— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 i.e.
— Mariano Rajoy Spanish politician 1955
26 June, 2017
As President, 2017
Forrás: Vozópuli http://www.vozpopuli.com/espana/Rajoy-Conteste-senor-Barcenas-telefono_2_1048115186.html
„What we enjoy, not what we possess, is ours, and in labouring for the possession of many things, we lose the power to enjoy the best.“
— John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916
Forrás: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 208
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
Forrás: The Poetry of Robert Frost
„We tend to overestimate what we can do in the short term and underestimate what we can do in the long term.“
— Tim Hurson Creativity theorist, author and speaker 1946
Think Better: An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking
— William Cowper, The Task
Forrás: The Task (1785), Book V, The Winter Morning Walk, Line 905.
— Peter Weiss, Marat/Sade
Singers, act 2, scene 33 (p. 100)
— Denzel Washington actor, screenwriter, director, producer 1954
— John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916
Forrás: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 202
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Neurotics and neurosis
— Edward O. Wilson American biologist 1929
Forrás: The Future Of Life
„Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now.“
— Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
Kontextus: Religious people often say that religion offers absolute certainty about right and wrong; "god tells them" what it is. Even supposing that the aforementioned gods exist, and that the believers really know what the gods think, that still does not provide certainty, because any being no matter how powerful can still be wrong. Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now. To insist on absolute certainty before starting to apply ethics to life decisions is a way of choosing to be amoral.
„If we are bothered by possessions we cannot really live either from without or from within; we are the possession of our possessions.“
— Natalie Clifford Barney writer and salonist 1876 - 1972
In "My Country 'tis of Thee", ADAM International Review, No. 299 (1962)
Kontextus: I am beginning to have a healthy dread of possessions, be it of a country, a house, a being or even an idea. If we are bothered by possessions we cannot really live either from without or from within; we are the possession of our possessions. All wars and most loves come from the possessive instinct. Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men: that you may belong to everything and everything be yours inclusive of yourself.
Could we, and we can, have the vital necessities for all, we should do away with this cry of class and begin to differentiate between individuals.
Individual superiority can alone feed the soul and give back through some materialisation of itself this individualised wealth of being.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, könyv Experience
1840s, Essays: Second Series (1844), Experience
„The past is the one thing we are not prisoners of. We can do with the past exactly what we wish. What we can't do is to change its consequences.“
— John Berger British painter, writer and art critic 1926 - 2017
„We can love what we are, without hating what — and who — we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.“
— Kofi Annan 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations 1938 - 2018
Nobel lecture (2001)
Kontextus: In every great faith and tradition one can find the values of tolerance and mutual understanding. The Qur’a, for example, tells us that "We created you from a single pair of male and female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other." Confucius urged his followers: "when the good way prevails in the state, speak boldly and act boldly. When the state has lost the way, act boldly and speak softly." In the Jewish tradition, the injunction to "love thy neighbour as thyself," is considered to be the very essence of the Torah.
This thought is reflected in the Christian Gospel, which also teaches us to love our enemies and pray for those who wish to persecute us. Hindus are taught that "truth is one, the sages give it various names." And in the Buddhist tradition, individuals are urged to act with compassion in every facet of life.
Each of us has the right to take pride in our particular faith or heritage. But the notion that what is ours is necessarily in conflict with what is theirs is both false and dangerous. It has resulted in endless enmity and conflict, leading men to commit the greatest of crimes in the name of a higher power.
It need not be so. People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. We can love what we are, without hating what — and who — we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.
— Cat Power American singer-songwriter and actress 1972
You Are Free (2003)
Kontextus: We all do what we can
So we can do just one more thing
We can all be free
Maybe not in words
Maybe not with a look
But with your mind.
— Manav Gupta Indian artist 1967
"Beyond Politics, Beyond Copenhagen, For Our Children" : Treatise, Travelling trilogy, Lectures and Films on Sustainable development by Manav Gupta (2009 -2010), as quoted in Hindustan Times (25 December 2009)