„The greatest slave is not he who is ruled by a despot, great though that evil be, but he who is in the thrall of his own moral ignorance, selfishness, and vice.“

Quelle: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. I : Self-Help — National and Individual

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Samuel Smiles9
englischer Moralschriftsteller 1812 - 1904

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Dorothy Thompson Foto

„A slave has no morality, because he cannot choose between good and evil. He has only a derivative morality—that of his masters.“

—  Dorothy Thompson American journalist and radio broadcaster 1893 - 1961

Quelle: Dorothy Thompson’s Political Guide: A Study of American Liberalism and its Relationship to Modern Totalitarian States (1938), p. 78

Johann Gottfried Herder Foto

„Bravest he who rules his passions,
Who his own impatience sways.“

—  Johann Gottfried Herder German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic 1744 - 1803

"Die wiedergefundenen Söhne" [The Recovered Sons] (1801) as translated in The Monthly Religious Magazine Vol. 10 (1853) p. 445. <!-- * Tapfer ist der Löwensieger,<br/>Tapfer ist der Weltbezwinger,<br/>Tapfrer, wer sich selbst bezwang.— cited from Bernhard Suphan (ed.) Herders sämmtliche Werke (Berlin: Weidmann, 1877-1913) vol. 28, p. 237. -->
Kontext: Calmly take what ill betideth;
Patience wins the crown at length:
Rich repayment him abideth
Who endures in quiet strength.
Brave the tamer of the lion;
Brave whom conquered kingdoms praise;
Bravest he who rules his passions,
Who his own impatience sways.

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock Foto

„He who has an opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.“

—  Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock German poet, writer and linguist 1724 - 1803

As quoted in Day's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884), p. 639

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Honoré de Balzac Foto

„When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Quand le despotisme est dans les lois, la liberté se trouve dans les mœurs, et vice versa.
The Wild Ass’s Skin (1831), Part I: The Talisman

John Tyndall Foto

„Faraday was not slow to anger, but he completely ruled his own spirit, and thus, though he took no cities, he captivated all hearts.“

—  John Tyndall British scientist 1820 - 1893

"Points of Character", p. 37.
Faraday as a Discoverer (1868)
Kontext: A point highly illustrative of the character of Faraday now comes into view. He gave an account of his discovery of Magneto-electricity in a letter to his friend M. Hachette, of Paris, who communicated the letter to the Academy of Sciences. The letter was translated and published; and immediately afterwards two distinguished Italian philosophers took up the subject, made numerous experiments, and published their results before the complete memoirs of Faraday had met the public eye. This evidently irritated him. He reprinted the paper of the learned Italians in the Philosophical Magazine accompanied by sharp critical notes from himself. He also wrote a letter dated Dec. 1,1832, to Gay Lussac, who was then one of the editors of the Annales de Chimie in which he analysed the results of the Italian philosophers, pointing out their errors, and' defending himself from what he regarded as imputations on his character. The style of this letter is unexceptionable, for Faraday could not write otherwise than as a gentleman; but the letter shows that had he willed it he could have hit hard. We have heard much of Faraday's gentleness and sweetness and tenderness. It is all true, but it is very incomplete. You cannot resolve a powerful nature into these elements, and Faraday's character would have been less admirable than it was had it not embraced forces and tendencies to which the silky adjectives "gentle" and "tender" would by no means apply. Underneath his sweetness and gentleness was the heat of a volcano. He was a man of excitable and fiery nature; but through high self-discipline he had converted the fire into a central glow and motive power of life, instead of permitting it to waste itself in useless passion. "He that is slow to anger" saith the sage, "is greater than the mighty, and he that ruleth his own spirit than he that taketh a city." Faraday was not slow to anger, but he completely ruled his own spirit, and thus, though he took no cities, he captivated all hearts.

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„None can be free who is a slave to, and ruled by, his passions.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 v.Chr

As quoted in Florilegium, XVIII, 23, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations (1906) by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 368
No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself.
As translated by Nicholas Rowe(1732)
No man is free who cannot command himself.
As quoted in Moral Encyclopaedia, Or, Varlé's Self-instructor, No. 3 (1831) by by Charles Varle
No man is free who cannot control himself.
As quoted in 25 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living: A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life (2006) by Linda Elder and Richard Paul

Hugh Thompson, Jr. Foto

„He was the guy who by his heroic actions gave a morality and dignity to the American military effort. At war sometimes things get topsy turvy, so he was a moral example at a time when things were pure evil.“

—  Hugh Thompson, Jr. United States helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War 1943 - 2006

Douglas Brinkley, Tulane history professor. http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-22/1136568553158920.xml&storylist=louisiana
Quotes of others about Thompson

„He, who will not reason, is a bigot; he, who cannot, is a fool; and he, who dares not, is a slave.“

—  William Drummond of Logiealmond Scottish diplomat and Member of Parliament, poet and philosopher 1770 - 1828

in Academical Questions (1805), Preface, p. 15 http://books.google.com/books?id=U9FOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR15

K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera Foto
John Edwards Foto

„I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs. I think he would be appalled, actually.“

—  John Edwards American politician 1953

An interview with the website Beliefnet.com http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21312_1.html. Reported also by Boston Globe, March 5, 2007. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/03/05/edwards_jesus_would_be_appalled/

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Ali al-Rida Foto

„The worst of men is he who stops his contributions to charity, eats by himself, and whips his slave.“

—  Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 770 - 818

Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p. 335.
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Jiddu Krishnamurti Foto

„Superstition is another mighty evil, and has caused much terrible cruelty. The man who is a slave to it despises others who are wiser, tries to force them to do as he does.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

§ IV
1910s, At the Feet of the Master (1911)
Kontext: Superstition is another mighty evil, and has caused much terrible cruelty. The man who is a slave to it despises others who are wiser, tries to force them to do as he does. Think of the awful slaughter produced by the superstition that animals should be sacrificed, and by the still more cruel superstition that man needs flesh for food. Think of the treatment which superstition has meted out to the depressed classes in our beloved India, and see in that how this evil quality can breed heartless cruelty even among those who know the duty of brotherhood. Many crimes have men committed in the name of the God of Love, moved by this nightmare of superstition; be very careful therefore that no slightest trace of it remains in you.

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