„I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!”“

Letter to John Adams (27 November 1775)
Kontext: I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!” The great fish swallow up the small; and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of government. You tell me of degrees of perfection to which human nature is capable of arriving, and I believe it, but at the same time lament that our admiration should arise from the scarcity of the instances.

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Abigail Adams
britisch-US-amerikanische Gattin des zweiten US-Präsidenten… 1744 - 1818

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„The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.“

—  Richard Francis Burton British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet,… 1821 - 1890

The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night (1885) Terminal Essay: Social Conditions, fn. 13.

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„Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.“

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

Book VI, Chapter 7.
Books, Coningsby (1844), Vivian Grey (1826)

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Jane Austen Foto

„The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!“

—  Jane Austen, buch Sense and Sensibility

Variante: Mama, the more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
Quelle: Sense and Sensibility

Jaclyn Victor Foto

„I knew you are,
Just like an angel sent from above,
In your embrace,
You give me more than,
I could ever dream of.“

—  Jaclyn Victor Malaysian singer; Malaysian Idol winner 1978

"You Bring Out the Best In Me", Gemilang, 2004
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„Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

8 May 1750
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

Herodotus Foto

„Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.“

—  Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 v.Chr

Actually a quotation from a letter of Lord Chesterfield dated May 8, 1750.
Misattributed

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„He was of opinion that we should be able to convince the general English public, the working man particularly, that the reforms that I advanced would be far more beneficial to the English nation, particularly to the working man…If India is prosperous and rich, she would buy far more English produce and give work proportionately to the working man.“

—  Dadabhai Naoroji Indian politician 1825 - 1917

His noting in his dairy after his contesting election in 1886 page=10.
Narrow-majority’ and ‘Bow-and-agree’: Public Attitudes Towards the Elections of the First Asian MPs in Britain, Dadabhai Naoroji and Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree, 1885-1906

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„The greatest treasure that God can give his creatures is and ever will be—genuine existence.“

—  Ernst, Baron von Feuchtersleben Austrian psychiatrist, poet and philosopher 1806 - 1849

If these words of Herder be true, cultivation is the key to the most precious of treasures; for as Nature has insured the permanence of existence by implanting in us a force of resistance and self-renovation, so may we, on our side, increase the force of these attributes by self-acquired powers of mind.
p 75 1852 translation
The Dietetics of the Soul; Or, True Mental Discipline (1838)

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„Here's where the real power of generosity comes in. Often, the more we give, the more we receive.“

—  Debbie Macomber American writer 1948

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„But precisely because such an analysis of history comes closer to the truth, it is more dangerous. It gives the illusion of full knowledge“

—  Czeslaw Milosz, buch The Captive Mind

The Captive Mind (1953)
Kontext: Undoubtedly, one comes closer to the truth when one sees history as the expression of the class struggle rather than a series of private quarrels among kings and nobles. But precisely because such an analysis of history comes closer to the truth, it is more dangerous. It gives the illusion of full knowledge; it supplies answers to all questions, answers which merely run around in a circle repeating a few formulas.

„Give me a baptism of glowing love,
Thy power and presence wheresoe'er I rove;
And my last prayer, all other prayers above —
Oh, give to me
More of Thyself, Lord Jesus: more of Thee!“

—  Anna Shipton British religious writer 1815 - 1901

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 397.

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„Many of the dangerous things that drivers do are not likely to save them even 10 seconds. When you bet your life against 10 seconds, that is giving bigger odds than you are ever likely to get in Las Vegas.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930

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„The works of the Creator, ever present to our senses, give a living and perpetual testimony of his power and goodness far surpassing any evidence transmitted through human testimony. The testimony of man becomes fainter at every stage of transmission, whilst each new inquiry into the works of the Almighty gives to us more exalted views of his wisdom, his goodness, and his power.“

—  Charles Babbage, Passages from the life of a philosopher

"Passages from the life of a philosopher", The Belief In The Creator From His Works, p. 402
Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (1864)
Kontext: In the works of the Creator ever open to our examination, we possess a firm basis on which to raise the superstructure of an enlightened creed. The more man inquires into the laws which regulate the material universe, the more he is convinced that all its varied forms arise from the action of a few simple principles. These principles themselves converge, with accelerating force, towards some still more comprehensive law to which all matter seems to be submitted. Simple as that law may possibly be, it must be remembered that it is only one amongst an infinite number of simple laws: that each of these laws has consequences at least as extensive as the existing one, and therefore that the Creator who selected the present law must have foreseen the consequences of all other laws. The works of the Creator, ever present to our senses, give a living and perpetual testimony of his power and goodness far surpassing any evidence transmitted through human testimony. The testimony of man becomes fainter at every stage of transmission, whilst each new inquiry into the works of the Almighty gives to us more exalted views of his wisdom, his goodness, and his power.

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