„Holiness is not the luxury of the few; it is a simply duty“
Address to the National Prayer Breakfast (3 February 1994) http://www.ewtn.com/New_library/breakfast.htm.
Unsourced variant or paraphrase: I think it is very good when people suffer. To me, that is like the kiss of Jesus.
Context: Holiness is not the luxury of the few; it is a simply duty, for you and for me, because Jesus has very clearly stated, "Be ye holy as my father in heaven is holy." So let us pray for each other that we grow in love for each other, and through this love become holy as Jesus wants us to be for he died out of love for us.
One day I met a lady who was dying of cancer in a most terrible condition. And I told her, I say, "You know, this terrible pain is only the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you." And she joined her hands together and said, "Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me".
— Robert Musil Austrian writer 1880 - 1942
Source: “Mathematical man” (1913), p. 41
— Brandon Sanderson American fantasy writer 1975
Kelsier, Chapter 10
Source: Mistborn: The Final Empire (2006)
Context: [.. ] overthrowing the Final Empire seems like a good start. Are there any religions on your list that include the slaughter of noblemen as a holy duty?
Source: Grass (1989), Chapter 20 (p. 446)
— Mukesh Ambani Indian business magnate 1957
In Ambani bets on 4G broadband in India, but risks abound, 23 June 2013, 17 December 2013, CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/id/100837027,
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
— Ravi Zacharias Indian philosopher 1946
— Franz Stangl Austrian-born SS officer, commandant at first Sobibór extermination camp and then Treblinka extermination camp 1908 - 1971
Quoted in "The Bormann Brotherhood" - Page 182 - by William Stevenson - 1973.
— Sam Keen author, professor, and philosopher 1931
Source: The Passionate Life (1983), p. 77
— Abigail Adams 2nd First Lady of the United States (1797–1801) 1744 - 1818
Letter to Elizabeth Shaw (1784), quoted in John Adams (2001) by David McCullough, p. 310
— Brunello Cucinelli Italian entrepreneur and philanthropist 1953
Source: CEO Talk | Brunello Cucinelli, Founder and Chief Executive https://www.businessoffashion.com/amp/articles/ceo-talk/ceo-talk-brunello-cucinelli-founder-chief-executive-brunello-cucinelli Imran Amed, Business of Fashion, 1 July 2014
— Thomas Erskine Scottish theologian 1788 - 1870
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 618.
„It is, of course, a luxury to create art and, on top of this, to insist on expressing one's own artistic opinion. Nothing is more luxurious than this. It is a game and a good game, at least for me; one of the few games which make life, difficult and depressing as it is sometimes, a little more interesting.“
— Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950
1930s, On my Painting (1938)
„What is right or duty without power? To tell a man it is his duty to submit his judgment to the judgment of the church, is like telling a wife it is her duty to love her husband — a thing easy to say, but meaning simply nothing. Affection must be won, not commanded.“
Confessions Of A Sceptic
The Nemesis of Faith (1849)
Source: An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs (1791), p. 440
„The duty on British teas was slight. Americans might have paid the duty without increasing the price of their much prized luxury; ministers might have collected the same duty in England to the advantage of the Exchequer. That Britain should have insisted on this peppercorn in acknowledgement of her right, that America should have refused it in vindication of her liberty, may be taken as a high tribute from two eminently practical peoples to the power of abstract ideas.“
— Carl L. Becker American historian 1873 - 1945
The Eve of the Revolution (1918)
— Charles Kingsley English clergyman, historian and novelist 1819 - 1875
Source: Attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 147.
— Sarah Palin American politician 1964
2008, 2008 Republican National Convention
„It seems to be a social axiom that as misery and privation increase for the many, the few rise ever higher in luxury and comfort, feeding on the misery. Not aware, perhaps, that they feed upon the misery, not with any wish of feeding on it—but they do.“
Source: A Choice of Gods (1972), Chapter 6 (p. 46)
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
Source: Il mestiere di vivere: Diario 1935-1950