„God save us all from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.“
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison.
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Kontextus: You've done the morally right thing. God save us all from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.
„It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.“
— Nikos Kazantzakis, könyv The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
Kontextus: We do not struggle for ourselves, nor for our race, not even for humanity.
We do not struggle for Earth, nor for ideas. All these are the precious yet provisional stairs of our ascending God, and they crumble away as soon as he steps upon them in his ascent.
In the smallest lightning flash of our lives, we feel all of God treading upon us, and suddenly we understand: if we all desire it intensely, if we organize all the visible and invisible powers of earth and fling them upward, if we all battle together like fellow combatants eternally vigilant — then the Universe might possibly be saved.
It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.
— Stephen King, könyv Végítélet
Forrás: The Stand
— Graham Greene, könyv The Quiet American
Pt. I, ch. 1, pg 15
Forrás: The Quiet American (1955)
„Voices of the glorified urge us onward. They who have passed from the semblances of time to the realities of eternity call upon us to advance. The rest that awaits us invites us forward. We do not pine for our rest before God wills it. We long for no inglorious rest. We are thankful rather for the invaluable training of difficulty, the loving discipline of danger and strife. Yet in the midst of it all the prospect of rest invites us heavenward. Through all, and above all, God cries, " Go forward!"“
— William Jones Anglo-Welsh philologist and scholar of ancient India 1746 - 1794
" Come up higher!"
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 564.
„God save us from seeing a Russian revolt, senseless and merciless. Those who plot impossible upheavals among us, are either young and do not know our people, or are hard-hearted men who do not care a straw either about their own lives or those of others.“
— Aleksandr Pushkin Russian poet 1799 - 1837
Found in Pushkin's. The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories. English edition by Random House LLC. 2013. p. 139
As quoted by Joseph Frank in Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time (2009). Princeton University Press, p. 203.
„No one wants to get this matter behind us more than I do—except maybe all the rest of the American people.“
— Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946
Statement on the Monica Lewinsky affair, at Rose Garden press conference http://clinton3.nara.gov/WH/New/html/19980731-26849.html (July 31, 1998)
— Candace Bushnell, könyv One Fifth Avenue
Forrás: One Fifth Avenue
„This is a sworn treaty made between us, Hannibal … and Xenophanes the Athenian … in the presence of all the gods who possess Macedonia and the rest of Greece.“
— Polybius, könyv The Histories
Histories, VII, 9:4 (Loeb, W.R. Paton)
„Is there to be no getting away from this loathsome vegetative physicality?... Utter contempt for the lewd enticements that always lure us back into life's clutches. And when, half-parched, we seek to quench our thirst, the gods laugh us to scorn.“
— Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950
Beckmann's Diary-notes, 4 July, 1946, p. 156; as cited in 'Portfolios', Alexander Dückers; in German Expressionist Prints and Drawings - Essays Vol 1.; published by Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California & Prestel-Verlag, Germany, 1986, p. 113
Beckmann himself castigated the folly of supposing that sexual gratification leads to fulfillment.
„I think it's very hard to allow God to break us. I think it's very hard to be broken. And I think that who the Lord loves He chastens, and that if we'll never be broken we'll never be saved. And that God doesn't break us because He hates us, or because He's angry at us, but we have to be broken, just like you have to break a horse.“
— Rich Mullins American christian musician 1955 - 1997
Wheaton, Illinois http://www.kidbrothers.net/words/concert-transcripts/wheaton-illinois-sep1590-backup-copy.html (September 15, 1990)
„People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us… It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.“
— Gregory Maguire, könyv Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Forrás: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
„For the rest of history, all over the world, people will be trying to save this same dead woman. This woman who just wanted to die.“
— Chuck Palahniuk, könyv Haunted
Forrás: Haunted (2005), Chapter 9, Exodus
„Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right thing. Both roles are crucial, and they differ profoundly. I often observe people in top positions doing the wrong things well.“
— Warren Bennis American leadership expert 1925 - 2014
Bennis Warren and Burt Nanus (1985) Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge. Harper and Row. p. 21
„If they take the time to do that, what they will see are officers who are human, who are overwhelmingly doing the right thing for the right reasons, and who are too often operating in communities—and facing challenges—most of us choose to drive around.“
— James Comey American lawyer and the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 1960
2010s, Hard Truths: Law Enforcement (2015)
„I come back as I always do to the greatness of mankind's curse, and I repeat it with the monotony of those who are always right — oh, without God, without a harbour, without enough rags to cover us,“
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
The Inferno (1917), Ch. XVI
Kontextus: I come back as I always do to the greatness of mankind's curse, and I repeat it with the monotony of those who are always right — oh, without God, without a harbour, without enough rags to cover us, all we have, standing erect on the land of the dead, is the rebellion of our smile, the rebellion of being gay when darkness envelops us. We are divinely alone, the heavens have fallen on our heads.