„It is a statistical certainly that hair-trigger readiness cannot endure as a permanent condition.“
A Prescription for Hope (1985)
Kontext: As no national interest would justify inflicting genocide on the victim and suicide on the aggressor, a prevalent misconception is that nuclear war will never be fought. But the realities of our age compel an opposite assessment. In no previous epoch were adversaries so continuously and totally mobilized for instant war. It is a statistical certainly that hair-trigger readiness cannot endure as a permanent condition. Furthermore, the unrelenting growth in nuclear arsenals, the increasing accuracy of missiles, and the continuing computerization of response systems all promote instabilities which court nuclear war by technical malfunction; by miscalculation, human aberration or criminal act.
— Juan Ramón Jimenéz Spanish poet 1881 - 1958
"Heroic Reason", as translated by H. R. Hays, in Selected Writings of Juan Ramon Jimenez (1957) edited by Eugenio Florit, p. 231.
Kontext: A permanent state of transition is man's most noble condition. When we say an artist is in a state of transition, many believe that we are belittling. In my opinion when people speak of an art of transition this indicates a better art and the best that art can give. Transition is a complete present which unites the past and the future in a momentary progressive ecstasy, a progressive eternity, a true eternity of eternities, eternal moments. Progressive ecstasy is above all dynamic; movement is what sustains life and true death is nothing but lack of movement, be the corpse upright or supine. Without movement life is annihilated, within and without, for lack of dynamic cohesion. But the dynamism should be principally of the spirit, of the idea, it should be a moral dynamic ecstasy, dynamic in relation to progress, ecstatic in relation to permanence.
„Unions were created to make living conditions just a little better than they were before they were created, and the union that does not manifest that kind of interest in human beings cannot endure, it cannot live.“
Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, Vol. 14 (1952), p. 232
„With massive arsenals still on hair-trigger alert, a global holocaust is just as possible now, through mistakes or misjudgments, as it was during the depths of the Cold War.“
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Post-Presidency, Our Endangered Values (2005)
— Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946
As quoted in Perfectionism : What's Bad About Being Too Good? (1987) by Miriam Adderholdt and Jan Goldberg, p. 85
„Claghorn had long insisted that no human condition endured forever, with the corollary that the more complicated such a condition, the greater its susceptibility to change.“
— Jack Vance, buch The Last Castle
Quelle: The Last Castle (1966), Chapter 2, section 1
„"A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
In this famous statement, Lincoln is quoting the response of Jesus Christ to those who accused him of being able to cast out devils because he was empowered by the Prince of devils, recorded in Matthew 12:25: "And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand".
1850s, The House Divided speech (1858)
„Our institutions and conditions rest upon deep-seated ideas. To change those conditions and at the same time leave the underlying ideas and values intact means only a superficial transformation, one that cannot be permanent or bring real betterment. It is a change of form only, not of substance, as so tragically proven by Russia.“
— Emma Goldman, buch My Disillusionment in Russia
My Disillusionment in Russia (1923)
„Nothing is permanent: certainly not the frozen images of barbarous power with which fascism now confronts us.“
— Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990
The Culture of Cities (1938)
Kontext: Nothing is permanent: certainly not the frozen images of barbarous power with which fascism now confronts us. Those images may easily be smashed by an external shock, cracked as ignominiously as the fallen Dagon, the massive idol of the heathen; or they may be melted, eventually, by the internal warmth of normal men and women. Nothing endures except life: the capacity for birth, growth, and renewal. As life becomes insurgent once more in our civilization, conquering the reckless thrust of barbarism, the culture of cities will be both instrument and goal.
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Bertrand Russell Speaks His Mind (1960), p. 80
— Thomas Moore Irish poet, singer and songwriter 1779 - 1852
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Thomas More, quoted at the beginning of The Screwtape Letters
„Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.“
— James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
Lanterns and Lances (1961), p. 44
From Lanterns and Lances
— B.K.S. Iyengar Indian yoga teacher and scholar 1918 - 2014
Quelle: Nancy Hine The Depression Trap: Ten Ways to Set Yourself Free http://books.google.co.in/books?id=7PxT2AJS_H4C&pg=PA61, Red Raft Publishing LLP, 2008, p. 61
„Nostalgia is one of the legitimate and certainly one of the most enduring of human emotions; but the politics of nostalgia is at best distracting, at worst pernicious.“
— Irving Kristol American columnist, journalist, and writer 1920 - 2009
New York Times Magazine, December 20, 1964.