— Alice Walker American author and activist 1944
„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.
„If I should say that he is a victim of injustice, then I would be asking by implication for sympathy; and if one insists upon looking at this boy as a victim of injustice, he will be swamped by a feeling of guilt so strong as to be indistinguishable from hate. Of all things, men do not like to feel that they are guilty of wrong, and if you make them feel guilt, they will try desperately to justify it on any grounds; but, failing that, and seeing no immediate solution that will set things right without too much cost to their lives and property, they will kill that which evoked in them, the condemning sense of guilt. And this is true of all men- whether they be white or black -it is a peculiar and powerful, but common need.“
— Richard Wright African-American writer 1908 - 1960
Native Son (1940)
„With men, we blame the victim. We blame men because we have camouflaged men’s victimization by teaching men to also be the victimizer. Men’s victimizer status camouflages men’s victim status.“
— Warren Farrell, buch The Myth of Male Power
Quelle: The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part IV: Where do we go from here, p. 357.
„There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.“
— John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
Notes for an oration at Braintree (Spring 1772)
„We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.“
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
1770s, Declaration of Independence (1776)
„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.
— David Gemmell, buch Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
Drenai series, Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
„Don't let two men fall in love with you, girls. It's not the sort of thing that ends well."
— Ally Carter American writer 1974
Quelle: Uncommon Criminals
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
1870s, Society and Solitude (1870), Books, Letters and Social Aims http://www.rwe.org/comm/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=5&id=74&Itemid=149 (1876)
„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)
„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)
„The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.“
— Robert F. Kennedy, buch The Pursuit of Justice
"I Remember, I Believe," The Pursuit of Justice (1964)
„When we hear men are the greater victims of crime, we tend to say, ‘Well, it’s men hurting other men.’ When we hear that blacks are the greater victims, we consider it racist to say, ‘Well, it’s blacks hurting blacks.’ The victim is a victim no matter who the perpetrator was.“
— Warren Farrell, buch The Myth of Male Power
Quelle: The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part II: The Glass Cellars of the disposable sex, p. 215.
„With respect to the effect of "friendly fire" hitting among troops. however, it is to be observed that if the circumstances leave any room for doubt as to the source, the men will jump to the conclusion that they are being victimized by their own guns.“
— S.L.A. Marshall United States Army general and Military historian 1900 - 1977
Men Under Fire. p. 193.
Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command (1947)
„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."
„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 English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880
Letter to Charles Bray (5 July 1859)
— 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