— Robin S. Sharma Canadian self help writer 1965
„Suppose it is said that there are evil spirits: — if they have their power from the Gods, they cannot be evil; if from elsewhere, the Gods do not make all things. If they do not make all things, then either they wish to or cannot, or they can and do not wish; neither of which is consistent with the idea of god. We may see, therefore, from these arguments, that there is no positive evil in the world.
It is in the activities of men that the evils appear, and that not of all men nor always.“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
On the Gods and the Cosmos, XII. The origin of evil things; and that there is no positive evil.
„Religions which depend upon arguments are failures. A religion, to be aggressive, must be experimental; men must be something and do something by means of it, which would be otherwise impossible; then they become both rhetoric and logic — persuasion and proof.“
— Charles Henry Fowler American bishop 1837 - 1908
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 137.
„There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else.“
— Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis American publisher 1850 - 1933
Quoted in "The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right" - Page 39 - by William P. Martin - Reference - 2004
„When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don’t care if they are shot themselves.“
— Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903
Facts and Comments (1902), "Patriotism", p. 126 http://books.google.com/books?id=zBQRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA126
„Young men of this class never do anything for themselves that they can get other people to do for them, and it is the infatuation, the devotion, the superstition of others that keeps them going. These others in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are women.“
— Henry James, book Washington Square
Washington Square (1881), ch. XIV.
„You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.“
— Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973
To My Daughters, With Love (1967), "My Neighbor's Son"
— Helen Fielding, book Bridget Jones's Diary
— Thomas Paine, book Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part I (1791), Part 1.3 Rights of Man
„Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.“
— Kakuzo Okakura Japanese scholar, author of The Book of Tea 1862 - 1913
„I never want to do material that makes people laugh at the expense of making other people feel bad - not to say I'm not guilty of that at times. …“
— Jim Gaffigan comedian, actor, author 1966
Context: I do kind of aspire to do comedy that appeals to a wide range of audiences and doesn't divide people. I never want to do material that makes people laugh at the expense of making other people feel bad - not to say I'm not guilty of that at times.... I try and make humor out of the really important issues of the day, like Hot Pockets and elevators and not wanting to get out of bed. Stephanie Bouchard (February 15, 2007) "Pasty-faced and proud of it - Comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his 'Beyond the Pale Tour' to Merrill Auditorium", Portland Press Herald, Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc., D10.
„Men will not change as long as women ‘marry up.’ Men won't change until we have a perspective on how powerless power makes us. A woman cannot help a man change until she has a perspective on how powerless power makes men.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Why Men Are the Way They Are (1988), p. 314.
„Man fears the responsibility of being free. It is often easier to let others make the decisions or to rely upon the letter of the law. Some men want to be slaves. After enslaving themselves to the letter of the law, such men always go on to deny freedom to others. They will not rest until they have imposed the same oppressive burdens upon everyone“
— Albert Nolan South African priest and activist 1934
Jesus Before Christianity: The Gospel of Liberation (1976), Context: The leaders and scholars of Jesus’ time had first enslaved themselves to the law. This not only enhanced their prestige in society, it also gave them a sense of security. Man fears the responsibility of being free. It is often easier to let others make the decisions or to rely upon the letter of the law. Some men want to be slaves. After enslaving themselves to the letter of the law, such men always go on to deny freedom to others. They will not rest until they have imposed the same oppressive burdens upon everyone (Matt 23:4,15). p. 71.
„The men who declare that woman is the intellectual inferior of man, do not, and cannot, by offering themselves in evidence, substantiate their declaration.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Preface to Helen Hamilton Gardner, Men, Women and Gods (1885)
„The purest evil that human efforts could attain, in other words, was probably achieved by those men who made their wills the same and who made their eyes see the world in the same way, men who went against the pattern of life's diversity, men whose spirits shattered the natural wall of the individual body, making nothing of this barrier, set up to guard against mutual corrosion, men whose spirit accomplished what flesh could never accomplish.“
— Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses
Runaway Horses (1969), as translated by Michael Gallagher (1973).