„We have now but to prove a third attribute: I mean the faculty of feeling“

Quelle: The Natural History of the Soul (1745), Ch. VI Concerning the Sensitive Faculty of Matter
Kontext: We have now but to prove a third attribute: I mean the faculty of feeling which the philosophers of all centuries have found in this same substance.... [T]he Cartesians have made, in vain, to rob matter of this faculty. But in order to avoid insurmountable difficulties, they have flung themselves into a labyrinth from which they have thought to escape by this absurd system "that animals are pure machines."
An opinion so absurd has never gained admittance among philosophers... Experience gives us no less proof of the faculty of feeling in animals than of feeling in men.

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Julien Offray de La Mettrie6
französischer Arzt und Philosoph 1709 - 1751

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„There comes up another difficulty which more nearly concerns our vanity: namely, the impossibility of our conceiving this property [the faculty of feeling] as a dependence or attribute of matter.“

—  Julien Offray de La Mettrie French physician and philosopher 1709 - 1751

Quelle: The Natural History of the Soul (1745), Ch. VI Concerning the Sensitive Faculty of Matter

„I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel that it would be truer to give prayer the first, second and third place, and teaching the fourth.“

—  James O. Fraser missionary to China, inventor of Tibeto-Burman Nosu alphabet 1886 - 1938

1922 Source: Geraldine Taylor. Behind the Ranges: The Life-changing Story of J.O. Fraser. Singapore: OMF International (IHQ) Ltd., 1998, 269.

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„I think people have to hit rock bottom to really know their faculties because they have to use those faculties to get out of that rock bottom. I really had to feel profoundly lonely to get myself out of the feeling of being profoundly lonely. But it was always there, that feeling of loneliness and existing with the absence of something that had been stripped from me.“

—  Terese Marie Mailhot First Nation Canadian writer, journalist, memoirist, teacher 1983

On being hospitalized for depression in “Terese Mailhot: Truth Is My Aesthetic” https://www.guernicamag.com/terese-mailhot-truth-is-my-aesthetic/ in Guernica Magazine (2018 Mar 21)

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„Sex is not a necessary attribute of all living things.. [it is] a most necessary attribute if progress in evolution of new forms is to occur, as they have progressed through the ages and as we now see them progressing on this planet.“

—  Luther Burbank American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science 1849 - 1926

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„I feel quite unable to adopt the opinion that the moment goods pass into the possession of the consumer they cease altogether to have the attributes of capital.“

—  William Stanley Jevons, The Theory of Political Economy

Quelle: The Theory of Political Economy (1871), Chapter VII, Theory of Capital, p. 209.

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„I have no desire to prove anything by it. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987

from Astaire's autobiography Steps in Time, 1959, p. 325.

„To rob man of his noblest faculty, the experience of and aspiration to perfection and unity in himself, we can now see to have been a truly hellish surgery.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte Scottish industrial engineer 1896 - 1972

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„Now it is possible that wants and the exercise of faculties have entered in some manner into the production of the phenomena“

—  Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802), buch Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

Quelle: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), p. 231
Kontext: Now it is possible that wants and the exercise of faculties have entered in some manner into the production of the phenomena which we have been considering; but certainly not in the way suggested by Lamarck, whose whole notion is obviously so inadequate to account for the rise of the organic kingdoms, that we only can place it with pity among the follies of the wise.

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„Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it must be the truth.“

—  Benjamin Peirce American mathematician 1809 - 1880

On Euler's identity, <math>e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0. \,\!</math> as quoted in notes by W. E. Byerly, published in Benjamin Peirce, 1809-1880 : Biographical Sketch and Bibliography (1925) by R. C. Archibald; also in Mathematics and the Imagination (1940) by Edward Kasner and James Newman.

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„What is my ruling faculty now to me?“

—  Marcus Aurelius, buch Selbstbetrachtungen

X, 24
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Kontext: What is my ruling faculty now to me? and of what nature am I now making it? and for what purpose am I now using it? is it void of understanding? is it loosed and rent asunder from social life? is it melted and mixed with the poor flesh so as to move together with it?

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„Now we are living in the digital age. I feel very lucky and appreciative that young people now have the opportunity of coming to know the kind of films we shot in the past.“

—  Brigitte Lin Taiwanese actress 1954

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„The problem now (after East Timor independence from Indonesia referendum) is that we the East Timorese are without means. We are so dependent, we feel very small and fragile. But I have confidence that this will not last too long. We have hopes that after (United Nations-backed) the transitional period, we can rebuild our country.“

—  Xanana Gusmão former President and Prime Minister of East Timor 1946

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„Prove that you have human feelings,
Ere you proudly question ours!“

—  William Cowper (1731–1800) English poet and hymnodist 1731 - 1800

Quelle: The Negro's Complaint (1788), Lines 55-56

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