„Wise people are in want of nothing, and yet need many things. On the other hand, nothing is needed by fools, for they do not understand how to use anything, but are in want of everything.“
„I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.“
— Terence Roman comic playwright -185 - -159 a.C.
Act II, scene 2, 12, line 243.
„The chief thing is to love others like yourself, that's the chief thing, and that's everything; nothing else is wanted — you will find out at once how to arrange it all.“
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
Context: A dream! What is a dream? And is not our life a dream? I will say more. Suppose that this paradise will never come to pass (that I understand), yet I shall go on preaching it. And yet how simple it is: in one day, in one hour everything could be arranged at once! The chief thing is to love others like yourself, that's the chief thing, and that's everything; nothing else is wanted — you will find out at once how to arrange it all. And yet it's an old truth which has been told and retold a billion times — but it has not formed part of our lives! The consciousness of life is higher than life, the knowledge of the laws of happiness is higher than happiness — that is what one must contend against. And I shall. If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once. V
— Malcolm Azania Canadian politician 1969
Chapter 31 “Saturday Morning Mission” (p. 173)
„I felt in Georgia and on the east coast generally very squeezed. People have so many hang-ups about how other people live their lives. People always want to keep you in a little box or they need to label you and fix you in time and location. I feel a greater fluidity here. People are much more willing to accept that nothing is permanent, everything is changeable so there is freedom and I do need to live where I can be free.“
— Alice Walker American author and activist 1944
On living in California, as quoted in "A long walk to freedom" in The Guardian (25 February 2001) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/feb/25/fiction.features1.
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„I do not understand! I understand nothing! I cannot understand nor do I want to understand! I want to believe! To Believe!“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary c... 1905 - 1980
„What was was ever, and ever shall be. For, if it had come into being, it needs must have been nothing before it came into being. Now, if it were nothing, in no wise could anything have arisen out of nothing.“
— Melissus of Samos Eleatic philosopher -470 - -430 a.C.
Context: What was was ever, and ever shall be. For, if it had come into being, it needs must have been nothing before it came into being. Now, if it were nothing, in no wise could anything have arisen out of nothing.
„Over the course of the war I came to understand a lot. The Communists are right... It's terrible that many people haven't understood anything and want to return everything back..“
— Albert Marquet French artist 1875 - 1947
from the memoirs of Ilya Ehrenburg; as quoted by Mikhail Guerman, in Albert Marquet – The Paradox of Time, Parkstone Aurora Publishers, Bournemouth England, 1995, p. 82 Ilya Ehrenburg wrote that Marquet said him this shortly after the War, in 1946.
— Salvador Dalí Spanish artist 1904 - 1989
„This vain presumption, of understanding everything, can have no other basis than never understanding anything. For anyone who had experienced just once the understanding of one single thing, thus truly tasting how knowledge is accomplished, would then recognize that of the infinity of other truths, he understands nothing.“
— Kim Stanley Robinson American science fiction writer 1952
Ch. 15, p. 354; note: though this statement is incorporated into the story as one Galileo spoke, it is actually a quotation of one he historically made in his Dialogue Concerning The Two Chief World Systems http://www4.ncsu.edu/~kimler/hi322/Dialogue-extracts.html as translated by Stillman Drake.
„If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.“
— John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential
„In many cases, our need to wonder about or be told what God wants in a certain situation is nothing short of a clear indication of how little we are engaged in His work.“
— Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God
„It may seem that the only way to make a necessary connexion between 'injury' and the things that are to be avoided, is to say that it is only used in an 'action-guiding sense' when applied to something the speaker intends to avoid. But we should look carefully at the crucial move in that argument, and query the suggestion that someone might happen not to want anything for which he would need the use of hands or eyes. Hands and eyes, like ears and legs, play a part in so many operations that a man could only be said not to need them if he had no wants at all.“
— Philippa Foot British philosopher 1920 - 2010