„Nothing is more surprising than the surprises of history, and nothing more untrustworthy than the uncritical extrapolation of the tendencies of the recent past.“

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961), p.8

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Lancelot Law Whyte Foto
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Scottish industrial engineer 1896 - 1972

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„History as inspiration and ideology has a built-in tendency to become self-justifying myth. Nothing is a more dangerous blindfold than this, as the history of modern nations and nationalisms demonstrates.“

—  Eric Hobsbawm British academic historian and Marxist historiographer 1917 - 2012

Chap. 3 : What Can History Tell Us about Contemporary Society?
On History (1997)

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„Human history is in truth nothing but the history of the slow, uncertain, and surprising fulfillment of the Promise.“

—  Gustavo Gutiérrez Peruvian theologian 1928

Quelle: A Theology of Liberation - 15th Anniversary Edition, Chapter Nine, Liberation And Salvation, p. 91-92

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Charles Baudelaire Foto

„There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.“

—  Charles Baudelaire, buch Le Spleen de Paris

Il n'est pas de plaisir plus doux que de surprendre un homme en lui donnant plus qu'il n'espère.
XXVIII: "La Fausse Monnaie" http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Petits_Po%C3%A8mes_en_prose_-_XXVIII._La_Fausse_Monnaie
Le Spleen de Paris (1862)

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„Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.“

—  Voltaire, buch L'Ingénu

En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.
L'Ingénu, ch.10 (1767)
Quoted in The End, part 13 of A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Thomas Fuller (writer) Foto

„6472. Nothing more smooth than Glass, yet nothing more brittle;
Nothing more fine than Wit, yet nothing more fickle.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)

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Lewis Pugh Foto

„There’s nothing more chilling than swimming across open sea, where recently there used to be a solid glacier.“

—  Lewis Pugh Environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer 1969

Address to the House of Lords (19 November 2010)
Speaking & Features

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Sarah Dessen Foto

„There was nothing, nothing to depend on. And why was I surprised?“

—  Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

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„The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.“

—  Henri Bergson, buch Creative Evolution

Creative Evolution (1907), Chapter I, as translated by Arthur Mitchell (1911), p. 14.; italicized in the original.

„Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.“

—  Sheri S. Tepper American fiction writer 1929 - 2016

Guardian Camwar, in Ch. 4 : the cooper<!-- p. 42 -->
Quelle: The Visitor (2002)
Kontext: You asked for wisdom? Hear these words. Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one's own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality.

Thomas Traherne Foto

„As nothing is more easy than to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well.“

—  Thomas Traherne English poet 1636 - 1674

First Century, sect. 8.
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„Nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.“

—  David Hume, buch Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary

Part I, Essay 4: Of The First Principles of Government
Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (1741-2; 1748)
Kontext: Nothing appears more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and the implicit submission, with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find, that, as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.

Robert Greene Foto

„There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.“

—  Robert Greene, buch The 48 Laws of Power

Quelle: The 48 Laws of Power

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„Nothing is more real than nothing.“

—  Samuel Beckett, buch Malone Dies

Malone Dies (1951), p. 16

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