„There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels.“

"Labels", p. 73
Awareness (1992)
Context: The important thing is not to know who "I" is or what "I" is. You'll never succeed. There are no words for it. The important thing is to drop the labels.

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„Definitions are just words, just labels. And once you label something, the label gets between you and the thing.“

—  Steven Barnes American writer and author 1952

Source: Street Lethal (1983), Chapter 16 “Warrior” (p. 239)

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„Labeling a firm as knowledge-intensive implies that knowledge has more importance than other inputs.“

—  William H. Starbuck American academic 1934

Source: Learning by knowledge‐intensive firms," 1992, p. 715

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„If someone incessantly drops the word "life," you know he's a sick man.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

All Gall Is Divided (1952)

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„Language has been reduced to labels, talk has become double-talk. We are in the process of losing faith in the reality of words.“

—  Abraham Joshua Heschel Polish-American Conservative Judaism Rabbi 1907 - 1972

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Context: One of the results of the rapid depersonalization of our age is a crisis of speech, profanation of language. We have trifled with the name of God, we have taken the name and the word of the Holy in vain. Language has been reduced to labels, talk has become double-talk. We are in the process of losing faith in the reality of words.
Yet prayer can happen only when words reverberate with power and inner life, when uttered as an earnest, as a promise. On the other hand, there is a high degree of obsolescence in the traditional language of the theology of prayer. Renewal of prayer calls for a renewal of language, of cleansing the words, of revival of meanings.
The strength of faith is in silence, and in words that hibernate and wait. Uttered faith must come out as a surplus of silence, as the fruit of lived faith, of enduring intimacy.
Theological education must deepen privacy, strive for daily renewal of innerness, cultivate ingredients of religious existence, reverence and responsibility.

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„When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life.“

—  Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948

A New Earth (2005)
Source: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

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„Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end.“

—  Jerry Seinfeld American comedian and actor 1954

"Confessions of an unromantic man," Redbook magazine, Vol. 176, Iss. 4, (Feb 1991): 62.

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„Remember, nothing in life comes labeled, YOU are the labeler.“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975

Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 74

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„I'm your narrator. It's my task to say
Just where and how things happen in our play,
Set the bare stage with words instead of props
And keep on talking till the curtain drops.“

—  Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943

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A Child is Born (1942)
Context: I'm your narrator. It's my task to say
Just where and how things happen in our play,
Set the bare stage with words instead of props
And keep on talking till the curtain drops. …
It's an old task — old as the human heart,
Old as those bygone players and their art
Who, in old days when faith was nearer earth,
Played out the mystery of Jesus' birth
In hall or village green or market square
For all who chose to come and see them there,
And, if they knew that King Herod, in his crown,
Was really Wat, the cobbler of the town,
And Tom, the fool, played Abraham the Wise,
They did not care. They saw with other eyes.
The story was their own — not far away,
As real as if it happened yesterday,
Full of all awe and wonder yet so near,
A marvelous thing that could have happened here
In their own town — a star that could have blazed
On their own shepherds, leaving them amazed,
Frightened and questioning and following still
To the bare stable — and the miracle.

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„The most important thing is not the work I can do for God. The most important thing is to make God the most important thing.“

—  Phil Vischer American puppeter 1966

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