„One cannot suppress a certain indignation when one sees men’s actions on the great world-stage and finds, beside the wisdom that appears here and there among individuals, everything in the large woven together from folly, childish vanity, even from childish malice and destructiveness.“

Introduction
Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View (1784)
Kontextus: Since men in their endeavors behave, on the whole, not just instinctively, like the brutes, nor yet like rational citizens of the world according to some agreed-on plan, no history of man conceived according to a plan seems to be possible, as it might be possible to have such a history of bees or beavers. One cannot suppress a certain indignation when one sees men’s actions on the great world-stage and finds, beside the wisdom that appears here and there among individuals, everything in the large woven together from folly, childish vanity, even from childish malice and destructiveness. In the end, one does not know what to think of the human race, so conceited in its gifts.

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Immanuel Kant fénykép
Immanuel Kant17
német idealista filozófus 1724 - 1804

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Pliny the Younger fénykép

„A certain large collective wisdom resides in a crowd, as such; and men whose individual judgement is defective are excellent judges when grouped together.“

—  Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113

Letter 17, 10.
Letters, Book VII
Eredeti: (la) In numero ipso est quoddam magnum collatumque consilium, quibusque singulis iudicii parum, omnibus plurimum.

Jean Baudrillard fénykép
G. K. Chesterton fénykép

„For human beings, being children, have the childish wilfulness and the childish secrecy. And they never have from the beginning of the world done what the wise men have seen to be inevitable.“

—  G. K. Chesterton, könyv The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Opening lines
The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)
Kontextus: The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called “Keep to-morrow dark,” and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) “Cheat the Prophet.” The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. They then go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.
For human beings, being children, have the childish wilfulness and the childish secrecy. And they never have from the beginning of the world done what the wise men have seen to be inevitable.

Anaïs Nin fénykép
Philip Roth fénykép
Paul Klee fénykép
Jonathan Swift fénykép
Karl Lagerfeld fénykép
Black Elk fénykép

„Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one.“

—  Black Elk Oglala Lakota leader 1863 - 1950

Kontextus: Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one. He was on his horse in that world, and the horse and himself on it and the trees and the grass and the stones and everything were made of spirit, and nothing was hard, and everything seemed to float. His horse was standing still there, and yet it danced around like a horse made only of shadow, and that is how he got his name, which does not mean that his horse was crazy or wild, but that in his vision it danced around in that queer way.
It was this vision that gave him his great power, for when he went into a fight, he had only to think of that world to be in it again, so that he could go through anything and not be hurt. Until he was killed at the Soldiers' Town on White River, he was wounded only twice, once by accident and both times by some one of his own people when he was not expecting trouble and was not thinking; never by an enemy. He was fifteen years old when he was wounded by accident; and the other time was when he was a young man and another man was jealous of him because the man's wife liked Crazy Horse.
They used to say that he carried a sacred stone with him, like one he had seen in some vision, and that when he was in danger, the stone always got heavy and protected him somehow. That, they used to say, was the reason that no horse he ever rode lasted very long. I do not know about this; maybe people only thought it; but it is a fact that he never kept one horse long. They wore out. I think it was only the power of his great vision that made him great.

F. Scott Fitzgerald fénykép

„The destinies of men are woven one with the other, and you can turn aside from them no more than you can turn aside from your own.“

—  Lloyd Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain

Forrás: The Chronicles of Prydain (1964–1968), Book III: The Castle of Llyr (1966), Chapter 19

Brother Lawrence fénykép

„Let us thus think often that our only business in this life is to please GOD, that perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity“

—  Brother Lawrence, könyv The Practice of the Presence of God

Változat: Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.
Forrás: The Practice of the Presence of God

Samuel Butler fénykép
Herbert Spencer fénykép

„The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.“

—  Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903

Vol. 3, Ch. IX, State-Tamperings with Money and Banks
Essays: Scientific, Political, and Speculative (1891)

Margaret Fuller fénykép

„I have come one step away from everything and here I stay, far from everything, one step away.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

He llegado a un paso de todo. Y aquí me quedo, lejos de todo, un paso.
Voces (1943)

Walter Reuther fénykép

„All the learned men with all their wisdom, with all of the legal niceties they can put together on the finest of parchment, cannot produce one ton of steel.“

—  Walter Reuther Labor union leader 1907 - 1970

1940s, Address accepting the Presidency of the CIO (1952)
Just sit down on a doorstep with a peasant in a village of Northern India and take on the task of trying to explain to him why America, conceived in freedom and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, a nation that can split the atom, that can make a pursuit ship go three times as fast as sound and yet, in this twentieth century, we can't live together in brotherhood and we continue to discriminate against Negroes. It will tax your ingenuity, and you will give them no answers. You can only give them excuses. And excuses are not good enough, if we are going to win the struggle of freedom in the world.
Forrás: Address accepting the Presidency of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, Atlantic City, New Jersey, December 4, 1952, as quoted in Walter P Reuther: Selected Papers (1961), by Henry M. Christman, p. 51

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