„I would take school instruction out of the hands of the old order of decrepit, stammering, journeymen-teachers as well as from the new weak ones, who are generally no better for popular instruction, and entrust it to the undivided powers of Nature herself, to the light that God kindles and ever keeps alive in the hearts of fathers and mothers, to the interest of parents who desire that their children should grow up in favour with God and man.“
How Gertrude Teaches Her Children (1801), ed. Ebenezer Cooke, trans. Lucy E. Holland and Frances C. Turner (Syracuse, NY, 1894), letter VII, p. 97 http://www.archive.org/stream/howgertrudeteach00pestuoft/howgertrudeteach00pestuoft_djvu.txt
„Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.“
— Ezra Pound American Imagist poet and critic 1885 - 1972
Guide to Kulchur (1938), p. 55
Variante: Man reading shd. be man intensely alive. The book shd. be a ball of light in one's hand.
„The good old rule
Sufficeth them, the simple plan,
That they should take, who have the power,
And they should keep who can.“
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Rob Roy's Grave, st. 9.
Memorials of a Tour in Scotland (1803)
„It is the act of an ill-instructed man to blame others for his own bad condition; it is the act of one who has begun to be instructed, to lay the blame on himself; and of one whose instruction is completed, neither to blame another, nor himself.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
tr. George Long (1888)
The Enchiridion (c. 135)
„For the women who mourn their dead in the secret night,
For the children taught to keep quiet, the old children,
The children spat-on at school.
For the wrecked laboratory,
The gutted house, the dunged picture, the pissed-in well
The naked corpse of Knowledge flung in the square
And no man lifting a hand and no man speaking.“
— Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943
Litany for Dictatorships (1935)
„One of the things that I picked up from my father and my mother was the sense that religion often gets in the way of God.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
National Prayer Breakfast (2006)
Contexto: One of the things that I picked up from my father and my mother was the sense that religion often gets in the way of God.
For me, at least, it got in the way. Seeing what religious people, in the name of God, did to my native land... and in this country, seeing God's second-hand car salesmen on the cable TV channels, offering indulgences for cash... in fact, all over the world, seeing the self-righteousness roll down like a mighty stream from certain corners of the religious establishment...
I must confess, I changed the channel. I wanted my MTV.
Even though I was a believer.
Perhaps because I was a believer.
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Fonte: 1780s, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government (1787), Ch. 3 Marchamont Nedham : Errors of Government and Rules of Policy" Seventh Rule
„For God, who lives above the skies,
Would look with vengeance in his eyes
If I should ever dare despise
— Ann Taylor (poet) British female poet and literary critic 1782 - 1866
"My Mother" (1804)
„There is not a woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence, no matter whether it be from the hand of father, husband, or brother; for anyone who does so eat her bread places herself in the power of the person from whom she takes it.“
— Susan B. Anthony American women's rights activist 1820 - 1906
„"I knew that before you were born." Let him who would instruct a wiser man consider this as said to himself.“
— Phaedrus, livro Fables
Book V, fable 9, line 4.
„To her who gives and takes back all, to nature, the man who is instructed and modest says, Give what thou wilt; take back what thou wilt.“
— Marcus Aurelius, livro Meditações
And he says this not proudly, but obediently and well pleased with her.
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book X
„A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?“
— Stephen Colbert, livro I Am America (And So Can You!)
Fonte: I Am America
„If their princes exceed their bounds, Madam, no doubt they may be resisted, even by power. For there is neither greater honor, nor greater obedience, to be given to kings or princes, than God hath commanded to be given unto father and mother. But the father may be stricken with a frenzy, in which he would slay his children. If the children arise, join themselves together, apprehend the father, take the sword from him, bind his hands, and keep him in prison till his frenzy be overpast: think ye, Madam, that the children do any wrong? It is even so, Madam, with princes that would murder the children of God that are subjects unto them. Their blind zeal is nothing but a very mad frenzy, and therefore, to take the sword from them, to bind their hands, and to cast them into prison, till they be brought to a more sober mind, is no disobedience against princes, but just obedience, because it agreeth with the will of God.“
— John Knox Scottish clergyman, writer and historian 1514 - 1572
John Knox interview with Queen Mary I, History of the Reformation in Scotland http://www.reformation.org/john-knox-interview.html. (Edited by William Croft Dickinson, D.Lit.). Philosophical Library, New York, 1950
„Many religions lay out a set of precepts… and claim that these instructions were given by a god or gods.“
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God (2006)
Contexto: Many religions lay out a set of precepts... and claim that these instructions were given by a god or gods. For example, the first code of law by Hammurabi of Babylon... was handed to him by the god Marduk... this is a bamboozle... a pious hoax.... if Hammurabi had merely said, "Here's what I think everybody should do," he would have been much less successful...
„The beginning is from God: for the business which is in hand, having the character of good so strongly impressed upon it, appears manifestly to proceed from God, who is the author of good, and the Father of Lights.“
— Francis Bacon, livro Novum Organum
Novum Organum (1620), Book I
Contexto: The beginning is from God: for the business which is in hand, having the character of good so strongly impressed upon it, appears manifestly to proceed from God, who is the author of good, and the Father of Lights. Now in divine operations even the smallest beginnings lead of a certainty to their end. And as it was said of spiritual things, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation,” so is it in all the greater works of Divine Providence; everything glides on smoothly and noiselessly, and the work is fairly going on “before men are aware that it has begun. Nor should the prophecy of Daniel be forgotten, touching the last ages of the world: —“Many shall go to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased;” clearly intimating that the thorough passage of the world (which now by so many distant voyages seems to be accomplished, or in course of accomplishment), and the advancement of the sciences, are destined by fate, that is, by Divine Providence, to meet in the same age.
„Freud, Sigmund: A man so dissatisfied with his own mother and father that he devoted his life to convincing everyone who would listen — or better still, talk — that their parents were just as bad.“
— John Ralston Saul, The Doubter's Companion
The Doubter's Companion (1994)