Source: Woman on the Edge of Time
„Only what is human can truly be foreign.“
Poems New and Collected (1998), A Large Number (1976)
Context: And how can we talk of order overall
when the very placement of the stars
leaves us doubting just what shines for whom?Not to speak of the fog's reprehensible drifting!
And dust blowing all over the steppes
as if they hadn't been partitioned!
And the voices coasting on obliging airwaves,
that conspiratorial squeaking, those indecipherable mutters!
Only what is human can truly be foreign.
„However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate us, they become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows. Whatever cannot become the object of discourse - the truly sublime, the truly horrible or the uncanny - may find human voice through which to sound into the world, but it is not exactly human. We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human.“
Source: Men in Dark Times
— C.J. Mahaney American clergyman 1953
Source: The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel The Main Thing
Il n'y a que les personnes qui ont de la fermeté qui puissent avoir une véritable douceur.
Variant translation: It is only those who are firm who can be genuinely kind.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
— John Nash American mathematician and Nobel Prize laureate 1928 - 2015
„People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist.“
— Daisaku Ikeda Japanese writer 1928
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
Source: Tigana (1990), Chapter 4 (p. 79)
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
Psychology and Alchemy (1944)
Source: Knowledge and Human Interests, 1971, p. 301
The Silverado Squatters.
Context: There is no foreign land; it is the traveller only that is foreign, and now and again, by a flash of recollection, lights up the contrasts of the ear.
— Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888
"Irish Essays. Ecce, Convertimur ad Gentes" (1882)
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
Source: Dear Theo
— Patrick Süskind German writer and screenwriter 1949
Source: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Source: A Dirty Job
"Postscript", p. 153.
The Anarchist Cookbook (1971)
Context: If people depend on the state to make laws, to prevent themselves from doing what they really want to do, then I say these people are nuts. I mean to say, if I really want to do something, I don't particularly care if it's legal, illegal, moral, immoral, or amoral. I want to do it, so I do it. The only laws a man can truly respect are the ones he makes for himself.
— V.S. Ramachandran Neuroscientist 1951
"VS Ramachandran: The Sherlock Holmes Of Neuroscience," (Swarajaya, April 4, 2017) https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/any-ape-can-reach-for-a-banana-but-only-a-human-can-reach-for-the-stars
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
Source: On Nietzsche (1945), p. xxxiv, note