„There is nothing in nature so impracticable as the obstinacy of your true husband; it is the insurmountable obstacle—the Alps no female vinegar can melt.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
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The History of Freedom in Antiquity (1877)
Contexto: No obstacle has been so constant, or so difficult to overcome, as uncertainty and confusion touching the nature of true liberty. If hostile interests have wrought much injury, false ideas have wrought still more; and its advance is recorded in the increase of knowledge, as much as in the improvement of laws.<!--p.2
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
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— Friedrich Schiller, livro On the Aesthetic Education of Man
Letter 8; Variant: The greater part of men are much too exhausted and enervated by their struggle with want to be able to engage in a new and severe contest with error. Satisfied if they themselves can escape from the hard labour of thought, they willingly abandon to others the guardianship of their thoughts.
On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1794)
Contexto: Dare to be wise! Energy and spirit is needed to overcome the obstacles which indolence of nature as well as cowardice of heart oppose to our instruction. It is not without significance that the old myth makes the goddess of Wisdom emerge fully armed from the head of Jupiter; for her very first function is warlike. Even in her birth she has to maintain a hard struggle with the senses, which do not want to be dragged from their sweet repose. The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error. Content if they themselves escape the hard labor of thought, men gladly resign to others the guardianship of their ideas, and if it happens that higher needs are stirred in them, they embrace with a eager faith the formulas which State and priesthood hold in readiness for such an occasion.
— Pope Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Catholic Church 1927
2008, Youth Day Vigil (19 July 2008)
— George Alec Effinger Novelist, short story writer 1947 - 2002
Fonte: What Entropy Means to Me (1972), Chapter 9 “A Moral Dilemma” (p. 140).
— Robert A. Heinlein, livro Starship Troopers
Fonte: Starship Troopers
— Gustave de Molinari Belgian political economist and classical liberal theorist 1819 - 1912
Fonte: The Production of Security (1849), p. 60-61
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
The American Mercury (May 1926)
Contexto: It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false. To admit that the false has any standing in court, that it ought to be handled gently because millions of morons cherish it and thousands of quacks make their livings propagating it—to admit this, as the more fatuous of the reconcilers of science and religion inevitably do, is to abandon a just cause to its enemies, cravenly and without excuse. It is, of course, quite true that there is a region in which science and religion do not conflict. That is the region of the unknowable.
— George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880
The Spanish Gypsy (1868)
— Ursula Goodenough American biologist 1943
Meaning of Life interview (2008)
— Gerald Durrell naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter 1925 - 1995
Two in the Bush (1966)
Contexto: We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. We have not bothered to acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of gardening. By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors. We go on, year after year, all over the world, creating dust bowls and erosion, cutting down forests and overgrazing our grasslands, polluting one of our most vital commodities — water — with industrial filth and all the time we are breeding with the ferocity of the Brown Rat, and wondering why there is not enough food to go round. We now stand so aloof from nature that we think we are God. This has always been a dangerous supposition.
— Isaac Newton, livro Opticks, or a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light
— Ida Friederike Görres Austrian writer and noble 1901 - 1971
Broken Lights Letters 1951-59.
— Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363
Upon the Sovereign Sun (362)
Contexto: To explain, however, everything relating to the nature of this deity, is beyond the power of man, even though the god himself should grant him the ability to understand it: in a case where it seems, to me at least, impossible even mentally to conceive all its extent. And now that we have discussed so much, we must put as it were a seal upon this subject; and to stay a while and pass on to other points no less requiring examination. What then is this seal; and what comprises everything, as it were in a summary of the conception concerning the nature of the god? May He Himself inspire our understanding when we attempt briefly to explain the source out of which he proceeded; and what he is himself; and with what effects he fills the visible world. It must therefore be laid down that the sovereign Sun proceeded from the One God, — One out of the one Intelligible world; he is stationed in the middle of the Intelligible Powers, according to the strictest sense of "middle position;" bringing the last with the first into a union both harmonious and loving, and which fastens together the things that were divided: containing within himself the means of perfecting, of cementing together, of generative life, and of the uniform existence, and to the world of Sense, the author of all kinds of good; not merely adorning and cheering it with the radiance wherewith he himself illumines the same, but also by making subordinate to himself the existence of the Solar Angels; and containing within himself the unbegotten Cause of things begotten; and moreover, prior to this, the unfading, unchanging source of things eternal.
All, therefore, that was fitting to be said touching the nature of this deity (although very much has been passed over in silence) has now been stated at some length.
— Osthanes pen-name used by several pseudo-anonymous authors of Greek and Latin works of alchemy -500
Synesios in a comment about Demokritos, in K. C. Schmieder, The History of Alchemy (2005) p. 64; a translation of Geschichte der Alchemie (1832).
— Lewis Pugh Environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer 1969
Achieving The Impossible (2010)
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
— Jung Myung Seok South Korean Leader of New Religious Movement, Poet, Author, Founder of Wolmyeongdong Center 1945
Extracted from the Official English Website on Jung Myung Seok http://jungmyungseok.net/wolmyeongdong/
Wolmyeongdong refers to Jung Myung Seok’s hometown that was transformed into a Natural Temple for God. http://wolmyeongdong.org
— Jonathan Swift Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet 1667 - 1745
Thoughts on Religion (1765), published posthumously
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
The Rights of the Colonists (1772)
Contexto: The natural liberty of man, by entering into society, is abridged or restrained, so far only as is necessary for the great end of society, the best good of the whole. In the state of nature every man is, under God, judge and sole judge of his own rights and of the injuries done him. By entering into society he agrees to an arbiter or indifferent judge between him and his neighbors; but he no more renounces his original right than by taking a cause out of the ordinary course of law, and leaving the decision to referees or indifferent arbitrators. In the last case, he must pay the referees for time and trouble. He should also be willing to pay his just quota for the support of government, the law, and the constitution; the end of which is to furnish indifferent and impartial judges in all cases that may happen, whether civil, ecclesiastical, marine, or military.