„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“

—  Wilhelm Reich, buch Listen, Little Man!

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.

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Wilhelm Reich6
österreichisch-US-amerikanischer Psychiater, Psychoanalytik… 1897 - 1957

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„Love life more than the meaning of it.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, buch Die Brüder Karamasow

Quelle: The Brothers Karamazov (Bratři Karamazovi)

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„What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?“

—  Italo Calvino Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels 1923 - 1985

Quelle: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

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„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).

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„The nobility of securing the people's will, is more important to me than Egypt's rule.“

—  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.

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„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.

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„Your life is worth much more than gold.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Jamming, from the album Exodus (1977)
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„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.

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Rick Warren Foto

„Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make.“

—  Rick Warren Christian religious leader 1954

Quelle: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

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„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.

„A good reputation is more valuable than money.“

—  Publilio Siro Latin writer

Maxim 108
Original: (la) Honesta fama melior pecunia est.

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„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)

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„But freedom means more than the right to change masters.“

—  Bob Black American anarchist 1951

The Libertarian as Conservative (1984)
Kontext: Some people giving orders and others obeying them: this is the essence of servitude. Of course, as Hospers smugly observes, “one can at least change jobs,” but you can’t avoid having a job — just as under statism one can at least change nationalities but you can’t avoid subjection to one nation-state or another. But freedom means more than the right to change masters.

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