„We are what we say only so long as our words are iron.“

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 19
Context: A man makes mistakes, but he lives by them. Foolish it may be on occassion. But in the main it is the only way to live. We are what we say only so long as our words are iron.

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„Men of the eleventh! the enemy say we are good at a long shot, but cannot stand the cold iron. I call on you to give the lie to that slander. Charge!“

—  Winfield Scott Union United States Army general 1786 - 1866

Address to the 11th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Chippawa (14 June 1814) in the War of 1812, as quoted in The Military Heroes of the War of 1812 (1849) by Charles Jacobs Peterson, p. 152
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„Shall we be despised by foreign powers for hesitating so long at a word?“

—  Abigail Adams 2nd First Lady of the United States (1797–1801) 1744 - 1818

Letter to John Adams (7 May 1776)

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„And long we try in vain to speak and act
Our hidden self, and what we say and do
Is eloquent, is well — but ’tis not true!“

—  Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888

"The Buried Life" (1852), st. 6

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„We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word "reality" is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly.“

—  Niels Bohr Danish physicist 1885 - 1962

Quoted in Philosophy of Science Vol. 37 (1934), p. 157, and in The Truth of Science : Physical Theories and Reality (1997) by Roger Gerhard Newton, p. 176
Context: What is it that we humans depend on? We depend on our words... Our task is to communicate experience and ideas to others. We must strive continually to extend the scope of our description, but in such a way that our messages do not thereby lose their objective or unambiguous character … We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. The word "reality" is also a word, a word which we must learn to use correctly.

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„So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.“

—  Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894

"Lay Morals" Ch. 4, in Lay Morals and Other Essays (1911) http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/373.

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„We must never say, even in fun, that we are disheartened, because someone might take us at our word.“

—  Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950

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„Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an axe. Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labour in vain.“

—  Anthony the Great Christian saint, monk, and hermit 251 - 357

The Living Testament: The Essential Writings of Christianity Since the Bible (1985), p. 66.
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„For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone.“

—  David Cameron Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1966

Planned speech to the National Security Council — Various sources (e.g. The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/may/13/counter-terrorism-bill-extremism-disruption-orders-david-cameron, BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32714802) (13 May 2015)
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„When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose.“

—  Thomas Browne English polymath 1605 - 1682

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„We have depended on government for so much for so long that we as people have become less vigilant of our liberties.“

—  Ron Paul American politician and physician 1935

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Context: We have depended on government for so much for so long that we as people have become less vigilant of our liberties. As long as the government provides largesse for the majority, the special interest lobbyists will succeed in continuing the redistribution of welfare programs that occupies most of Congress's legislative time.

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„We say to others only what we need to hear.“

—  Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942

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