— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
„Madame de Staël thought it was pride in mankind to endeavour to penetrate the secret of the universe; and speaking of the higher metaphysics she said: "I prefer the Lord's Prayer to it all."“
— Anne Louise Germaine de Staël Swiss author 1766 - 1817
Sketch of the Life, Character, and Writings of Baroness de Staël-Holstein (1820) by Albertine-Adrienne Necker de Saussure, p. 349; often misquoted as, "I desire no other evidence of the truth of Christianity than the Lord's Prayer."
„He had the illusion, he said, of getting perilously close to the innermost secrets of the universe and finding they were rotten and evil and sardonic.“
— Fritz Leiber American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction 1910 - 1992
“The Dreams of Albert Moreland” (p. 182); originally published in The Acolyte, #10, Spring 1945
„I believe that much of the secret of soul-winning lies in having bowels of compassion, in having spirits that can be touched with the feeling of human infirmities.“
— Charles Spurgeon British preacher, author, pastor and evangelist 1834 - 1892
— Roger Scruton English philosopher 1944
"Eliot and Conservatism" (p. 194)
„The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.“
— Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794
Original French: Le secret de la liberté est d'éclairer les hommes, comme celui de la tyrannie est de les retenir dans l'ignorance Oeuvres, Volume 2 http://books.google.com/books?id=iSMVAAAAQAAJ p. 253.
— William Dean Howells author, critic and playwright from the United States 1837 - 1920
Context: The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested, and this was, above all, the secret of the charm that Doctor Holmes had for every one. No doubt he knew it, for what that most alert intelligence did not know of itself was scarcely worth knowing. This knowledge was one of his chief pleasures, I fancy; he rejoiced in the consciousness which is one of the highest attributes of the highly organized man, and he did not care for the consequences in your mind, if you were so stupid as not to take him aright. Literary Friends and Acquaintance : A Personal Retrospect of American Authorship (1900) http://archive.org/stream/oliverwendellhol03395gut/old/whowh10.txt
„The essential fact of our existence, perhaps the only fact of our existence – our own thought and perception is ruled off-side by the science it has invented. Science looks at the universe, doesn’t see itself there, doesn’t see mind there, so you have a world in which mind has no place.“
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: Mind has come up with this brilliant way of looking at the world — science — but it can’t look at itself. Science has no place for the mind. The whole of our science is based upon empirical, repeatable experiments. Whereas thought is not in that category, you can’t take thought into a laboratory. The essential fact of our existence, perhaps the only fact of our existence – our own thought and perception is ruled off-side by the science it has invented. Science looks at the universe, doesn’t see itself there, doesn’t see mind there, so you have a world in which mind has no place. We are still no nearer to coming to terms with the actual dynamics of what consciousness is.
— George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876
Letter to Juliette Lambert-Adam (7 April 1868)