„Here lies David Garrick, describe me, who can,
An abridgment of all that was pleasant in man.“

Quelle: Retaliation (1774), Line 93.

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irischer Schriftsteller 1728 - 1774

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„Here lies the peerless paper lord, Lord Peter,
Who broke the laws of God and man, and metre.“

—  John Gibson Lockhart Scottish writer and editor 1794 - 1854

Epitaph on Patrick ("Peter"), Lord Robertson (1845); cited from Mary Gordon "Christopher North": A Memoir of John Wilson (New York: W. J. Widdleton, 1863) p. 286.

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„To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.“

—  Horace, buch Epistles

Book I, epistle xviii, line 86
Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC)
Original: (la) Dulcis inexpertis cultura potentis amici; Expertus metuit. http://books.google.com/books?id=BGxQAAAAcAAJ&q=%22Dulcis+inexpertis+cultura+potentis+amici+Expertus+metuit%22&pg=PA207#v=onepage

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„Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

I Am A Dancer (1952)
Kontext: The body is shaped, disciplined, honoured, and in time, trusted. The movement becomes clean, precise, eloquent, truthful. Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it. This might be called the law of the dancer's life — the law which governs the outer aspects.

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„That which brought me into the capacity I now stand in, was the Petition and Advice given me by you, who, in reference to the ancient Constitution, did draw me here to accept the place of Protector. There is not a man living can say I sought it, no not a man, nor woman, treading upon English ground.“

—  Oliver Cromwell English military and political leader 1599 - 1658

Speech to Parliament http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=36881 (4 February 1658), quoted in The Diary of Thomas Burton, esq., volume 2: April 1657 - February 1658 (1828), p. 465-466

„Faith can no more be described to a thoroughly rational mind than the idea of colors can be conveyed to a blind man.“

—  William Barrett (philosopher), buch Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy

Quelle: Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958), Chapter Five, Christian sources, p. 82

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„No philosophy can ever be anything but a summary sketch, a picture of the world in abridgment, a foreshortened bird's-eye view of the perspective of events.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

A Pluralistic Universe (1909) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/11984/11984-8.txt, Lecture I
Kontext: Reduced to their most pregnant difference, empiricism means the habit of explaining wholes by parts, and rationalism means the habit of explaining parts by wholes. Rationalism thus preserves affinities with monism, since wholeness goes with union, while empiricism inclines to pluralistic views. No philosophy can ever be anything but a summary sketch, a picture of the world in abridgment, a foreshortened bird's-eye view of the perspective of events. And the first thing to notice is this, that the only material we have at our disposal for making a picture of the whole world is supplied by the various portions of that world of which we have already had experience. We can invent no new forms of conception, applicable to the whole exclusively, and not suggested originally by the parts. All philosophers, accordingly, have conceived of the whole world after the analogy of some particular feature of it which has particularly captivated their attention. Thus, the theists take their cue from manufacture, the pantheists from growth. For one man, the world is like a thought or a grammatical sentence in which a thought is expressed. For such a philosopher, the whole must logically be prior to the parts; for letters would never have been invented without syllables to spell, or syllables without words to utter.
Another man, struck by the disconnectedness and mutual accidentality of so many of the world's details, takes the universe as a whole to have been such a disconnectedness originally, and supposes order to have been superinduced upon it in the second instance, possibly by attrition and the gradual wearing away by internal friction of portions that originally interfered.
Another will conceive the order as only a statistical appearance, and the universe will be for him like a vast grab-bag with black and white balls in it, of which we guess the quantities only probably, by the frequency with which we experience their egress.
For another, again, there is no really inherent order, but it is we who project order into the world by selecting objects and tracing relations so as to gratify our intellectual interests. We carve out order by leaving the disorderly parts out; and the world is conceived thus after the analogy of a forest or a block of marble from which parks or statues may be produced by eliminating irrelevant trees or chips of stone.
Some thinkers follow suggestions from human life, and treat the universe as if it were essentially a place in which ideals are realized. Others are more struck by its lower features, and for them, brute necessities express its character better.
All follow one analogy or another; and all the analogies are with some one or other of the universe's subdivisions. Every one is nevertheless prone to claim that his conclusions are the only logical ones, that they are necessities of universal reason, they being all the while, at bottom, accidents more or less of personal vision which had far better be avowed as such; for one man's vision may be much more valuable than another's, and our visions are usually not only our most interesting but our most respectable contributions to the world in which we play our part. What was reason given to men for, said some eighteenth century writer, except to enable them to find reasons for what they want to think and do?—and I think the history of philosophy largely bears him out, "The aim of knowledge," says Hegel, "is to divest the objective world of its strangeness, and to make us more at home in it." Different men find their minds more at home in very different fragments of the world.

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„Happy who in his verse can gently steer
From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.“

—  John Dryden English poet and playwright of the XVIIth century 1631 - 1700

The Art of Poetry, canto i, line 75.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„Here we are out here, me and you.
Reaching out to each other
Is all that we can do.
Here we stand trying not to fall.
There's no need to worry,
Love will conquer all.“

—  Lionel Richie American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor 1949

Love Will Conquer All, co-written with Greg Phillinganes and Cynthia Weil.
Song lyrics, Dancing on the Ceiling (1986)

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