„As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?“

—  Swami Vivekananda, Pearls of Wisdom
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„We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.“

—  Abraham Maslow American psychologist 1908 - 1970
Attributed to Maslow by Toni Galardi in The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in Times of Personal and Global Upheaval (2009). Also to be found in other self-help books and on many quotes sites, but always without citation.

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„The point is, we can decry the dangers we face or ignore them or even allow ourselves to be paralyzed by fear.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
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„When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves. Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.“

—  John Polanyi Hungarian-Canadian chemist 1929
Nobel Prize acceptance speech http://www.utoronto.ca/jpolanyi/nobel_prize/, Nobel Banquet in Stockholm (1986)

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„The gods we stand by are the gods we need and can use, the gods whose demands on us are reinforcements of our demands on ourselves and on one another.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
1900s, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902), Context: The gods we stand by are the gods we need and can use, the gods whose demands on us are reinforcements of our demands on ourselves and on one another. What I then propose to do is, briefly stated, to test saintliness by common sense, to use human standards to help us decide how far the religious life commends itself as an ideal kind of human activity. … It is but the elimination of the humanly unfit, and the survival of the humanly fittest, applied to religious beliefs; and if we look at history candidly and without prejudice, we have to admit that no religion has ever in the long run established or proved itself in any other way. Religions have approved themselves; they have ministered to sundry vital needs which they found reigning. When they violated other needs too strongly, or when other faiths came which served the same needs better, the first religions were supplanted. Lectures XIV and XV, "The Value of Saintliness"

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„We know God well, we don't fear dying but we fear only standing in front of God. but as we are sure we are on the right way, there is no problem.“

—  Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Current President of Egypt 1954
2013, Remarks by el-Sisi during a military conference (28 April 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC93fn9s3-c.

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„Some dreams tell us what we wish to believe. Some dreams tell us what we fear. Some dreams are of what we know though we may not know we knew it. The rarest dream is the dream that tells us what we did not know.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018
Social Dreaming of the Frin in David G. Hartwell (ed.) Year's Best Fantasy 3, p. 172 (Originally published at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magazine_of_Fantasy_%26_Science_Fiction October/November 2002)

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„We are, the great spiritual writers insist, most fully ourselves when we give ourselves away, and it is egotism that holds us back from that transcendent experience that has been called God, Nirvana, Brahman, or the Tao.“

—  Karen Armstrong author and comparative religion scholar from Great Britain 1944
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness (2004), Context: We are, the great spiritual writers insist, most fully ourselves when we give ourselves away, and it is egotism that holds us back from that transcendent experience that has been called God, Nirvana, Brahman, or the Tao. What I now realize, from my study of the different religious traditions, is that a disciplined attempt to go beyond the ego brings about a state of ecstasy. Indeed, it is in itself ekstasis. Theologians in all the great faiths have devised all kinds of myths to show that this type of kenosis, or self-emptying, is found in the life of God itself. They do not do this because it sounds edifying, but because this is the way that human nature seems to work. We are most creative and sense other possibilities that transcend our ordinary experience when we leave ourselves behind.

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