— Wisława Szymborska Polish writer 1923 - 2012
„He felt an inner secret joy!
A spirit of unfettered will
Through light and darkness moving still
Within the All to find its own,
To be immortal and alone.“
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
„Hope, in its stronger forms, is a great deal more powerful stimulans to life than any sort of realized joy can ever be.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Context: Hope, in its stronger forms, is a great deal more powerful stimulans to life than any sort of realized joy can ever be. Man must be sustained in suffering by a hope so high that no conflict with actuality can dash it—so high, indeed, that no fulfilment can satisfy it: a hope reaching out beyond this world. Sec. 23
„The world attributes its misfortunes to the schemes and plottings of the very evil and powerful. I think stupidity is underestimated.“
— Adolfo Bioy Casares Argentine novelist 1914 - 1999
Breve diccionario del argentino exquisito, 1978.
„One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils of the world can be cured by legislation.“
— Thomas Brackett Reed U.S. Representative from Maine, and Speaker of the House 1839 - 1902
Quoted by George W. Stimpson in A Book About American Politics http://books.google.com/books?id=5eQ5AAAAMAAJ&q=%22One+of+the+greatest+delusions+in+the+world+is+the+hope+that+the+evils+of+the+world+can+be+cured+by+legislation%22&pg=PA342#v=onepage (1952)
— Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926
„One must preach life, not death; spread hope, not fear and cultivate joy, man's most valuable treasure. That is the secret of the greatest of the wise, and it wil be the light of tomorrow.“
— Alain French philosopher 1868 - 1951
Context: One must preach life, not death; spread hope, not fear and cultivate joy, man's most valuable treasure. That is the secret of the greatest of the wise, and it wil be the light of tomorrow. Passions are sad. Hatred is sad. Joy destroys passions and hatred. Let us begin by telling ourselves that sadness is never noble, beautiful or useful. On Pity
„Let sanguine healthy-mindedness do its best with its strange power of living in the moment and ignoring and forgetting, still the evil background is really there to be thought of, and the skull will grin in at the banquet.“
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Lectures IV and V, "The Religion of Healthy-Mindedness"
„The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.“
— Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973
The Joy of Children (1966)
— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
„Government is the most successful idea in the world, but for all its success and importance it is something imperfect. There is no ideal state. After thousands of years it is still a mixture of good and evil.“
— Elmer Eric Schattschneider American political scientist 1892 - 1971
— James Jones American author 1921 - 1977
Context: I still think its probably the most evil of all pursuits.... the thing is when you're getting shot at you don't think so much about who's right and who's wrong or who's good and who's and bad... one of the first things they told you was "Forget about patriotism. That's not how you win a war. You win a war by being a vicious, merciless, mean, son-of-a-bitch." And, they try to infuse that in everybody, and I think rightly so. On war.
— E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
„In its actual power today, the Chinese regime is still far behind the U. S., and there is no chance of its becoming a world hegemon any time soon.“
— Liu Xiaobo Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist 1955
"Bellicose and Thuggish: The Roots of Chinese "Patriotism" at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century"