— Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
„Having no human companion I felt a spirit of comradeship for the objects of nature around me. In my childish way I communed with these as with my own soul; they became the sharers of my confidence.“
— Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950
Holism and Evolution (1926)
„The West may collapse very suddenly. Complex civilizations do that, because they operate, most of the time, on the edge of chaos.“
— Niall Ferguson British historian 1964
"TED Talks: Niall Ferguson" http://www.ted.com/speakers/niall_ferguson.html TED
„The most ominous spirit of our times, as it seems to me, is the indication of the growth of an intolerent spirit.“
— Charles Evans Hughes American judge 1862 - 1948
Speech to the American Bar Association (2 September 1925).
Kontext: The most ominous spirit of our times, as it seems to me, is the indication of the growth of an intolerent spirit. It is the more dangerous when armed, as it usually is, with sincere conviction. It is a spirit whose wrath must be turned away by the soft answers of a sweet reasonableness. It can be exorcised only by invoking the Genius which watched over our infancy and has guided our development— a good Genius— still potent let us believe — the American spirit of civil and religious liberty. Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, "the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed."
„I grew up in the time around India’s independence, in the aura of a country fighting for its freedom. It was a heady and idealistic time, and we were all infected with a spirit of optimism, and the spirit of Gandhiji.“
— Ela Bhatt founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) 1933
„My main problem was, naturally, religion: from it I moved later on to the principles of ethics. First to be examined was my positive religion [ie. Judaism]. It collapsed. So I wanted to base myself on naturaly religion: but my agony was so great, that this [foundation] also collapsed before my eyes. Nothing, nothing remained. I was the most miserable person in the world. I became an atheist.“
— Moses Hess German philosopher 1812 - 1875
Hess' Diary p. 40
„If the engineer does not honor the nature of the steel or the wood or the stone, his or her failure will go well beyond aesthetics: the bridge or the building will collapse and put human life in peril.
The human self also has a nature, limits as well as potentials. If you seek vocation without understanding the material you are working with, what you build with your life will be ungainly and may well put lives in peril, your own and some of those around you. “Faking it” in the service of high values is no virtue and has nothing to do with vocation. It is an ignorant, sometimes arrogant, attempt to override one’s nature, and it will always fail.“
— Parker Palmer American theologian 1939
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (1999)
„My daddy always said that a man who walks around with a smile on his face all the time can't possibly know what's going on.“
— Fred Thompson American politician and actor 1942 - 2015
Teaching the Pig to Dance
„Most men of business think "Anyhow this system will probably last my time. It has gone on a long time, and is likely to go on still."“
— Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877
Quelle: Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/lsadm10.txt (1873), Ch. I, Introductory
„When a place gets crowded enough to require ID’s, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere.“
— Robert A. Heinlein, buch The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Quelle: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
„I'm tired of carrying around the weight of the world. I'm just going to lay it down now. It's my time to die, and it's your time to live. Don't mess it up.“
— Sue Monk Kidd, buch The Secret Life of Bees
Quelle: The Secret Life of Bees
„There are times when the mirth of others only saddens us, especially the mirth of children with high spirits, that jar on our own quiet mood.“
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician 1803 - 1873
Kenelm Chillingly; His Adventures and Opinions (1873).
„Love dies in many different ways, and it's natural for the grass to seem greener on the other side. But it's not a competition; there's plenty of pain to go around.“
— Rob Sheffield American music journalist 1966
Quelle: Love Is a Mix Tape
„Though nature is wasteful of material things, there is no waste of spirit. And then after long years there comes, unheralded and unlooked-for, the day of the Appointed Time…“
— John Buchan, buch The Path of the King
The Path of the King (1921)
Kontext: Generations follow, oblivious of the high beginnings, but there is that in the stock which is fated to endure. The sons and daughters blunder and sin and perish, but the race goes on, for there is a fierce stuff of life in it. It sinks and rises again and blossoms at haphazard into virtue or vice, since the ordinary moral laws do not concern its mission. Some rags of greatness always cling to it, the dumb faith that sometime and somehow that blood drawn from kings it never knew will be royal again. Though nature is wasteful of material things, there is no waste of spirit. And then after long years there comes, unheralded and unlooked-for, the day of the Appointed Time...
— William Allingham Irish man of letters and poet 1824 - 1889
Song; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell
Act IV, sc. ii
Wilhelm Tell (1803)