„The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies.“

Henry Adams Foto
Henry Adams1
US-amerikanischer Historiker und Schriftsteller 1838 - 1918

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Alice Walker Foto
Simone Weil Foto

„It is the aim of public life to arrange that all forms of power are entrusted, so far as possible, to men who effectively consent to be bound by the obligation towards all human beings which lies upon everyone, and who understand the obligation.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943

Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation (1943)
Kontext: It is the aim of public life to arrange that all forms of power are entrusted, so far as possible, to men who effectively consent to be bound by the obligation towards all human beings which lies upon everyone, and who understand the obligation.
Law is the quality of the permanent provisions for making this aim effective.

Richard Wright Foto
Warren Farrell Foto
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Thomas Jefferson Foto
G. K. Chesterton Foto

„The highest point of democratic idealism and conviction was towards the end of the eighteenth century, when the American Republic was 'dedicated to the proposition that all men are equal.' It was then that the largest number of men had the most serious sort of conviction that the political problem could be solved by the vote of peoples instead of the arbitrary power of princes and privileged orders.“

—  G. K. Chesterton, buch What I Saw in America

"The Future of Democracy" http://www.online-literature.com/chesterton/what-i-saw-in-america/19/
What I Saw in America (1922)
Kontext: The last hundred years has seen a general decline in the democratic idea. If there be anybody left to whom this historical truth appears a paradox, it is only because during that period nobody has been taught history, least of all the history of ideas. If a sort of intellectual inquisition had been established, for the definition and differentiation of heresies, it would have been found that the original republican orthodoxy had suffered more and more from secessions, schisms, and backslidings. The highest point of democratic idealism and conviction was towards the end of the eighteenth century, when the American Republic was 'dedicated to the proposition that all men are equal.' It was then that the largest number of men had the most serious sort of conviction that the political problem could be solved by the vote of peoples instead of the arbitrary power of princes and privileged orders.

„This bow I held had killed many men, and it had power, dread power, in its ebony stock.“

—  David Gemmell, buch Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf

ibid
Drenai series, Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf

Isaac Bashevis Singer Foto
Ralph Waldo Emerson Foto

„The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

The Comic
1870s, Society and Solitude (1870), Books, Letters and Social Aims http://www.rwe.org/comm/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&sectionid=5&id=74&Itemid=149 (1876)

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„Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.“

—  Jean Rostand French writer 1894 - 1977

See also "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic." (misattributed to Joseph Stalin)

George Bernard Shaw Foto

„Any sort of plain speaking is better than the nauseous sham good fellowship our democratic public men get up for shop use.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

Franklyn, in Pt. II : The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas
1920s, Back to Methuselah (1921)

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Betty Friedan Foto

„Men weren’t really the enemy — they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.“

—  Betty Friedan American activist 1921 - 2006

As quoted by The Christian Science Monitor (1 April 1974) This has sometimes appeared paraphrased: "Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim."

Matthew Stover Foto

„The prize of individualism--its goal--is self-actualization, which is only another name for vanity. We do not admire men for achieving self-actualization; we admire self-actualization when its end result is a boon to humanity.“

—  Matthew Stover, buch Blade of Tyshalle

(I.3) Del Rey, p. 75
Blade of Tyshalle (2001)
Kontext: "I respect what is repectable," Tan'elkoth replied. "To ask for respect where none has been earned is childish maundering. And what is repectable, in the end, save service? Even your idol Jefferson is, in the end, measured by how well he served the species. The prize of individualism--its goal--is self-actualization, which is only another name for vanity. We do not admire men for achieving self-actualization; we admire self-actualization when its end result is a boon to humanity."

George Eliot Foto

„If art does not enlarge men's sympathies, it does nothing morally.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880

Letter to Charles Bray (5 July 1859)

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„All men kill the thing they hate, too, unless, of course, it kills them first.“

—  James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961

"The Crow and the Scarecrow", The New Yorker (date unknown); Further Fables for Our Time (1956). This is derived from Oscar Wilde's statement "All men kill the thing they love..."
From Fables for Our Time and Further Fables for Our Time

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