand the full force of temptation, and to allow for its fearful strength; and should we not begin to excuse what had never before seemed capable of palliation?“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
Literary Remains, No.11. The Heart of Mid Lothian — JEANNIE DEANS.
„When we ask ourselves if we are walking with Christ, I believe we need to ask oursleves this question: Has Christ changed the way I view the world lately?“
— Donald Miller American writer 1971
Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance (2000, Harvest House Publishers)
„In this world, where we find ourselves, we need compassion more than anything, I think, or we are all alone.“
— Guy Gavriel Kay, livro Tigana
Tigana (1990), Chapter 19 (p. 613)
„If all be true that I do think,
There are five reasons we should drink:
Good wine, a friend, or being dry,
Or lest we should be by and by,
Or any other reason why.“
— Henry Aldrich Theologian, philosopher, architect, and poet 1647 - 1710
Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough, eds. (1934) Oxford University Press.
„A long, soft sigh, one of those very Italian sighs that express so much, that say "Ah, signor, if only this world were an ideal world, what would I not give to be able to do as you ask, we should sit together in the Tuscan sunshine, you and I, just two men together, and we should drink a bottle of the good red wine, and we should sing, ah, how we should sing."“
— Alan Coren humorist and writer from the United Kingdom 1938 - 2007
The Sanity Inspector (1974), "Let Us Now Phone Famous Men".
„Erika Jayne is six words: fantasy, love, escape, glitz, glamour, and fun. I think women should live out loud. I think that we should be fearless. I think we should express ourselves. I think we should have fun. And I don’t think anyone should dictate to you when your best days are, or that you are too old to express yourself. You are of worth and value in your 40s, 50s, and 60s. You don’t have to stop doing what you love simply because you’re not 25. I just think that those are old ideas that need to be broken and discarded quite honestly.“
— Erika Jayne American singer, actress and television personality 1969
Erika Jayne interview to Refinery29 https://www.refinery29.com/erika-jayne-girardi-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills-interview (2017)
„What, then, is to be done? We have to begin with the state: as the incarnation of collective interests, collective purposes, and collective goods. If we cannot learn to “think the state” once again, we shall not get very far. But what precisely should the state do? Minimally, it should not duplicate unnecessarily: as Keynes wrote, “The important thing for Government is not to do things which individuals are doing already, and to do them a little better or a little worse; but to do those things which at present are not done at all.” And we know from the bitter experience of the past century that there are some things that states should most certainly not be doing.“
— Tony Judt British historian 1948 - 2010
" What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy? http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2009/12/17/what-is-living-and-what-is-dead-in-social-democrac/" (2009)
„If we want to transform reality, we begin with ourselves. We do not ask the world to change, and we do not fight against society. It has to be us ourselves who affirm our own values.“
— Alejandro Jodorowsky Filmmaker and comics writer 1929
Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy (2010)
„We should like to see this Assembly shake itself out of complacency and move forward. We should like to see the committees begin their work and not stop at the first confrontation. Imperialism wishes to convert this meeting into a pointless oratorical tournament, instead of solving the grave problems of the world. We must prevent their doing so.“
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
Address to the United Nations (1964)
„Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.“
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
— Robert Louis Stevenson, livro A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Happy Thought.
„It's going to be very difficult. I do not view abortion as a choice and a right. I think it's always a tragedy, and I think that it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions. There ought to be able to have a common ground and consensus as to do that.“
— Joe Biden 47th Vice President of the United States (in office from 2009 to 2017) 1942
2000s, 2006, Texas Monthly interview, 2006, quoted in * 2019-06-14 Joe Biden says he does not view ‘abortion as a choice and a right’ in unearthed video Clark Mindock The Independent UK https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/joe-biden-abortion-video-2020-campaign-roe-v-wade-choice-a8958156.html
„There is but one special interest that we should be working for, and that would solve just about all of our problems, and that is our liberty.“
— Ron Paul American politician and physician 1935
2000s, 2001-2005, Speech on the Patriot Act, 2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O7D7nDF0U8
„When we come to think about the several benefits in regard to their cause, how have they arisen? Have they arisen out of hate of others and injuring others? Of course we should say no. We should say they have arisen out of love of others and benefiting others. If we should classify one by one all those who love others and benefit others, should we find them to be partial or universal? Of course we should say they are universal. Now, since universal love is the cause of the major benefits in the world, therefore Mozi proclaims universal love is right. And, as has already been said, the interest of the magnanimous lies in procuring benefits for the world and eliminating its calamities. Now that we have found out the consequences of universal love to be the major benefits of the world and the consequences of partiality to be the major calamities in the world; this is the reason why Mozi said partiality is wrong and universality is right.“
— Mozi Chinese political philosopher and religious reformer of the Warring States period -470 - -391 a.C.
Book 4; Universal Love III
„When we have a majority we will do it. I think the days of the Lords are quite genuinely numbered.“
— Tony Benn British Labour Party politician 1925 - 2014
1970s, On Independent Radio News (12 November 1976), quoted in The Times (13 November 1976), p. 2
„Our generation faces only one danger, that we might say to ourselves this is not our problem, and that we will pass it off to the distant future. That we might shrug and say to ourselves that a thousand years is a long time. That we will become complacent and conclude that this problem will take care of itself.
But I say to you, we should take no satisfaction in the fact that we ourselves are in no physical danger. This is a hazard to our world, to everything we hope to pass on to future generations. And it is clear that we should act now, while we have the time.“
— Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935
Academy Series - Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, Omega (2003), Introduction
„I think the problem with the country is that we operate on a sickness model, not a wellness model… Basically, we treat people who become ill. What we don't do is do a very good job in keeping them healthy in the first place… We lose all the educational benefits, all the things we could be doing, all the things we ought to be doing, in terms of food safety… because the emphasis is on sickness. But I really don't think there's a conspiracy to make people sick so we can heal them. That I don't agree with.“
— Howard Dean American political activist 1948
Source: Real Time with Bill Maher, October 15, 2004
„To ascertain the Lord's will we ought to use scriptural means. Prayer, the word of God, and His Spirit should be united together. We should go to the Lord repeatedly in prayer, and ask Him to teach us by His Spirit through His word. I say, by His Spirit through His word. For if we should think that His Spirit led us to do so and so, because certain facts are so and so, and yet His word is opposed to the step which we are going to take, we should be deceiving ourselves.“
— George Müller German-English clergyman 1805 - 1898
First Part of Narrative, A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.