„Not a single Buddha, bodhisattva, or shengren in Europe, but in Asia: all philosophers and saints? What is that probability?“
— Thorsten J. Pattberg German philologist 1977
— Thorsten J. Pattberg German philologist 1977
Prometheus ist der vornehmste Heilige und Märtyrer im philosophischen Kalender.
The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature (1841)
Variant: They're a rotten lot," I shouted, across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.
Source: The Great Gatsby
— Eli Siegel Latvian-American poet, philosopher 1902 - 1978
Everything Has to Do with Hardness and Softness (1969)
— Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600
IV 9; as translated by Dorothea Waley Singer (1950)
De immenso (1591)
— Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983
Original: Ogni singolo individuo vale quanto pensa di valere.
XI. 514–515 (tr. Samuel Butler).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ἰητρὸς γὰρ ἀνὴρ πολλῶν ἀντάξιος ἄλλων
ἰούς τ' ἐκτάμνειν ἐπί τ' ἤπια φάρμακα πάσσειν.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), History
Context: The difference between men is in their principle of association. Some men classify objects by color and size and other accidents of appearance; others by intrinsic likeness, or by the relation of cause and effect. The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences. To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. For the eye is fastened on the life, and slights the circumstance. Every chemical substance, every plant, every animal in its growth, teaches the unity of cause, the variety of appearance.
— Alan Rickman English film, television and stage actor 1946 - 2016
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
On Revolutionary Medicine (1960)
Variant: The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on the earth.
— Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981
The Lessons of History (1968), p. 72 (co-authored with Ariel Durant)
— Baruch Spinoza Dutch philosopher 1632 - 1677
Matthew Stewart, The Courtier and the Heretic (2006)
Context: According to the seventeenth-century way of thinking, an atheist was by definition a decadent. If there was no God (or, at least, no providential, rewarding-and-punishing God of the sort worshipped in all the traditional religions), the reasoning went, then everything is permitted. So a non-beliver would be expected to indulge in all manner of sensual stimulation... to lie, cheat, and steal...
Spinoza, according to all seventeenth-century interpreters, rejected all the traditional ideas about God; he was indesputably a heretic. Yet his manner of living was humble and apparently free of vice. Then, as now, the philosopher seemed a living oxymoron: he was an ascetic sensualist, a spiritual materialist, a sociable hermit, a secular saint. How could his life have been so good, the critics asked, when his philosophy was so bad?<!--p.73
Hester to Dellarobia, her daughter-in-law, Flight Behavior, page 462 (ISBN 978-0-571-29081-9).
Flight Behavior (2012)
— Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535
in Eric Hoffer, Between the Devil and the Dragon (New York: 1982), p. 107
— Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642
Third letter on sunspots (December 1612) to Mark Wesler (1558 - 1614), as quoted in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (1957) by Stillman Drake, p. 134 - 135; Italian text online at Liber Liber http://www.liberliber.it/biblioteca/g/galilei/lettere/html/lett08c.htm, also from IntraText http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ITA0188/_PQ.HTM.
Variant translation: In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
As quoted in Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men (1859) by François Arago, as translated by Baden Powell, Robert Grant, and William Fairbairn, p. 365
Variant: In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man.
Context: for in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
Interview (1960), Quoted in Susan Sontag's introduction to Barthes: Selected Writings, “Writing Itself: On Roland Barthes,” (1982)
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
The Devil is Dead (1971)
— Julian Barnes English writer 1946
Source: Levels of Life
— P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
The Paris Review interview (1982)
Context: She doesn’t hold back anything from them. When they beg her not to depart, she reminds them that nothing lasts forever. She’s as truthful as the nursery rhymes. Remember that all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty-Dumpty together again. There’s such a tremendous truth in that. It goes into children in some part of them that they don’t know, and indeed perhaps we don’t know. But eventually they realize — and that’s the great truth.