„In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is lucky to escape with his life.“

The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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British philosopher 1935

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„In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.“

—  Desiderius Erasmus, livro Adagia

Adagia (first published 1500, with numerous expanded editions through 1536), III, IV, 96
Also in the same passage of the Adagia is a variant: Inter caecos regnat strabus (Among the blind, the squinter rules).
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„In the country of the blind, who are not as unobservant as they look, the one-eyed is not king, he is spectator.“

—  Clifford Geertz American anthropologist 1926 - 2006

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„In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. But his kingship is kingship over nothing. It brings no powers and privileges, only loss of faith and exhaustion of the power to act. Its world is a world without values.“

—  Colin Wilson, livro The Outsider

Fonte: The Outsider (1956), Chapter one, The Country of the Blind, referencing a quote by Desiderius Erasmus.
Contexto: He alone is aware of the truth, and if all men were aware of it, there would be an end of life. In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. But his kingship is kingship over nothing. It brings no powers and privileges, only loss of faith and exhaustion of the power to act. Its world is a world without values.

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„It is right to chide man for being blind to such coincidences in his daily life. For he thereby deprives his life of a dimension of beauty.“

—  Milan Kundera, livro A Insustentável Leveza do Ser

Fonte: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body
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„How safe and easy the poor man's life and his humble dwelling! How blind men still are to Heaven's gifts!“

—  Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, livro Pharsalia

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„The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life — and one is as good as the other.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961

Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (4 September 1929); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker

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„His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.“

—  Bhagat Singh, livro Why I am an Atheist

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Contexto: Any man who stands for progress has to criticize, disbelieve and challenge every item of the old faith. Item by item he has to reason out every nook and corner of the prevailing faith. If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.

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„We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2013, Second Inaugural Address (January 2013)
Contexto: We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

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„The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.“

—  Sydney J. Harris American journalist 1917 - 1986

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„There are many predicaments in life that one must be a bit crazy to escape from.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, livro Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Il arrive quelquefois des accidents dans la vie d'où il faut être un peu fou pour se bien tirer.
Maxim 310.
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„Do you love your country? […] This man, with his life, has preserved it. Bear him with honor.“

—  Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

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