„More is given to us than to any people at any time before; and, therefore, more is required of us.“

Ch. 21 : Conclusion http://www.wealthandwant.com/HG/SP/SP22_Conclusion.htm
Social Problems (1883)
Kontext: More is given to us than to any people at any time before; and, therefore, more is required of us. We have made, and still are making, enormous advances on material lines. It is necessary that we commensurately advance on moral lines. Civilization, as it progresses, requires a higher conscience, a keener sense of justice, a warmer brotherhood, a wider, loftier, truer public spirit. Falling these, civilization must pass into destruction. It cannot be maintained on the ethics of savagery. For civilization knits men more and more closely together, and constantly tends to subordinate the individual to the whole, and to make more and more important social conditions.

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„…in his fingers he has more skill than any of the rest of us.“

—  Arthur Rubinstein Polish-American classical pianist 1887 - 1982

Rubinstein remarking on a performance by Maurizio Pollini — reported in Joanne Sheehy Hoover (March 13, 1981) "Captain Of the Keyboard", The Washington Post, p. C1.
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„This would explain why at any given time there are more cannibals than philosophical pessimists.“

—  Thomas Ligotti American horror author 1953

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Kontext: Optimism has always been an undeclared policy of human culture- one that grew out of our animal instincts to survive and reproduce- rather than an articulated body of thought. It is the default condition of our blood and cannot be effectively questioned by our minds or put in grave doubt by our pains. This would explain why at any given time there are more cannibals than philosophical pessimists.

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„No exercise of will can make any of us other than what we are, or more than marginally better than who we are.“

—  James Blish, buch The Quincunx of Time

Quelle: The Quincunx of Time (1973), Chapter 10, “Weinbaum on Sinai” (pp. 118-119)

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„If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving.“

—  James Baldwin, buch The Fire Next Time

Quelle: "Letter from a Region of My Mind" in The New Yorker (17 November 1962); republished as "Down at the Cross: Letter from a Region in My Mind" in The Fire Next Time (1963)
Kontext: If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.

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„No prisoner's dilemma here. Over the long term, symbiosis is more useful than parasitism. More fun, too. Ask any mitochondria.“

—  Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954

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„It is the duty of the humor of any given nation in time of high crisis to attack the catastrophe that faces it in such a manner as to cause the people to laugh at it in such a way that they cannot die before they are killed.“

—  Lord Buckley American actor and comedian 1906 - 1960

Lord Buckley, "H-Bomb" (comic monologue), 1960. Reported in Stephen Holden, It's Comedy! From Skit To Song To Satire http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE7DB173EF934A15753C1A96F948260 (October 27, 1989) The New York Times.

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