„My conclusion on Freewill and predestination- they are identical.“

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Winston S. Churchill602
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

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„Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, or by mistaking general resemblance or imaginary similarity for real identity.“

—  Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston British politician 1784 - 1865

Letter to H. L. Bulwer (1 Sept. 1839), quoted in Sir Henry Lytton Bulwer's Life of Palmerston (Philadelphia: J. B. Lipppincott, 1871), vol. 2, pp. 261-62. (Palmerston was criticizing descriptions of the Ottoman Empire as "decaying," etc.)
Context: Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, or by mistaking general resemblance or imaginary similarity for real identity. Thus, people compare an ancient monarchy with an old building, an old tree, or an old man, and because the building, tree, or man must, from the nature of things, crumble, or decay, or die, they imagine that the same thing holds good with a community, and that the same laws which govern inanimate matter, or vegetable or animal life, govern also nations and states.

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„The idea in being a painter is to declare an identity. Not just my identity, an identity for me, but an identity big enough for everyone to share in. Isn't that what it's all about?!“

—  Frank Stella American artist 1936

Quote, 1960's; as quoted in The New York school – the painters & sculptors of the fifties, Irving Sandler, Harper & Row, Publishers, 1978, p. 307
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„My first thesis is that identity is unitary.“

—  Colin McGinn British philosopher 1950

Logical Properties (2000), 1. Identity

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„For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.“

—  William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Source: Much Ado About Nothing

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„It was all my identities, all rolling in over me.“

—  Ram Dass, book Be Here Now

Be Here Now (1971)
Context: I recall starting to "come down" and this huge red wave rolled in across the room. … It was all my identities, all rolling in over me. I remember holding up my hand and saying, "NO, NO, I don't want to go back." It was like this heavy burden I was going to take on myself. And I realized I didn't have the key — I didn't know the magic words, like "Abracadabra" or "Hocus Pocus" or whatever it was going to be that would stop that wave.

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„Questions of identity have always played a large part in my thinking and writing; and, of course, race is a key component of identity. Certainly for me, and certainly in Britain.“

—  Caryl Phillips Kittian-British writer 1958

On the recurring theme of his works in “CARYL PHILLIPS: INTERVIEW” https://mosaicmagazine.org/caryl-phillips-interview/#.Xe58ovlKjcs in Mosaic Magazine (2012 Mar 19)

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„I would rather lose the election than lose my identity.“

—  Rodrigo Duterte Filipino politician and the 16th President of the Philippines 1945

In an interview with Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/04/rodrigo-duterte-dirty-harry-philippine-politics-160410072246097.html (April 2016)

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„And I sit here without identity: faceless. My head aches.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

Source: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

„I maintain my identity by regular work, there is always labor when inspiration has fled, but inspiration returns quicker when identity and the work stream are maintained.“

—  David Smith American visual artist (1906-1965) 1906 - 1965

1960s, The Fields of David Smith,' (1999)

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„When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?“

—  John Maynard Keynes British economist 1883 - 1946

Reply to a criticism during the Great Depression of having changed his position on monetary policy, as quoted in "The Keynes Centenary" by Paul Samuelson, in The Economist Vol. 287 (June 1983), p. 19; later in The Collected Scientific Papers of Paul Samuelson, Volume 5 (1986), p. 275; also in Understanding Political Development: an Analytic Study (1987) by Myron Weiner, Samuel P. Huntington and Gabriel Abraham Almond, p. xxiv; this has also been paraphrased as "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

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„Hindu body and soul, Hindu life, in every pore my identity is of a Hindu“

—  Atal Bihari Vajpayee 10th Prime Minister of India 1924 - 2018

His poem quoted in "The truth according to Vajpayee".
Original: (tl) Hindu tan man, Hindu Jeevan, Rag rag Hindu mera parichay.

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„Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.“

—  Marjane Satrapi Artist 1969

Source: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

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„Thus, my beloved friends, shall the revolutions and kingdoms of this world be brought to a conclusion for ever.“

—  Jean Baptiste Massillon French Catholic bishop and famous preacher 1663 - 1742

On the Last Day
Context: "And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud in great power and majesty" Luke, xxi. 27.
Thus, my beloved friends, shall the revolutions and kingdoms of this world be brought to a conclusion for ever. Thus shall end all the earthly pursuits which either amused us by their novelty, or seduced us by their charms. Thus shall the Son of Man come. Thus shall be ushered in the great day of his manifestation, the beginning of his reign, the complete redemption of his mystical body. On this day the consciences of all mankind shall be exposed to view a day of calamity and despair to the sinner, but of peace, joy, and consolation to the just. On this day the eternal lot of the whole world shall be decided.

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„I'm always working on the same thing, the creation of an identity. It's mysterious: We think identity is genetically given, but I believe there is creative will involved with the decision of who we are going to be. All my movies are concerned with this.“

—  David Cronenberg Canadian film director, screenwriter and actor 1943

Cronenberg: An intellectual with ominous powers http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/19/arts/19iht-dupont.html (May 19, 2006)

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„I like working with identities and stories outside of my own experience, so it’s kind of just a necessity…“

—  Young Jean Lee American theatre director and playwright 1974

On researching her subject matter in “An Interview with Young Jean Lee” https://www.theintervalny.com/interviews/2018/08/an-interview-with-young-jean-lee/ in The Interval (2018 Aug 14)

„My conclusion is that today we are in chaos as far as the metropolis is concerned and do not do anything in the right direction.“

—  Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis Greek architect 1914 - 1975

Source: Building Entopia - 1975, Chapter 12, Metropolis, p. 171

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