„History. Language. Passion. Custom. All these things determine what men say, think, and do. These are the hidden puppet-strings from which all men hang.“

—  R. Scott Bakker, buch The Darkness That Comes Before

Quelle: The Darkness That Comes Before

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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kanadischer Autor 1967

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„Propaganda is making puppets out of us. We are moved by hidden strings which the propagandist manipulates.“

—  Everett Dean Martin 1880 - 1941

Quelle: Are We Victims of Propaganda, Our Invisible Masters: A Debate with Edward Bernays (1929), p. 142

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Alan Moore Foto

„We’re all puppets, Laurie. I’m just a puppet who can see the strings.“

—  Alan Moore, buch Watchmen

Quelle: Doctor Manhattan, in Watchmen #9 (referring to Doctor Manhattans's theory of time)

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„From my point of view, compatibilism is a little like saying: a puppet is free so long as it loves its strings.“

—  Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967

Sam Harris at Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2012, Discussion on Free Will http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM3raA1EwrI.
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Samuel Butler Foto

„All men can do great things, if they know what great things are.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

Great Things
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part XI - Cash and Credit

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„That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.“

—  Aldous Huxley English writer 1894 - 1963

Quelle: " A Case of Voluntary Ignorance http://www.christiebooks.com/ChristieBooksWP/2013/11/a-case-of-voluntary-ignorance-by-aldous-huxley/" in Collected Essays (1959)

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„Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965

Quoted in Somerset Maugham (1980) by Ted Morgan

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„Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.“

—  Charles James Napier Commander-in-Chief in British India 1782 - 1853

Napier, William. (1851) History of General Sir Charles Napier's Administration of Scinde, London: Chapman and Hall p. 35 http://books.google.com/books?id=d84BAAAAMAAJ&vq=suttee&dq=History%20of%20the%20Administration%20of%20Scinde&pg=PA35#v=onepage&q&f=false at books.google.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013

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„The value of many men and books rests solely on their faculty for compelling all to speak out the most hidden and intimate things.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Maxims

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„In human affairs, all that endures is what men think.“

—  Isabel Paterson author and editor 1886 - 1961

Quelle: The God of the Machine (1943), p. 15

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„All men think all men mortal but themselves.“

—  Edward Young, Night-Thoughts

Quelle: Night-Thoughts (1742–1745), Night I, Line 424.

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„The method of Marx and Engels consists precisely in a search for the link which exists between what men think, desire, say and believe for themselves and what they are, what they do.“

—  Henri Lefebvre French philosopher 1901 - 1991

From Critique of Everyday Life: Volume 1 (1947/1991)
Kontext: The method of Marx and Engels consists precisely in a search for the link which exists between what men think, desire, say and believe for themselves and what they are, what they do. This link always exists. It can be explored in two directions. On the one hand, the historian or the man of action can proceed from ideas to men, from consciousness to being - i. e. towards practical, everyday reality - bringing the two into confrontation and thereby achieving archieving criticism of ideas by action and realities. That is the direction which Marx and Engels nearly always followed in everything they wrote; and it is the direction which critical and constructive method must follow initially if it is to take a demonstrable shape and achieve results.
But it is equally possible to follow this link in another direction, taking real life as the point of departure in an investigation of how the ideas which express it and the forms of consciousness which reflect it emerge. The link, or rather the network of links between the two poles will prove to be complex. It must be unravelled, the thread must be carefully followed. In this way we can arrive at a criticism of life by ideas which in a sense extends and completes the first procedure.

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