— Honoré de Balzac, livro Séraphîta
Seraphita (1835), Ch. 3: Seraphita - Seraphitus.
„The notion that our productivity problems reside in "the spirit of entrepreneurship" that waxes and wanes for unexplained reasons is a counsel of despair, for it gives no guidance on how to reawaken that spirit once it has lagged“
— Honoré de Balzac, livro Séraphîta
„We love the crackle and the hustle, we love the spirit that gives the finger to fate, the spirit that says there's no hurdle we can't clear and no problem we can't fix.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
PENN Address (2004), Context: When the potatoes ran out, millions of Irish men, women and children packed their bags got on a boat and showed up right here. And we're still doing it. We're not even starving anymore, loads of potatoes. In fact if there's any Irish out there, I've breaking news from Dublin, the potato famine is over you can come home now. But why are we still showing up? Because we love the idea of America. We love the crackle and the hustle, we love the spirit that gives the finger to fate, the spirit that says there's no hurdle we can't clear and no problem we can't fix.
— David Wood British philosopher, born 1946 1946
Philosophy At The Limit (1990), Chapter 5, Nietzsche's Styles, p. 96
„In that spirit, and in no other, is the power to solve social problems and carry civilization onward.“
— Henry George American economist 1839 - 1897
Social Problems (1883), Context: Those who are most to be considered, those for whose help the struggle must be made, if labor is to be enfranchised, and social justice won, are those least able to help or struggle for themselves, those who have no advantage of property or skill or intelligence, — the men and women who are at the very bottom of the social scale. In securing the equal rights of these we shall secure the equal rights of all. Hence it is, as Mazzini said, that it is around the standard of duty rather than around the standard of self-interest that men must rally to win the rights of man. And herein may we see the deep philosophy of Him who bade men love their neighbors as themselves. In that spirit, and in no other, is the power to solve social problems and carry civilization onward. Ch. 21 : Conclusion
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
Our America (1881), Context: America began to suffer, and still suffers, from the tiresome task of reconciling the hostile and discordant elements it inherited from the despotic and perverse colonizer, and the imported methods and ideas which have been retarding logical government because they are lacking in local realities. Thrown out of gear for three centuries by a power which denied men the right to use their reason, the continent disregarded or closed its ears to the unlettered throngs that helped bring it to redemption, and embarked on a government based on reason-a reason belonging to all for the common good, not the university brand of reason over the peasant brand. The problem of independence did not lie in a change of forms but in change of spirit.
„In our science and philosophy, even, there is commonly no true and absolute account of things. The spirit of sect and bigotry has planted its hoof amid the stars. You have only to discuss the problem, whether the stars are inhabited or not, in order to discover it.“
— Henry David Thoreau, livro Life Without Principle
Life Without Principle (1863)
„The problem of anachronism is a serious one when it comes to evaluating materials in the Bible because there is a widespread assumption in the conservative Christian community, ever since the Reformation, that God's Word requires only a good, clear mind, an open heart, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to be understood.“
— Ben Witherington III American religion academic 1951
New Testament History : A Narrative Account (2001), Prolegomenon
„My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat. It is not the defeated soldier's drumbeat of despair, but the fighting warrior's will to win. It is not the de-spirited voice of dejection but the stirring shout of victory.“
— Atal Bihari Vajpayee 10th Prime Minister of India 1924 - 2018
Quotes from ataljee.org, New York September 7, 2000 Asia Society Annual Dinner
„The Catholic solution of our problem, of our unique vital problem, the problem of the immortality and eternal salvation of the soul, satisfies the will, and therefore satisfies life; but the attempt to rationalize it by means of a dogmatic theology fails to satisfy the reason. And reason has its exigencies as imperious as those of life. It is no use seeking to force ourselves to consider as super-rational what clearly appears to us to be contra-rational… Infallibility, a notion of Hellenic origin, is in its essence a rationalistic category.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), IV : The Essence of Catholicism
„Our triumph over sorrow is not that we can avoid it but that we can endure it. And therein lies our hope; that in spirit we might become bigger than the problems we face.“
— Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness And Making Miracles
„The world needs this renewal! In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading interior emptiness, unnamed fears, a quiet sense of despair. How many of our contemporaries have built broken and empty cisterns in a desperate search for meaning - the ultimate meaning that only love can give?…. The Church also needs this renewal! She needs your faith, your idealism and your generosity, so that she can always be young in the Spirit!“
— Pope Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Catholic Church 1927
2008, Closing Mass (19 July 2008)
„It is perfectly reasonable to despair of a world where the Nobel Committee gives the Peace Prize to a man running a war.“
— Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963
Quoted as work in progress at martinfirrell.com.
„Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.“
— M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
„Remember that every guilty compliance with the humors of the world, every sinful indulgence of our own passions, is laying up cares and fears for the hour of darkness; and that the remembrance of ill-spent time will strew our sick-bed with thorns, and rack our sinking spirits with despair.“
— Reginald Heber English clergyman 1783 - 1826
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 547.
„America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem, but our people have a very serious problem. America's problem is us. We're her problem. The only reason she has a problem is she doesn't want us here.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
Attributed, Statement in Detroit, Michigan (10 November 1963).