— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
„A religion without the Holy Ghost, though it had all the ordinances and all the doctrines of the New Testament, would certainly not be Christianity.“
— William Arthur (minister) Wesleyan Methodist minister and author 1819 - 1901
„To choose this or that is to affirm at the same time the value of what we choose, because we can never choose evil. We always choose the good, and nothing can be good for us without being good for all.“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
Existentialism and Human Emotions (1957)
„!--37. -->If one choose the goods of the soul, he chooses the diviner [portion]; if the goods of the body, the merely mortal.“
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory 460
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
TV Interview for London Weekend Television Weekend World (6 January 1980) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=104210
„If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.“
— Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
Context: Appealing to his [Einstein's] way of expressing himself in theological terms, I said: If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one. As quoted in Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes by Charles Hartshorne (1984)
„He had never learned to live without delight. And he would have to learn to, just as, in a Prohibition country, he supposed he would have to learn to live without sherry. Theoretically he knew that life is possible, maybe even pleasant, without joy, without passionate griefs. But it had never occurred to him that he might have to live like that.“
— Willa Cather American writer and novelist 1873 - 1947
Book III, Ch. 4
„Though this reverent-dread and love be not parted asunder, yet they are not both one, but they are two in property and in working, and neither of them may be had without other. Therefore I am sure, he that loveth, he dreadeth, though that he feel it but a little.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
„Without sex it would be so easy to choose appropriate people to live with. Sex was the joker in an otherwise rational deck.“
— Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
„We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man can not live without cooks.
He may live without books,—what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope—what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love,—what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?“
— Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton English statesman and poet 1831 - 1891
Part i, canto ii.
„If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.“
— John McPhee American writer 1931
Context: When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in the warm clear ocean that India, moving north, blanked out. Possibly as much as twenty thousand feet below the seafloor, the skeletal remains had formed into rock. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth. If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone. Basin and Range (1981), reprinted in Annals of the Former World (2000)