— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
"The Leaning Tower", lecture delivered to the Workers' Educational Association, Brighton (May 1940)
„When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.“
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
Context: I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me "I love you." … There is an African saying which is: "Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt." The Distinguished Annie Clark Tanner Lecture, 16th-annual Families Alive Conference, Weber State University, May 8, 1997 - Full text online at weber.edu http://departments.weber.edu/chfam/familiesalive/angelouspeech.html3
„Of all the knowledge that we can ever obtain, the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves, are the most important.“
— Jonathan Edwards, A careful & strict inquiry into the modern prevailing notions of that freedom of the will, which is supposed to be essential to moral agency, virtue & vice, reward & punishment, praise & blame...
„That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.“
— Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971
„Our burning question as to the whence and whither — all we can ourselves observe about it is the present environment.“
— Erwin Schrödinger Austrian physicist 1887 - 1961
Context: I am born into an environment — I know not whence I came nor whither I go nor who I am. This is my situation as yours, every single one of you. The fact that everyone always was in this same situation, and always will be, tells me nothing. Our burning question as to the whence and whither — all we can ourselves observe about it is the present environment. That is why we are eager to find out about it as much as we can. That is science, learning, knowledge; it is the true source of every spiritual endeavour of man. We try to find out as much as we can about the spatial and temporal surroundings of the place in which we find ourselves put by birth…
„The sad truth of the matter is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be or do either evil or good.“
— Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind
The Life of the Mind (1978), "Thinking".