„Who can be forced has not learned how to die.“
Hercules Furens (The Madness of Hercules), line 426; (Megara).
Alternate translation: Who can be compelled does not know how to die.
Original: (la) Cogi qui potest nescit mori.
Book IX: Ch. 4: Danton – Camille Desmoulins – Fabre d’Églantine.
Mémoires d'outre-tombe (1848 – 1850)
„You will learn nothing of importance from this story except, perhaps, how to die; but then, you were born knowing that and in any case it only has to be done once. It is easy: ask anyone who has done it.“
— Kyril Bonfiglioli British art dealer 1928 - 1985
Source: All the Tea in China (1978), Ch. 1.
Source: Tuesdays with Morrie
Pt. 1, Ch. 5
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„Only one who has learned much can fully appreciate his ignorance.
He knows well the limits of his knowledge and how much is waiting to be learned.“
— Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Source: Education of a Wandering Man (1989), Ch. 11
„Only he who has measured the dominion of force, and knows how not to respect it, is capable of love and justice.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Il n'est possible d'aimer et d'être juste que si l'on connaît l'empire de la force et si l'on sait ne pas le respecter.
Source: The Iliad or The Poem of Force (1940-1941), p. 192
— Charles de Lint author 1951
Svaha (2000), p. 265
„The only thing Carla has ever learned to like about dealing with power is how easy it is to embarrass people who have it.“
Source: Mother of Storms (1994), p. 261
— Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005
— Karen Marie Moning author 1964
„How can anyone believe that you can "learn" how to feel and learn how to express it? How can anyone teach another person how to laugh and how to cry? How to be cheerful and how to be sad? Teach them what pain is, and despair, and desire, and passion? Hate and love? How can anyone waste their own and somebody else's time with that idiocy? But far worse than the morons who think they can learn these things are the people who claim they can teach them. In the end, they teach bad manners. If one of their trained poodles sits down in public, he doesn't sit, he slouches - which is supposed to mean that his behavior is "natural." He or she scratches his or her head then picks his or her nose, which is supposed to mean that he or she has no complexes and acts very spontaneously. So this is what New York talk shows look like.“
— Klaus Kinski German actor 1926 - 1991
On method acting. p. 313
„This twentieth century has been a period of terrific dynamism. Perhaps the last fifty years have seen more developments and more material progress than the previous five hundred years. Man has learned to control many of the scourges which once threatened him. He has learned to consume distance. He has learned to project his voice and his picture across oceans and continents. Lie has probed deep into the secrets of nature and learned how to make the desert bloom and the plants of the earth increase their bounty. He has learned how to release the immense forces locked in the smallest particles of matter.“
— Sukarno first President of the Republic of Indonesia 1901 - 1970
Speech at the Opening of the Bandung Conference