„Senators could seldom give a reason for obstruction. In every hundred men, a certain number obstruct by instinct, and try to invent reasons to explain it afterwards.“

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US-amerikanischer Historiker und Schriftsteller 1838 - 1918

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„When principles will not work out in practice and the obstructions confronting men are too great, even the most faithful give way. And this“

—  Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942
Why We Fail as Christians (1919), Context: When principles will not work out in practice and the obstructions confronting men are too great, even the most faithful give way. And this, so far as we know, is what happened to every Tolstoyan. p. 63

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„When men are reasonable enough to follow their natural instincts, they will unite across the frontiers and constitute the Cosmos.“

—  Peter Kropotkin Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, scientist, revolutionary, economist, activist, geographer, writer 1842 - 1921
Context: The best exponent of anarchist philosophy in ancient Greece was Zeno (342-267 or 270 B. C.), from Crete, the founder of the Stoic philosophy, who distinctly opposed his conception of a free community without government to the state-Utopia of Plato. He repudiated the omnipotence of the State, its intervention and regimentation, and proclaimed the sovereignty of the moral law of the individual — remarking already that, while the necessary instinct of self-preservation leads man to egotism, nature has supplied a corrective to it by providing man with another instinct — that of sociability. When men are reasonable enough to follow their natural instincts, they will unite across the frontiers and constitute the Cosmos. They will have no need of law-courts or police, will have no temples and no public worship, and use no money — free gifts taking the place of the exchanges. Unfortunately, the writings of Zeno have not reached us and are only known through fragmentary quotations. However, the fact that his very wording is similar to the wording now in use, shows how deeply is laid the tendency of human nature of which he was the mouthpiece. "Anarchism" article in Encyclopedia Britannica (1910) "The Historical Development of Anarchism", as quoted in Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings (1927), p. 288

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„There is something in Poetry beyond Prose-reason; there are Mysteries in it not to be explained, but admired; which render mere Prose-men Infidels to their Divinity.“

—  Edward Young English poet 1683 - 1765
Conjectures on Original Composition (1759), London 1759, p. 28 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=h1IJAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA28&dq=mysteries

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„It will be necessary to dwell on futile reasoning and visionary hypothesis because the most extravagant systems were often invented or controverted by men of acknowledged talent.“

—  Charles Lyell, buch Principles of Geology
Principles of Geology (1832), Vol. 1, Context: It may be well to forewarn our readers that in tracing the history of geology from the close of the seventeenth to the end of the eighteenth century they must expect to be occupied with accounts of the retardation as well as of the advance of the science.... It will be necessary to dwell on futile reasoning and visionary hypothesis because the most extravagant systems were often invented or controverted by men of acknowledged talent. Chpt.3, p. 34

„Translation: O men! be just Give aid first and counsel afterwards.“

—  Camillo Federici Italian actor and playwright (1749-1802) 1749 - 1802
Eh! uomini, slate giusti. Prima soccorrete, e poi consigliate. Il Delatore, Act III, Sc. I. — (Lucia). Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 298.

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„Men who live like Casanova are seldom interested in themselves; their egocentricity does not give them time for egotism.“

—  Kenneth Rexroth American poet, writer, anarchist, academic and conscientious objector 1905 - 1982
Classics Revisited (1968), Casanova: History of My Life (p. 153)

„Reason gains all men, by compelling none.“

—  Aaron Hill (writer) British writer 1685 - 1750
Alzira: A Tragedy (1736), Context: Reason gains all men, by compelling none. Mercy was always Heaven's distinguished mark: And he, who bears it not, has no friend there. Don Alvarez in Act I, Sc. 1; also misquoted as "Reason gains all people by compelling none."

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