„The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment.“

The Godstone and the Blackymor (1959), p. 161.

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T. H. White
britischer Schriftsteller 1906 - 1964

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„Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching — even when doing the wrong thing is legal.“

—  Aldo Leopold American writer and scientist 1887 - 1948

Presumably a paraphrase of "A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct" or of "Hunting for sport is an improvement ..." above.
Unlikely to be by Leopold, who knew that ethics involves not only doing the right thing, but also determining the right thing in the face of competing desirable criteria.
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„The most important thing to do in your life is to not interfere with somebody else's life.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

In response to Joe Walsh on The Howard Stern Show (1987).

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„The most difficult thing is to know what we do know, and what we do not know.“

—  P. D. Ouspensky, buch Tertium Organum

Quelle: Tertium Organum (1912; 1922), Ch. I
Kontext: The most difficult thing is to know what we do know, and what we do not know.
Therefore, desiring to know anything, we shall before all else determine WHAT we accept as given, and WHAT as demanding definition and proof; that is, determine WHAT we know already, and WHAT we wish to know.
In relation to the knowledge of the world and of ourselves, the conditions would be ideal could we venture to accept nothing as given, and count all as demanding definition and proof. In other words, it would be best to assume that we know nothing, and make this our point of departure.
But unfortunately such conditions are impossible to create. Knowledge must start from some foundation, something must be recognized as known; otherwise we shall be obliged always to define one unknown by means of another.

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„I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

New York Times interview (1985)
Kontext: I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do. One can always lament, you know — but to laugh in the face of life, that's very hard. And for me the great tragedian should also be a great comedian.

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„Being interviewed is one of the most abnormal things that you can do to somebody else. It's two steps removed from the Inquisition.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

Interview on Channel 4 (1 June 1983) - YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFjZOeL10MA&NR

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„We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

As quoted by James Baldwin, “Highroad to Destiny,” a chapter in Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Profile, edited by C. Eric Lincoln, New York, NY, Hill & Wang, 1993, p. 97, (Rev. King speech to a black congregation in St. Louis), reprinted from the February, 1961 issue of Harper’s magazine under the title: “The Dangerous Road Before Martin Luther King.”
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„It is a horrible, terrible thing, the worst thing, to watch somebody you love die right in front of you and not be able to do nothing about it.“

—  Kate DiCamillo, buch The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

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„The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to someone else.“

—  James Patterson American author 1947

Quelle: First Love

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„One of the things I learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else to do.“

—  Abraham Pais American Physicist 1918 - 2000

On life in hiding from Nazi authorities, p. 48
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Kontext: One of the things I learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else to do. I couldn't see people, or go for a walk in the forest. All I had was my head and my books, and I thought a lot. I learned, because there was no interruption. I had access to myself, to my thinking. I wouldn't say that I particularly matured. The thinking was physics thinking. I was just short of twenty-two then.
I was in hiding for two years and two months, something like that. In all that time I went out very, very little, just once in a great while, after dark. Once I even took the train to Utrecht, forty miles from Amsterdam, with my yellow star, this star which I still have. Why did I go? I just wanted to visit some friends. I was a little bit crazy, a little bit insane.

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„Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.“

—  John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937

As quoted in The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (2007) edited by Ted Goodman, p. 175

„People are the most difficult thing in the world to change“

—  Gena Showalter American writer 1975

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„Whenever I watch movies, it doesn’t matter what it is, I try to I imagine somebody else doing the character.“

—  Madeline Carroll American actress 1996

Quelle: Kevin Costner and Madeline Carroll Interview – SWING VOTE https://collider.com/kevin-costner-and-madeline-carroll-interview-swing-vote/ (July 29, 2008)

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