„Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.“

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Edward O. Wilson
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„They accepted the fact that there are practicable ranges of intellectual and spiritual experience which nature has opened to some and closed to others.“

—  Albert Jay Nock American journalist 1870 - 1945
Memoirs of a Superfluous Man (1943), Context: Our preceptors were gentlemen as well as scholars. There was not a grain of sentimentalism in the institution; on the other hand, the place was permeated by a profound sense of justice. … An equalitarian and democratic regime must by consequence assume, tacitly or avowedly, that everybody is educable. The theory of our regime was directly contrary to this. Our preceptors did not see that doctrines of equality and democracy had any footing in the premises. They did not pretend to believe that everyone is educable, for they knew, on the contrary, that very few are educable, very few indeed. They saw this as a fact of nature, like the fact that few are six feet tall. … They accepted the fact that there are practicable ranges of intellectual and spiritual experience which nature has opened to some and closed to others. p. 34

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„Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of Nature.“

—  David Hare British writer 1947
Misattributed, Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 296.

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„I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
1940s, Context: I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. Letter to Guy H. Raner Jr. (28 September 1949), from article by Michael R. Gilmore in Skeptic magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2 (1997)

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„Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. It deepens our natural sensibilities, and strengthens by exercise our intellectual capacities.“

—  George Henry Lewes British philosopher 1817 - 1878
The Principles of Success in Literature (1865), Context: Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress. It deepens our natural sensibilities, and strengthens by exercise our intellectual capacities. It stores up the accumulated experience of the race, connecting Past and Present into a conscious unity; and with this store it feeds successive generations, to be fed in turn by them. As its importance emerges into more general recognition, it necessarily draws after it a larger crowd of servitors, filling noble minds with a noble ambition.

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„Jesus aimed to impregnate the natural with the spiritual, and to resolve all our avocations into a heavenly discipline.“

—  Thomas March Clark American bishop 1812 - 1903
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 368.

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„We are no longer tempted to condemn the spiritual aspects of our nature as illusory because of their lack of concreteness.“

—  Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944
Science and the Unseen World (1929), Context: We are no longer tempted to condemn the spiritual aspects of our nature as illusory because of their lack of concreteness.<!--III, p.33

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„Longing and desire goes further than instant satisfaction. That's human nature.“

—  Anna Sui American fashion designer 1964
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„Where men are forbidden to honor a king they honor millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead — even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served — deny it food and it will gobble poison.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Equality (1943), Context: We Britons should rejoice that we have contrived to reach much legal democracy (we still need more of the economic) without losing our ceremonial Monarchy. For there, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man's reaction to Monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be "debunked", but watch the faces, mark well the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut — whom no rumor of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honor a king they honor millionaires, athletes, or film-stars instead — even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served — deny it food and it will gobble poison.

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„I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.“

—  William Golding British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate 1911 - 1993

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