„These men are all talk; What is needed is action“

—  John Brown

action!
Remarks at the New England Anti-Slavery Convention (May 1859), quoted in William Lloyd Garrison by Wendell and Francis Garrison.

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„What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.“

—  William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981

Something About a Soldier (1940)
Kontext: Wars, for us, are either inevitable, or created. Whatever they are, they should not wholly vitiate art. What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.

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„Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963

The Efficacy of Prayer (1958)
Kontext: Petitionary prayer is, nonetheless, both allowed and commanded to us: “Give us our daily bread.” And no doubt it raises a theoretical problem. Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite goodness needs no urging to do it. But neither does God need any of those things that are done by finite agents, whether living or inanimate. He could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give us food without the aid of farmers, bakers, and butchers; or knowledge without the aid of learned men; or convert the heathen without missionaries. Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds, and wills of men to co-operate in the execution of His will. “God,” said Pascal, “instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality.” But not only prayer; whenever we act at all He lends us that dignity. It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other actions should do so. They have not advised or changed God's mind—that is, His over-all purpose. But that purpose will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including the prayers, of His creatures.

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„All men need the gods…“

—  Homér, The Odyssey (Cowper)

III. 48 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Odyssey (c. 725 BC)
Original: (el) Πάντες δὲ θεῶν χατέουσ' ἄνθρωποι.

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„Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever.“

—  José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895

Kontext: Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever. Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.

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„All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.“

—  Alexis Carrel French surgeon and biologist 1873 - 1944

As quoted in Nava-Vēda : God and Man (Nara and Narayan) (1968‎) by M. B. Raja Rao, p. 229

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„You don’t get many men talking about personality disorders or schizophrenia. The mental health issues that people find scary aren’t talked about – that’s where the conversation needs to go.“

—  Derek Owusu

On men and mental health discussions in “Derek Owusu: ‘Mental health issues that people find scary aren’t being talked about’” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/02/derek-owusu-that-reminds-me-stormzy-mens-mental-health in The Guardian (2019 Nov 2)

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„Action men are the unvoluntary slaves of wise men.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares

Ibid.
The Book of Disquiet

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„Well, children, when there is so much racket there be must something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the Negroes of the South and the women of the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?“

—  Sojourner Truth African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist 1797 - 1883

Sojourner Truth, as quoted in The Harbrace Guide to Writing, Concise, p. 50, by Cheryl Glenn. Editorial Cengage Learning, 2011. ISBN 113317146X.

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„We need tolerant men. We must all give in a little.“

—  William Mulock Canadian politician, judge, academic administrator 1843 - 1944

[Criticism Written Without Knowledge, The Newmarket Era, Newmarket, Ontario, 1, 31 July 1941, http://news.ourontario.ca/newmarket/115804/page/2]

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