„Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange.“

—  Gore Vidal, 1960s, Julian (1964), Context: They say to know oneself is to know all there is that is human. But of course no one can ever know himself. Nothing human is finally calculable; even to ourselves we are strange. Chapter 4
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Gore Vidal
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„There is no escaping from ourselves. The human dilemma is as it has always been, and we solve nothing fundamental by cloaking ourselves in technological glory.“

—  Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985), Context: Henry David Thoreau told us: "All our inventions are but improved means to an unimproved end." …Goethe told us: "One should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it is possible, speak a few reasonable words." …Socrates told us: "The unexamined life is not worth living." …the prophet Micah told us: "What does the Lord require of thee but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God?" And I can tell you... what Confucius, Isaiah, Jesus, Mohammed, the Buddha, Spinoza and Shakespeare told us... There is no escaping from ourselves. The human dilemma is as it has always been, and we solve nothing fundamental by cloaking ourselves in technological glory.

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„I know the old ways. There’s nothing evil there, only strange, and not even strange when you know it.“

—  Tanith Lee British writer 1947 - 2015
Short fiction, Companions on the Road (1975), Chapter 9, “The Dark” (p. 98)

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„We do not struggle for ourselves, nor for our race, not even for humanity.
We do not struggle for Earth, nor for ideas.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, buch The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923), Context: We do not struggle for ourselves, nor for our race, not even for humanity. We do not struggle for Earth, nor for ideas. All these are the precious yet provisional stairs of our ascending God, and they crumble away as soon as he steps upon them in his ascent. In the smallest lightning flash of our lives, we feel all of God treading upon us, and suddenly we understand: if we all desire it intensely, if we organize all the visible and invisible powers of earth and fling them upward, if we all battle together like fellow combatants eternally vigilant — then the Universe might possibly be saved. It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.

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„We are strange phenomena to ourselves, when we will stop to gaze at ourselves; but that I do not believe in; there are pleasanter subjects, and self is a mere speck on the great horizon of life.“

—  Lucy Larcom American teacher, poet, author 1824 - 1893
Context: What does cause depression of spirits? Heavy head and heavy heart, and no sufficient reason for either, that I know of. I am out of doors every day, and have nothing unusual to trouble me; yet every interval of thought is clouded; there is no rebound, no rejoicing as it is my nature to rejoice, and as all things teach me to do. We are strange phenomena to ourselves, when we will stop to gaze at ourselves; but that I do not believe in; there are pleasanter subjects, and self is a mere speck on the great horizon of life. Journal entry (2 March 1861), Ch. 5 : The Beginning of the War.

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„Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.“

—  U Thant 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations 1909 - 1974
Context: Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. This, as the sages of many lands have taught us, is a golden rule in individual and group, as well as international, relations. Portfolio for Peace (1968), p. 92

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„There is always something to upset the most careful of human calculations.“

—  Ihara Saikaku Japanese writer 1642 - 1693
The Japanese Family Storehouse (1688), Book II, ch. 2.

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„We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.“

—  Abraham Maslow American psychologist 1908 - 1970
Attributed to Maslow by Toni Galardi in The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in Times of Personal and Global Upheaval (2009). Also to be found in other self-help books and on many quotes sites, but always without citation.

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„The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983
Reflections on the Human Condition (1973), Context: The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness. The remarkable thing is that the cessation of the inner dialogue marks also the end of our concern with the world around us. It is as if we noted the world and think about it only when we have to report it to ourselves. Section 165

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„Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it.“

—  James Stephens, buch The Crock of Gold
The Crock of Gold (Charleston: BiblioBazaar, [1912] 2006) p. 27.

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