„You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do.“
Address to Polaroid employees at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts (5 February 1960), as quoted in Insisting on the Impossible : The Life of Edwin Land (1998) by Victor K. McElheny, p. 198
Kontextus: The world is a scene changing so rapidly that it takes every bit of intuitive ability you have, every brain cell each one of you has, to make the sensible decision about what to do next. You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do.
„Papa Hegel he say that all we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. I know people who can't even learn from what happened this morning. Hegel must have been taking the long view.“
— John Brunner, könyv Stand on Zanzibar
context (9) "Guncrit"
Stand on Zanzibar (1968)
„What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now.“
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
Forrás: Tomorrow Is Now (1963), p. 134
„The moment is your only duty. Your duty at any time in your life is to do what you have to do from moment to moment. What you have to do is what you cannot avoid doing. What you cannot avoid doing is what you do.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
Knowing Yourself: The True in the False (1996)
— Haruki Murakami, könyv What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Forrás: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
— Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944
Gottfried to Jean-Christophe. Part 3: Ada
Jean-Christophe (1904 - 1912), Youth (1904)
Kontextus: Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of to-day. Leave your theories. All theories, you see, even those of virtue, are bad, foolish, mischievous. Do not abuse life. Live in to-day. Be reverent towards each day. Love it, respect it, do not sully it, do not hinder it from coming to flower. Love it even when it is gray and sad like to-day. Do not be anxious. See. It is winter now. Everything is asleep. The good earth will awake again. You have only to be good and patient like the earth. Be reverent. Wait. If you are good, all will go well. If you are not, if you are weak, if you do not succeed, well, you must be happy in that. No doubt it is the best you can do. So, then, why will? Why be angry because of what you cannot do? We all have to do what we can.... Als ich kann.
„I can not figure out what Swedish culture is. I think that's what makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that brings you together. And what do we have? We have Midsummer's Eve and such silly things.“
— Mona Sahlin Swedish politician 1957
Mona Sahlin in a speech to the Turkish youth organization Euroturk, March, 2002 http://turkiskaungdomsforbundet.blogspot.com/2010/11/euroturk-pa-natet.html
„We can't always do what we think we have to do. So when there's nothing else you can do, you wait… No matter what… pressure… you might feel.“
— Jeff Lindsay, könyv Dearly Devoted Dexter
Forrás: Dearly Devoted Dexter
„You must not think of what you learned as belonging to you. Your learning was only possible because of the people who taught you.“
— Koichi Tohei Japanese aikidoka 1920 - 2011
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontextus: You must not think of what you learned as belonging to you. Your learning was only possible because of the people who taught you. If you forget this, before you know it you fall under the illusion that you are the only one who can do it, or the only one who understands. This is called being full of yourself. It is wrong to think, ‘I am strong’, because this strength is nothing but weakness turned inside out. You must think how to act within universal principles.
„It's wonderful to be able to read a newspaper that tells you what's going to happen--not just what's already happened. Anybody can tell you what's already happened, but the Bible tells you what's going to happen. Newspapers are not really newspapers; they're history papers. They tell you what's already happened--past news. But God has given us a lot of later news about today, the time in which we're living right now, and what's going to happen next. So the Bible is not just a history book, it's a news book. It not only tells you about yesterday, it also tells you about tomorrow.“
— David Berg Children of God founder 1919 - 1994
A More Sure Word of Prophecy (2 Peter 1:19)
„I'll never make that mistake again, reading the experts' opinions. Of course, you only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that's the end of you.“
— Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
Part 5: "The World of One Physicist", "The 7 Percent Solution", p. 255
„… we must be a beacon of hope, because if you tell people there's nothing they can do, they will do worse than nothing.“
— Margaret Atwood, könyv The Year of the Flood
Forrás: The Year of the Flood
„You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying.
— Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
Forrás: The Joy Luck Club
„You cannot, you must not, judge the past by the present; you must try to see it in its own terms and values, if you are to have any inkling of it. You may not like what you see, but do not on that account fall into the error of trying to adjust it to suit your own vision of what it ought to have been.“
— George MacDonald Fraser, könyv Quartered Safe Out Here
Forrás: Quartered Safe Out Here (1992), p. xxiv.
„Things didn't turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.“
— Yann Martel, könyv Life of Pi
Változat: Things didn't turn out the way they're supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
Forrás: Life of Pi
„You will not be, you cannot be, satisfied with anything less than Self-knowledge. You, as feeling-and-desire, are the responsible doer of your Triune Self; from what you have made for yourself as your destiny you must learn two great lessons which all experiences of life are to teach. These lessons are:
What to do,
What not to do.
You may put these lessons off for as many lives as you please, or learn them as soon as you will — that is for you to decide, but in the course of time you will learn them.“
— Harold W. Percival, könyv Thinking and Destiny
Introduction, p. 24
Thinking and Destiny (1946)
„I must explain to you what I recently had the occasion to tell the congress at Antwerp: I do not have, I cannot have, pupils.“
— Gustave Courbet French painter 1819 - 1877
1860s, Realist Manifesto' - an open letter, 1861
„There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break the law.“
— Edward Snowden American whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor 1983
Snowden's first U.S. television interview, to NBC's Brian Williams; Snowden: "Sometimes To Do The Right Thing You Have to Break a Law", Gawker (29 May 2014) http://gawker.com/snowden-sometimes-to-do-the-right-thing-you-have-to-b-1583145785