— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
„The long history of mankind is studded with convergences, perhaps most notably in social systems and the use of artefacts and technology. But for human history, set in the arrow of time, there appears to be one intolerable stumbling-block. This is the catastrophic failure in human values and decency.“
— Simon Conway Morris British palaeontologist 1951
Fonte: The Crucible of Creation (1998), p. 205.
— Arthur Desmond New Zealnd writer 1859 - 1929
Rival Caesars (1903)
„The bible and the church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women's emancipation.“
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton Suffragist and Women's Rights activist 1815 - 1902
„Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.“
— Pericles Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens -494 - -429 a.C.
As translated by Richard Crawley (1951)
History of the Peloponnesian War
„There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„The art of growing old is the art of being regarded by the oncoming generations as a support and not as a stumbling-block, as a confidant and not as a rival.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Growing Old
— Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784)
Contexto: The master is himself an animal, and needs a master. Let him begin it as he will, it is not to be seen how he can procure a magistracy which can maintain public justice and which is itself just, whether it be a single person or a group of several elected persons. For each of them will always abuse his freedom if he has none above him to exercise force in accord with the laws. The highest master should be just in himself, and yet a man. This task is therefore the hardest of all; indeed, its complete solution is impossible, for from such crooked wood as man is made of, nothing perfectly straight can be built. That it is the last problem to be solved follows also from this: it requires that there be a correct conception of a possible constitution, great experience gained in many paths of life, and — far beyond these — a good will ready to accept such a constitution. Three such things are very hard, and if they are ever to be found together, it will be very late and after many vain attempts.
„Advocates for a single line of progress encounter their greatest stumbling block when they try to find a smooth link between the apparently disparate designs of the invertebrates and vertebrates.“
— Stephen Jay Gould, livro Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms
"Brotherhood by Inversion", p. 320
Leonardo's Mountain of Clams and the Diet of Worms (1998)
„Courage, brother! do not stumble,
Though thy path be dark as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble,
Trust in God and do the Right.“
— Norman MacLeod (1812–1872) Scottish clergyman and author (1812–1872) 1812 - 1872
Trust in God, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— Piet Hein Danish puzzle designer, mathematician, author, poet 1905 - 1996
As quoted in Scandinavian Review (2003), by the American-Scandinavian Foundation, p. 18
Contexto: Man is the animal that draws lines which he himself then stumbles over. In the whole pattern of civilization there have been two tendencies, one toward straight lines and rectangular patterns and one toward circular lines. There are reasons, mechanical and psychological, for both tendencies. Things made with straight lines fit well together and save space. And we can move easily — physically or mentally — around things made with round lines. But we are in a straitjacket, having to accept one or the other, when often some intermediate form would be better.
„After Nietzsche’s devastating criticism of those “last men” who “invented happiness,” there is probably no need for me to remind you of the naïve optimism with which we once celebrated science, or the technology for the mastery of life based on it, as the path to happiness. Who believes this, apart from a few overgrown children occupying university chairs or editorial offices?“
— Max Weber German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist 1864 - 1920
"Science as a Vocation" (1917)
„Most of the early Christian writers thought the text "I and my Father are one," was to be understood of an unity or harmony of disposition only.“
— Joseph Priestley, livro An History of the Corruptions of Christianity
Part I : The History of Opinions Relating to Jesus Christ, § III : The Supremacy was always ascribed to the Father before the Council Of Nice
An History of the Corruptions of Christianity (1782)
Contexto: Most of the early Christian writers thought the text "I and my Father are one," was to be understood of an unity or harmony of disposition only. Thus Tertullian observes, that the expression is unum, one thing, not one person; and he explains it to mean unity, likeness, conjunction, and of the love that the Father bore to the Son. Origen says, "let him consider that text, 'all that believed were of one heart and of one soul,' and then he will understand this, 'I and my Father are one.'"
„There is a disposition in every person to think he will be for himself by making less of the outside world.“
— Eli Siegel Latvian-American poet, philosopher 1902 - 1978
Self and World (1957)
„It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don't cause spills. They are technologically very advanced.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Reforms Slow to Arrive at Drilling Agency http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/31/us/politics/31drill.html (April 2, 2010)
2010, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 2010)
„Write your way out of a thinking block—because you'll never think your way out of a writing block.“
— Merlin Mann American blogger 1966
Wired Magazine https://archive.is/20130630162633/www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-08/pl_brown
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