„Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself.“

—  Upton Sinclair, könyv The Profits of Religion

Introductory, "Bootstrap-lifting"
The Profits of Religion (1918)
Kontextus: Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless, when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence? What are we to say when we see asceticism preached to the poor by fat and comfortable retainers of the rich? What are we to say when we see idealism become hypocrisy, and the moral and spiritual heritage of mankind twisted to the knavish purposes of class-cruelty and greed? What I say is — Bootstrap-lifting!

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Upton Sinclair fénykép
Upton Sinclair
amerikai regényíró 1878 - 1968

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Samuel Johnson fénykép

„He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784

Quoted in "Anecdotes of the Revd. Percival Stockdale" (1809) in Johnsonian Miscellanies (1897), vol. II, p. 333, edited by George Birkbeck Hill; also quoted in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, in the Avenged Sevenfold song "Bat Country", and in Kingdom S02E04.

Thomas Fuller (writer) fénykép

„1345. Drunkenness turns a Man out of himself, and leaves a Beast in his room.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)

Richard Wilbur fénykép
Dr. Seuss fénykép

„He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Dr. Seuss fénykép

„And he, he himself… the Grinch… carved the roast-beast!“

—  Dr. Seuss, könyv How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Forrás: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Joseph Joubert fénykép
George MacDonald fénykép
Pythagoras fénykép

„A solitary man is a God, or a beast.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 i.e.

The Sayings of the Wise (1555)

„...man is the animal that moralizes. Man is also the animal that complains about being one, and says that there is an animal, a beast inside him — that he is brother to dragons.“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

He is certainly a brother to wolves, and to pandas too, but he is father to dragons, not brother: they, like many gods and devils, are inventions of his.

“On the Underside of the Stone”, p. 177
Kipling, Auden & Co: Essays and Reviews 1935-1964 (1980)

William Greenough Thayer Shedd fénykép
William Faulkner fénykép
Eugene V. Debs fénykép

„We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man.“

—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926

The Issue (1908)
Kontextus: Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself, but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked: "Am I my brother's keeper?" That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.
Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself. What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?

Anthony Trollope fénykép
Friedrich Nietzsche fénykép

„What does man actually know about himself?“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense (1873)
Kontextus: What does man actually know about himself? Is he, indeed, ever able to perceive himself completely, as if laid out in a lighted display case? Does nature not conceal most things from him — even concerning his own body — in order to confine and lock him within a proud, deceptive consciousness, aloof from the coils of the bowels, the rapid flow of the blood stream, and the intricate quivering of the fibers! She threw away the key.

Ovid fénykép

„Rage is for beasts, but shining peace for man.“

—  Ovid, könyv Ars amatoria

Book III, line 502 (tr. Len Krisak)
Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love)
Eredeti: (la) Candida pax homines, trux decet ira feras.

Michael Moorcock fénykép

„Man is a rationalizing beast, if not a rational one.“

—  Michael Moorcock, könyv The War Hound and the World's Pain

Forrás: The War Hound and the World's Pain (1981), Chapter 14 (p. 142)

John Ogilby fénykép

„No Beast is half so False as Man.“

—  John Ogilby Scottish academic 1600 - 1676

Fab. XLIX: Of the Fox and the Cock
The Fables of Aesop (2nd ed. 1668)

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