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

—  James Hilton, livro Lost Horizon
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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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„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
Attributed, [Conservatives betrayed: how George W. Bush and other big government republicans hijacked the Conservative cause, Viguerie, Richard A., Bonus Books, 978-1-56625-285-0, 43]

„We spent too much damn time getting down. Now it’s time to get up.“

—  Malcolm Azania, livro From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain (2007), Chapter 9 “Paranoia: It Can Destroy Ya” (p. 258)

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„But we make such mistakes all the time, all through our lives. Wisdom, I suppose, is seeing this and acting upon it before it is too late. But it is often too late, isn’t it?“

—  Alexander McCall Smith British writer 1948
The 44 Scotland Street series, and those things that we should have said are unsaid, and remain unsaid for ever. Love Over Scotland, chapter 96.

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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
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time, "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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„Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little.“

—  Warren G. Harding American politician, 29th president of the United States (in office from 1921 to 1923) 1865 - 1923
1920s, Inaugural address (4 March 1921).

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