„Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.“

Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 4

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Schweizer Pfarrer, Philosoph und Schriftsteller 1741 - 1801

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„Be Good, Do Good.
Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done, for by performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme.“

—  Swami Sivananda Indian philosopher 1887 - 1963

Light, Power and Wisdom (1959), p. 6; note that the short phrase "Be good, do good" had occurred in spiritual teachings of others in the 19th century, usually in conjunction with other injunctions. "Be Good, Do Good" became a prominent motto of the Divine Life Society.
Light, Power and Wisdom (1959), p. 207
Variante: Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate.

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„Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own free will, is in an historical sense not free at all, but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, and predestined from all eternity.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, buch Krieg und Frieden

Bk. IX, ch. 1
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Kontext: In historical events great men — so-called — are but labels serving to give a name to the event, and like labels they have the least possible connection with the event itself. Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own free will, is in an historical sense not free at all, but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, and predestined from all eternity.

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„All you owe the public is a good performance.“

—  Humphrey Bogart American actor 1899 - 1957

To Frank Sinatra, as quoted in The New York Times (17 May 1994)

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„Action, you see, is the end that thought achieves. Action is its only purpose. What else is it good for? If we don't act, it's worthless.“

—  Gene Wolfe American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931 - 2019

Volume 2, Ch. 1
Fiction, The Book of the Long Sun (1993–1996)

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„Whoever has a slight knowledge of history and a fairly clear head knows perfectly well from the beginning that theoretical propaganda for revolution will necessarily express itself in action long before the theoreticians have decided that the moment to act has come.“

—  Peter Kropotkin Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, scientist, revolutionary, economist, activist, geographer, writer 1842 - 1921

The Spirit of Revolt (1880)
Kontext: Whoever has a slight knowledge of history and a fairly clear head knows perfectly well from the beginning that theoretical propaganda for revolution will necessarily express itself in action long before the theoreticians have decided that the moment to act has come. Nevertheless, the cautious theoreticians are angry at these madmen, they excommunicate them, they anathematize them. But the madmen win sympathy, the mass of the people secretly applaud their courage, and they find imitators. In proportion as the pioneers go to fill the jails and the penal colonies, others continue their work; acts of illegal protest, of revolt, of vengeance, multiply.
Indifference from this point on is impossible. Those who at the beginning never so much as asked what the "madmen" wanted, are compelled to think about them, to discuss their ideas, to take sides for or against. By actions which compel general attention, the new idea seeps into people's minds and wins converts. One such act may, in a few days, make more propaganda than thousands of pamphlets.
Above all, it awakens the spirit of revolt: it breeds daring. The old order, supported by the police, the magistrates, the gendarmes and the soldiers, appeared unshakable, like the old fortress of the Bastille, which also appeared impregnable to the eyes of the unarmed people gathered beneath its high walls equipped with loaded cannon. But soon it became apparent that the established order has not the force one had supposed.

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„We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.“

—  Walter Cronkite American broadcast journalist 1916 - 2009

Free the Airwaves! (2002)

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„In your own mind, you are always right. Every action you take--what you do or say or how you choose to appear--is automatically right the moment you act.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, buch Haunted

Quelle: Haunted (2005), Chapter 4
Kontext: "It's not a matter of right and wrong," Mr. Whittier would say. Really, there is no wrong. Not in our minds. Our own reality. You can never set off to do the wrong thing. You can never say the wrong thing. In your own mind, you are always right. Every action you take--what you do or say or how you choose to appear--is automatically right the moment you act.

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„So let's not exaggerate.
The light is good; and those coming are good,
their words and actions also good.
And let's hope all goes well.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy Greek poet 1863 - 1933

Collected Poems (1992), When the Watchman Saw the Light (1900)
Kontext: So let's not exaggerate.
The light is good; and those coming are good,
their words and actions also good.
And let's hope all goes well.
But Argos can do without the house of Atreus.
Ancient houses are not eternal.

„Heroic epic and saga (Indic as well as Greek and Hebrew, etc.) combine action with genealogy. This is necessary because the action is performed by aristocrats who require genealogies.“

—  Cyrus H. Gordon American linguist 1908 - 2001

Quelle: The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations (1965 [1962]), Ch.VIII Further Observations on the Bible

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„There are moments that have a certain flavor of eternity“

—  Marc Levy, buch Vous revoir

Quelle: Vous revoir

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„But that moment exists — a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947

By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994)
Kontext: You have to take risks … We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven't perceived that moment, that it doesn't exist — that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists — a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

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