— Alastair Reynolds British novelist and astronomer 1966
Chapter 10 (p. 125)
„If you see a man dedicated to his stomach, crawling on the ground, you see a plant and not a man; or if you see a man bedazzled by the empty forms of the imagination, as by the wiles of Calypso, and through their alluring solicitations made a slave to his own senses, you see a brute and not a man. If, however, you see a philosopher, judging and distinguishing all things according to the rule of reason, him shall you hold in veneration, for he is a creature of heaven and not of earth; if, finally, a pure contemplator, unmindful of the body, wholly withdrawn into the inner chambers of the mind, here indeed is neither a creature of earth nor a heavenly creature, but some higher divinity, clothed in human flesh.“
Si quem enim videris deditum ventri, humi serpentem hominem, frutex est, non homo, quem vides; si quem in fantasiae quasi Calipsus vanis praestigiis cecucientem et subscalpenti delinitum illecebra sensibus mancipatum, brutum est, non homo, quem vides. Si recta philosophum ratione omnia discernentem, hunc venereris; caeleste est animal, non terrenum. Si purum contemplatorem corporis nescium, in penetralia mentis relegatum, hic non terrenum, non caeleste animal: hic augustius est numen humana carne circumvestitum.
— Alastair Reynolds British novelist and astronomer 1966
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
„Never think of anyone as inferior to you. Open the inner Eye and you will see the One Glory shining in all creatures.“
— Dhul-Nun al-Misri Sufi saint 796 - 859
Quoted in Ellen Kei Hua, ed., Meditations of the Masters, cited in Andrea Wiebers and David Wiebers, Souls Like Ourselves (Rochester, MN: Sojourn Press, 2000), p. 42.
„... you both fail to understand what is happening to you. You cannot see or hear or smell the truth of what you see — and you, looking for destiny! It’s classic! And the boy, this automaton, he was made of the very mud of the region and sees far less than you. Poor stumblers, neither of you can see the other. To you he is a mark on the score-card of your achievement, a thing and not a man; a child, or even less — a black, amorphous thing. And you, for all your power, are not a man to him, but a God, a force...“
— Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994
„When you look directly at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your own knowledge that he's insane, which is not to see him at all.“
— Robert M. Pirsig American writer and philosopher 1928
Context: When you look directly at an insane man all you see is a reflection of your own knowledge that he's insane, which is not to see him at all. To see him you must see what he saw and when you are trying to see the vision of an insane man, an oblique route is the only way to come at it. Ch. 7
„It pleased the great Creator of the world to make three sorts of living creatures. Angels he made pure spirits, without flesh, and therefore he made them only for heaven and not to dwell on earth. Beasts were made flesh, without immortal souls, and therefore they were made only for the earth and not for heaven: Man is of a middle nature between both, as partaking of both flesh and spirit, so is he made for earth, but as his passage or way to heaven, and not that this should be his home or happiness. The blessed state that man was made for was to behold the glorious majesty of the Lord and to praise him among his holy angels; and to love him, and to be filled with his love forever.“
— Richard Baxter English Puritan church leader, poet, and hymn-writer 1615 - 1691
A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live, Sermon 1
„MAN: Kick him-he'll forgive you. Flatter him-he may or may not see through you. But ignore him and he'll hate you“
— Idries Shah writer and Sufi teacher 1924 - 1996
„Among all creatures that breathe on earth and crawl on it
there is not anywhere a thing more dismal than man is.“
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
XVII. 446–447 (tr. R. Lattimore); Zeus. Robert Fagles's translation: : There is nothing alive more agonized than man of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.
— Carl Sagan, Contact
Chapter 9 (p. 147)
„But the inner part is the better part; for to it, as both ruler and judge, all these messengers of the senses report the answers of heaven and earth and all the things therein, who said, "We are not God, but he made us." My inner man knew these things through the ministry of the outer man, and I, the inner man, knew all this — I, the soul, through the senses of my body. I asked the whole frame of earth about my God, and it answered, "I am not he, but he made me."“
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
„It is likewise with the proud, rich man: he will never have mercy on the poor man because of his hue or his cry, but if the poor man could wreak vengeance on him, then you would see the rich man bow.“
— Marie de France medieval poet 1154 - 1189
Fables, no. 10, "The Fox and the Eagle", line 18; cited from Mary Lou Martin (trans.) The Fables of Marie de France (Birmingham, Alabama: Summa, 1984) pp. 54-6. Translation from the same source, p. 55.
„A wife is not a man's shadow or subordinate, but his other self, his "helper," in a sense which no other creature on earth can be.“
— Joseph H. Hertz British rabbi 1872 - 1946
Genesis II, 18 (p. 9)
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
Context: You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him. You cannot make both. Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. If you will have that precision out of them, and make their fingers measure degrees like cog-wheels, and their arms strike curves like compasses, you must unhumanize them. All the energy of their spirits must be given to make cogs and compasses of themselves…. On the other hand, if you will make a man of the working creature, you cannot make him a tool. Let him but begin to imagine, to think, to try to do anything worth doing; and the engine-turned precision is lost at once. Out come all his roughness, all his dulness, all his incapability; shame upon shame, failure upon failure, pause after pause: but out comes the whole majesty of him also; and we know the height of it only when we see the clouds settling upon him. Volume II, chapter VI, section 12.
„You can talk to the man. He is reasonable, and sees your point of view, if you point it out properly.“
— Wilhelm Canaris German admiral, head of military intelligence service 1887 - 1945
About speaking to Hitler. Quoted in "Hitler's Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II" - Page 234 - by David Kahn - True Crime - 2000
„How people see you first is what they hold hardest in their minds. It is the way of the world. You can step down from a throne], and even if you behave like a farmer in a pigsty, some part in each of them will remember that you did descend from a throne. But if they see only a young man first, a country man, they will resent him stepping up to his throne later, whatever his right, whatever his power.“
— Robert Jordan American writer 1948 - 2007