„Who wants to be a goddess when we can be human? Perfection is a flaw disguised as control.“

Quelle: When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

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Terry Tempest Williams30
American writer 1955

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„Our flaws are what makes us human. If we can accept them as part of who we are, they really don't even have to be an issue.“

—  Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958

Quelle: Seriously... I'm Kidding

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„People who think they can control their negative emotions and manifest them when they want to, simply deceive themselves.“

—  P. D. Ouspensky Russian esotericist 1878 - 1947

Fourth Lecture, p. 70.
The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution (1950)
Kontext: People who think they can control their negative emotions and manifest them when they want to, simply deceive themselves. Negative emotions depend on identification; if identification is destroyed in some particular case, they disappear. The strangest and most fantastic fact about negative emotions is that people actually worship them. I think that, for an ordinary mechanical man, the most difficult thing to realise is that his own and other people's negative emotions, have no value whatever and do not contain anything noble, anything beautiful or anything strong. In reality negative emotions contain nothing but weakness and very often the beginning of hysteria, insanity or crime. The only good thing about them is that, being quite useless and artificially created by imagination and identification, they can be destroyed without any loss. And this is the only chance of escape that man has.

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„Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.“

—  Andrew Solomon, buch The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Quelle: The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

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„We are all there, goddess and mortal and the boy who was both.“

—  Madeline Miller, buch The Song of Achilles

Quelle: The Song of Achilles

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„When you control communication, you can hide anything you want.“

—  John Scalzi, The Last Colony

Quelle: The Last Colony (2007), Chapter 5 (p. 97)

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„I am a flawed human being - a far more flawed human being than you
realize.“

—  Haruki Murakami, buch Naokos Lächeln

Quelle: Norwegian Wood

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„Anyone can love a thing. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket.
But to love something. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.“

—  Patrick Rothfuss, buch The Wise Man's Fear

Quelle: The Wise Man's Fear (2011)
Kontext: We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

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„We do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2009, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (December 2009)
Kontext: We do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached — their fundamental faith in human progress — that must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey.
For if we lose that faith — if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace — then we lose what's best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass.
Like generations have before us, we must reject that future. As Dr. King said at this occasion so many years ago, "I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present condition makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him."
Let us reach for the world that ought to be — that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls.

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