— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Something About a Soldier (1940), Context: Wars, for us, are either inevitable, or created. Whatever they are, they should not wholly vitiate art. What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
„Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
The Efficacy of Prayer (1958), Context: Petitionary prayer is, nonetheless, both allowed and commanded to us: “Give us our daily bread.” And no doubt it raises a theoretical problem. Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it. But neither does God need any of those things that are done by finite agents, whether living or inanimate. He could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers, and butchers; or knowledge without the aid of learned men; or convert the heathen without missionaries. Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds, and wills of men to co-operate in the execution of His will. “God,” said Pascal, “instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality.” But not only prayer; whenever we act at all He lends us that dignity. It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other actions should do so. They have not advised or changed God's mind—that is, His over-all purpose. But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including the prayers, of His creatures.
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
Context: Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever. Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.
„All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.“
— Alexis Carrel French surgeon and biologist 1873 - 1944
As quoted in Nava-Vēda : God and Man (Nara and Narayan) (1968) by M. B. Raja Rao, p. 229
„Between man and his social environment there is a reciprocal action. Men make society what it is and society makes men what they are, and the result is therefore a kind of vicious circle.“
— Errico Malatesta Italian anarchist 1853 - 1932
The Method of Freedom: An Errico Malatesta Reader (2014)
— Joseph Conrad, Typhoon
Typhoon (1902), Ch. 2
„Thank God for gay men. Thank God for gay men, because if it were not for gay men, I would not talk to men at all.“
— Margaret Cho American stand-up comedian 1968
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„You don’t get many men talking about personality disorders or schizophrenia. The mental health issues that people find scary aren’t talked about – that’s where the conversation needs to go.“
— Derek Owusu
On men and mental health discussions in “Derek Owusu: ‘Mental health issues that people find scary aren’t being talked about’” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/02/derek-owusu-that-reminds-me-stormzy-mens-mental-health in The Guardian (2019 Nov 2)
— Jean Ziegler Swiss sociologist 1934
— Fernando Pessoa, book The Book of Disquiet
The Book of Disquiet, Ibid.
„It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.“
— Carter G. Woodson, book The Mis-Education of the Negro
„Nonsense, it was all nonsense: this whole damned outfit, with its committees, its conferences, its eternal talk, talk, talk, was a great con trick; it was a mechanism to earn a few hundred men and women incredible sums of money.“
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
The Summer Before the Dark (1973)
„Well, children, when there is so much racket there be must something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the Negroes of the South and the women of the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?“
— Sojourner Truth African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist 1797 - 1883
Sojourner Truth, as quoted in The Harbrace Guide to Writing, Concise, p. 50, by Cheryl Glenn. Editorial Cengage Learning, 2011. ISBN 113317146X.
„Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.“
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886