„It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!“

Forrás: I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked (1935), ; repr. University of California Press, 1994, p. 109.
Kontextus: I used to say to our audiences: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

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Upton Sinclair fénykép
Upton Sinclair
amerikai regényíró 1878 - 1968

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Ernest Hemingway fénykép
Samuel Johnson fénykép

„Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784

September 19, 1777, p. 351, often misquoted as being hanged in the morning.
Vol III
Forrás: The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

Eric Hoffer fénykép
Helen Keller fénykép
William Godwin fénykép

„It has an unhappy effect upon the human understanding and temper, for a man to be compelled in his gravest investigation of an argument, to consider, not what is true, but what is convenient.“

—  William Godwin English journalist, political philosopher and novelist 1756 - 1836

Kontextus: It has an unhappy effect upon the human understanding and temper, for a man to be compelled in his gravest investigation of an argument, to consider, not what is true, but what is convenient. The lawyer never yet existed who has not boldly urged an objection which he knew to be fallacious, or endeavoured to pass off a weak reason for a strong one. Intellect is the greatest and most sacred of all endowments; and no man ever trifled with it, defending an action to-day which he had arraigned yesterday, or extenuating an offence on one occasion, which, soon after, he painted in the most atrocious colours, with absolute impunity. Above all, the poet, whose judgment should be clear, whose feelings should be uniform and sound, whose sense should be alive to every impression and hardened to none, who is the legislator of generations and the moral instructor of the world, ought never to have been a practising lawyer, or ought speedily to have quitted so dangerous an engagement.

The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer vol. 1, p. 370 (1803)

Henry Ward Beecher fénykép

„What is evidence to a man will depend upon those of his faculties whk at work upon the things which are presented as evidence.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887

The Nature, Importance and Liberties of Belief (1873)
Kontextus: Now, evidence to a man is that which convinces his mind. It varies with different men. An argument to a man who cannot reason is no evidence. Facts are no evidence to a man who cannot perceive them. A sentimental appeal is evidence to a man whose very nature moves by emotion, though it may not be to his neighbor.
So then, when men come to the investigation of truth, they are responsible, first, for research, for honesty therein, for being diligent, and for attempting to cleanse their minds from all bias of selfishness and pride. They are responsible for sincerity and faithfulness in the investigation of truth. And when they go beyond that to the use of their faculties, the combination of those faculties will determine very largely, not, perhaps, the generic nature of truth, but specific developments of it. And as long as the world stands there will be men who will hold that God is a God of infinite love and sympathy and. goodness with a residunm of justice; and there will be men who will believe that God is a God of justice with a residunm of love and sympathy and goodness; and each will follow the law of his own mind. As a magnet, drawn through a vessel containing sand and particles of iron, attracts the particles of iron but does not attract the sand; so the faculties of a man's mind appropriate certain facts and reject others. What is evidence to a man will depend upon those of his faculties whk at work upon the things which are presented as evidence.

Friedrich Nietzsche fénykép
Otto Weininger fénykép
Rachel Carson fénykép

„Man's future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces.“

—  Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964

"Essay on the Biological Sciences" in Good Reading (1958)
Kontextus: If we have been slow to develop the general concepts of ecology and conservation, we have been even more tardy in recognizing the facts of the ecology and conservation of man himself. We may hope that this will be the next major phase in the development of biology. Here and there awareness is growing that man, far from being the overlord of all creation, is himself part of nature, subject to the same cosmic forces that control all other life. Man's future welfare and probably even his survival depend upon his learning to live in harmony, rather than in combat, with these forces.

Ralph Ellison fénykép

„The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity and one's knowledge of human life.“

—  Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994

"The Art of Fiction: An Interview" (The Paris Review, Spring 1955), in The Collected Essays, ed. John F. Callahan (New York: Modern Library, 1995), p. 217.

Samuel P. Huntington fénykép

„The futures of both peace and Civilization depend upon understanding and cooperation among the political, spiritual, and intellectual leaders of the world’s major civilizations.“

—  Samuel P. Huntington American political scientist 1927 - 2008

Forrás: The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996), Ch. 12 : The West, Civilizations, and Civilization, § 4 : The Commonalities Of Civilization, p. 321
Kontextus: The futures of both peace and Civilization depend upon understanding and cooperation among the political, spiritual, and intellectual leaders of the world’s major civilizations. In the clash of civilizations, Europe and America will hang together or hang separately. In the greater clash, the global “real clash,” between Civilization and barbarism, the world’s great civilizations, with their rich accomplishments in religion, art, literature, philosophy, science, technology, morality, and compassion, will also hang together or hang separately. In the emerging era, clashes of civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace, and an international order based on civilizations is the surest safeguard against world war.

Anne Bancroft fénykép

„He understands not only with his brain but with his heart.“

—  Anne Bancroft American actress 1931 - 2005

On her husband Mel Brooks Associated Press interview (1997).
Kontextus: He understands not only with his brain but with his heart. And that might be called love. Not quite sure, but maybe that's the key.

Jacob Bronowski fénykép
Sun Yat-sen fénykép

„To understand is difficult; to act is easy.“

—  Sun Yat-sen Chinese physician, politician and revolutionary 1866 - 1925

As quoted in Great Britain and the East, Vol. 61, Issues 1727-1742 (1944), p. 19 https://books.google.com/books?id=94AyAQAAIAAJ&q=%22To+understand+is+difficult;+to+act+is+easy%22&dq=%22To+understand+is+difficult;+to+act+is+easy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiey5eF27fXAhWMHpQKHS3JCYAQ6AEILDAB

Samuel Taylor Coleridge fénykép

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