„Everything matters more than we think it does, and, at the same time, nothing matters so much as we think it does.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
Context: Everything matters more than we think it does, and, at the same time, nothing matters so much as we think it does. The merest spark may set all Europe in a blaze, but though all Europe be set in a blaze twenty times over, the world will wag itself right again. Sparks
— Alexandra Kollontai Soviet diplomat 1872 - 1952
Context: Nothing is more difficult than writing an autobiography. What should be emphasized? Just what is of general interest? It is advisable, above all, to write honestly and dispense with any of the conventional introductory protestations of modesty. For if one is called upon to tell about one's life so as to make the events that made it what it became useful to the general public, it can mean only that one must have already wrought something positive in life, accomplished a task that people recognize. Accordingly it is a matter of forgetting that one is writing about oneself, of making an effort to abjure one's ego so as to give an account, as objectively as possible, of one's life in the making and of one's accomplishments.
— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
"Physics and Reality" in the Journal of the Franklin Institute Vol. 221, Issue 3 (March 1936) Variant translation: "The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking." As it appears in the "Physics and Reality" section of the book "Out of My Later Years" by Albert Einstein (1950)
„The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.“
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
Quote in Vincent's letter, from Arles, Tuesday, 18 September 1888; as cited in Van Gogh : The Self-portraits (1969) by Fritz Erpel, p. 17 Variant translations: The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. As quoted in Mary Engelbreit's Words To Live By (1999) by Mary Engelbreit I tell you the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
— Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
„Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man's greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. Ch. 1 : A tough mind and a tender heart
„For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Book I, section 42. Translation by Cyrus R. Edmonds (1873), p. 73
„6472. Nothing more smooth than Glass, yet nothing more brittle;
Nothing more fine than Wit, yet nothing more fickle.“
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
„It might be more difficult to be a President than it ever had before. Nothing less than greatness would do.“
— Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007
Superman Comes to the Supermarket http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a3858/superman-supermarket/ (November 1960)
„It is necessary to show that there is nothing so little known [as the above rules], nothing more difficult to practice, or nothing more useful and universal.“
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
— Étienne Bonnot de Condillac French academic 1715 - 1780
As quoted in Antoine Lavoisier, Elements of Chemistry (trans. Robert Kerr, 1790), Preface, p. xiv.