— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 v.Chr
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
Misattributed, Frequently attributed to Muir without source. An extensive search of Muir's published and unpublished writings found several sharp and cogent observations concerning society (see above) but not this one.
„I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don't believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn't want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/2013/07/harvard-law-school-forum-december-16.html Speech http://books.google.com/books?id=108sAQAAIAAJ&q=%22I+believe+in+the+brotherhood+of+all+men+but+I+don't+believe+in+wasting+brotherhood+on+anyone+who+doesn't+want+to+practice+it+with+me+Brotherhood+is+a+two-way+street%22&pg=PA133#v=onepage at the Harvard Law School Forum (16 December 1964)
„I shall argue that to seem to speak well of the gods to men is far easier than to speak well of men to men: for the inexperience and utter ignorance of his hearers about any subject is a great assistance to him who has to speak of it, and we know how ignorant we are concerning the gods.“
— Platón Classical Greek philosopher -427 - -347 v.Chr
Critias, Περὶ θεῶν γάρ, ὦ Τίμαιε, λέγοντά τι πρὸς ἀνθρώπους δοκεῖν ἱκανῶς λέγειν ῥᾷον ἢ περὶ θνητῶν πρὸς ἡμᾶς. Ἡ γὰρ ἀπειρία καὶ σφόδρα ἄγνοια τῶν ἀκουόντων περὶ ὧν ἂν οὕτως ἔχωσιν πολλὴν εὐπορίαν παρέχεσθον τῷ μέλλοντι λέγειν τι περὶ αὐτῶν: περὶ δὲ δὴ θεῶν ἴσμεν ὡς ἔχομεν. 107b
„It is the people who speak to me, the men and women who once lived and loved and dreamed and grieved, just as we do.“
— George Raymond Richard Martin American writer, screenwriter and television producer 1948
infinity plus interview (2001), Context: Historical processes have never much interested me, but history is full of stories, full of triumph and tragedy and battles won and lost. It is the people who speak to me, the men and women who once lived and loved and dreamed and grieved, just as we do. Though some may have had crowns on their heads or blood on their hands, in the end they were not so different from you and me, and therein lies their fascination. I suppose I am still a believer in the now unfashionable "heroic" school, which says that history is shaped by individual men and women and the choices that they make, by deeds glorious and terrible.
— James Burgh British politician 1714 - 1775
The Dignity of Human Nature (1754), Context: Men repent speaking ten times, for once that they repent keeping silence. It is an advantage to have concealed one's opinion; for by that means you may change your judgment of things (which every wise man fmds reason to do) and not be accused of fickleness.
„Language the most forcible proceeds from the man who is most sincere. The way to speak with power, or to write words that pierce mankind to the quick, is to speak and write honestly.“
— Elias Lyman Magoon American minister 1810 - 1886
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 476.
„For the only way one can speak of nothing is to speak of it as though it were something, just as the only way one can speak of God is to speak of him as though he were a man, which to be sure he was, in a sense, for a time, and as the only way one can speak of man, even our anthropologists have realized that, is to speak of him as though he were a termite.“
— Samuel Beckett, buch Watt
Watt (1943), Part II, p. 77
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
Context: In truth, men speak too much of danger. Let others be terrified by the natural and healthy risks of life! We shall not be frightened! Poison sumac grows in a hard-working man's field, the serpent hisses from its hidden den, and the owl's eye shines in the belfry, but the sun goes on lighting the sky, and truth continues marching across the earth unscathed.
— Horace, buch Odes
Odes (c. 23 BC and 13 BC), Dum loquimur, fugerit invida Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. Book I, ode xi, line 7 John Conington's translation: :In the moment of our talking, envious time has ebbed away, Seize the present, trust tomorrow e'en as little as you may.
„I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
Attributed, Speech, New York City (12 December 1964).
„Of course, over time, even two armed blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room.“
— Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923
1970s, Context: The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision. Each side should know that frequently uncertainty, compromise, and incoherence are the essence of policymaking. Yet each tends to ascribe to the other a consistency, foresight, and coherence that its own experience belies. Of course, over time, even two armed blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room. The White House Years (1979)
„As a people we claim the right to speak with peculiar emphasis for freedom and for fair treatment of all men without regard to differences of race, fortune, creed or color. We forfeit the right so to speak when we commit or condone such crimes as these of which I speak.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
1900s, Letter to Winfield T. Durbin (1903)
— John Selden English jurist and scholar of England's ancient laws and constitution, and of Jewish law 1584 - 1654
Table Talk (1689), Learning.
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
„To speak for labor; to plead the cause of the men and women and children who toil; to serve the working class, has always been to me a high privilege; a duty of love.“
— Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926
The Canton, Ohio Speech, Anti-War Speech (1918)