— Raymond E. Feist, buch The King's Buccaneer
Quelle: The King's Buccaneer
Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p.
Kontext: To be disciplined does not mean being silent, abstaining, or doing only what one thinks one may undertake without risk; it is not the art of eluding responsibility; it means acting in compliance with orders received, and therefore finding in one's own mind, by effort and reflection, the possibility to carry out such orders. It also means finding in one's own will the energy to face the risks involved in execution.
— Raymond E. Feist, buch The King's Buccaneer
Quelle: The King's Buccaneer
— Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982
Journals of Ayn Rand (1997)
„As a slave one cannot undertake obligations without the consent of one’s master. As a citizen one cannot undertake obligations unless the legal system of the State in which one holds citizenship permits one to do so. Neither a slave nor a citizen is a free person, although those who are held as slaves or citizens may well be free persons: it is just that their freedom is not respected.“
— Frank Van Dun Belgian law philosopher 1947
The Perfect Law of Freedom (2004).
— Karl Kraus Czech playwright and publicist 1874 - 1936
Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr
To keep silently in mind what one has seen and heard, to study hard and never feel contented, to teach others tirelessly; have I done (all of) these things?
Original: (zh_Hant) 默而識之，學而不厭，誨人不倦，何有於我哉？
Quelle: The Analects, Other chapters
„e achievement and maintenance of the dictatorship of the proletariat is impossible without a party which is strong by reason of its solidarity and iron discipline. But iron discipline in the Party is inconceivable without unity of will, without complete and absolute unity of action on the part of all members of the Party. This does not mean, of course, that the possibility of conflicts of opinion within the Party is thereby precluded. On the contrary, iron discipline does not preclude but presupposes criticism and conflict of opinion within the Party. Least of all does it mean that discipline must be "blind." On the contrary, iron discipline does not preclude but presupposes conscious and voluntary submission, for only conscious discipline can be truly iron discipline. But after a conflict of opinion has been closed, after criticism has been exhausted and a decision has been arrived at, unity of will and unity of action of all Party members are the necessary conditions without which neither Party unity nor iron discipline in the Party is conceivable.“
— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953
Quelle: The Foundations of Leninism, Ch.8
— Friedrich Nietzsche, buch Der Wille zur Macht
Quelle: The Will to Power
— Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches (1974), Chelsea House, Volume IV: 1922–1928, p. 3462 ISBN 0835206939
Early career years (1898–1929)
„What is meant by "the representation of space"? What distinguishes one representation from another? Does this mean "how does one see that one thing is not another thing?" What constitutes a change of focus?… What about "another way of establishing (?) "thingness"? "Something" can be either one thing or another (without turning the rabbit on its side)..“
— Jasper Johns American artist 1930
Book B (sketchbook), c 1967: as quoted in Jasper Johns, Writings, sketchbook Notes, Interviews, ed. Kirk Varnedoe, Moma New York, 1996, p. 62
— Nicholas Roerich Russian painter, writer, archaeologist, theosophist, enlightener, philosopher 1874 - 1947
Leaves Of Morya's Garden (1924 - 1925), Book II : Illumination (1925)
Kontext: One must manifest discipline of spirit; without it one cannot become free. To the slave discipline of spirit will be a prison; to the liberated one it will be a wondrous healing garden. So long as the discipline of spirit is as fetters the doors are closed, for in fetters one cannot ascend the steps.
One may understand the discipline of spirit as wings.
„It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.“
Rara temporum felicitate, ubi sentire quae velis, et quae sentias dicere licet.
— Tacitus, buch Histories
Book I, 1
„Apartheid means: ‘something of your own’; the other word refers to something even greater, i. e. ‘development’, which implies ‘growth’. A human being should not regress if one undertakes a task. Through the work of one's hands something must come into being. This is creation; and development is growth by what one creates anew in a continuously flowing process. Therefore separate development means the kind of growth which one creates by means of own power and for the sake of yourself and your people.“
— Hendrik Verwoerd Prime Minister of South Africa from 1958 until his assassination in 1966 1901 - 1966
Verwoerd in 1963, as quoted and translated by J. J. Venter in H.F. Verwoerd: Foundational aspects of his thought, Koers 64(4) 1999: 415–442
— Simone de Beauvoir, buch The Ethics of Ambiguity
The Ethics of Ambiguity (1947)
Kontext: A conquest of this kind is never finished; the contingency remains, and, so that he may assert his will, man is even obliged to stir up in the world the outrage he does not want. But this element of failure is a very condition of his life; one can never dream of eliminating it without immediately dreaming of death. This does not mean that one should consent to failure, but rather one must consent to struggle against it without respite.
— Edgar Degas French artist 1834 - 1917
Il faut avoir une haute idée, non pas de ce qu'on fait, mais de ce qu'on pourra faire un jour; sans quoi ce n'est pas la peine de travailler.
"Mad About Drawing" (p. 64)
posthumous quotes, Degas Dance Drawing' (1935)
„Never, ever regret or apologize for believing that when one man or one woman decides to risk addressing the world with truth, the world may stop what it is doing and hear. There is too much evidence to the contrary.“
— Robert Fulghum American writer 1937
Quelle: Maybe, Maybe Not
— Halldór Laxness, buch Kristnihald undir Jökli (bók)
Kristnihald undir Jökli (Under the Glacier/Christianity at Glacier) (1968)
„It is possible that efforts to contemplate some risk area—say, existential risk—will do more harm than good. One might suppose that thinking about a topic should be entirely harmless, but this is not necessarily so. If one gets a good idea, one will be tempted to share it; and in so doing one might create an information hazard. Still, one likes to believe that, on balance, investigations into existential risks and most other risk areas will tend to reduce rather than increase the risks of their subject matter.“
— Nick Bostrom Swedish philosopher 1973
Information Hazards: A Typology of Potential Harms From Knowledge https://nickbostrom.com/information-hazards.pdf (2011)
„Not knowing what one is looking for is pure agony. Too much analytical thinking, too much logic, too many meanings! Life has no logic, so why does there have to be logic to explain what it means? Also, what is logic? I think I may need to break away from analytical thinking; this is the cause of all my anxieties.“
— Gao Xingjian, buch Soul Mountain
Quelle: Soul Mountain (1989), ch. 8, p. 50