„Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes (filho), Speech to the Bar Association of Boston, in Speeches (1913), p. 86.
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„There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960
Context: There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer. And if it is true, as Nietzsche claims, that a philosopher, to deserve our respect, must preach by example, you can appreciate the importance of that reply, for it will precede the definitive act. These are facts the heart can feel; yet they call for careful study before they become clear to the intellect. If I ask myself how to judge that this question is more urgent than that, I reply that one judges by the actions it entails. I have never seen anyone die for the ontological argument. The Myth of Sisyphus and other essays by Albert Camus, An Absurd Reasoning : Absurdity and Suicide p. 3 (1942, 1955) Absurdity and Suicide

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„We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.“

—  Niels Bohr Danish physicist 1885 - 1962
Said to Wolfgang Pauli after his presentation of Heisenberg's and Pauli's nonlinear field theory of elementary particles, at Columbia University (1958), as reported by F. J. Dyson in his paper “Innovation in Physics” (Scientific American, 199, No. 3, September 1958, pp. 74-82; reprinted in "JingShin Theoretical Physics Symposium in Honor of Professor Ta-You Wu," edited by Jong-Ping Hsu & Leonardo Hsu, Singapore; River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1998, pp. 73-90, here: p. 84). Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. As quoted in First Philosophy: The Theory of Everything (2007) by Spencer Scoular, p. 89 There are many slight variants on this remark: We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough. We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question is whether it is crazy enough to be have a chance of being correct. We in the back are convinced your theory is crazy. But what divides us is whether it is crazy enough. Your theory is crazy, the question is whether it's crazy enough to be true. Yes, I think that your theory is crazy. Sadly, it's not crazy enough to be believed.

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„It had to be one or the other. Did it have to be one or the other? Even the question as to whether it had to be one or the other had to be one or the other!“

—  Adam Roberts British writer known for speculative fiction and parody novels; literature and writing academic 1965
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„At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I'd been baptized.“

—  Lance Armstrong professional cyclist from the USA 1971
Context: I wished hard, but I didn't pray. I had developed a certain distrust of organized religion growing up, but I felt I had the capacity to be a spiritual person, and to hold some fervent beliefs. Quite simply, I believed I had a responsiblity to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn't a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I'd been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn't say, "But you were never a Christian, so you're going the other way from heaven." If so, I was going to reply, "You know what? You're right. Fine." p. 113

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„The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance.“

—  Rose Wilder Lane American journalist 1886 - 1968
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„You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.“

—  Naguib Mahfouz Egyptian writer 1911 - 2006
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