„men are undoubtedly more in danger from prosperity than from adversity. for when matters go smoothly, they flatter themselves, and are intoxicated by their success“

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Johannes Calvin
Schweizer Reformator französischer Abstammung und Begründer… 1509 - 1564

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Robert Greene Foto
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John C. Maxwell Foto

„Its easier to go from failure to success than it is from excuses to success.“

—  John C. Maxwell American author, speaker and pastor 1947

Book Sometimes you win Sometimes you Learn

Pliny the Younger Foto

„Prosperity proves men to be fortunate, while it is adversity which makes them great.“

—  Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113

XXXI.
Panegyricus
Original: (la) Secunda felices, adversa magnos probent.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Foto

„For friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 v.Chr

Section 22
Laelius De Amicitia – Laelius On Friendship (44 BC)
Original: (la) Nam et secundas res splendidiores facit amicitia et adversas partiens communicansque leviores.

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Charles I of England Foto

„I cannot flatter myself with the expectation of good success more than this, to end my days with honour and a good conscience.“

—  Charles I of England monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1600 - 1649

Remark to Prince Rupert of the Rhine in 1646, just before surrendering to Parliament and its New Model Army. As quoted in Early Modern England: A Narrative History (2009) by Robert Bucholz and Newton Key, p. 258
Kontext: I confess that, speaking as a mere soldier or statesman, there is no probability of my ruin; yet, as a Christian, I must tell you that God will not suffer rebels and traitors to prosper, nor this cause be overthrown, and whatever personal punishment it shall please hi to inflict on me, must not make me repine, much less give over this quarrel... Indeed, I cannot flatter myself with the expectation of good success more than this, to end my days with honour and a good conscience.

Hesiod Foto

„But they will give straight judgements to strangers and to the men of the land, and go not aside from what is just, their city flourishes, and the people prosper in it.“

—  Hesiod, buch Werke und Tage

Original: (el) Οἳ δὲ δίκας ξείνοισι καὶ ἐνδήμοισι διδοῦσιν
ἰθείας καὶ μή τι παρεκβαίνουσι δικαίου,
τοῖσι τέθηλε πόλις, λαοὶ δ᾽ ἀνθεῦσιν ἐν αὐτῇ.
Quelle: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 225.

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Graham Greene Foto

„Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.“

—  Graham Greene English writer, playwright and literary critic 1904 - 1991

Independent (London, April 4, 1991)

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Pablo Picasso Foto

„Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

Quoted in: The Artist, Vol. 93 (1978) p. 5.
1970s

Cato the Elder Foto

„Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.“

—  Cato the Elder politician, writer and economist (0234-0149) -234 - -149 v.Chr

Plutarch's Life of Cato
Variant: Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.

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„It was a saying of his that education was an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240

Aristotle, 9.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 5: The Peripatetics

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Francis Bacon Foto

„The virtue of prosperity, is temperance; the virtue of adversity, is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue.“

—  Francis Bacon, buch Essays

Of Adversity
Essays (1625)
Kontext: The virtue of prosperity, is temperance; the virtue of adversity, is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's favor. Yet even in the Old Testament, if you listen to David's harp, you shall hear as many hearse-like airs as carols; and the pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job, than the felicities of Solomon. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

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