— Francis Bacon, livro Essays
Contexto: Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
„Animals have sections in their stomachs which enable them to digest food without mastication, but human beings are supposed to chew their food before they swallow it down… So chew your food and give your salivary glands a chance to function!“
— Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
Amanda, Scene One
The Glass Menagerie (1944)
„Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Compensation
Contexto: Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time. There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfilment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
The history of persecution is a history of endeavours to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand. It makes no difference whether the actors be many or one, a tyrant or a mob. A mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason, and traversing its work. The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane like its whole constitution. It persecutes a principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars. The inviolate spirit turns their spite against the wrongdoers. The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison, a more illustrious abode; every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side. Hours of sanity and consideration are always arriving to communities, as to individuals, when the truth is seen, and the martyrs are justified.
Thus do all things preach the indifferency of circumstances. The man is all. Every thing has two sides, a good and an evil. Every advantage has its tax. I learn to be content. But the doctrine of compensation is not the doctrine of indifferency. The thoughtless say, on hearing these representations, — What boots it to do well? there is one event to good and evil; if I gain any good, I must pay for it; if I lose any good, I gain some other; all actions are indifferent.
There is a deeper fact in the soul than compensation, to wit, its own nature. The soul is not a compensation, but a life. The soul is. Under all this running sea of circumstance, whose waters ebb and flow with perfect balance, lies the aboriginal abyss of real Being. Essence, or God, is not a relation, or a part, but the whole. Being is the vast affirmative, excluding negation, self-balanced, and swallowing up all relations, parts, and times within itself. Nature, truth, virtue, are the influx from thence. Vice is the absence or departure of the same.
— Samuel Butler (poet) poet and satirist 1612 - 1680
Canto III, line 1
Fonte: Hudibras, Part II (1664)
— Edward Coke English lawyer and judge 1552 - 1634
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), First Institute.
Institutes of the Laws of England
— Jackie Mason American rabbi and comedian 1931
Quoted in [Bill, Maxwell, In gloomy times, let's try to find a sense of humor, http://www.sptimes.com/2002/07/07/Columns/In_gloomy_times__let_.shtml, 2002-07-07, 2008-10-04, St. Petersburg Times]
— François de La Rochefoucauld, livro Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
L'intention de ne jamais tromper nous expose à être souvent trompés.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
„If there was one thing worse than being cheated, it was being cheated by someone who referred to themselves in the third person.“
— Chris Wooding British children's writer 1977
Fonte: The Iron Jackal
„At that time the church had great power; it could retaliate; it could destroy. The church abandoned the stake only when too many men objected to being burned.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
"The Brooklyn Divines." Brooklyn Union (Brooklyn, NY), 1883.
Contexto: There was a time when an unbeliever, open and pronounced, was a wonder. At that time the church had great power; it could retaliate; it could destroy. The church abandoned the stake only when too many men objected to being burned.
„Many bad men are rich, many good men are poor. But we will not exchange wealth for virtue along with them. One man has money now, another has money at another time. Money goes around, whereas virtue endures.“
— Theognis of Megara Greek lyric poet active in approximately the sixth century BC -570 - -485 a.C.
πολλοί τοι πλουτοῦσι κακοί, ἀγαθοὶ δὲ πένονται:
ἀλλ᾽ ἡμεῖς τούτοις οὐ διαμειψόμεθα
τῆς ἀρετῆς τὸν πλοῦτον, ἐπεὶ τὸ μὲν ἔμπεδον αἰεί,
χρήματα δ᾽ ἀνθρώπων ἄλλοτε ἄλλος ἔχει.
Fonte: Elegies, Lines 315-318, also attributed to Solon
— John Dryden, livro Religio Laici
Religio Laici (1682), Preface.
„Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.“
— Francis Bacon, livro Essays
„(…) It is like taking food. All you can do is to bite off, chew and swallow. All else is unconscious and automatic. Listen, remember and understand – the mind is both the actor and the stage. All is of the mind and you are not the mind. (…).“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Fonte: I am That, P.156.
— John Lydon English singer, songwriter, and musician 1956
At the end of the last Sex Pistols concert, Winterland Theater, San Francisco, California (14 January 1978)
— Anacharsis Scythian philosopher
As quoted in The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius, as translated by C. D. Yonge) (1853), "Anacharsis" sect. 5, p. 48
„A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper.“
— Ludwig von Mises, livro Liberalism
Ch. 1 : The Foundations of Liberal Policy § 11 : The Limits of Governmental Activity http://mises.org/liberal/ch1sec11.asp
Contexto: A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper. He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police.
„A human being has many divine qualities. But there has never been another unparalleled divine quality like man's self-sacrifice, nor can there ever be.“
— Sri Chinmoy Indian writer and guru 1931 - 2007
Songs of the Soul (1971)
„As it is certain that worms swallow many little stones, independently of those swallowed while excavating their burrows, it is probable that they serve, like mill-stones, to triturate their food.“
— Charles Darwin, livro The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms
Fonte: The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms (1881), Chapter 1: Habits of Worms, p. 18. http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?pageseq=33&itemID=F1357&viewtype=image