— Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
„But you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living
Cause it's the ones with the sorest throats Laura,
who have done the most singing.“
— Conor Oberst American musician 1980
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
„Every terrible thing in the world was caused by a whole combination of things. But everybody wanted to narrow it down to one cause—and not even the real one. Much better to have one cause—one person to punish. Then the unbearable could be borne.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
Source: The Tales of Alvin Maker, The Crystal City (2003), Chapter 3 “Fever” (p. 56).
— Amit Chaudhuri contemporary Indian-English novelist 1962
Calcutta: Two Years in The City (2013)
Source: Obsidian Butterfly
„One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking.“
— Margaret Chase Smith Member of the United States Senate from Maine 1897 - 1995
As quoted in NEA Journal : The Journal of the National Education Association Vol. 41 (1952) p. 300
Context: One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking. I am not advocating in the slightest that we become mutes with our voices stilled because of fear of criticism of what we might say. That is moral cowardice. And moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. The importance of individual thinking to the preservation of our democracy and our freedom cannot be overemphasized. The broader sense of the concept of your role in the defense of democracy is that of the citizen doing his most for the preservation of democracy and peace by independent thinking, making that thinking articulate by translating it into action at the ballot boxes, in the forums, and in everyday life, and being constructive and positive in that thinking and articulation. The most precious thing that democracy gives to us is freedom. You and I cannot escape the fact that the ultimate responsibility for freedom is personal. Our freedoms today are not so much in danger because people are consciously trying to take them away from us as they are in danger because we forget to use them. Freedom unexercised may be freedom forfeited. The preservation of freedom is in the hands of the people themselves — not of the government.
— John Flanagan Irish-American hammer thrower 1873 - 1938
Source: The Kings of Clonmel
„The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Often paraphrased as "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."
Compare: "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision." B. Russell, New Hopes for a Changing World (1951). Compare also: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats, The Second Coming (1919).
See also: Dunning-Kruger effect, Historical Antecedents https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect#Historical_antecedents.
1930s, Mortals and Others (1931-35)
— Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939
„I know the police cause you trouble
They cause trouble everywhere
But when you die and go to heaven
You find no policeman there“
— Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967
„Writing is indeed, some kind of affliction in its demands as the most solitary and introspective of occupations.“
— Nadine Gordimer South african Nobel-winning writer 1923 - 2014
Speech at the Nobel Banquet (1991)
Context: I certainly find being the recipient at this celebratory dinner more pleasurable and rewarding than chicken-pox, having now in my life experienced both. But the small girl was not entirely wrong. Writing is indeed, some kind of affliction in its demands as the most solitary and introspective of occupations.
„One could argue as well that Jesus is the most important person in the history of the West, looked at from a historical, social, or cultural perspective, quite apart from his religious significance.“
Source: Did Jesus Exist? (2012), Ch. 4: 'Evidence for Jesus from Outside the Gospels'
— Johnny Cash American singer-songwriter 1932 - 2003
„If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Source: The House of Mirth
Source: The Master and Margarita
„The deva asked,
What causes ruin in the world?
What breaks off friendships?
What is the most violent fever?
Who is the best physician?"
The Blessed One replied,
Ruin in the world is caused by ignorance;
friendships are broken off by envy and selfishness;
the most violent fever is hatred;
the best physician is the Buddha.“
— Paul Carus American philosopher 1852 - 1919
The Gospel of Buddha http://reluctant-messenger.com/gospel_buddha/preface.htm (1894), a compilation of translations from ancient records.