„To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness!“

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Filipino writer, ophthalmologist, polyglot and nationalist 1861 - 1896
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„Looking foolish does the spirit good.“

—  John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009
Context: Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth’s many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum. Ch. 6; Gratia Dei sum quod sum translates to ”Thanks be to God that I am what I am”

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„If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
"1901", p. 76. Sometimes misquoted as "If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing". Sometimes misattributed to Bertrand Russell or Anatole France

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„ If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook (1949), entry for 1901 Sometimes misquoted as "If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." Sometimes misattributed to Anatole France Note that Russell does say something similar in Marriage and Morals (1929): "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible."

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„Man does not strive for happiness; only the Englishman does that“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Der Mensch strebt nicht nach Glück; nur der Engländer thut das Maxims and Arrows, 12

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„Self-denial surely means somethings far greater than some slight and insignificant lessening of our self-indulgences!“

—  James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
(J. Hudson Taylor. A Ribband of Blue and Other Bible Studies. London: China Inland Mission, n.d., 113).

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„Moderation, the Golden Mean, the Aristonmetron, is the secret of wisdom and of happiness. But it does not mean embracing an unadventurous mediocrity: rather it is an elaborate balancing-act, a feat of intellectual skill demanding constant vigilance. Its aim is a reconciliation of opposites.“

—  Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
"Aristonmetron" is an unusual formation of the Greek άριστον μέτρον (ariston metron or metron ariston: "Moderation is best").

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