„The public use of a man's reason must be free at all times, and this alone can bring enlightenment among men...“
— Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
— Neil Peart Canadian-American drummer , lyricist, and author 1952
„All men now allow that if any human power could have stemmed the avalanche of the French Revolution, it would have been the reforms of Turgot.“
— Evelyn Beatrice Hall English writer 1868 - 1956
Ch. 8 : Turgot: The Statesman, p. 207
„He came in sight of a pass guarded by armed men. ‘you cannot pass … Do you not know that all this country belongs to the Spirit of the Age? … Here Enlightenment, take this fugitive to our Master.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Pilgrim’s Regress 44–45
„There was no need that there should everywhere exist many bodies, and many spirits like Jesus, in order that the whole world of men might be enlightened by the Word of God.“
— Origen Christian scholar in Alexandria 185 - 254
Context: There was no need that there should everywhere exist many bodies, and many spirits like Jesus, in order that the whole world of men might be enlightened by the Word of God. For the one Word was enough, having arisen as the "Sun of righteousness (Malachi chpt. 3)," to send forth from Judea His coming rays into the soul of all who were willing to receive Him. But if any one desires to see many bodies filled with a divine Spirit, similar to the one Christ, ministering to the salvation of men everywhere, let him take note of those who teach the gospel of Jesus in all lands in soundness of doctrine and uprightness of life, and who are themselves termed "christs" by the Holy Scriptures, in the passage, "Touch not mine anointed, and do not my prophets any harm." For as we have heard that Antichrist cometh, and yet have learned that there are many antichrists in the world, in the same way, knowing that Christ has come, we see that, owing to Him, there are many christs in the world, who, like Him, have loved righteousness and hated iniquity, and therefore God, the God of Christ, anointed them also with the "oil of gladness." But inasmuch as He loved righteousness and hated iniquity above those who were His partners, He also obtained the first-fruits of His anointing, and, if we must so term it, the entire unction of the oil of gladness; while they who were His partners shared also in His unction, in proportion to their individual capacity. Against Celsus, Bk. 6, ch. 79; vol. 2, p. 422.
„The Reformation in the sixteenth century narrowed Reform. As soon as men began to call themselves names, all hope of further amendment was lost.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
21 July 1827.
„Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
„In some minds the defence of the human spirit was sincerely identified with the defence of a particular nation, conceived as the home of all enlightenment.“
— Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
Chapter I: Balkan Europe; Section 3, “Europe After the Anglo-French War” (p. 26)
— Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
Context: The waking man looks without fear at this offspring of his lawless Imagination; for he knows that they are but vain Spectres of his weakness. He feels himself lord of the world: his me hovers victorious over the Abyss; and will through Eternities hover aloft above that endless Vicissitude. Harmony is what his spirit strives to promulgate, to extend. He will even to infinitude grow more and more harmonious with himself and with his Creation; and at every step behold the all-efficiency of a high moral Order in the Universe, and what is purest of his Me come forth into brighter and brighter clearness. This significance of the World is Reason; for her sake is the World here; and when it is grown to be the arena of a childlike, expanding Reason, it will one day become the divine Image of her Activity, the scene of a genuine Church. Till then let man honour Nature as the Emblem of his own Spirit; the Emblem ennobling itself, along with him, to unlimited degrees. Let him, therefore, who would arrive at knowledge of Nature, train his moral sense, let him act and conceive in accordance with the noble Essence of his Soul; and as if of herself Nature will become open to him. Moral Action is that great and only Experiment, in which all riddles of the most manifold appearances explain themselves. Whoso understands it, and in rigid sequence of Thought can lay it open, is forever master of Nature.
„Glancing along the pathway of the Church, from Luther's day until now, we can see that, step by step, reform of cleansing has progressed; for each set of reformers, as soon as they accomplished their own little item of cleansing, stopped and joined the others, in opposition to all further reform or cleansing.“
— Charles Taze Russell Founder of the Bible Student Movement 1852 - 1916
„How much truth can a spirit bear, how much truth can a spirit dare?... that became for me more and more the real measure of value.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Thomas Watson (Puritan) English nonconformist preacher and author 1616 - 1686
„Mere political reform will not cure the manifold evils which now afflict society. There requires a social reform, a domestic reform, an individual reform.“
— Samuel Smiles Scottish author 1812 - 1904
As quoted in Samuel Smiles and the Victorian Work Ethic (1987) by Timothy Travers, p. 162.
„The mind is the main instrument to gain enlightenment, but enlightenment is only reached when the mind stops. Q: How can we stop the mind? A: Not hitting it with a hammer. Stop the mind by the mind“
— Baba Hari Dass master yogi, author, builder, commentator of Indian spiritual tradition 1923
Context: Q: Can intellect aid understanding? A: It helps in the beginning but cannot give full enlightenment. The mind is the main instrument to gain enlightenment, but enlightenment is only reached when the mind stops. Q: How can we stop the mind? A: Not hitting it with a hammer. Stop the mind by the mind. (p.31)
— Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough Lord Chief Justice of England 1750 - 1818
Rex v. Lambert and Perry (1810), 2 Camp. 405.