„I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges.“

—  Neil Armstrong, Context: I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul … we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream. Apollo mission press conference (1969); ABC World News http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/neil-armstrong-man-moon-dead/story?id=12325140&page=2#.UE0Vm67hdjw; also quoted in Of a Fire on the Moon (1970) by Norman Mailer, <!-- p. 46-47 --> and in First Man: The Life of Ronnie Petch the bender (2005) by James R. Hansen<!-- p. 399 -->
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„Art’s true purpose is to be human as opposed to some rarefied activity set away from real life. I think art should help you to navigate the real challenges of being a human being.“

—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963
Quoted in the documentary The Question Mark Inside broadcast in the UK by Sky Arts (30 October 2009).

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„We do not always act the way economists think we should, mainly because we're both less selfish and less rational than economists think we are. Economists are being indoctrinated into a cardboard version of human nature, which they hold true to such a degree that their own behavior has begun to resemble it.“

—  Frans de Waal Dutch primatologist and ethologist 1948
Context: In 1879, American economist Francis Walker tried to explain why members of his profession were in such "bad odor amongst real people". He blamed it on their inability to understand why human behavior fails to comply with economic theory. We do not always act the way economists think we should, mainly because we're both less selfish and less rational than economists think we are. Economists are being indoctrinated into a cardboard version of human nature, which they hold true to such a degree that their own behavior has begun to resemble it. Psychological tests have shown that economics majors are more egoistic than the average college student. Exposure in class after class to the capitalist self-interest model apparently kills off whatever prosocial tendencies these students have to begin with. They give up trusting others, and conversely others give up trusting them. Hence the bad odor. "Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are" (2005), p. 243

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„I think it's absolutely touch-and-go whether we're going to make it.“

—  Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983
From 1980s onwards, Only Integrity is Going to Count (1983), Context: I think it's absolutely touch-and-go whether we're going to make it. But the point is, for me to tell you that you have an option is not to be optimistic... Time and again, of course I am running into millions who don't know we have the option, because it's invisible, and I feel I have tremendous responsibility. So when people ask me to come and talk to them, I do my best to let them know they do have the option. Of course they're pessimistic, not knowing that.

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„This path cannot be followed by human thinking. It is the path that is being formed by the law of nature.“

—  Nakayama Miki Founder of Tenrikyo 1798 - 1887
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„I look upon human beings as automatons.. because they all think they can do what they want but they can't. They are not free. No one is“

—  L. S. Lowry British visual artist 1887 - 1976
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„…I believe that we're going to win; I believe that -- and by the way, if I didn't think that, I wouldn't have our troops there. That's what you got to know. We're going to succeed.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
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„Many short-sighted fools think that going to the Moon was just a stunt.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
The Pragmatics of Patriotism (1973), Context: Many short-sighted fools think that going to the Moon was just a stunt. But the astronauts knew the meaning of what they were doing, as is shown by Neil Armstrong's first words in stepping down onto the soil of Luna: "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

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