— Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 a.C.
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter XX: On practicing what you preach, quid est sapienta? semper idem velle atque idem nolle. Line 5 Here, Seneca uses the same observation that Sallust made regarding friendship (in his historical account of the Catilinarian conspiracy, Bellum Catilinae[XX.4]) to define wisdom.
„No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.“
— Ben Elton English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director 1959
Stark (1989), "Airport Rescue"
— Donald Miller 1971
Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
— Karel Čapek Czech writer 1890 - 1938
— Aristotle, Selected Writings From The Nicomachean Ethics And Politics
„"One thing leads to another"? Not always. Sometimes one thing leads to the same thing. Ask an addict.“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
Books, Brain Droppings (1997)
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„This may be a gross exaggeration of a very simple matter. But perhaps the same is true of many of the more prodigious things of life and death.“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
The Necessary Angel (1951), Context: It may be dismissed, on the one hand, as a commonplace aesthetic satisfaction: and, on the other hand, if we say that the idea of God is merely a poetic idea, even if the supreme poetic idea, and that our notions of heaven and hell are merely poetry not so called, even if poetry that involves us vitally, the feeling of deliverance, of a release, of a perfection touched, of a vocation so that all men may know the truth and that the truth may set them free — if we say these things and if we are able to see the poet who achieved God and placed Him in His seat in heaven in all His glory, the poet himself, still in the ecstasy of the poem that completely accomplished its purpose, would have seemed, whether young or old, whether in rags or ceremonial robe, a man who needed what he had created, uttering the hymns of joy that followed his creation. This may be a gross exaggeration of a very simple matter. But perhaps the same is true of many of the more prodigious things of life and death. "The Figure of the Youth as Virile Poet"
— Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist 1947
Sixty things for Sir Elton's 60th (2007), From the song Conventional Oven Thermostat
„In general admittedly the Wise of all times have always said the same thing, and the fools, that is to say the vast majority of all times, have always done the same thing, i. e. the opposite; and so it will remain in the future.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life, Im allgemeinen freilich haben die Weisen aller Zeiten immer dasselbe gesagt, und die Toren, d.h. die unermessliche Majorität aller Zeiten, haben immer dasselbe, nämlich das Gegenteil getan; und so wird es denn auch ferner bleiben.