„Without tolerance, our world turns into hell.“


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„To hell with the wind!
Confound the rain!
I recognize no Buddha.
A blow like the stroke of lightning -
A world turns on its hinge.“

— Nampo Jomyo 1235 - 1309
Japanese Death Poems. Compiled by Yoel Hoffmann. ISBN 978-0-8048-3179-6 Other translation: I rebuke the wind and revile the rain, I do not know the Buddha and patriarchs; My single activity turns in the twinkling of an eye, Swifter even than a lightning flash. Isshu Miura and Ruth Fuller Sasaki, Zen Dust, New York: Harcourt, Brace & World p. 206; cited in Richard Bryan McDaniel (2013)

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„When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.“

— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
Context: The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements. It is a materialization, an incarnation of his inner world. Then he hopes to attract others into it. He hopes to impose his particular vision and share it with others. And when the second stage is not reached, the brave artist continues nevertheless. The few moments of communion with the world are worth the pain, for it is a world for others, an inheritance for others, a gift to others, in the end. When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others. We also write to heighten our own awareness of life. We write to lure and enchant and console others. We write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely. We write as the birds sing, as the primitives dance their rituals. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. When I don't write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing. February 1954 The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 5 as quoted in Woman as Writer (1978) by Jeannette L. Webber and Joan Grumman, p. 38

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„Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.“

— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Context: Twenty times in the course of my late reading have I been on the point of breaking out, "This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!" But in this exclamation I would have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell. Original manuscript at The Library of Congress Letter http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/vc006646.jpg to Thomas Jefferson (19 April 1817). The italicized section within this statement has often been quoted out of context. Earlier in the letter Adams explained "Lemuel Bryant was my Parish Priest; and Joseph Cleverly my Latin School Master. Lemuel was a jolly jocular and liberal schollar and Divine. Joseph a Schollar and a Gentleman; but a biggoted episcopalian... The Parson and the Pedagogue lived much together, but were eternally disputing about Government and Religion".

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„Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.“

— Frank Borman NASA astronaut 1928
The Growing Bankruptcy Brigade, TIME magazine (18 October 1982) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,949605,00.html

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„Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without Hell.“

— Kyle Bass businessperson 1969
BBC HARDTalk interview, 15 November 2011.

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„It is our utopias that make the world tolerable to us: the cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.“

— Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990
The Story of Utopias, Chapter One http://books.google.com/books?id=846mSPr_kaUC&q=%22It+is+our+utopias+that+make+the+world+tolerable+to+us+the+cities+and+mansions+that+people+dream+of+are+those+in+which+they+finally+live%22&pg=PA11#v=onepage (1922).

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„We are in hell and I will have my turn!“

— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary c... 1905 - 1980
Inès warns Garcin and Estelle not to make love in her presence, Act 1, sc. 5