„Do not doubt him who tells you he is afraid, but be afraid of him who tells you he has no doubts.“
Original German text: "Zweifle nicht an dem der dir sagt er hat Angst, aber hab Angst vor dem der dir sagt, er kennt keinen Zweifel."
from "100 Gedichte ohne Vaterland", pub. 1978.
— Edouard Manet French painter 1832 - 1883
spoken to Claude Monet about Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1874), as quoted by John Rewald, The History of Impressionism, Vol.1 (1961).
1850 - 1875
„Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is.“
— Oswald Chambers British missionary 1874 - 1917
Quelle: My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year
— Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954
Interview with filmmaker Michael Moore, Rolling Stone (January 2003)
Kontext: What the media are telling you to be afraid of are the wrong things... Fear is a necessary ingredient of our survival instincts.
„310. A pupil and a teacher. The pupil will not let anything be explained to him, for he continually interrupts with doubts, for instance as to the existence of things, the meaning for words, etc. The teacher says "Stop interrupting me and do as I tell you. So far your doubts don't make sense at all."“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, buch On Certainty
On Certainty (1969)
„When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
Writing for a Hundred Years Hence
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part VII - On the Making of Music, Pictures, and Books
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr
„A well-known joke - a fool who thought he was a grain of corn. After some time in a mental hospital he was cured; now he knew that he was not a grain, but a man. So they let him out; but soon after he came running back saying, 'I met a hen and I was afraid she would try to eat me.' The doctors tried to calm him down. 'What are you afraid of? You know you are not a grain, but a man.“
— Slavoj Žižek, buch The Sublime Object of Ideology
The fool answered: 'Yes of course I know that, but does the hen know?'
The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989)
— Alain French philosopher 1868 - 1951
Alain On Happiness (1928)
„Then, if you love him," he said quietly, "please, Tessa, don't tell him what I just told you. Don't tell him that I love you.“
— Cassandra Clare, buch Clockwork Prince
Quelle: Clockwork Prince
„I hope that Cezanne will still be here and that he will join us, but he is so shy, so afraid of meeting new people, that I am afraid that he might let us down, even though he wants very much to meet you. How sad it is that this man hasn't had more patronage in his life! This is a true artist who has come to doubt himself far too much. He needs to be cheered up, so e was quote touched by your article.“
— Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926
Quote in a letter from Giverny to Gustave Geffroy, 23 November 1894; as cited in: P. Michael Doran (2001), Art Conversations with Cézanne, p. 3
1890 - 1900
„If someone's ungrateful and you tell him he's ungrateful, okay, you've called him a name. You haven't solved anything.“
— Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten
Quelle: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
„The gnani is afraid of nothing. But he pities the man who is afraid. After all, to be born, to live and to die is natural. To be afraid is not. (…).“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Quelle: I am That, P.183.
„When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.“
— Chinua Achebe Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic 1930 - 2013
Variante: When Suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat left for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.
„I wasn't afraid of him anymore, because I could smell his fear. You never had to be afraid of anything that was afraid of you.“
— Laurell K. Hamilton, buch Narcissus in Chains
Quelle: Narcissus in Chains