„Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.“

—  Epiktet

Book I, ch. 27.
Discourses
Kontext: Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task.

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„The effort to improve the conditions of man, however, is not a task for the few. It is the task of all nations“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

acting alone, acting in groups, acting in the United Nations, for plague and pestilence, and plunder and pollution, the hazards of nature, and the hunger of children are the foes of every nation. The earth, the sea, and the air are the concern of every nation. And science, technology, and education can be the ally of every nation. Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world — or to make it the last.
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„The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 v.Chr

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„A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune, and favor cannot satisfy him.“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, buch Les Caractères

Le sage guérit de l'ambition par l'ambition même; il tend à de si grandes choses, qu'il ne peut se borner à ce qu'on appelle des trésors, des postes, la fortune et la faveur.
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„And he is oft the wisest man
Who is not wise at all.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850

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„Time ripens all things. No man is born wise.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Quelle: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 33. Note: "Time ripens all things" is the translator's interpolation and does not appear in the original Spanish text.
Kontext: Time ripens all things. No man is born wise. Bishops are made of men and not of stones.

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„It takes a wise man to discover a wise man.“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240

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„We are all fools when one wise man appears.“

—  Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951

Homecoming saga, The Call Of Earth (1992)

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„Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom
To believe in the good in man.“

—  Jon Anderson English singer 1944

Lyrics of "Loved by the Sun", on the soundtrack of the film Legend (1986).

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„No Man is wise at all Times, or is without his blind Side.“

—  Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian 1466 - 1536

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„My aim has been, not only to go once more through the task of Albert Durer, but to execute it also on an extended scale.“

—  Adolphe Quetelet Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist 1796 - 1874

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„It seems to me that the free man, i.e., the man freed in Christ, ought to take parts in all movements that aim at human freedom.“

—  Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994

Quelle: The Ethics of Freedom (1973 - 1974), p. 398
Kontext: It seems to me that the free man, i. e., the man freed in Christ, ought to take parts in all movements that aim at human freedom. He obviously ought to oppose all dictatorship and oppression and all the fatalities which crush man. The Christian cannot bear it that others should be slaves. His great passion in the world ought to be a passion for the liberation of men.

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