„Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.“

China, Past and Present (1972) Ch. 6

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Pearl S. Buck7
US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin 1892 - 1973

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„Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.“

—  Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889

Not Browning, but a misquotation from Pearl Buck's China, Past and Present: "Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked".
Misattributed

Leo Tolstoy Foto
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Adolph Freiherr Knigge Foto

„One should never forget, that society would rather be amused than instructed.“

—  Adolph Freiherr Knigge, buch Über den Umgang mit Menschen

Vor allen Dingen soll man nie vergessen, daß die Gesellschaft lieber unterhalten, als unterrichtet sein will.
Variant translation: Above all, we should never forget that society would prefer to be entertained, than taught.
Über den Umgang mit Menschen (1788)

Martin Buber Foto

„To be old is a glorious thing when one has not unlearned what it means to begin, this old man had perhaps first learned it thoroughly in old age.“

—  Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965

Quelle: Eclipse of God: Studies in the Relation Between Religion and Philosophy (1952), p. 6

E.E. Cummings Foto

„I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Collected Poems (1938) New Poems 22
Variante: I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

„Only one who has learned much can fully appreciate his ignorance.
He knows well the limits of his knowledge and how much is waiting to be learned.“

—  Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988

Quelle: Education of a Wandering Man (1989), Ch. 11

Vincent Van Gogh Foto
Peter F. Drucker Foto

„In book subjects a student can only do a student's work. All that can be measured is how well he learns, rather than how well he performs. All he can show is promise.“

—  Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005

Quelle: 1930s- 1950s, Landmarks of Tomorrow: A Report on the New 'Post-Modern' World (1959), p. 144

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Jacques Barzun Foto

„The wonder washes over them rather than into them, and one of its effects is to make anything shocking or odd suddenly interesting enough to gain a month's celebrity.“

—  Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012

"A Surfeit of Fine Art" (1986), p. 127
The Culture We Deserve (1989)
Kontext: The eager or dutiful persons who subject themselves to these tidal waves of the classics and the moderns find everything wonderful in an absent-minded way. The wonder washes over them rather than into them, and one of its effects is to make anything shocking or odd suddenly interesting enough to gain a month's celebrity. And so another by-product of our come-one, come-all policy is the tendency to reward cleverness, not art, and to put one more hurdle in the path of the truly original artist.

Will Cuppy Foto

„Ah, well! We live and learn, or, anyway, we live.“

—  Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949

The Hermit's Emergency Shelf
How to Be a Hermit (1929)

Aldo Leopold Foto

„It is fortunate, perhaps, that no matter how intently one studies the hundred little dramas of the woods and meadows, one can never learn all of the salient facts about any one of them.“

—  Aldo Leopold, buch A Sand County Almanac

“April: Sky Dance”, p. 32-33.
A Sand County Almanac, 1949, "April: Come High Water," "April: Draba," "April: Bur Oak," & "April:Sky Dance"
Quelle: A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

Stendhal Foto

„Because one has little fear of shocking vanity in Italy, people adopt an intimate tone very quickly and discuss personal things.“

—  Stendhal, buch The Charterhouse of Parma

Comme on craint peu de choquer la vanité, on arrive fort vite en Italie au ton de l'intimité, et à dire des choses personnelles.
Quelle: La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma) (1839), Ch. 6

David Pearce (philosopher) Foto

„When one is gripped by excruciating physical pain, one is always shocked at just how frightful it can be.“

—  David Pearce (philosopher) British transhumanist

" The Abolitionist Project https://www.abolitionist.com/", Talks given at the FHI (Oxford University) and the Charity International Happiness Conference, 2007

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Jack McDevitt Foto

„Ah, Lord, if I doubt You, it is perhaps because You hide Yourself so well.“

—  Jack McDevitt, buch The Hercules Text

Quelle: The Hercules Text (1986), Chapter 4 (p. 63)

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