— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
„I cannot flatter myself with the expectation of good success more than this, to end my days with honour and a good conscience.“
Remark to Prince Rupert of the Rhine in 1646, just before surrendering to Parliament and its New Model Army. As quoted in Early Modern England: A Narrative History (2009) by Robert Bucholz and Newton Key, p. 258
Kontext: I confess that, speaking as a mere soldier or statesman, there is no probability of my ruin; yet, as a Christian, I must tell you that God will not suffer rebels and traitors to prosper, nor this cause be overthrown, and whatever personal punishment it shall please hi to inflict on me, must not make me repine, much less give over this quarrel... Indeed, I cannot flatter myself with the expectation of good success more than this, to end my days with honour and a good conscience.
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
Socrates, p. 81
Eupalinos ou l'architecte (1921)
„Now, my dear Philippine, a few words more. I am not rich; but my affairs are not in a deranged or desperate state, and were I to die to-day, and my property sold, it would fetch 5,000 dollars at least, so that I possess 2,000 dollars more than my father gave me. I have but 400 dollars salary; my practice is good, and becomes daily more lucrative; the income I derive from it now is more than sufficient to keep a good and respectable house; my prospects are flattering; but I can and must not name them at present; I will not bring them into account.“
— Albrecht Thaer German agronomist and an avid supporter of the humus theory for plant nutrition 1752 - 1828
My Life and Confessions, for Philippine, 1786
„Among the English, we see on one side an exhibition of grossness and impudence in wickedness, and on the other, we admire their strictness and lofty eminence in that which is good. In that country, interest and conscience measure every thing. There is nothing intermediate between the two motives.In France, on the contrary, the gap between interest and conscience is admirably filled by honour. … In its origin, honour had for its office to take the place of conscience. Where it was deficient, honour presented itself the heir, the distant relation of conscience. … But honour itself is becoming weak. … If this progress continues, it will end by being extinguished. But which will then become the heir of honour? Will it be interest or conscience?“
— Alexandre Vinet Swiss theologian 1797 - 1847
History of French Literature in the Eighteenth Century (1854), pp. 366-367.
„Yet is it more honourable, and just, and upright, and pleasing, to treasure in the memory good acts than bad.“
— Xenophon, buch Anabasis
Bk. 5, ch. 8; p. 179.
„I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on the good things still in my life. I don't allow myself any more self-pity than that. A little each every morning, a few tears, and that's all.“
— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Quelle: Tuesdays with Morrie
„If a good and true Muslim cannot be a nationalist, how can a good and true Hindu be expected to be a nationalist.“
— Zakir Hussain (politician) 3rd President of India 1897 - 1969
In Hindustan Times during the time of his election to the post of President of India, on his secular claims in: p. 331.
About Zakir Hussain, Quest for Truth (1999)
„I give myself a good cry if I need it, but then I concentrate on all good things still in my life.“
— Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Quelle: Tuesdays with Morrie
„It’s because of you when I’m in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day.“
— Haruki Murakami, buch Naokos Lächeln
Variante: It's because of you when I'm in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day.
Quelle: Norwegian Wood
„I sincerely believe that I have served a criminal. I led my soldiers in good conscience… but for a criminal government.“
— Walter Model German field marshal 1891 - 1945
To Colonel Theodor Pilling, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Michael, Major Winrich Behr in the evening of April 20, 1945. They tuned in the Wehrmacht receiver, and listened Joseph Goebbels's speech marking the Hitler's Birthday. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 378 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006
„Yet living and dying, honour and dishonour, pain and pleasure, riches and poverty, and so forth are equally the lot of good men and bad. Things like these neither elevate nor degrade; and therefore they are no more good than they are evil.“
— Marcus Aurelius, buch Selbstbetrachtungen
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book II
„For all the conflicting views on this issue, it speaks well of our country that we recognize [abortion] as a problem. The [law] may call it a right, but no one ever called it a good, and, in the quiet of conscience people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.“
— Mitt Romney American businessman and politician 1947
[2005-07-26, Why I vetoed the contraception bill, Boston Globe]
2003–2007 Governor of Massachusetts
„If I try to be or do something noble that has nothing to do with who I am, I may look good to others and to myself for a while. But the fact that I an exceeding my limits will eventually have consequences. I will distort myself, the other, and our relationship—and may end up doing more damage than if I had never set out to do this particular “good.”“
— Parker Palmer American theologian 1939
Quelle: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (1999), p. 47
„I'm not good at relationships
I always manage to find the flaws
sometimes in others
but mostly my own.
I foretell the ending
then go and create the cause
and end up alone“
— David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility
Quelle: The Realm of Possibility
„Anything can happen someday, even that an act conforming to honour and honesty can end up, at the end of the line, as a good political decision.“
— Charles de Gaulle eighteenth President of the French Republic 1890 - 1970
Tout peut, un jour, arriver, même qu'un acte conforme à l'honneur et à l'honnêteté apparaisse en fin de compte, comme un bon placement politique.
in Mémoires de guerre.
„I cannot conceive of anything after my physical death—perhaps it will end it all. The knowledge that I am now on this earth and a mysterious part of eternity is enough for me. My death will be an easy one, too, for since early youth I have always detached myself from family, friends, and surroundings. And should I live on, I have no fear of the next life. Whatever good I did helped to free me from myself. What a miserable creature man would be if he were good not for the sake of being good, but because religion told him that he would get a reward after this life, and that if he weren't good he'd be punished.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Quelle: Attributed in posthumous publications, Einstein and the Poet (1983), p. 104
„He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars;
General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer:
For art and science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.“
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
Quelle: 1800s, Jerusalem The Emanation of The Giant Albion (c. 1803–1820), Ch. 3, plate 55, line 60
— Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
Variant translation: The quiet conscience is an invention of the devil.