„A thirsty ambition for truth and virtue, and a frenzy to conquer all lies and vices which are not recognized as such nor desire to be; herein consists the heroic spirit of the philosopher.“

Socratic Memorabilia, J. Flaherty, trans. (Baltimore: 1967), p. 147.

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„Vice has nothing in common with virtue, nor Freedom with slavery.“

—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138

Golden Sayings of Epictetus
Kontext: What you shun enduring yourself, attempt not to impose on others. You shun slavery—beware of enslaving others! If you can endure to do that, one would think you had been once upon a time a slave yourself. For Vice has nothing in common with virtue, nor Freedom with slavery. (41).

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„The virtue of prosperity, is temperance; the virtue of adversity, is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue.“

—  Francis Bacon, buch Essays

Of Adversity
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Kontext: The virtue of prosperity, is temperance; the virtue of adversity, is fortitude; which in morals is the more heroical virtue. Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New; which carrieth the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's favor. Yet even in the Old Testament, if you listen to David's harp, you shall hear as many hearse-like airs as carols; and the pencil of the Holy Ghost hath labored more in describing the afflictions of Job, than the felicities of Solomon. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

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„I have no ambitions nor desires.
To be a poet is not my ambition,
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Não tenho ambições nem desejos
Ser poeta não é uma ambição minha
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And almost every vice — almighty gold.“

—  Ben Jonson English writer 1572 - 1637

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