„We can summarize utilitarianism thus: Happiness is what matters, and everyone's happiness counts the same. This doesn't mean that everyone gets to be equally happy, but it does mean that no one's happiness is inherently more valuable than anyone else's.“
— Joshua Greene American psychologist
Joshua Greene, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them (2013), p. 170
— Prince American pop, songwriter, musician and actor 1958 - 2016
Girls & Boys
Song lyrics, Parade Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
„It has been asserted - and this is no overstatement - that whereas other sciences draw their conclusions from what we know, the science of probability derives its most important results from what we do not know.“
— Richard von Mises Austrian physicist and mathematician 1883 - 1953
Second Lecture, The Elements of the Theory of Probability, p. 30
Probability, Statistics And Truth - Second Revised English Edition - (1957)
— Vangelis Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music 1943
— Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993
Quotations from Gurudev’s teachings, Chinmya Mission Chicago
— Ivo Andrič novelist, short story writer 1892 - 1975
„That was another thing she taught me. That you are what you do. To Providence—or Progress or the Future or before any other sort of judgment apart from our own conscience—what we have done, not what we have thought, is the result we are judged by.“
— Iain Banks, Culture series
Prologue (p. 3)
Culture series, Inversions (1998)
— William F. Buckley Jr. American conservative author and commentator 1925 - 2008
The War On Drugs Is Lost (1995)
Kontext: More people die every year as a result of the war against drugs than die from what we call, generically, overdosing. These fatalities include, perhaps most prominently, drug merchants who compete for commercial territory, but include also people who are robbed and killed by those desperate for money to buy the drug to which they have become addicted.
This is perhaps the moment to note that the pharmaceutical cost of cocaine and heroin is approximately 2 per cent of the street price of those drugs. Since a cocaine addict can spend as much as $1,000 per week to sustain his habit, he would need to come up with that $1,000. The approximate fencing cost of stolen goods is 80 per cent, so that to come up with $1,000 can require stealing $5,000 worth of jewels, cars, whatever. We can see that at free-market rates, $20 per week would provide the addict with the cocaine which, in this wartime drug situation, requires of him $1,000.
Raised by Wolves, Season 1, Episode 1. Character Campion.
„We, as lawyers, as men of business, as men of experience, know perfectly well what evils necessarily result from handing over a great family estate to a mortgagee in possession, whose only chance of getting his money is to sacrifice the interests of everybody to money-getting.“
— Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley English judge 1828 - 1921
In re Marquis of Ailesbury's Settled Estates (1891), L. J. Rep. 61 C. D. 123.
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Inventor of Transcendental Meditation, musician 1917 - 2008
— Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965
From interview with David Light
„What is the purpose of our lives?
Life's purpose is to be happy.
We have no guarantee what will happen in the future, but we live in hope.
This is what keeps us trying and going.
If we can't enjoy the simple things in life;
We are missing the meaning of life.
Don't give up.“
„"We support the election process. We support democracy, but that doesn't mean that we have to support governments that get elected as a result of democracy." Bush commenting about the Palestinian elections that resulted in Hamas coming to power in the Gaza Strip. March 29, 2006“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
"Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush" http://books.google.co.kr/books?id=1mEa-o1LGa8C, p.617
— Hannah Gadsby Australian comedian 1978
Youtube: 'So You Think You're Funny' winner at the Press launch of the Gilded Balloon's programme for the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ORUdvdGC8Q&feature=PlayList&p=95BEE1BC92B7F8BB&index=0&playnext=1
— Richard Wiseman British psychologist 1966
Quelle: 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
„Analysis… takes that which is sought as if it were admitted and passes from it through its successive consequences to something which is admitted as the result of synthesis: for in analysis we assume that which is sought as if it were (already) done (ɣϵɣονός) and we inquire what it is from which this results, and again what is the antecedent cause of the latter, and so on, until by so retracing our steps we come upon something already known or belonging to the class of first principles, and such a method we call analysis as being solution backwards“
— Pappus of Alexandria Greek mathematician of Antiquity 290 - 350
The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements (1908)
„What we call human reason, is not the effort or ability of one, so much as it is the result of the reason of many, arising from lights mutually communicated, in consequence of discourse and writing.“
— Hugh Blair British philosopher 1718 - 1800
Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (1784), Lecture I: Introduction.