„Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion“
Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Kontext: You beg for happiness in life, but security is more important to you, even if it costs you your spine or your life. Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion; when your thinking will be in harmony with your feelings; when the teachers of your children will be better paid than the politicians; when you will have more respect for the love between man and woman than for a marriage license.
— Italo Calvino Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels 1923 - 1985
Quelle: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
„In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.“
— Edward Gibbon English historian and Member of Parliament 1737 - 1794
This quotation appeared in an article by Margaret Thatcher, "The Moral Foundations of Society" ( Imprimis, March 1995 https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-moral-foundations-of-society/), which was an edited version of a lecture Thatcher had given at Hillsdale College in November 1994. Here is the actual passage from Thatcher's article:
<blockquote>[M]ore than they wanted freedom, the Athenians wanted security. Yet they lost everything—security, comfort, and freedom. This was because they wanted not to give to society, but for society to give to them. The freedom they were seeking was freedom from responsibility. It is no wonder, then, that they ceased to be free. In the modern world, we should recall the Athenians' dire fate whenever we confront demands for increased state paternalism.</blockquote>
The italicized passage above originated with Thatcher. In characterizing the Athenians in the article she cited Sir Edward Gibbon, but she seems to have been paraphrasing statements in "Athens' Failure," a chapter of classicist Edith Hamilton's book The Echo of Greece (1957), pp. 47–48 http://www.ergo-sum.net/books/Hamilton_EchoOfGreece_pp.47-48.jpg).
— Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Current President of Egypt 1954
Remarks by el-Sisi during a military conference (28 April 2013) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC93fn9s3-c.
„But of all motives, none is better adapted to secure influence and hold it fast than love; nothing is more foreign to that end than fear.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 v.Chr
Book II, section 7; translation by Walter Miller
De Officiis – On Duties (44 BC)
Original: (la) Omnium autem rerum nec aptius est quicquam ad opes tuendas ac tenendas quam diligi nec alienius quam timeri.
„Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.“
— Tsunetomo Yamamoto, buch Hagakure
Hagakure (c. 1716)
Kontext: A certain swordsman in his declining years said the following: In one's life. there are levels in the pursuit of study. In the lowest level, a person studies but nothing comes of it, and he feels that both he and others are unskillful. At this point he is worthless. In the middle level he is still useless but is aware of his own insufficiencies and can also see the insufficiencies of others. In a higher level he has pride concerning his own ability, rejoices in praise from others, and laments the lack of ability in his fellows. This man has worth. In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing. These are the levels in general;. But there is one transcending level, and this is the most excellent of all. This person is aware of the endlessness of entering deeply into a certain Way and never thinks of himself as having finished. He truly knows his own insufficiencies and never in his whole life thinks that he has succeeded. He has no thoughts of pride but with self-abasement knows the Way to the end. It is said that Master Yagyu once remarked, "I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself." Throughout your life advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.
— Rick Warren Christian religious leader 1954
Quelle: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.“
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
Strictly Personal, ch. 31 (1941)
„Women are more attuned to feelings than men are, and if they’re not being truthful, more often than not it’s because they think truth might hurt your feelings. But it doesn’t mean they don’t love you.“
— Nicholas Sparks, buch At First Sight
Mayor Gherkin, Chapter 8, p. 120
Quelle: 2000s, At First Sight (2005)
Kontext: ... but what I eventually came to understand was that if a woman truly loves you, you can't always expect her to tell the truth. You see, women are more attuned to feelings than men are, and if they're not being truthful, more often than not it's because they think the truth might hurt your feelings. But it doesn't mean they don't love you.
„The way to secure success, is to be more anxious about obtaining than about deserving it; the surest hindrance to it is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the discernment of the public.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
" On the Qualifications Necessary for Success http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Essays/Hazlitt/Success.htm"
The Plain Speaker (1826)
„Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time“
— Hannah Arendt, buch Rahel Varnhagen
Quelle: Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess
„We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure.“
— Karl Popper, buch Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde
Vol. 2, Ch. 21 "An Evaluation of the Prophecy"
The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945)
„…an awkward loon- whom I do sometimes care about- who has more wit than money- more good sense than wit- more urbanity than sense- and more pride than some princes“
— Ignatius Sancho British composer, writer and grocer 1729 - 1780
(from vol 2, letter 42: 9 Oct 1779, to Mr M___ ) [describing a friend]
„There's much more in any given moment than we usually perceive, and that we ourselves are much more than we usually perceive. When you know that, part of you can stand outside the drama of your life.“
— Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931 - 2019