„I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary.“

Diary entry (28 June 1921).
The Diary and Letters of Käthe Kollwitz (1955)
Kontext: I have been through a revolution, and I am convinced that I am no revolutionist. My childhood dreams of dying on the barricades will hardly be fulfilled, because I should hardly mount a barricade now that I know what they were like in reality. And so I know now what an illusion I lived in for so many years. I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary. Yes, sometimes I do not know whether I am a socialist at all, whether I am not rather a democrat instead. How good it is when reality tests you to the guts and pins you relentlessly to the very position you always thought, so long as you clung to your illusion, was unspeakably wrong.

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—  Wolfgang Pauli Austrian physicist, Nobel prize winner 1900 - 1958

As quoted in Faust in Copenhagen (2007) by Gino Segrè, p. 130.5, which cites The Historical Development of Quantum Theory (1982) by Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg, vol 1 of 4, p. xxiv, and Inward Bound (1986) by Abraham Pais, p. 186

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„I believe that an equally drastic reorganization of our pattern of religious thought is now becoming necessary, from a god-centered to an evolutionary-centered pattern.“

—  Julian Huxley English biologist, philosopher, author 1887 - 1975

The New Divinity (1964)
Kontext: Eventually the old ideas will no longer serve, the old ideological framework can no longer be tinkered up to bear the weight of the facts, and a radical reconstruction becomes necessary, leading eventually to the emergence of a quite new organisation of thought and belief, just as the emergence of new types of bodily organization was necessary to achieve biological advance. Such major organizations of thought may be necessary in science as much as in religion. The classical example, of course, was the re-patterning of cosmological thought which demoted the earth from its central position and led to the replacement of the geocentric pattern of thought by a heliocentric one. I believe that an equally drastic reorganization of our pattern of religious thought is now becoming necessary, from a god-centered to an evolutionary-centered pattern.

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„I thought I was learning to live; I was only learning to die.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (1938), I Philosophy
Variante: While I thought I have been learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

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„I thought the only lonely place was on the moon.“

—  Paul McCartney English singer-songwriter and composer 1942

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„I only speak to drown out my thoughts.“

—  Ron English American artist 1959

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„And I thought, there was no God, there was only what you wanted.“

—  Janet Fitch, buch White Oleander

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„I can only form one clear thought.“

—  Suzanne Collins, buch Catching Fire

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„This is my tendency; but can I say
That this my thought leads the true, only way?
I only know it constant leads, and I obey.“

—  Margaret Fuller American feminist, poet, author, and activist 1810 - 1850

Life Without and Life Within (1859), The One In All

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„We have revolutionary thought whenever the feeling "life is a dream" becomes geared to an impulse to awaken from it.“

—  Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991

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„I was only glad to be saved and never once thought to ask why.“

—  Jennifer Donnelly, buch Revolution

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„Women are the only people I am afraid of who I never thought would hurt me“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

Variante: A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.

„It was only in April 1974 that I was converted to Conservatism. (I had thought I was a Conservative but I now see that I was not really one at all.)“

—  Keith Joseph British barrister and politician 1918 - 1994

Keith Joseph, Reversing the Trend: A Critical Reappraisal of Conservative Economic and Social Policies (Barry Rose, 1975).
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„I realize that I was all error and deviation, that I never lived, that I existed only in so far as I filled time with consciousness and thought.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares

Quelle: The Book of Disquiet

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