„There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient“

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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US-amerikanische Romanautorin und Essayistin 1943

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„If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, buch The Kreutzer Sonata

Quelle: The Kreutzer Sonata (1889), Ch. 23. This is not, as it is often quoted, a stand-alone Tolstoy epigram, but part of the narration by the novella's jealousy-ridden protagonist Pozdnyshev.

Jimmy Savile Foto

„I’ve never done anybody any harm in my entire life. No need to chase girls, I’ve thousands of them on Top of the Pops, thousands on Radio One.“

—  Jimmy Savile English DJ, television presenter, media personality and paedophile 1926 - 2011

Jimmy Savile quoted in: " Savile and the tape that damn the police http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2461443/Jimmy-Savile-tapes-damn-police-The-special-treatment-allowed-DJ-escape-justice.html," in: Daily Mail, 15 October 2013 ; Quotes originate from a secret police interview in 2009 released only after Savile's death.

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„I'll tell everyone that the children are my reason for living, when in reality my life is their reason for living.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

Veronika Decides to Die (1998)

James Hudson Taylor Foto

„If I had a thousand pounds, China should have it. If I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him?“

—  James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905

A.J. Broomhall. Hudson Taylor and China’s Open Century, Book Two: Over the Treaty Wall. London: Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1982, 6).

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„It is better to live ten years at a thousand [miles per hour] than a thousand years at a ten“

—  Lobão Brazilian musician 1957

From the lyrics of his song Vida Louca, Vida (Life, Crazy Life)

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„It insists on living its own life. It becomes the pretext for a thousand misunderstandings that go by the name of glory…“

—  Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963

Diary of an Unknown (1988), On Invisibility
Kontext: Poetry, being elegance itself, cannot hope to achieve visibility. In that case, you ask me, of what use is it? Of no use. Who will see it? No one. Which does not prevent it from being an outrage to modesty, though its exhibitionism is squandered on the blind. It is enough for poetry to express a personal ethic, which can then break away in the form of a work. It insists on living its own life. It becomes the pretext for a thousand misunderstandings that go by the name of glory...

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„In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642

Third letter on sunspots (December 1612) to Mark Wesler (1558 - 1614), as quoted in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (1957) by Stillman Drake, p. 134 - 135; Italian text online at Liber Liber http://www.liberliber.it/biblioteca/g/galilei/lettere/html/lett08c.htm, also from IntraText http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ITA0188/_PQ.HTM.
Variant translation: In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
As quoted in Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men (1859) by François Arago, as translated by Baden Powell, Robert Grant, and William Fairbairn, p. 365
Other quotes
Variante: In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man.
Kontext: for in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.

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„I want to live another thousand years.“

—  Chairil Anwar Indonesian poet 1922 - 1949

"Aku" ["Me"] (March 1943), p. 21
The Complete Poetry and Prose of Chairil Anwar (trans. Burton Raffel)
Original: (id) Aku mau hidup seribu tahun lagi.

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„The many men, so beautiful!
And they all dead did lie:
And a thousand thousand slimy things
Lived on; and so did I.“

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, buch The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Quelle: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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„Every moment lost is worth the life of a thousand men.“

—  Nathan Bedford Forrest Confederate Army general 1821 - 1877

Said to Braxton Bragg at Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863. As quoted in May I Quote You, General Forrest? by Randall Bedwell.
1860s

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„Death hath a thousand doors to let out life.“

—  Philip Massinger, A Very Woman

A Very Woman (1619), Act v. Sc. 4. Compare: "Death hath so many doors to let out life", Beaumont and Fletcher, The Custom of the Country, act ii. sc. 2; "The thousand doors that lead to death", Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, part i, sect. xliv.

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