„Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material.“
The Captive Mind (1953)
Kontext: Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above.
George Santayana, from The Wine of Absurdity (1966).
„The more one accepts what is materially false to be really true, and the more one spends material resources in displays of such acceptance, the more others consider one's faith deep and one's commitment sincere.“
— Scott Atran Anthropologist 1952
Introduction: an evolutionary riddle, p. 5
In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (2002)
„Like all great minds that do not merely imagine Utopias, but actually advance humanity to a new epoch, he [Jesus] took the situation and material furnished to him by the past and molded that into a fuller approximation to the divine conception within him.“
— Walter Rauschenbusch United States Baptist theologian 1861 - 1918
Quelle: Christianity and the Social Crisis (1907), Ch.2 The Social Aims of Jesus, p. 54
— James K. Morrow (1947-) science fiction author 1947
Quelle: This Is the Way the World Ends (1986), Chapter 14, “In Which the Nuclear Warriors have Their Day in Court” (p. 183)
— Maxim Gorky Russian and Soviet writer 1868 - 1936
The I.V.Stalin White Sea - Baltic Sea Canal (1934)
„America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.“
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
1960s, Farewell address (1961)
Kontext: We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.
— Nigel Cumberland British author and leadership coach 1967
Quelle: Your Job-Hunt Ltd – Advice from an Award-Winning Asian Headhunter (2003), Successful Recruitment in a Week (2012) https://books.google.ae/books?idp24GkAsgjGEC&printsecfrontcover&dqnigel+cumberland&hlen&saX&ved0ahUKEwjF75Xw0IHNAhULLcAKHazACBMQ6AEIGjAA#vonepage&qnigel%20cumberland&ffalse, Managing Teams in a Week (2013) https://books.google.ae/books?idqZjO9_ov74EC&printsecfrontcover&dqnigel+cumberland&hlen&saX&ved0ahUKEwjF75Xw0IHNAhULLcAKHazACBMQ6AEIIDAB#vonepage&qnigel%20cumberland&ffalse, Secrets of Success at Work – 50 techniques to excel (2014) https://books.google.ae/books?id4S7vAgAAQBAJ&printsecfrontcover&dqnigel+cumberland&hlen&saX&ved0ahUKEwjF75Xw0IHNAhULLcAKHazACBMQ6AEIJjAC#vonepage&qnigel%20cumberland&ffalse, p.80
— Frank Buchman Evangelical theologist 1878 - 1961
Remaking the world, The Speeches of Frank N.D. Buchman, Blandford Presss 1947, revised 1958, p. 166
Quotes on the war of ideas
— Robert Penn Warren American poet, novelist, and literary critic 1905 - 1989
„The case is a simple one. A mere increase in the variety of our material consumption relieves the strain imposed upon man by the limits of the material universe, for such variety enables him to utilise a larger proportion of the aggregate of matter. But in proportion as we add to mere variety a higher appreciation of those adaptations of matter which are due to human skill, and which we call Art, we pass outside the limits of matter and are no longer the slaves of roods and acres and a law of diminishing returns.“
— J.A. Hobson English economist, social scientist and critic of imperialism 1858 - 1940
So long as we continue to raise more men who demand more food and clothes and fuel, we are subject to the limitations of the material universe, and what we get ever costs us more and benefits us less. But when we cease to demand more, and begin to demand better, commodities, more delicate, highly finished and harmonious, we can increase the enjoyment without adding to the cost or exhausting the store. What artist would not laugh at the suggestion that the materials of his art, his colours, clay, marble, or what else he wrought in, might fail and his art come to an end? When we are dealing with qualitative, i.e. artistic, goods, we see at once how an infinite expenditure of labour may be given, an infinite satisfaction taken, from the meagrest quantity of matter and space. In proportion as a community comes to substitute a qualitative for a quantitative standard of living, it escapes the limitations imposed by matter upon man. Art knows no restrictions of space or size, and in proportion as we attain the art of living we shall be likewise free.
The Evolution of Modern Capitalism: A Study of Machine Production (1906), Ch. XVII Civilisation and Industrial Development
„… I fail to believe that Hitler's war – the most terrible in history – was merely due to economic causes, and not to something deeper and more sinister in human outlook and beliefs. … It was an ideology and not merely materialism. It was an ideological obsession, a madness, which can operate as disastrously in nations as in individuals. …“
— Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950
Addressing the Canada Club in Ottawa on 29 June 1945, after the United Nations Charter was finalized, as quoted by Louise W. Holborn (ed., 1948) in War and Peace Aims of the United Nations, p. 719
„The major vehicle of for the transition to the capitalist mode of production was the textile industry of eighteenth - century England. In cloth production mercantile wealth was visibly transformed into capital, as it acquired the dual function of purchasing machines and raw materials, on the one hand, and buying human energy to power their operation on the other.“
— Eric Wolf American anthropologist 1923 - 1999
Quelle: Europe and the People Without History, 1982, Chapter 9, Industrial Revolution, p. 267.
„The Industrial Revolution was merely the beginning of a revolution as extreme and radical as ever inflamed the minds of sectarians, but the new creed was utterly materialistic and believed that all human problems could be resolved given an unlimited amount of material commodities.“
— Karl Polanyi, buch The Great Transformation
Quelle: The Great Transformation (1944), Ch. 3 : "Habitation versus Improvement"
„The center of every man's existence is a dream. Death, disease, insanity, are merely material accidents, like toothache or a twisted ankle. That these brutal forces always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Twelve Types (1903) "Sir Walter Scott"
— Isabel Paterson author and editor 1886 - 1961
Quelle: The God of the Machine (1943), p. 13
— Charles Perrow American sociologist 1925 - 2019
Quelle: 1960s, "Hospitals: technology, structure and goals", 1965, p. 915
— Adam Roberts, buch Jack Glass: The Story of a Murderer
Part 2, Chapter 4, “The Mystery of the Champagne Supernovae” (p. 124).
Jack Glass (2012)
„The raw materials of story are the raw materials of all human cultures. Story deals with the same questions as theology, philosophy, psychology. It is concerned with polarities: love and hate, birth and death, joy and sorrow, loss and recovery.“
— Lloyd Alexander American children's writer 1924 - 2007
"The Grammar of Story", in Celebrating Children's Books (1981), pp. 10–11
„The medium is as unimportant as I myself. Essential is only the forming... I take any material whatsoever if the picture demands it. When I adjust materials of different kinds to one another, I have taken a step in advance of mere oil painting, for in addition to playing off color against color, line against line, form against form etc., I play off material against material, wood against sack clothes.“
— Kurt Schwitters German artist 1887 - 1948
Schwitters (1921) in: Abstract Art, Anna Moszynska, Thames and Hudson, London 1990, p. 68-69.