„Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.“

—  Mark Twain

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„Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799

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„…the madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings…“

—  Platón, book Phaedrus

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Original: (el) ἐπ᾽ εὐτυχίᾳ τῇ μεγίστῃ παρὰ θεῶν ἡ τοιαύτη μανία [sc. ὁ ἔρως] δίδοται

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„The highest service demands the greatest sacrifice, but it secures the fullest blessing and the greatest fruitfulness.“

—  James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905

(J. Hudson Taylor. Separation and Service: Or Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII. London: Morgan & Scott, n.d., 15-16).

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„Blessed are those eyes that have seen more water than any man!
Blessed be that haughty mind that aimed at the greatest hope!“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957

Voice of the Nile, from Odysseus' story, Book VIII, line 1290
The Odyssey : A Modern Sequel (1938)
Context: Blessed are those eyes that have seen more water than any man!
Blessed be that haughty mind that aimed at the greatest hope!
May you be blessed who row the current your life long
and now with dry unfreshened lips descend to Hades
to find the hidden deathless springs and slake your thirst!
My son, it's death who keeps and pours the deathless waters.

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„Liberty … is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Ch. 58.
Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III

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„Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking.“

—  Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018

British Telecom advertisement (1993), part of which was used in Pink Floyd's Keep Talking (1994) and Talkin' Hawkin'<nowiki/> (2014)
Context: For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.

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„Upon the whole, a contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.“

—  Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719

No. 574 (30 July 1714).
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„Accountability is mankind’s greatest obstacle. All our challenges stem from that.“

—  Marcus Orelias American actor, rapper, songwriter, author and entrepreneur 1993

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„The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008

"Credo" (1991); also in Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! : Collected Essays, 1934-1998 (1999), p. 360
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„[The British Empire is] the greatest secular agency for good now known to mankind.“

—  Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery British politician 1847 - 1929

Speech at the unveiling of a bust of the late Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald at Westminster Abbey (16 November 1892), reported in The Times (17 November 1892), p. 9. Leo McKinstry, Rosebery: Statesman in Turmoil (John Murray, 2006), p. 120.

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„The wars fanned the wings of science, and science brought to mankind a thousand blessings, a thousand problems and a thousand perils.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

This Age of Government by Great Dictators, News of the World, 10 October 1937
Reproduced in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill, Vol IV, Churchill at Large, Centenary Edition (1976), Library of Imperial History, p. 395. ISBN 0903988453
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„We need not war to awaken human energy. There is at least equal scope for courage and magnanimity in blessing, as in destroying mankind.“

—  William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842

War (1816)
Context: We need not war to awaken human energy. There is at least equal scope for courage and magnanimity in blessing, as in destroying mankind. The condition of the human race offers inexhaustible objects for enterprise, and fortitude, and magnanimity. In relieving the countless wants and sorrows of the world, in exploring unknown regions, in carrying the arts and virtues of civilization to unimproved communities, in extending the bounds of knowledge, in diffusing the spirit of freedom, and especially in spreading the light and influence of Christianity, how much may be dared, how much endured!

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„Heaven and Hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad; but the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.“

—  David Hume Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian 1711 - 1776

Essay on the Immortality of the Soul
Context: Heaven and Hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad; but the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue. -- Were one to go round the world with an intention of giving a good supper to the righteous, and a sound drubbing to the wicked, he would frequently be embarrassed in his choice, and would find that the merits and the demerits of most men and women scarcely amount to the value of either.

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„To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is … the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.“

—  John Quincy Adams American politician, 6th president of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829) 1767 - 1848

Report on the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution (c. 1846)

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