„But he who neither thinks for himself nor learns from others, is a failure as a man.“

—  Hesiod

Quelle: Works and Days and Theogony

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„I think he who knows himself will know accurately, not the opinion of others about him, but what he is in reality… he ought to discover within himself what is right for him to do and not learn it from without…“

—  Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363

As quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 91
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„He feared neither God, nor devil, nor man, nor wind, nor sea, nor his own conscience. And I believe he hated everybody and everything. But I think he was afraid to die. I believe I am the only man who ever stood up to him.“

—  Joseph Conrad, buch The Shadow Line

Referring to Mr. Burns. Compare to Heart of Darkness' manager: "He was becoming confidential now, but I fancy my unresponsive attitude must have exasperated him at last, for he judged it necessary to inform me he feared neither God nor devil, let alone any mere man. I said I could see that very well..."
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„This man, I say, is most perfect who shall have understood everything for himself, after having devised what may be best afterward and unto the end: and good again is he likewise who shall have complied with one advising him well: but whoso neither himself hath understanding, nor when he hears another, lays it to heart, he on the other hand is a worthless man.“

—  Hesiod, buch Werke und Tage

Original: (el) Οὗτος μὲν πανάριστος, ὃς αὐτὸς πάντα νοήσει,
φρασσάμενος, τά κ᾽ ἔπειτα καὶ ἐς τέλος ᾖσιν ἀμείνω·
ἐσθλὸς δ᾽ αὖ καὶ κεῖνος, ὃς εὖ εἰπόντι πίθηται·
ὃς δέ κε μήτ᾽ αὐτὸς νοέῃ μήτ᾽ ἄλλου ἀκούων
ἐν θυμῷ βάλληται, ὁ δ᾽ αὖτ᾽ ἀχρῄος ἀνήρ.
Quelle: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 293.

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„The truly proud man knows neither superiors nor inferiors. The first he does not admit of: the last he does not concern himself about.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830

No. 112
Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)

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„Nor is he the wisest man who never proved himself a fool.“

—  Alfred, Lord Tennyson British poet laureate 1809 - 1892

Stanza 124
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„That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

Il est sage de ne mettre ni crainte, ni espérance dans l’avenir incertain.
L’Étui de nacre: Le Procurateur de Judée http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Procurateur_de_Jud%C3%A9e [Mother of Pearl: The Procurator of Judea] (1892)

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„I can affirm that a person who neither eats the flesh of other beings nor wears any part of the bodies of other beings, nor even thinks of eating or wearing these things, is a person who will gain liberation.“

—  Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 v.Chr

Part VII, Chapter 2: On Killing
Mahayana, Śūraṅgama Sūtra

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„A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Attributed to her in Commons debates, 2003-07-02, column 407 http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200203/cmhansrd/vo030702/debtext/30702-10.htm and Commons debates, 2004-06-15 column 697 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200304/cmhansrd/vo040615/debtext/40615-20.htm#40615-20_spnew1. According to a letter http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Content/displayPrintable.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2006/11/02/nosplit/dt0201.xml&site=15&page=0 to the Daily Telegraph by Alistair Cooke on 2 November 2006, this sentiment originated with Loelia Ponsonby, one of the wives of 2nd Duke of Westminster who said "Anybody seen in a bus over the age of 30 has been a failure in life". In a letter http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/3633852/Letters-to-the-Daily-Telegraph.html published the next day, also in the Daily Telegraph, Hugo Vickers claims Loelia Ponsonby admitted to him that she had borrowed it from Brian Howard. There is no solid evidence that Margaret Thatcher ever quoted this statement with approval, or indeed shared the sentiment.
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