„Do you ask me whom I have conquered? Neither the Persians, nor the far-off Medes, nor any warlike race that lies beyond the Dahae; not these, but greed, ambition, and the fear of death that has conquered the conquerors of the world.“
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter LXXI: On the supreme good
— Johann Georg Hamann German philosopher 1730 - 1788
Socratic Memorabilia, J. Flaherty, trans. (Baltimore: 1967), p. 147.
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Quelle: Simone Weil : An Anthology (1986), Detachment (1947), p. 260
— Steven Pressfield United States Marine 1943
Quelle: The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great
— Martial, buch Epigrammata
X, 47. Alternatively translated as "Neither fear, nor wish for, your last day", in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Nor love thy life, nor hate; but what thou livest / Live well: how long or short permit to heaven", John Milton, Paradise Lost, book xi, line 553.
Epigrams (c. 80 – 104 AD)
— Wilhelm Liebknecht German socialist politician 1826 - 1900
No Compromise – No Political Trading (1899)
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Book I, ch. 6.
— Edith Cavell British nurse 1865 - 1915
Last statements (1915)
„I am not courageous. To be brave means that you have conquered fear, but I have never had any fear to conquer. Believe me, Mr Leithen, I am quite impervious to threats. You come to me to-night and hold a pistol to my head. You offer me two alternatives, both of which mean failure. But how do you know that I regard them as failure? I have had what they call a good run for my money. No man since Napoleon has tasted such power. I may be willing to end it. Age creeps on and power may grow burdensome. I have always sat loose from common ambitions and common affections. For all you know I may regard you as a benefactor.“
— John Buchan, buch The Power-House
Quelle: The Power-House (1916), Ch. 8 "The Power-House"
— John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
Book II, ode xiv
Translations, The Odes and Carmen Saeculare of Horace (1863)
„Death's dry bones glowed with light in the erotic dark
but he woke not nor felt the two warm bodies merge;
the male worm then took heart and in his wife's ear whispered:
"With one sweet kiss, dear wife, we've conquered conquering Death!"“
— Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
Orpheus' song, Book III, line 178
The Odyssey : A Modern Sequel (1938)
„One who is not perturbed by misfortune, who is beyond comfort, attachment and fear, who considers gold as dust. He neither speaks ill of others nor feels elated by praise and shuns greed, attachments and arrogance. He is indifferent to ecstasy and tragedy, is not affected by honors or humiliations. He renounces expectations, greed. He is neither attached to the worldliness, nor lets senses and anger affect him. In such a person resides God.“
— Guru Tegh Bahadur The ninth Guru of Sikhism 1621 - 1675
Guru Tegh Bahadur, Sorath 633 (Translated by Gopal Singh), Tegh Bahadur (Translated by Gopal Singh) (2005). Mahalla nawan: compositions of Guru Tegh Bahādur-the ninth guru (from Sri Guru Granth Sahib): Bāṇī Gurū Tega Bahādara. Allied Publishers. pp. xxviii–xxxiii, 15–27. ISBN 978-81-7764-897-3.
„If the world is ever conquered for our Lord, it is not by ministers, nor by office-bearers, nor by the great, and noble and mighty, but by every member of Christ's body being a working member; doing his work; filling his own sphere; holding his own post; and saying to Jesus, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?"“
— Thomas Guthrie British divine 1803 - 1873
Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 128.
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
— Thomas Dekker, Old Fortunatus
Old Fortunatus (1599).
— Paulo Coelho, buch Aleph
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
Drawn and Quartered (1983)
— John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
Quelle: The Pilgrim's Progress
— Max Brooks, buch World War Z
Quelle: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
„This New Life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust; and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honor nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
The God-Man : The Life, Journeys and Work of Meher Baba with an Interpretation of His Silence and Spiritual Teaching (1964) by Charles Benjamin Purdom, p. 187.
Kontext: This New Life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust; and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honor nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation, and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go the hand of Truth, and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies. This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.