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Salvador De Madariaga

Geburtstag: 23. Juli 1886
Todesdatum: 14. Dezember 1978

Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo war ein nationalliberaler spanischer Diplomat und Schriftsteller.

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„Von der Pressefreiheit hängt praktisch jede andere Freiheit ab.“

„My knowledge of myself is direct, synthetic, from within outwards; my knowledge of other persons is indirect, analytical, from outside inwards. My knowledge of myself starts at the core; that of others at the crust.“ Essays with a Purpose


„The three creative prototypes, the scientist, the artist, and the saint, know instinctively, without the help of any mere philosopher, that each must obey an absolute rule of conduct. Three words established and hallowed by usage express the divinities, the values, the supreme aims served respectively by these three kinds of men with an undivided loyalty: truth for the scientist; beauty for the artist; goodness for the saint. The discussion on what these words mean will never end. We must be content with taking note of their clarity as symbols, and of the singular force which animates them and makes of them powerful poles of attraction.“ Essays with a Purpose

„Sermons seldom convert sinners; they sometimes goad them into more sin.“ Essays with a Purpose

„The ideal holiday for the truly active man is one doing nothing in beautiful surroundings... and the ideal exercise for this best form of leisure is the old, natural, spontaneous movement of the body -- the walk.“ Essays with a Purpose

„Circumstances are the seeds of literature.“ Essays with a Purpose

„To-day, in more than half of Europe, man is at the mercy of the police; in 1900 even the most conservative and reactionary Prussian Junker would have been unable to imagine, let alone approve, that a citizen could be arrested and kept in prision at the pleasure of the Government.“ Essays with a Purpose

„If man is but a biological organism and biology itself may be reduced to a set of physical and chemical laws, it should be possible to build up a biological science, a kind of biological mechanics, whose laws would rule the working and repair of the several pieces of the human machine. In such a case, there would be a 'medicine' or 'medical science'; and the doctor's task would consist in acquiring and maintaining an adequate knowledge of the laws of such a science and applying them so to speak in a uniform and automatic way, with hardly any meddling from his own personal criterion.
If, on the contrary, man is above all an eminently living being, every specimen of which is ever new and original, a being strongly influenced by ultra-physical faculties -- spirit, intellect, emotions -- if, in one word, man is a whole that can only be ruled from its own centre, medicine, then, will be but an art or a craft to be applied in each case to a concrete individual. And then, rather than 'medicine', there will be medicine-men.
Truth lies between these two poles, but gravitates definitely towards the second.“
Essays with a Purpose


„The criminal excesses of unlimited capitalistic liberty had soon been checked thanks to the unlimited liberty of the press.“ Essays with a Purpose

„The best pastimes for a true enjoyer of leisure who has to stay at home...: reading by the fireside.... Listening to music.“ Essays with a Purpose

„Action is the music of our life. Like music, it starts from a pause of leisure, a silence of activity which our initiative; then it develops according to its inner logic, passes its climax, seeks its cadence, ends, and restores silence, leisure again. Action and leisure are thus interdependent; echoing and recalling each other, so that action enlivens leisure with its memories and anticipations, and leisure expands and raises action beyond its mere immediate self and gives it a permanent meaning.“ Essays with a Purpose

„The arts which need interpretation are the arts of time -- music and poetry -- and not the arts of space -- sculpture and painting.“ Essays with a Purpose


„On the one hand, it is in and through creative minds that the community fulfils itself at its best and reaches its highest forms; and on the other, it is from them that the community recovers the social substance with which it had nourished them, transfigured by their creative alchemy into a still higher social substance. The creative evolution of his community and his own creative evolution must always be the two earnest purposes of the individual. Its own creative evolution and that of the individuals in its midst must always be the two earnest purposes of the community.“ Essays with a Purpose

„Literature is an art, and the essence of all art is mood.“ Essays with a Purpose

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