„People make mistakes in life through believing too much, but they have a damned dull time if they believe too little.“

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„None are so likely to believe too little as those who have begun by believing too much.“

— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
Context: ... as the great Unitarian preacher Channing pointed out, that in France and Spain there are multitudes who have proceeded from rejecting Popery to absolute atheism, because "the fact is, that false and absurd doctrines, when exposed, have a natural tendency to beget skepticism in those who receive them without reflection. None are so likely to believe too little as those who have begun by believing too much." Here is, indeed, the terrible danger of believing too much. But no! the terrible danger comes from another quarter — from seeking to believe with the reason and not with the life.

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„If we ever damned it will not be because we have loved too much, but because we have loved too little.“

— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

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„I firmly believe people have hitherto been a great deal too much taken up about doctrine and far too little about practice. The word doctrine, as used in the Bible, means teaching of duty, not theory.“

— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
Context: I firmly believe people have hitherto been a great deal too much taken up about doctrine and far too little about practice. The word doctrine, as used in the Bible, means teaching of duty, not theory. I preached a sermon about this. We are far too anxious to be definite and to have finished, well-polished, sharp-edged systems — forgetting that the more perfect a theory about the infinite, the surer it is to be wrong, the more impossible it is to be right. From a letter to his father, quoted in George MacDonald and His Wife (1924) by Greville MacDonald

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„Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one's private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.“

— Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007
As quoted in The Sunday Herald http://web.archive.org/web/20071112125539/http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.1824217.0.norman_mailer_1923_2007.php [Scotland] (11 November 2007)

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„We demand too much of life, too little of ourselves.“

— Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

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„Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.“

— Margaret Mitchell American author and journalist 1900 - 1949

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„The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.“

— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

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„In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.“

— Yevgeny Yevtushenko Russian poet, film director, teacher 1932 - 2017
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— Malcolm Azania Canadian politician 1969
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„You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.“

— James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
"The Owl who was God", The New Yorker (29 April 1939); Fables for Our Time & Famous Poems Illustrated (1940). Parody of "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

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