„This letter, if judged by the novelty and profundity of ideas it contains, is perhaps the most substantial piece of writing in the whole literature of mankind.“

Symmetry (1952) (quote on p. 138; referring to a letter by Évariste Galois to Auguste Chevalier from May 29, 1832, two days before Galois’ death, containing a testamentary summary of Galois’ discoveries)

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Hermann Weyl5
deutscher Mathematiker 1885 - 1955

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„The most melancholy of human reflections, perhaps, is that, on the whole, it is a question whether the, benevolence of mankind does most good or harm.“

—  Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877

Quelle: Physics and Politics http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/phypl10.txt (1869), Ch. 5
Kontext: I wish the art of benefiting men had kept pace with the art of destroying them; for though war has become slow, philanthropy has remained hasty. The most melancholy of human reflections, perhaps, is that, on the whole, it is a question whether the, benevolence of mankind does most good or harm. Great good, no doubt, philanthropy does, but then it also does great evil. It augments so much vice, it multiplies so much suffering, it brings to life such great populations to suffer and to be vicious, that it is open to argument whether it be or be not an evil to the world, and this is entirely because excellent people fancy that they can do much by rapid action — that they will most benefit the world when they most relieve their own feelings; that as soon as an evil is seen "something" ought to be done to stay and prevent it.

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Miguel de Cervantes Foto

„By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Quelle: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book I, Ch. 4.

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Carl R. Rogers Foto

„The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.“

—  Carl R. Rogers American psychologist 1902 - 1987

On Becoming a Person (1961)
Quelle: page 351

Alan Moore Foto

„The TV, sofa, clock and room, the whole civilisation that contains them once were nothing save ideas.“

—  Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953

What Is Reality?
Kontext: The Here-and-Now demands attention, is more present to us. We dismiss the inner world of our ideas as less important, although most of our immediate physical reality originated only in the mind. The TV, sofa, clock and room, the whole civilisation that contains them once were nothing save ideas.

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„It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.“

—  Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947

Quelle: 1910s, An Introduction to Mathematics (1911), ch. 15.

„The most productive novelties often spring“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte Scottish industrial engineer 1896 - 1972

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: The most productive novelties often spring, in thought as in biological evolution, from more primitive and simpler forms, rather than from differentiated ones which, through their elaboration, have become too specialized to be adaptable to new tasks.<!--p.8

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„Considered as a whole, Hesse's achievement can hardly be matched in modern literature; it is the continually rising trajectory of an idea, the fundamentally religious idea of how to 'live more abundantly'.“

—  Colin Wilson, buch The Outsider

Quelle: The Outsider (1956), p. 77
Kontext: Considered as a whole, Hesse's achievement can hardly be matched in modern literature; it is the continually rising trajectory of an idea, the fundamentally religious idea of how to 'live more abundantly'. Hesse has little imagination in the sense that Shakespeare or Tolstoy can be said to have imagination, but his ideas have a vitality that more than makes up for it. Before all, he is a novelist who used the novel to explore the problem: What should we do with our lives? The man who is interested to know how he should live instead of merely taking life as it comes, is automatically an Outsider.

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„The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent.“

—  Alfred Brendel Austrian pianist, poet, and author 1931

Cited in: Karen Offord. Dare to Dream: Your Journey of a Lifetime, 2014, p. 115.

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„Novelty, the most potent of all attractions, is also the most perishable.“

—  André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967

Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Loving

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