Original: (el) ἐπ᾽ εὐτυχίᾳ τῇ μεγίστῃ παρὰ θεῶν ἡ τοιαύτη μανία [sc. ὁ ἔρως] δίδοται
„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).
„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.
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III
„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.
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
No. 574 (30 July 1714).
The Spectator (1711–1714)
— Marcus Orelias American actor, rapper, songwriter, author and entrepreneur 1993
— 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
— 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.
„Every wife is like Mary the Blessed and may bear a saviour of mankind. The road is long, but the ways of Heaven are sure.“
Ch. V "The Maid"
The Path of the King (1921)
„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
„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
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!
„Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.“
— Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay British historian and Whig politician 1800 - 1859
Essay on Mitford's History of Greece (1824)
„Papers say: "Congress is deadlocked and can't act." I think that is the greatest blessing that could befall this country.“
— Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
Weekly Article #59, 1924-01-27
„Love is the greatest corrupter ever known and has been the numbers one downfall of mankind since the first creation.“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born of Shadows
Source: Born of Shadows
„Melody as revealed in the greatest works of our classics is one of the most noble gifts which an invisible deity has bestowed on mankind.“
— Richard Strauss German composer and orchestra director 1864 - 1949
Recollections and Reflections
„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.
„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)