„Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.“
Book VIII, 1155a.5
Original: (el) ἄνευ γὰρ φίλων οὐδεὶς ἕλοιτ᾽ ἂν ζῆν, ἔχων τὰ λοιπὰ ἀγαθὰ πάντα
Source: The Nicomachean Ethics
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)
„To choose this or that is to affirm at the same time the value of what we choose, because we can never choose evil. We always choose the good, and nothing can be good for us without being good for all.“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
Existentialism and Human Emotions (1957)
„If one choose the goods of the soul, he chooses the diviner [portion]; if the goods of the body, the merely mortal.“
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory
Source Book in Ancient Philosophy (1907), The Golden Sayings of Democritus
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
TV Interview for London Weekend Television Weekend World (6 January 1980) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=104210
First term as Prime Minister
„He had never learned to live without delight. And he would have to learn to, just as, in a Prohibition country, he supposed he would have to learn to live without sherry. Theoretically he knew that life is possible, maybe even pleasant, without joy, without passionate griefs. But it had never occurred to him that he might have to live like that.“
Book III, Ch. 4
The Professor's House (1925)
„Though this reverent-dread and love be not parted asunder, yet they are not both one, but they are two in property and in working, and neither of them may be had without other. Therefore I am sure, he that loveth, he dreadeth, though that he feel it but a little.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
The Sixteenth Revelation, Chapter 74
„If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.“
— Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
As quoted in Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes by Charles Hartshorne (1984)
Context: Appealing to his [Einstein's] way of expressing himself in theological terms, I said: If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.
„Without sex it would be so easy to choose appropriate people to live with. Sex was the joker in an otherwise rational deck.“
— Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
How to Save Your Own Life (1977)
„If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.“
— John McPhee American writer 1931
Basin and Range (1981), reprinted in Annals of the Former World (2000)
Context: When the climbers in 1953 planted their flags on the highest mountain, they set them in snow over the skeletons of creatures that had lived in the warm clear ocean that India, moving north, blanked out. Possibly as much as twenty thousand feet below the seafloor, the skeletal remains had formed into rock. This one fact is a treatise in itself on the movements of the surface of the earth. If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence, this is the one I would choose: The summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone.
„We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man can not live without cooks.
He may live without books,—what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope—what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love,—what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?“
— Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton English statesman and poet 1831 - 1891
Part i, canto ii.
„The final level - of good ethics - is to deal with your enemy in the best kind of treatment as though he is a close friend!“
— Mohammed Alkobaisi Iraqi Islamic scholar 1970
Understanding Islam, "Morals and Ethics" http://vod.dmi.ae/media/96716/Ep_03_Morals_and_Ethics Dubai Media
„I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living his life, and who had good friends, a fine family. I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.“
— Frank Sinatra American singer and film actor 1915 - 1998
In a 1965 interview with Walter Cronkite, as quoted in "Just A Couple Of Legends" CBS News.com (20 May 1998)
Variant: I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family — and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„You would rather face a life without me than to have me choose a life I would not choose for myself.“
— John Scalzi American science fiction writer 1969
Source: The Sagan Diary
„Do all your work as though you had a thousand years to live; and as you would if you knew you must die tomorrow.“
— Ann Lee English Shaker leader 1736 - 1784
The Communistic Societies of the United States (1875), p. 76