„Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return.“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
The Zürau Aphorisms (1917 - 1918), Context: There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise; it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return. 3 (20 October 1917); as published in The Blue Octavo Notebooks (1954); also in Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings (1954); variant translations use "cardinal sins" instead of "main human sins" and "laziness" instead of "indolence".
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
Love is not a feeling ~ The Article (1995), Context: Enlightenment is enlightenment. And that's that. It's an unalterable, unwavering state of knowledge and being beyond doubt, a completion every moment by grace of the Most High, the unspeakable one, God. That's the ultimate; the absolute being beyond any description. But the ultimate, the enlightenment of man, must translate into his living life. And to me and my teaching that means an enlightened man is liberated from unhappiness. Being and living free of unhappiness is the natural and simple state of all life on earth - except man. He has been misled away from it by spiritual lures and glamour and the result is the conflict and pain, the fluctuating unhappiness, of his short life.
— 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).
— Shunryu Suzuki Japanese Buddhist missionary 1904 - 1971
Quoted in Zen Millionaire : The Investor's Guide to the "Other Side" (2007) by Paul B. Farrell Variant: Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
— David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda
— James Richardson American poet 1950
Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten Second Essays (2001), #251
— John Denham English poet and courtier 1615 - 1669
The Sophy: A Tragedy, Act I, scene ii.
„Cynicism is enlightened false consciousness. It is that modernized, unhappy consciousness, on which enlightenment has labored both successfully and in vain. It has learned its lessons in enlightenment, but it has not, and probably was not able to, put them into practice. Well-off and miserable at the same time, this consciousness no longer feels affected by any critique of ideology; its falseness is already reflexively buffered.“
— Peter Sloterdijk German philosopher 1947
Kritik der zynischen Vernunft [Critique of Cynical Reason] (1983), Zynismus ist das aufgeklärte falsche Bewußtsein, an dem Aufklärung zugleich erfolgreich und vergeblich gearbeitet hat. Es hat seine Aufklärungselektion gelernt, aber nicht vollzogen und wohl nicht vollziehen können. Gutsituiert und miserabel zugleich fühlt sich dieses Bewußtsein von keiner Ideologiekritik mehr betroffen; seine Falschheit ist bereits reflexiv gefedert. pp. 5-6
— Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954
Other, From the glossary of the first Programming Perl book.