„How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?“

As quoted in Seeking Peace : Notes and Conversations Along the Way (1998) by Johann Christoph Arnold, p. 155
Kontext: Just because so many things are in conflict does not mean that we ourselves should be divided. Yet time and time again one hears it said that since we have been put into a conflicting world, we have to adapt to it. Oddly, this completely unchristian idea is most often espoused by so-called Christians, of all people. How can we expect a righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone who will give himself up undividedly to a righteous cause?

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Sophie Scholl14
deutsche Widerstandskämpferin im Dritten Reich 1921 - 1943

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„How can I forgive if you are not ready to give up that which caused you to stumble?“

—  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, buch The Mistress of Spices

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„To hate injustice and stand on righteousness is a difficult thing. Furthermore, to think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes.“

—  Tsunetomo Yamamoto, buch Hagakure

Hagakure (c. 1716)
Kontext: To hate injustice and stand on righteousness is a difficult thing. Furthermore, to think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The Way is in a higher place than righteousness. This is very difficult to discover, but it is the highest wisdom. When seen from this standpoint, things like righteousness are rather shallow. If one does not understand this on his own, it cannot be known. There is a method of getting to this Way, however, even if one cannot discover it by himself. This is found in consultation with others. Even a person who has not attained this Way sees others from the side. It is like the saying from the game of go: "He who sees from the side has eight eyes." The saying, "Thought by thought we see our own mistakes," also means that the highest Way is in discussion with others.

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„Perhaps the most prevailing expectation of men is our Superman expectation: the fear we are merely Clark Kents who won't be accepted unless we are a Superman.“

—  Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943

Quelle: Why Men Are the Way They Are (1988), p. 96.

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„Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.“

—  Václav Havel, buch Disturbing the Peace

Quelle: Disturbing the Peace (1986), Ch. 2 : Writing for the Stage

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„The person who does not know how to put up with others should retire into himself, if indeed he can suffer even himself.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, buch The Art of Worldly Wisdom

El que no se hallare con ánimo de sufrir apele al retiro de sí mismo, si es que aun a sí mismo se ha de poder tolerar.
Maxim 159 (p. 90)
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„And how could anyone consent to give up the smell of open books, old or new?“

—  Elizabeth Kostova, buch The Swan Thieves

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„We all give up great expectations along the way.“

—  Carlos Ruiz Zafón, buch Das Spiel des Engels

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„Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

"The Freedom of the Press", unused preface to Animal Farm (1945), published in Times Literary Supplement (15 September 1972)
Kontext: At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is 'not done' to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was 'not done' to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.

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„When we say there is a GOD, we mean that there is an intelligent designing cause of what we see in the world around us, and a being who was himself uncaused.“

—  Joseph Priestley, buch Institutes of Natural and Revealed Religion

Vol. I : Part I : The Being and Attributes of God, § 1 : Of the existence of God, and those attributes which art deduced from his being considered as uncaused himself, and the cause of every thing else (1772)
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„The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011

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„People hold on to arbitrary certainties and try to enforce them on others, often violently, in the name of some made-up righteous cause.“

—  Mark Manson American writer and blogger 1984

Quelle: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016), Chapter 9, “...And Then You Die” (p. 207)

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„We should not give away a moment to anyone who does not deserve it.“

—  Deb Caletti American writer 1963

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