— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
52, Im Kampf zwischen Dir und der Welt, sekundiere der Welt. Aphorism 52 in Unpublished Works 1916-1918 http://www.kafka.org/index.php?unpub1916_1918 Variant translations: In the struggle between yourself and the world, back the world. In the struggle between yourself and the world, side with the world. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
„With the world began a war that will only end with the world, and not before: that of man against nature, mind against matter, freedom against fate. History is nothing but the story of this endless struggle.“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
— Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964
— Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
„The life of Man is a struggle with Nature and a struggle with the Machine; when Nature and the Machine link forces against him, Man hasn't a chance.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
— Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense
„In former days the struggle for existence was chiefly a struggle against nature, today it is primarily a struggle against other human beings.“
— Kirby Page American clergyman 1890 - 1957
"The Commercial Motive" Christian Century 40 (Feb 22, 1923)
„The first task of the doctor is... political: the struggle against disease must begin with a war against bad government." Man will be totally and definitively cured only if he is first liberated...“
— Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception
— Auberon Herbert British politician 1838 - 1906
Context: Of all the miserable, unprofitable, inglorious wars in the world is the war against words. Let men say just what they like. Let them propose to cut every throat and burn every house - if they so like it. We have nothing to do with a man's words or a man's thoughts, except to put against them better words and better thoughts, and so to win in the great moral and intellectual duel that is always going on, and on which all progress depends.
„Socialism, Puritanism, Philistinism, Christianity—he saw them all as allotropic forms of democracy, as variations upon the endless struggle of quantity against quality, of the weak and timorous against the strong and enterprising, of the botched against the fit.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
„Again, if the world is destroyed, it must needs either be destroyed according to nature or against nature. Against nature is impossible, for that which is against nature is not stronger than nature. If according to nature, there must be another nature which changes the nature of the world: which does not appear.“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
XVII. That the World is by nature Eternal.
„First, is the danger of futility: the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man.“
— Robert F. Kennedy American politician and brother of John F. Kennedy 1925 - 1968
Context: First, is the danger of futility: the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant Reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. "Give me a place to stand," said Archimedes, "and I will move the world." These men moved the world, and so can we all.
„In struggling against anguish one never produces serenity; the struggle against anguish only produces new forms of anguish.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
„The vast majority of the peoples of the world are against war and against aggression. If they make their wishes known and effective, war can be stopped. It all depends on whether they are willing to make the effort necessary for the purpose. For, that it will require an effort, no one who considers the history of the world on these subjects can doubt.“
— Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood lawyer, politician and diplomat in the United Kingdom 1864 - 1958