„There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Johannes Calvin
Schweizer Reformator französischer Abstammung und Begründer… 1509 - 1564

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William Shakespeare Foto

„You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!“

—  William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Quelle: Julius Caesar

Muhammad al-Baqir Foto

„There is no pain worse than ignorance and lack of intelligence.“

—  Muhammad al-Baqir fifth of the Twelve Shia Imams 677 - 733

Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 165

George W. Bush Foto

„The problem is, some of us have either convinced ourselves that we are not creative, or are yet to find our way. Confidence in our own creativity can wane. Which is bad. Confidence is crucial. In my experience artists, like a lot of us, fear being “found out.”“

—  Will Gompertz British journalist 1965

But somehow they manage to summon up enough self-belief to overcome the self-doubt, which enables them to back their creativity. The Beatles were just a bunch of young lads with time on their hands who found the confidence to persuade themselves and then the world that they were musicians.
Think Like an Artist (2015)

Desiderius Erasmus Foto

„There are others where religion is nothing but ritual; and these are worse than the first, for the Spirit of God is not in them, and they are inflated with self-righteousness.“

—  Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian 1466 - 1536

Letter to Lambertus Grunnius (August 1516), publised in Life and Letters of Erasmus : Lectures delivered at Oxford 1893-4 (1894) http://books.google.com/books?id=ussXAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA180&lpg=PA180&dq=%22is+no+discipline+and+which+are+worse+than+brothels%22&source=bl&ots=PnJjrkSLNB&sig=JPY0PhTf2YgYwJlf3uH2eTvCJeA&hl=en&ei=BGwXTNqTA5XANu6_pJ8L&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22is%20no%20discipline%20and%20which%20are%20worse%20than%20brothels%22&f=false edited by James Anthony Froude, p. 180
Kontext: There are monasteries where there is no discipline, and which are worse than brothels — ut prae his lupanaria sint et magis sobria et magis pudica. There are others where religion is nothing but ritual; and these are worse than the first, for the Spirit of God is not in them, and they are inflated with self-righteousness. There are those, again, where the brethren are so sick of the imposture that they keep it up only to deceive the vulgar. The houses are rare indeed where the rule is seriously observed, and even in these few, if you look to the bottom, you will find small sincerity. But there is craft, and plenty of it — craft enough to impose on mature men, not to say innocent boys; and this is called profession. Suppose a house where all is as it ought to be, you have no security that it will continue so. A good superior may be followed by a fool or a tyrant, or an infected brother may introduce a moral plague. True, in extreme cases a monk may change his house, or even may change his order, but leave is rarely given. There is always a suspicion of something wrong, and on the least complaint such a person is sent back.

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„If our animosities are born out of fear, then confident generosity is born out of hope.“

—  Aga Khan IV 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism 1936

Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the Tutzing Evangelical Academy Upon Receiving the "Tolerance" Award, Tutzing, Germany (20 May 2006)<!-- DEAD LINK http://www.akdn.org/speeches/200506_Tutzing.htm -->
Kontext: If our animosities are born out of fear, then confident generosity is born out of hope. One of the central lessons I have learned after a half century of working in the developing world is that the replacement of fear by hope is probably the single most powerful trampoline of progress.

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Merlin Mann Foto

„Write your way out of a thinking block—because you'll never think your way out of a writing block.“

—  Merlin Mann American blogger 1966

Wired Magazine https://archive.is/20130630162633/www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-08/pl_brown
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Samuel Adams Foto

„The eyes of the people are upon us. […] If we despond, public confidence is destroyed, the people will no longer yield their support to a hopeless contest, and American liberty is no more. […] Despondency becomes not the dignity of our cause, nor the character of those who are its supporters. Let us awaken then, and evince a different spirit, - a spirit that shall inspire the people with confidence in themselves and in us, - a spirit that will encourage them to persevere in this glorious struggle, until their rights and liberties shall be established on a rock. We have proclaimed to the world our determination 'to die freemen, rather than to live slaves.“

—  Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803

We have appealed to Heaven for the justice of our cause, and in Heaven we have placed our trust. [...] We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection.
addressing a meeting of delegates to the Continental Congress, assembled at Yorktown, Pennsylvania, September 1777 ; as quoted in The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams, Volume 2, by William Vincent Wells; Little, Brown, and Company; Boston, 1865 ; pp. 492-493

Kate Nash Foto

„Real sexiness is about confidence, intelligence, mystery, art and passion.“

—  Kate Nash English pop singer and actor 1987

Quelle: The Independent, Kate, Nash, Kate Nash: 'Real sexiness is about art, mystery and intelligence', 29 October 2010 https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/kate-nash-real-sexiness-is-about-art-mystery-and-intelligence-2119279.html,

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„The past is what provides us with the building blocks. Our job today is to create new buildings out of them.“

—  Theodore Zeldin English academic 1933

"Theodore Zeldin - historian, philosopher" in History Today (July 1999)

„Our spirit is mightier than the filth of our memories.“

—  Melina Marchetta Australian teen writer 1965

Quelle: Quintana of Charyn

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„This spirit thrusts itself forward, confident of commendation and esteem.“

—  Seneca the Younger, buch Epistulae morales

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

Jonathan Safran Foer Foto

„We have to serve ourselves for many years before we gain our own confidence.“

—  Henry S. Haskins 1875 - 1957

Quelle: Meditations in Wall Street (1940), p. 104

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„We could have waited for a banana to appear, but we believe in the spirit of cheese-development and confidence. We are not so poor that we are unable to carry out this project.“

—  Benjamin Mkapa Tanzanian politician and former president 1938

On construction of the Unity Bridge, January 2005 http://www.eastandard.net/archives/cl/hm_news/news.php?articleid=10287

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