„Noble be man,
Helpful and good!
For that alone
Sets hims apart
From every other creature
On earth.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Das Göttliche

Das Göttliche (The Divine) (1783)

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deutscher Dichter und Dramatiker 1749 - 1832

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Thomas Carlyle Foto

„Every noble crown is, and on earth will forever be, a crown of thorns.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

Bk. III, ch. 7.
1840s, Past and Present (1843)

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„A wife is not a man's shadow or subordinate, but his other self, his "helper," in a sense which no other creature on earth can be.“

—  Joseph H. Hertz British rabbi 1872 - 1946

Genesis II, 18 (p. 9)
The Pentateuch and Haftorahs (one-volume edition, 1937, ISBN 0-900689-21-8

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„Disinterested love for all living creatures, the most noble attribute of man.“

—  Charles Darwin, buch The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex

volume I, chapter III: "Comparison of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals — continued", page 105 http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?pageseq=118&itemID=F937.1&viewtype=image
The Descent of Man (1871)

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„Take him, earth, for cherishing,
To thy tender breast receive him.
Body of a man I bring thee,
Noble even in its ruin.“

—  Prudentius Roman writer 348 - 413

Nunc suscipe, terra, fovendum,
gremioque hunc concipe molli.
Hominis tibi membra sequestro,
generosa et fragmina credo.
"Hymnus X: Ad Exequias Defuncti", line 125 ; translation from Helen Waddell Mediaeval Latin Lyrics (London: Constable, [1929] 1943) p. 45.
Original: (la) Nunc suscipe, terra, fovendum,<br/>gremioque hunc concipe molli.<br/>Hominis tibi membra sequestro,<br/>generosa et fragmina credo.

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„Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

Section 139
The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955)
Kontext: Compassion is probably the only antitoxin of the soul. Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. One would rather see the world run by men who set their hearts on toys but are accessible to pity, than by men animated by lofty ideals whose dedication makes them ruthless. In the chemistry of man's soul, almost all noble attributes — courage, honor, hope, faith, duty, loyalty, etc. — can be transmuted into ruthlessness. Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.

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„The Earth's Creation is the glory of God, as seen from the works of Nature by Man alone.“

—  Carl Linnaeus, buch Systema Naturae

In the Introitus (Preface) from his late editions.
Original in Latin: "Finis Creationis telluris est gloria Dei ex opere Naturae per Hominem solum"
Variant translation: "The purpose of Creation is the glory of God, as can be seen from the works in nature by man alone."
Systema Naturae

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„All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble … A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

Bk. III, ch. 4.
1840s, Past and Present (1843)

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„Earth helped him with the cry of blood.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850

Song at the Feast of Broughton Castle.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„Being in humaneness is good. If we select other goodness and thus are far apart from humaneness, how can we be the wise?“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr

The opening phrase of this chapter after which the chapter is named in Chinese.
Original: (zh_Hant) 里仁為美、擇不處仁、焉得知。
Quelle: The Analects, Chapter IV

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„Set a strong watch upon yourself: reverence us and us alone, and of men him that is like us and none other.“

—  Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363

Myth at the end of Julian's oration to the cynic Heracleios, as translated in The Emperor Julian : Paganism and Christianity (1879) http://www.third-millennium-library.com/MedievalHistory/Julian_the_Emperor/CHAPTER_VI.html by Gerald Henry Rendall, Ch. VI : Julian's Personal Religion, p. 138
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Kontext: "Suppose that I and Athene, at the behest of Zeus", said Helios, "were to make you steward of all these in the room of him that hath the inheritance." Then the young man clung to him once more, and besought him greatly that he might remain there. But he said, "Be not very rebellious, lest the excess of my love be turned to the fierceness of hatred."
So the young man answered, "Most mighty Helios, and thee Athene, and Zeus himself, I do adjure, do with me what ye will."
After this Hermes, suddenly reappearing, filled him with new courage, for now he thought he had found a guide for his return journey, and his sojourn on earth. And Athene said, "Listen, most goodly child of mine and of this good sire divine! This heir, you see, finds no pleasure in the best of his shepherds, while the flatterers and rogues have made him their subject and slave. Consequently the good love him not, while his supposed friends wrong and injure him most fatally. Take heed therefore when you return, not to put the flatterer before the friend. Give ear, my son, to yet a second admonition. Yon sleeper is habitually deceived; do you therefore be sober and watch, that the flatterer may never deceive and cheat you by a show of friendly candor, just as some sooty and grimy smith by dressing in white and plastering his cheeks with enamel might finally induce you to give him one of your daughters to wife. List now to a third admonition. Set a strong watch upon yourself: reverence us and us alone, and of men him that is like us and none other. You see what tricks self-consciousness and dumb-foundering faint-heartedness have played with yonder idiot." Great Helios here took up the discourse and said, "Choose your friends, then treat them as friends; do not regard them like slaves or servants, but associate with them frankly and simply and generously; not saying one thing of them and thinking something else. See how distrust towards friends has damaged yonder heritor. Love your subjects as we love you. Let respect toward us take precedence of all goods: for we are your benefactors and friends and saviours."
At these words the young man's heart was full, and he made ready there and then to obey the Gods implicitly always. "Away, then", said Helios, "and good hope go with you. For we shall be with you everywhere, I and Athene and Hermes here, and with us all the Gods that are in Olympus, and Gods of the air and of the earth, and all manner of deities everywhere, so long as you are holy toward us, loyal to your friends, kindly to your subjects, ruling and guiding them for their good. Never yield yourself a slave to your own desires or theirs. …"

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„That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799

D 58
The proof that man is the noblest of all creatures is that no other creature has ever denied it.
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook D (1773-1775)

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„Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all others, and if need be against all others.“

—  Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944

As quoted in A Book of French Quotations‎ (1963) by Norbert Guterman, p. 365

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„The market is a place set apart where men may deceive each other.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240

Anacharsis, 5.
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 2: Socrates, his predecessors and followers

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