— Patti Smith American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist 1946
„My position is such that there is no necessity for me to enter into competition with struggling humanity.“
"Rome, 9 January"
Without Dogma (1891)
Kontextus: My position is such that there is no necessity for me to enter into competition with struggling humanity. As to expensive and ruinous pleasures, I am a sceptic who knows how much they are worth, or rather, knows that they are not worth anything.
„What sustains us in any competition are the moments of interiority when the competition vanishes; what sustains us in any struggle are the moments when we forget the struggle.“
— Adam Gopnik American journalist 1956
How to Raise a Prodigy, The New Yorker (2018)
— William of Ockham medieval philosopher and theologian 1285 - 1349
Quaestiones et decisiones in quattuor libros Sententiarum Petri Lombardi [Questions and the decisions of the Sentences of Peter Lombard] (1495), i, dist. 27, qu. 2, K; also in The Development of Logic (1962), by William Calvert Kneale, p. 243; similar statements were common among Scholastic philosophers, at least as early as John Duns (Duns Scotus).
Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate.
As cited in "The Myth of Occam's Razor" by William Thorburn, in Mind, Vol. 27 (1918), 345–353.
Eredeti: (la) Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate
„When I say gesture, my gesture, I mean what my mark is... It is a struggle for me to both discard and retain what is gestural and personal, Signature....'Gesture' must appear out of necessity, not habit.“
— Helen Frankenthaler American artist 1928 - 2011
Quote in: 'An interview with Helen Frankenthaler', by Geldzahler, The New York school – the painters & sculptors of the fifties Irving Sandler, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978, p. 67
Frankenthaler explains the difference between gesture and signature in her painting
1970s - 1980s
„Someone within me is struggling to lift a great weight, to cast off the mind and flesh by overcoming habit, laziness, necessity.“
— Nikos Kazantzakis, könyv The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
Kontextus: Someone within me is struggling to lift a great weight, to cast off the mind and flesh by overcoming habit, laziness, necessity.
I do not know from where he comes or where he goes. I clutch at his onward march in my ephemeral breast, I listen to his panting struggle, I shudder when I touch him.
„The most important misunderstanding seems to me to lie in a confusion between the human necessities which I consider part of human nature, and the human necessities as they appear as drives, needs, passions, etc., in any given historical period.“
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
Human Nature and Social Theory (1969)
Kontextus: The most important misunderstanding seems to me to lie in a confusion between the human necessities which I consider part of human nature, and the human necessities as they appear as drives, needs, passions, etc., in any given historical period. This division is not very different from Marx’s concept of "human nature in general", to be distinguished from "human nature as modified in each historical period". The same distinction exists in Marx when he distinguishes between "constant" or "fixed" drives and "relative" drives. The constant drives "exist under all circumstances and … can be changed by social conditions only as far as form and direction are concerned". The relative drives "owe their origin only to a certain type of social organization".
„The truth is that economic competition is the very opposite of competition in the animal kingdom. It is not a competition in the grabbing off of scarce nature-given supplies, as it is in the animal kingdom. Rather, it is a competition in the positive creation of new and additional wealth.“
— George Reisman American economist 1937
Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics (1996)
„It is the positive practice of freedom, not the negative struggle against particular oppression, that has lifted me above a mutilated existence.“
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
Forrás: On Nietzsche (1945), p. xxvii
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
1900s, God Does Not Exist (1904)
„I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error.“
— Karel Čapek Czech writer 1890 - 1938
R.U.R. supplement in The Saturday Review (1923)
Kontextus: Be these people either Conservatives or Socialists, Yellows or Reds, the most important thing is — and that is the point I want to stress — that all of them are right in the plain and moral sense of the word... I ask whether it is not possible to see in the present social conflict of the world an analogous struggle between two, three, five equally serious verities and equally generous idealisms? I think it is possible, and that is the most dramatic element in modern civilization, that a human truth is opposed to another human truth no less human, ideal against ideal, positive worth against worth no less positive, instead of the struggle being as we are so often told, one between noble truth and vile selfish error.
„All the truth of my position came flashing on me; and its disappointments, dangers, disgraces, consequences of all kinds, rushed in in such a multitude that I was borne down by them and had to struggle for every breath I drew.“
— Charles Dickens, könyv Great Expectations
Forrás: Great Expectations (1860-1861), Ch. 39
— Toni Morrison American writer 1931 - 2019
„Villa could struggle to get fourth - and there’s stiff competition too from Liverpool, Everton…and, dare I say it…Man City!“
— Simon Hill Australian television presenter 1967
From Live Q&A with Simon Hill Fri 25 Jan 08
Quotes from His time at Foxsports
„The principle of the family was mutual aid; but the principle of society is competition, the struggle for existence, the elimination of the weak and the survival of the strong.“
— Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981
Forrás: Fallen Leaves (2014), Ch. 2 : On Youth
„I was given so much advice. About how my hair should be, what I should wear, which competitions I should enter, what stuff I should play. None of that was relevant for me. I just had a kind of instinct.“
— Joanna MacGregor British musician 1959
Financial Times, 11/11/199
„Beauty, which is what is meant by art, using the word in its widest sense, is, I contend, no mere accident to human life, which people can take or leave as they choose, but a positive necessity of life.“
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
The Beauty of Life (1880).
„The overriding paradox is that a democratic and vocational resistance to modernity, defined as the joint sovereignty of financial markets and public administration is the most efficient, competitive and sustainable modern position. The tragedy is that such a reasonable political position is unavailable within the mainstream of European politics, indeed there are those who argue that it would be illegal and an infringement of EU rules concerning competition.“
— Maurice Glasman, Baron Glasman British philosopher 1961
Politics, Employment Polices and the Young Generation, Maurice Glasman http://www.lse.ac.uk/economics/newsEventsSeminars/files/MauriceGlasmanPaper.pdf
„The heart unites whatever the mind separates, pushes on beyond the arena of necessity and transmutes the struggle into love.“
— Nikos Kazantzakis, könyv The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
— Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
As quoted in Pastoral Care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Healing the Shattered Soul (2002) by Dalene Fuller Rogers and Harold G. Koenig, p. 31