„Idlers do not make history: they suffer it!“

Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal (1896)
Contexto: All is linked, all holds together under the present economic system, and all tends to make the fall of the industrial and mercantile system under which we live inevitable. Its duration is but a question of time that may already be counted by years and no longer by centuries. A question of time — and energetic attack on our part! Idlers do not make history: they suffer it!

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In the Moral Sciences Prejudice is Dishonesty.
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The most respectable of these influences are the most dangerous.
The historian who neglects to root them out is exactly like a juror who votes according to his personal likes or dislikes.
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—  Samuel Butler (poet) poet and satirist 1612 - 1680

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„My job is to suffer. I make the suffering in training hard so that the races are not full of suffering.“

—  Lance Armstrong professional cyclist from the USA 1971

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Contexto: I'm not happy if I'm not doing some physical suffering, like going out on a bike ride or running. First, it's good for you. No. 2, it sort of clears my mind on a daily basis. And it's a job. My job is to suffer. I make the suffering in training hard so that the races are not full of suffering.

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Contexto: Never let anger, or outrage, or fear affect you. That is easy advice to give, but hard to follow. Men will bait you, they will laugh at you, they will jeer. But it is just noise, Kiall. They will hurt the people you love. They will do anything to make you angry or emotional. But the only way you can make them suffer is to win. And to do that you must remain cool.

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„We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice.“

—  Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005

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Contexto: We are all such accidents. We do not make up history and culture. We simply appear, not by our own choice. We make what we can of our condition with the means available. We must accept the mixture as we find it — the impurity of it, the tragedy of it, the hope of it.

„My final belief is suffering. And I begin to believe that I do not suffer.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Mi última creencia es sufrir. Y comienzo a creer que no sufro.
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„There are sufferings that have lost their memory and do not remember why they are suffering.“

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Hay dolores que han perdido la memoria y no recuerdan por qué son dolores.
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„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“