„Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.“

Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1962)
Kontext: Literature was not promulgated by a pale and emasculated critical priesthood singing their litanies in empty churches — nor is it a game for the cloistered elect, the tinhorn mendicants of low calorie despair.
Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.
The skalds, the bards, the writers are not separate and exclusive. From the beginning, their functions, their duties, their responsibilities have been decreed by our species.

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„No feats of heroism are needed to achieve the greatest and most important changes in the existence of humanity“

—  Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910

Quelle: Patriotism and Christianity http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism_and_Christianity (1896), Ch. 17
Kontext: No feats of heroism are needed to achieve the greatest and most important changes in the existence of humanity; neither the armament of millions of soldiers, nor the construction of new roads and machines, nor the arrangement of exhibitions, nor the organization of workmen's unions, nor revolutions, nor barricades, nor explosions, nor the perfection of aerial navigation; but a change in public opinion.
And to accomplish this change no exertions of the mind are needed, nor the refutation of anything in existence, nor the invention of any extraordinary novelty; it is only needful that we should not succumb to the erroneous, already defunct, public opinion of the past, which governments have induced artificially; it is only needful that each individual should say what he really feels or thinks, or at least that he should not say what he does not think.

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„The world of literature is a world where there is no reality except that of the human imagination.“

—  Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991

"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 4: The Keys To Dreamland

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„We need to change because the world is changing, and we need to anticipate what is next and be there first, as the US military has always been. So, the changes in our future, I think is something that we are all completely committed to.“

—  Ash Carter United States Secretary of Defense 1954

archive.defensenews.com interview http://archive.defensenews.com/article/20131119/DEFREG02/311190032/Interview-Ashton-Carter-US-Deputy-Defense-Secretary

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„I grew up believing that the novel has nothing to do with pure literature. So I was taught by scholars.“

—  Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973

The Chinese Novel (1938)
Kontext: I grew up believing that the novel has nothing to do with pure literature. So I was taught by scholars. The art of literature, so I was taught, is something devised by men of learning. Out of the brains of scholars came rules to control the rush of genius, that wild fountain which has its source in deepest life. Genius, great or less, is the spring, and art is the sculptured shape, classical or modern, into which the waters must be forced, if scholars and critics were to be served. But the people of China did not so serve. The waters of the genius of story gushed out as they would, however the natural rocks allowed and the trees persuaded, and only common people came and drank and found rest and pleasure. For the novel in China was the peculiar product of the common people. And it was solely their property.

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„I think we need to change that old saying, "I don't need a building to fall on me." Because two did and we still don't get it. I think we all stick our head in the sand as a deep human impulse.“

—  Bill Maher American stand-up comedian 1956

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„If a government is to do great new things, it will need more support. If a government is to change the world, it will need mass support. This is one of the discoveries of modern government.“

—  Bernard Crick British political theorist and democratic socialist 1929 - 2008

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„Organizations need to undergo fundamental changes, both in order to adapt to the new business environment and to become ecologically sustainable.“

—  Fritjof Capra, buch The Hidden Connections

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„If a nation does not want a monarchy, change the nation’s mind. If a nation does not need a monarchy, change the nation’s needs.“

—  Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950

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„Forward movement is not helpful if what is needed is a change of direction.“

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Lean Logic, (2016), p. 216, entry on Ingenuity Gap http://www.flemingpolicycentre.org.uk/lean-logic-surviving-the-future/

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