„The inescapable fact is that when we build a society based on greed, selfishness, and ruthless competition, the fruits we can expect to reap are economic insecurity at home and international discord abroad.“
— Tommy Douglas Scottish-born Canadian politician 1904 - 1986
Annual Convention of the Saskatchewan CCF, Regina, July 1951.
„It is always necessary that the substance or essence of a person be good before there can be any good works and that good works follow and proceed from a person who is already good. Christ says in Matthew 7:18: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.”… The fruit does not make the tree good or bad but the tree itself is what determines the nature of the fruit. In the same way, a person first must be good or bad before doing a good or bad work.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Source: The Freedom of a Christian (1520), pp. 74-75
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
A lieutenant of Tiresias, Ch. 7
Space Chantey (1968)
Source: The Phantom Tollbooth
„The purpose of the University of Washington cannot be to produce black lawyers for blacks, Polish lawyers for Poles, Jewish lawyers for Jews, Irish lawyers for Irish. It should be to produce good lawyers for Americans and not to place First Amendment barriers against anyone.“
— William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980
Dissenting, DeFunis v. Odegaard, 416 U.S. 342 (1974)
— Leo Burnett American advertising executive 1891 - 1971
Leo Burnett Worldwide
„Selfishness is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities, and to overlook or extenuate our defects.“
— William Wilberforce English politician 1759 - 1833
Source: Real Christianity
„We shall have to share out the fruits of technology among the whole of mankind. The notion that the direct and immediate producers of the fruits of technology have a proprietary right to these fruits will have to be forgotten. After all, who is the producer? Man is a social animal, and the immediate producer has been helped to produce by the whole structure of society, beginning with his own education.“
— Arnold J. Toynbee British historian, author of A Study of History 1889 - 1975
Surviving the Future (1971), Oxford University Press, 1972, p. 95.
— Flannery O’Connor American novelist, short story writer 1925 - 1964
Source: The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
„The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.“
— Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
1770s, Common Sense (1776)
Context: Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.
— William Moulton Marston American psychologist, lawyer, inventor and comic book writer 1893 - 1947
Source: The Emotions of Normal People (1928), p.393 as quoted in The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times, edited by Joeph J Darowski, p.8; in the essay "William Marston's Feminist Agenda" by Michelle R. Finn.
— Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931
Nobel Address (1991)
Context: I began my book about perestroika and the new thinking with the following words: "We want to be understood". After a while I felt that it was already happening. But now I would like once again to repeat those words here, from this world rostrum. Because to understand us really — to understand so as to believe us — proved to be not at all easy, owing to the immensity of the changes under way in our country. Their magnitude and character are such as to require in-depth analysis. Applying conventional wisdom to perestroika is unproductive. It is also futile and dangerous to set conditions, to say: We'll understand and believe you, as soon as you, the Soviet Union, come completely to resemble "us", the West.
No one is in a position to describe in detail what perestroika will finally produce. But it would certainly be a self-delusion to expect that perestroika will produce "a copy" of anything.
„Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects.“
— Stephen King American author 1947
Source: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
— Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003
Teaching as a Subversive Activity (1969)
Context: About the last place any of us can expect to learn anything important about the realities we have to cope with in our wistful pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is a classroom. If we decided that schools must do whatever is necessary to help students to learn the concepts and skills relevant to the nuclear space age, we wouldn't spend much time sitting inside of small boxes inside of boxes — even with all the fancy hardware being developed to jazz up the Trivia contest. It's probably true that most of what we all know we didn't learn in school anyway. Moreover, developments in electronic information processing make the school as it presently exists unnecessary... the "new education." Its purpose is to produce people who can cope effectively with change. To date, none of the new "educational technology" has that as its purpose. Remember Santayana's line: Fanaticism consists of redoubling efforts after having forgotten one's aim. The developments in "educational technology" are intended to do all of the old school stuff better... but that's not the aim of the new education.
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Founding Address (1876)
— Josemaría Escrivá Spanish theologian 1902 - 1975
The Furrow (1986)
— Ron English American artist 1959
Ron English's Fauxlosophy (2016)
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2009, A New Beginning (June 2009)
Context: So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.