„He was a great patriot, a great man; above all, a great American. His country was the ruling, mastering passion of his life from the beginning even unto the end.“

—  Henry Cabot Lodge, Theodore Roosevelt, Address Before Congress (February 9, 1919).
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—  Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994
Context: It seems to me that the free man, i. e., the man freed in Christ, ought to take parts in all movements that aim at human freedom. He obviously ought to oppose all dictatorship and oppression and all the fatalities which crush man. The Christian cannot bear it that others should be slaves. His great passion in the world ought to be a passion for the liberation of men. p. 398

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„Man is not a rational animal. He is only truly good or great when he acts from passion.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Book 6, chapter 12.


„A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination.“

—  Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Context: A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination. My life may not be great to others, but to me it has been one of steady progression, never dull, often exciting, often hungry, tired, and lonely, but always learning. Somewhere back down the years I decided, or my nature decided for me, that I would be a teller of stories. Decisions had to be made and there was nobody but me to make them. My course altered a number of times but never deviated from the destination I had decided upon. Whether this was altogether a matter of choice I do not know. Perhaps my early reading and the storytelling at home had preconditioned me for the role I adopted. Somewhere along the line I had fallen in love with learning, and it became a lifelong romance. Early on I discovered it was fun to follow along the byways of history to find those treasures that await any searcher. It may be that all later decisions followed naturally from that first one. One thing has always been true: That book or that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend. Ch. 1

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„No man is fit to be a Senator... unless he is willing to surrender his political life for great principle.“

—  Henry Fountain Ashurst United States Senator from Arizona 1874 - 1962
"Ashurst, Defeated, Reviews Service". New York Times (September 12, 1940), p. 18.

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„Goya in gratitude to his friend Arrieta for the skill and great care with which he saved his [Goya's] life in his acute and dangerous illness, suffered at the end of 1819, at the age of seventy-tree years. He painted this in 1820.“

—  Francisco De Goya Spanish painter and printmaker (1746–1828) 1746 - 1828
inscription by Goya, 1820 Goya painted this long inscription in 1820, - in the tradition of the ex-votos in the churches - in the double-portrait, [of his friend, and of Goya himself as the patient], he made of his doctor Eugenio Garciá Arrieta who helped him in 1819 with a severe illness

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