„Never be clever for the sake of being clever
For the sake of showing off.“

"So You Want To Write A Fugue", work's text

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Glenn Gould4
kanadischer Pianist, Komponist und Musikautor 1932 - 1982

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„Academics get paid for being clever, not for being right.“

—  Donald A. Norman American academic 1935

27th annual conference of the Travel and Tourism Research Association, June 1996, Las Vegas, p. 143 http://books.google.com/books?id=FUkXAQAAMAAJ&q=%22academics+get+paid+for+being+clever%22.

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„All I know is that I'm tired of being clever
Everybody's clever these days Take a win
Take a fall
I never wanted your love
But I needed it all…“

—  Zooey Deschanel American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter 1980

"Never Wanted Your Love" · The Late Show performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CItdLdgnXP0
Volume 3 (2013)

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„But Watson had one towering advantage over all of them: in addition to being extremely clever he had something important to be clever about.“

—  Peter Medawar scientist 1915 - 1987

This is an advantage which scientists enjoy over most other people engaged in intellectual pursuits, and they enjoy it at all levels of capability. To be a first-rate scientist it is not necessary (and certainly not sufficient) to be extremely clever, anyhow in a pyrotechnic sense. One of the great social revolutions brought about by scientific research has been the democratization of learning. Anyone who combines strong common sense with an ordinary degree of imaginativeness can become a creative scientist, and a happy one besides, in so far as happiness depends upon being able to develop to the limit of one's abilities.
1960s, Lucky Jim, 1968

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„Aristotle says over and over again that the ethically excellent human being acts for the sake of the noble, for the sake of the beautiful.“

—  Leon R. Kass American academic 1939

Looking for an Honest Man (2009)
Kontext: Perhaps the most remarkable feature of Aristotle's teaching concerns the goals of ethical conduct. Unlike the moralists, Aristotle does not say that morality is a thing of absolute worth or that the virtuous person acts in order to adhere to a moral rule or universalizable maxim. And unlike the utilitarians, he does not say morality is good because it contributes to civic peace or to private gain and reputation. Instead, Aristotle says over and over again that the ethically excellent human being acts for the sake of the noble, for the sake of the beautiful.
The human being of fine character seeks to display his own fineness in word and in deed, to show the harmony of his soul in action and the rightness of his choice in the doing of graceful and gracious deeds. The beauty of his action has less to do with the cause that his action will serve or the additional benefits that will accrue to himself or another — though there usually will be such benefits. It has, rather, everything to do with showing forth in action the beautiful soul at work, exactly as a fine dancer dances for the sake of dancing finely. As the ballerina both exploits and resists the downward pull of gravity to rise freely and gracefully above it, so the person of ethical virtue exploits and elevates the necessities of our embodied existence to act freely and gracefully above them. Fine conduct is the beautiful and intrinsically fulfilling being-at-work of the harmonious or excellent soul.

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„I look at things for the art sake and the beauty sake and for the deal sake.“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

New York Magazine (11 July 1988), p. 24
1980s

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„The desire to appear clever often prevents one from being so.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, buch Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Le désir de paraître habile empêche souvent de le devenir.
Maxim 199.
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„God is never angry for His sake, only for ours.“

—  Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274

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„The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, buch Les Caractères

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Les Caractères (1688), De la société et de la conversation
Kontext: The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you. Most men would rather please than admire you; they seek less to be instructed, and even to be amused, than to be praised and applauded.

D.H. Lawrence Foto

„It's not art for art's sake, it's art for my sake.“

—  D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930

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„He told me that it isn't what you do but how you do it that shows whether you are clever or not.“

—  Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950

Quelle: The moon and the bonfire (1950), Chapter XVII, p. 99

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George Sand Foto

„Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good — that is the creed I seek.“

—  George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876

L'art pour l'art est un vain mot. L'art pour le vrai, l'art pour le beau et le bon, voilà la religion que je cherche....
Letter to Alexandre Saint-Jean, (19 April 1872), published in Calmann Lévy (ed.) Correspondance (1812-1876). Eng. Transl by Raphaël Ledos de Beaufort in Letters of George Sand Vol. III, p. 242

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„We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves.“

—  Shunryu Suzuki Japanese Buddhist missionary 1904 - 1971

Quelle: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

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