„It is surely one of the strangest of our propensities to mark out those we love best for the worst usage“
"That Good Wine Needs No Bush".
Sketches from Life (1846)
Kontext: It is surely one of the strangest of our propensities to mark out those we love best for the worst usage; yet we do, all of us. We can take any freedom with a friend; we stand on no ceremony with a friend.
— Joyce Carol Oates American author 1938
Address at Mount Holyoke College (2006)
„There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace, that is true.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2012, Sandy Hook Prayer Vigil (December 2012)
Kontext: We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain, that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it’s wealth or power or fame or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that, no matter how good our intentions, we’ll all stumble sometimes in some way.
We’ll make mistakes, we’ll experience hardships and even when we’re trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God’s heavenly plans.
There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace, that is true.
The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves and binds us to something larger, we know that’s what matters.
We know we’re always doing right when we’re taking care of them, when we’re teaching them well, when we’re showing acts of kindness. We don’t go wrong when we do that.
— Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock
Quelle: Finnikin of the Rock
— Cassandra Clare, buch City of Bones
Variante: We love reproducing. Its one of our favorite things.
Quelle: City of Bones
— Michael Hudson (economist) American economist 1939
" The $4.7 trillion pyramid: Why Social Security won't be enough to save Wall Street http://www.harpers.org/archive/2005/04/0080499" in Harper's Magazine (April 2005)
„For what is love itself, for the one we love best? - an enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.“
— George Eliot, buch Daniel Deronda
Quelle: Daniel Deronda
„Our own culture, of Greek and Hebraic origin, is the one that interests us the most… We do not say that it is the best culture, but simply that it is ours. To claim that it of necessity superior would be wrong and evil. That attitude is the main source of international trouble in the world. …Each nation prefers its own usages.“
— George Sarton American historian of science 1884 - 1956
A History of Science Vol.1 Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece (1952)
— Arthur Conan Doyle Scottish physician and author 1859 - 1930
Quelle: The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes
„Youth's first acquaintance with sorrow is a terrible thing—before time has taught, what it will surely teach, that grief is our natural portion, at once transitory and eternal. But the first lesson is the severest—we have not then looked among our fellows, and seen that suffering is general; and we feel as if marked out by fate for misery that has no parallel.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
Heath's book of Beauty, 1833 (1832)
„The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease“
— John Maynard Keynes, buch Essays in Persuasion
as quoted in "Keynes and the Ethics of Capitalism" by Robert Skidelsy http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1256603608595872&url=www.geocities.com/monedem/keyn.html
Essays in Persuasion (1931), Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren (1930)
Kontext: When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exalted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the position of the highest virtues. We shall be able to afford to dare to assess the money-motive at its true value. The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease … But beware! The time for all this is not yet. For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. For only they can lead us out of the tunnel of economic necessity into daylight.
„You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering inwardly for the sake of truth proves abundantly that one loves it and marks one out as being of the elect.“
— Ernest Renan French philosopher and writer 1823 - 1892
Saint Sulpice and the Hidden God.
Ernest Renan: a Critical Biography (1964)
„We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.“
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox American author and poet 1850 - 1919
Variante: We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest;
And deal full many a thoughtless blow,
To those who love us best.
— Jodi Picoult, buch Handle With Care
Quelle: Handle with Care
„There is not one judgment day, surely, but a thousand! Every time we confront beauty, truth, goodness or love, our response to them judges us.“
— Leslie Weatherhead English theologian 1893 - 1976
Quelle: The Christian Agnostic (1965), p.278