— Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936
The Ballad of the King's Jest, Stanza 4
„I am of those who believe that gentleness is a greater, surer power than force, and that sympathy is a safer power by far than is intellect.“
— Louis Sullivan American architect 1856 - 1924
Context: I am not of those who believe in lackadaisical methods. On the contrary, I advocate a vigorous, thorough, exact mental training which shall fit the mind to expand upon and grasp large things and yet properly to perceive in their just relation the significance of small ones to discriminate accurately as to quantity and quality and thus to develop individual judgment, capacity and independence.
But at the same time I am of those who believe that gentleness is a greater, surer power than force, and that sympathy is a safer power by far than is intellect. Therefore would I train the individual sympathies as carefully in all their delicate warmth and tenuity as I would develop the mind in alertness, poise and security.
Nor am I of those who despise dreamers. For the world would be at the level of zero were it not for its dreamers gone and of today. He who dreamed of democracy, far back in a world of absolutism, was indeed heroic, and we of today awaken to the wonder of his dream.
— John Nash American mathematician and Nobel Prize laureate 1928 - 2015
„The power of the pen is far greater than those people suppose who have not proved it by experience.“
Le forze della penna sono troppo maggiori che coloro non estimano che quelle con conoscimento provato non hanno.
Eighth Day, Seventh Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)
Source: The Da Vinci Code
— Barbara Kingsolver American author, poet and essayist 1955
Source: Homeland and Other Stories
— Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
The Value of Science (1955)
— Morrie Schwartz American sociologist 1916 - 1995
Source: Tuesdays with Morrie (1997)
„In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.“
— Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784
On the Interpretation of Nature (1753)
Source: The Diviners
Source: The Battle of the Labyrinth
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
— Janeane Garofalo comedian, actress, political activist, writer 1964
standup performance, date unknown
„Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes, even most times, they are far stranger than you’d imagine, and most likely more perverse than you’d care to consider.“
— K. A. Bedford Australian writer 1963
Source: Paradox Resolution (2012), Chapter 8 (p. 61)
„The leaves let go, the seeds let go, and I must let go sometimes, too, and cast my lot with another of nature’s imperfect but tenacious survivors.“
Source: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten