„The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow.“

—  Aristoteles, buch Nicomachean Ethics

Book I, 1101a
Nicomachean Ethics

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klassischer griechischer Philosoph -384 - -321 v.Chr

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„Man has three ways of acting wisely. First, on meditation; that is the noblest. Secondly, on imitation; that is the easiest. Thirdly, on experience; that is the bitterest.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr

The Analects, as reported in Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (1997), p. 279.

James Jeffrey Roche Foto

„All loved Art in a seemly way
With an earnest soul and a capital A.“

—  James Jeffrey Roche American journalist 1847 - 1908

The V-a-s-e, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Niccolo Machiavelli Foto

„Therefore a wise prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them faithful.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli, buch Der Fürst

Original: (it) E però un principe savio deve pensare un modo per il quale i suoi cittadini sempre ed in ogni modo e qualità di tempo abbiano bisogno dello Stato di lui, e sempre poi gli saranno fedeli.
Quelle: The Prince (1513), Ch. 9; translated by W. K. Marriot

Robert Browning Foto

„He gathers earth's whole good into his arms;
Standing, as man now, stately, strong and wise,
Marching to fortune, not surprised by her.“

—  Robert Browning, Colombe's Birthday

Valence of Prince Berthold, in Act IV.
Colombe's Birthday (1844)
Kontext: p>He gathers earth's whole good into his arms;
Standing, as man now, stately, strong and wise,
Marching to fortune, not surprised by her.
One great aim, like a guiding-star, above—
Which tasks strength, wisdom, stateliness, to lift
His manhood to the height that takes the prize;
A prize not near — lest overlooking earth
He rashly spring to seize it — nor remote,
So that he rest upon his path content:
But day by day, while shimmering grows shine,
And the faint circlet prophesies the orb,
He sees so much as, just evolving these,
The stateliness, the wisdom and the strength,
To due completion, will suffice this life,
And lead him at his grandest to the grave.
After this star, out of a night he springs;
A beggar's cradle for the throne of thrones
He quits; so, mounting, feels each step he mounts,
Nor, as from each to each exultingly
He passes, overleaps one grade of joy.
This, for his own good: — with the world, each gift
Of God and man, — reality, tradition,
Fancy and fact — so well environ him,
That as a mystic panoply they serve —
Of force, untenanted, to awe mankind,
And work his purpose out with half the world,
While he, their master, dexterously slipt
From such encumbrance, is meantime employed
With his own prowess on the other half.
Thus shall he prosper, every day's success
Adding, to what is he, a solid strength —
An aery might to what encircles him,
Till at the last, so life's routine lends help,
That as the Emperor only breathes and moves,
His shadow shall be watched, his step or stalk
Become a comfort or a portent, how
He trails his ermine take significance, —
Till even his power shall cease to be most power,
And men shall dread his weakness more, nor dare
Peril their earth its bravest, first and best,
Its typified invincibility.Thus shall he go on, greatening, till he ends—
The man of men, the spirit of all flesh,
The fiery centre of an earthly world!</p

Ludovico Ariosto Foto

„Not beauty, not nobility,
Not fortune will suffice to raise a wife
To highest honour and esteem if she
Neglects to lead a chaste and seemly life.“

—  Ludovico Ariosto, buch Der rasende Roland

A donna né bellezza,
Né nobiltà, né gran fortuna basta,
Sì che di vero onor monti in altezza,
Se per nome e per opre non è casta.
Canto XLIII, stanza 84 (tr. B. Reynolds)
Orlando Furioso (1532)

Benjamin Disraeli Foto

„Man is not a rational animal. He is only truly good or great when he acts from passion.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Book 6, chapter 12.
Books, Coningsby (1844), Henrietta Temple (1837)

Seneca the Younger Foto
Napoleon I of France Foto

„I never was truly my own master but was always ruled by circumstances.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821

Conversation with Emmanuel, comte de Las Cases (11 November 1816), Mémorial de Sainte Hélène, v. 4, p. 133 http://books.google.com/books?id=945jAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA133.
Kontext: I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship founder. Thus I never was truly my own master but was always ruled by circumstances.

Joseph Addison Foto

„The ideal man bears the accidents of life
With dignity and grace, the best of circumstances.“

—  Joseph Addison, buch Cato

Act V, scene i.
Cato, A Tragedy (1713)

Marcus Aurelius Foto
Oscar Wilde Foto

„Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.“

—  Oscar Wilde, buch Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray

Quelle: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Joseph Heller Foto
Keshia Chante Foto

„A fool will seek revenge, the wise man will allow God's karma.“

—  Keshia Chante Canadian actor and musician 1988

Hello Magazine (2009)

William Wordsworth Foto

„The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.“

—  William Wordsworth, buch Lyrical Ballads

Stanza 2.
Quelle: Lyrical Ballads (1798–1800), Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey (1798)
Kontext: These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration:—feelings too
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love. Nor less, I trust,
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world
Is lighten'd:—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

African Spir Foto
Leo Buscaglia Foto

„I'd like to be remembered for being a good, kind, loving, gentle man who attempted to live wisely, and who cared a lot.“

—  Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998

A Magazine of People and Possibilities interview (1998)

John Keats Foto

„For to bear all naked truths,
And to envisage circumstance, all calm,
That is the top of sovereignty.“

—  John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821

Bk. II, l. 203
Hyperion: A Fragment (1819)

Lynne Truss Foto
Alastair Reynolds Foto

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