„No nation has reason to regard itself superior to others by virtue of its innate endowment.“

Quelle: De l'esprit or, Essays on the Mind, and Its Several Faculties (1758), p. 21

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Claude Adrien Helvétius5
französischer Philosoph 1715 - 1771

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Goldwin Smith Foto

„The Jew alone regard his race as superior to humanity, and looks forward not to its ultimate union with other races, but to its triumph over them all and to its final ascendancy under the leadership of a tribal Messiah.“

—  Goldwin Smith British historian and journalist 1823 - 1910

Quelle: October 1881. See The Nineteenth Century — A monthly review, Volume 10 https://books.google.com.br/books?id=QYEPAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA813, edited by James Knowles, London, 1881.

„[Even the mechanism can be endowed with an image. Thus] the thermostat has an image of the outside world in the shape of information regarding its temperature. It has also a value system in the sense of the ideal temperature at which it is set. Its behavior is directed towards the receipt of information which will bring its image and its value systems together“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993

Quelle: 1950s, The Image: Knowledge in Life and Society, 1956, p. 22 as cited in: Robert A. Solo (1994) " Kenneth Ewart Boulding: 1910-1993. An Appreciation http://www.jstor.org/stable/4226892". In: Journal of Economic Issues. Vol. 28, No. 4 (Dec., 1994), pp. 1187-1200

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„Virtue is reason which has become energy.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Tugend ist zur Energie gewordne Vernunft.
“Selected Ideas (1799-1800)”, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, trans. (Pennsylvania University Press:1968) #23

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„Reason is feminine in nature; it can only give after it has received. Of itself it has nothing but the empty forms of its operation.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, buch Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung

Vol. I, Ch. 10, as translated by R. B. Haldane
Variant translations:
Reason is feminine in nature; it can give only after it has received. Of itself alone, it has nothing but the empty forms of its operation.
As translated by Eric F. J. Payne (1958) Vol. II, p. 50
Reason is feminine in nature: it will give only after it has received.
The World as Will and Representation (1819; 1844; 1859)
Kontext: Reason is feminine in nature; it can only give after it has received. Of itself it has nothing but the empty forms of its operation. There is no absolutely pure rational knowledge except the four principles to which I have attributed metalogical truth; the principles of identity, contradiction, excluded middle, and sufficient reason of knowledge. For even the rest of logic is not absolutely pure rational knowledge. It presupposes the relations and the combinations of the spheres of concepts. But concepts in general only exist after experience of ideas of perception, and as their whole nature consists in their relation to these, it is clear that they presuppose them.

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„Every being which is endowed with reason, and transgresses its statutes and limitations, is undoubtedly involved in sin by swerving from rectitude and justice.“

—  Origen Christian scholar in Alexandria 185 - 254

On First Principles, Bk. 1, ch. 5; vol. 1, p. 45.
On First Principles

R. Venkataraman Foto

„The welfare of the weaker sections of our society has been entrusted to the nation’s collective care by the founding fathers of our polity. Their advancement must, therefore be regarded by the nation as its privilege.“

—  R. Venkataraman seventh Vice-President of India and the 8th President of India 1910 - 2009

Quelle: Commissions and Omissions by Indian Presidents and Their Conflicts with the Prime Ministers Under the Constitution: 1977-2001, P.185

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„In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice.“

—  Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784

Observations on the Drawing Up of Laws (1774)
Kontext: In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don't have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Foto

„Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so.“
Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt.

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero, buch Laelius de amicitia

Section 98
See also Esse quam videri
Quelle: Laelius De Amicitia – Laelius On Friendship (44 BC)

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„Comedy is in act superior to tragedy and humourous reasoning superior to grandiloquent reasoning.“

—  Friedrich Engels German social scientist, author, political theorist, and philosopher 1820 - 1895

Attributed by Karl Marx in Comments on the North American Events http://hiaw.org/defcon6/works/1862/10/12.html, Die Presse (12 October 1862)

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„The world of today has achieved much, but for all its declared love for humanity, it has based itself far more on hatred and violence than on the virtues that make one human.“

—  Jawaharlal Nehru, buch The Discovery of India

The Discovery of India (1946)
Kontext: The world of today has achieved much, but for all its declared love for humanity, it has based itself far more on hatred and violence than on the virtues that make one human. War is the negation of truth and humanity. War may be unavoidable sometimes, but its progeny are terrible to contemplate. Not mere killing, for man must die, but the deliberate and persistent propagation of hatred and falsehood, which gradually become the normal habits of the people. It is dangerous and harmful to be guided in our life's course by hatreds and aversions, for they are wasteful of energy and limit and twist the mind and prevent it from perceiving truth.

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„A state too expensive in itself, or by virtue of its dependencies, ultimately falls into decay“

—  Simón Bolívar Venezuelan military and political leader, South American libertador 1783 - 1830

Letter from Jamaica (Summer 1815)
Kontext: A state too expensive in itself, or by virtue of its dependencies, ultimately falls into decay; its free government is transformed into a tyranny; it disregards the principles which it should preserve, and finally degenerates into despotism. The distinguishing characteristic of small republics is stability: the character of large republics is mutability.

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„Poetry which has decided to do without music, to divorce itself from song, has thrown away much of its reason for being…“

—  Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995

Reading (1990)

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