„We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.“

Fonte: Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology

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1932 - 2018

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„We cannot solve the problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

"Einstein's famous saying in Copenhagen", as quoted in a FBIS Daily Report https://books.google.de/books?id=DfQTAQAAMAAJ&q=%22We+cannot+solve%22: East Europe (4 April 1995), p. 45
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„If we accept it as such, we will understand that it is up to us all, and up to us alone to do something about it. We cannot blame the previous rulers for everything, not only because it would be untrue, but also because it would blunt the duty that each of us faces today: namely, the obligation to act independently, freely, reasonably and quickly.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011

New Year's Address to the Nation (1990)
Contexto: Why do I say this? It would be very unreasonable to understand the sad legacy of the last forty years as something alien, which some distant relative bequeathed to us. On the contrary, we have to accept this legacy as a sin we committed against ourselves. If we accept it as such, we will understand that it is up to us all, and up to us alone to do something about it. We cannot blame the previous rulers for everything, not only because it would be untrue, but also because it would blunt the duty that each of us faces today: namely, the obligation to act independently, freely, reasonably and quickly. Let us not be mistaken: the best government in the world, the best parliament and the best president, cannot achieve much on their own. And it would be wrong to expect a general remedy from them alone. Freedom and democracy include participation and therefore responsibility from us all.

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„We cannot lose Poland. If this line is crossed, they will grab us, too.“

—  Vyacheslav Molotov Soviet politician and diplomat 1890 - 1986

Statement, as quoted in Surviving the Millennium (1994) by Hall Gardner, p. 236, with citations to Molotov Remembers (1993) by Felix Chuev, p. 54

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„We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word "reality" is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly.“

—  Niels Bohr Danish physicist 1885 - 1962

Quoted in Philosophy of Science Vol. 37 (1934), p. 157, and in The Truth of Science : Physical Theories and Reality (1997) by Roger Gerhard Newton, p. 176
Contexto: What is it that we humans depend on? We depend on our words... Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others. We must strive continually to extend the scope of our description, but in such a way that our messages do not thereby lose their objective or unambiguous character … We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word "reality" is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly.

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„All of us started normal. All of us started out as functioning human beings with the potential to do almost anything we wanted, but somewhere along the paths of our lives, we got lost.“

—  James Frey, livro A Million Little Pieces

page 332
Fonte: A Million Little Pieces (2003)
Contexto: All of us started out normal. All of us started out as functioning human beings with the potential to do almost anything we wanted, but somewhere along the paths of our lives we got lost. Though we are here at this Clinic trying to find our way back, we all know that most of us will never get there. Things like the fight allow us to dream, and take us away from here, and allow us to imagine what the normal World must be like and how normal people must live in it.

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„We live, but we do not feel the land beneath us,
Ten steps away and our words cannot be heard.“

—  Osip Mandelstam, Stalin Epigram

"Stalin Epigram" (November 1933) (Russian: Мы живем, под собою не чуя страны... http://www.litera.ru/stixiya/authors/mandelshtam/my-zhivem-pod.html; English: "We live, not sensing our own country beneath us", http://www.tonykline.co.uk/PITBR/Russian/MoreMandelstam.htm#_Toc103483111) trans. A. S. Kline.

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