„Danger (the spur of all great minds)“

—  George Chapman, The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois, Context: Danger (the spur of all great minds) is ever The curb to your tame spirits. The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois (1613), Act V, scene i.
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„Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it: he that fears otherwise, gives advantage to the danger.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Misattributed, From the Enchiridion (1640) of Francis Quarles.

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„Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Misattributed, Not found in Burke's writings. It was almost certainly first published in Charles Caleb Colton's Lacon (1820), vol. 1, no. 324

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„Avarice, the spur of industry, is so obstinate a passion, and works its way through so many real dangers and difficulties, that it is not likely to be scared by an imaginary danger, which is so small, that it scarcely admits of calculation.“

—  David Hume, livro Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (1741-2; 1748), Context: Avarice, the spur of industry, is so obstinate a passion, and works its way through so many real dangers and difficulties, that it is not likely to be scared by an imaginary danger, which is so small, that it scarcely admits of calculation. Commerce, therefore, in my opinion, is apt to decay in absolute governments, not because it is there less secure, but because it is less honourable. Part I, Essay 12: Of Civil Liberty

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„There is danger in deep water, and danger is more real than beauty in a boy’s mind.“

—  Mervyn Peake English writer, artist, poet and illustrator 1911 - 1968
Gormenghast (1950), Chapter 50, section 2 (p. 661)

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„The saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing is, to my mind, a very dangerous adage.“

—  Thomas Henry Huxley English biologist and comparative anatomist 1825 - 1895
1870s, Context: The saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing is, to my mind, a very dangerous adage. If knowledge is real and genuine, I do not believe that it is other than a very valuable possession, however infinitesimal its quantity may be. Indeed, if a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? "On Elementary Instruction in Physiology" (1877) http://aleph0.clarku.edu/huxley/CE3/ElPhys.html

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„A valiant mind no deadly danger fears;“

—  Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford English peer and courtier of the Elizabethan era 1550 - 1604
Poems, From Reason and Affection. First published in Paradyse of Dainty Devices (1576), revised in the 1596 edition. It is also known as "Being in Love he complaineth". Published by Grosart in Miscellanies of the Fuller Worthies' Library, Vol. IV (1872)

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„To my mind, the only realistic solution to this danger is to lock down all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons in all countries: Global Zero.“

—  Valerie Plame American spy 1963
Context: Without doubt, terrorist groups are trying to buy, build or steal a bomb. Furthermore, there is enough highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in the world to build more than 100,000 weapons, and rogue individuals are selling technology on the black market. If terrorists get hold of HEU, they could not be prevented from smuggling it into a targeted city, building a bomb and exploding it. To my mind, the only realistic solution to this danger is to lock down all nuclear materials and eliminate all nuclear weapons in all countries: Global Zero. I am now dedicated to achieving this goal as a leader of the Global Zero movement. This movement was launched in December 2008 in Paris by an international group of 100 current and former heads-of-state, national security officials, military commanders and business, civic and faith leaders — and in just two years has grown to 300 leaders and 400,000 citizens worldwide. The group believes that whatever deterrent value nuclear weapons had in the Cold War is now outweighed by the dangers of proliferation and nuclear terrorism. Our international Global Zero Commission has developed a practical, step-by-step plan to eliminate all nuclear weapons through phased and verified reductions. To build on the progress made to date, we need a worldwide public movement to make Global Zero an urgent global imperative — and to bring all nuclear weapons countries to the table to negotiate multilateral nuclear arms reductions for the first time in history. "Reaching Global Zero" (8 March 2011) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/valerie-plame-wilson/nuclear-proliferation_b_832399.html

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