„To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.“

—  Thomas Paine, buch The American Crisis

The Crisis No. V
Quelle: 1770s, The American Crisis (1776–1783)

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„The Theatre of the Absurd has renounced arguing about the absurdity of the human condition; it merely presents it in being — that is, in terms of concrete stage images.“

—  Martin Esslin Playwright, theatre critic, scholar 1918 - 2002

Introduction : The absurdity of the Absurd
The Theatre of the Absurd (1961)
Kontext: The Theatre of the Absurd has renounced arguing about the absurdity of the human condition; it merely presents it in being — that is, in terms of concrete stage images. This is the difference between the approach of the philosopher and that of the poet; the difference, to take an example from another sphere, between the idea of God in the works of Thomas Aquinas or Spinoza and the intuition of God in those of St. John of the Cross or Meister Eckhart — the difference between theory and experience.

„Reproof is a medicine like mercury or opium; if it be improperly administered it will do harm instead of good.“

—  James Burgh British politician 1714 - 1775

The Dignity of Human Nature (1754)

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„Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2011, Tucson Memorial Address (January 2011)
Kontext: Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, "when I looked for light, then came darkness." Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

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„An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.“

—  Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979

Though Sheen is quoted as saying this in Look magazine (14 December 1955) the earliest located declaration of this witticism was by John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir on 21 February 1936: "I have heard an atheist defined as a man who had no invisible means of support."
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„To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.“

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, buch Vom Gesellschaftsvertrag oder Prinzipien des Staatsrechtes

Quelle: The Social Contract

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„Philosophy will not be able to effect an immediate transformation of the present condition of the world. This is not only true of philosophy, but of all merely human thought and endeavor.“

—  Martin Heidegger German philosopher 1889 - 1976

Interview (23 September 1966), published posthumously in Der Spiegel (31 May 1976), as translated by Maria P. Alter and John D. Caputo in The Heidegger Controversy : A Critical Reader (1991), edited by Richard Wolin.
Kontext: Philosophy will not be able to effect an immediate transformation of the present condition of the world. This is not only true of philosophy, but of all merely human thought and endeavor. Only a god can save us. The sole possibility that is left for us is to prepare a sort of readiness, through thinking and poeticizing, for the appearance of the god or for the absence of the god in the time of foundering [Untergang] for in the face of the god who is absent, we founder. Only a God Can Save Us.

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„Now Heaven and Earth are older than the temples,
and older than the Scriptures,
and whether we realize it or not,
they hold more authority.“

—  Eden ahbez American songwriter and recording artist 1908 - 1995

Tape recording to Joe Romersa (1992)
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„So much of political philosophy throughout history has consisted of concocting reasons why people have a duty to be tame animals in politicians’ cages.“

—  James Bovard American journalist 1956

From Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen (St. Martin's Press, 1999) http://www.jimbovard.com/Epigram%20page%20Freedom%20in%20Chains.htm

„Both God and man hold each other in equally beautiful contempt.“

—  Michael Bishop American writer 1945

Quelle: A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire (1975), Chapter 11, “Usurpation: Two Meteors, Prodigal of Light” (p. 196)

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„Philosophy springs from the love of being; it is man's loving endeavor to perceive the order of being and attune himself to it.“

—  Eric Voegelin American philosopher 1901 - 1985

Eric Voegelin (1999), Science, Politics, and Gnosticism in The Collected Works, Vol. 5: Modernity Without Restraint, edited by Manfred Henningsen, , p. 273.
Kontext: Philosophy springs from the love of being; it is man's loving endeavor to perceive the order of being and attune himself to it. Gnosis desires dominion over being; in order to seize control of being the Gnostic constructs his system. The building of systems is a gnostic form of reasoning, not a philosophical one.

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