„It may be that there is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income.“

—  Edmund Wilson, livro Memoirs of Hecate County

Memoirs of Hecate County (1946) [New York Review Books Classics, 2004], Ch. 4, p. 136

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—  Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012

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Contexto: Can an idea — a notion as abstract as Relativism — produce by itself the effects alleged? cause all the harm, destroy all the lives and reputations? I am as far as anyone can be from denying the power of ideas in history, but the suggestion that a philosophy (as Relativism is often called) has perverted millions and debased daily life is on the face of it absurd. No idea working alone has ever demoralized society, and there have been plenty of ideas simpler and more exciting than Relativism.

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—  Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926

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Contexto: A social order in which the maximum legal income is not more than tenfold the minimum... and in which competition for private profit has been eliminated, and in which social motivations are more dominant, is certain to be a more harmonious community than can ever be created by economic individualism.

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—  Ken Wilber American writer and public speaker 1949

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„Nothing becomes some women more than the prick of ambition. Love, on the contrary, may make them very dull.“

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