„God is simple. Everything else is complex. Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.“

—  Yogananda

Quelle: Autobiography of a Yogi:

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Yogi und Guru 1893 - 1952

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„Those who have no absolute values cannot let the relative remain merely relative; they are always raising it to the level of the absolute.“

—  Flannery O’Connor American novelist, short story writer 1925 - 1964

Quelle: Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

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„God Himself is the nearest to hand, as the absolutely simple must be, and at the same time the most distant, as the absolutely simple must also be. God Himself is the irresolvable and at the same time that which fills and embraces everything else. God Himself in His being for Himself is the one being which stands in need of nothing else and at the same time the one being by which every thing else came into being and exists. God Himself is the beginning in which everything begins, with which we must and can always begin with confidence and without need of excuse. And at the same time He is the end in which everything legitimately and necessarily ends, with which we must end with confidence and without need of excuse. God Himself is simple, so simple that in all His glory He can be near to the simplest perception and also laugh at the most profound or acute thinking so simple that He reduces everyone to silence, and then allows and requires everyone boldly to make Him the object of their thought and speech. He is so simple that to think and speak correctly of Him and to live correctly before Him does not in fact require any special human complexities or for that matter any special human simplicities, so that occasionally and according to our need He may permit and require both human complexity and human simplicity, and occasionally they may both be forbidden us…“

—  Karl Barth, buch Church Dogmatics

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„Freedom, like everything else, is relative.“

—  Margaret Atwood Canadian writer 1939

Quelle: The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Chapter 36 (p. 231)

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„There is no conflict in the absolute universe, but there is conflict in the relative world.“

—  Koichi Tohei Japanese aikidoka 1920 - 2011

10 : The principle of non-dissension
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: There is no conflict in the absolute universe, but there is conflict in the relative world. If we unify our mind and body become one with the universe, others will follow us gladly. Do not say that this is a world where we must struggle to live each day. The true way to success is exactly one and the same as the principle of non-dissension, and that is the way of peace.

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„everything is relative, one man’s absolute belief is another man’s fairy tale;“

—  Salman Rushdie, buch Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Quelle: Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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„In my world, everything is possible and everything is relative.“

—  Paulo Coelho, buch The Zahir

Quelle: The Zahir (2005), p. 167.

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„Every substance is as a world apart, independent of everything else except God.“

—  Gottfried Leibniz, buch Discourse on Metaphysics

Chaque substance est comme un monde à part, indépendant de toute autre chose, hors de Dieu...
Discours de métaphysique (1686)

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„One cannot think of the Absolute without the Relative, or of the Relative without the Absolute.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886

Quelle: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (1942), p. 134
Kontext: Brahman and Śakti are identical. If you accept the one, you must accept the other. It is like fire and its power to burn. If you see the fire, you must recognize its power to burn also. You cannot think of fire without its power to burn, nor can you think of the power to burn without fire. You cannot conceive of the sun's rays without the sun, nor can you conceive of the sun without its rays. You cannot think of the milk without the whiteness, and again, you cannot think of the whiteness without the milk. Thus one cannot think of Brahman without Śakti, or of Śakti without Brahman. One cannot think of the Absolute without the Relative, or of the Relative without the Absolute.

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„The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome.“

—  Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001

Response to the question "What is it about science that really gets your blood running?" — as quoted in Richard Dawkins in his eulogy for Adams (17 September 2001)
Kontext: The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome. I mean the idea that such complexity can arise not only out of such simplicity, but probably absolutely out of nothing, is the most fabulous extraordinary idea. And once you get some kind of inkling of how that might have happened, it's just wonderful. And … the opportunity to spend 70 or 80 years of your life in such a universe is time well spent as far as I am concerned.

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„If you set a high value on liberty, you must set a low value on everything else.“

—  Seneca the Younger, buch Epistulae morales

Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter CIV: On Care of Health and Peace of Mind

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„Religion is different from everything else; because in religion seeking is finding.“

—  Willa Cather, buch My Mortal Enemy

My Mortal Enemy (1926)

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„The more complex the world situation becomes, the more scientific and rational analysis you have to have, the less you can do with simple good will and sentiment.“

—  Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971

The Mike Wallace Interview (1958)
Kontext: The more complex the world situation becomes, the more scientific and rational analysis you have to have, the less you can do with simple good will and sentiment. Nonetheless, the human situation is so, and this is why I think that the Christian faith is right as against simple forms of secularism. That it believes that there is in man a radical freedom, and this freedom is creative but it is also destructive — and there's nothing that prevents this from being both creative and destructive. That's why history is not an answer to our problem, because history complicates, enlarges every problem of human existence.

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