„You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.“

—  Colette

New York World-Telegram and Sun (1961)

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französische Schriftstellerin, Kabarettistin und Journalist… 1873 - 1954

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„You foolish man, you do not understand your own foolish business.“

—  Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield British statesman and man of letters 1694 - 1773

Attributed to Chesterfield by George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover, in his 1833 edition of Horace Walpole's letters to Sir Horace Mann, such statements have been attributed to many others, such as Lord Chief Justice Campbell, William Henry Maule (in the form "You silly old fool, you don't even know the alphabet of your own silly old business"), Sir William Harcourt, Lord Pembroke, Lord Westbury, and to an anonymous judge, and said to have been spoken in court to Garter King at Arms, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, or some other high-ranking herald, who had confused a "bend" with a "bar" or had demanded fees to which he was not entitled. George Bernard Shaw uses it in Pygmalion (1912) in the form, "The silly people dont [sic] know their own silly business." Similar remarks occur in Charles Jenner's The Placid Man: Or, The Memoirs of Sir Charles Beville (1770): "Sir Harry Clayton ... was perhaps far better qualified to have written a Peerage of England than Garter King at Arms, or Rouge Dragon, or any of those parti-coloured officers of the court of honor, who, as a great man complained on a late solemnity, are but too often so silly as not to know their own silly business." "Old Lord Pembroke" (Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke) is said by Horace Walpole (in a letter of 28 May 1774 to the Rev. William Cole) to have directed the quip, "Thou silly fellow! Thou dost not know thy own silly business," at John Anstis, Garter King at Arms. Edmund Burke also quotes such a remark in his "Speech in the Impeachment of Warren Hastings, Esq." on 7 May 1789: "'Silly man, that dost not know thy own silly trade!' was once well said: but the trade here is not silly."
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John C. Maxwell Foto

„If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.“

—  John C. Maxwell American author, speaker and pastor 1947

Quelle: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

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„If you're going to do something stupid—and we all do—it might as well be a brave and foolish thing.“

—  Samuel R. Delany, buch The Einstein Intersection

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Amy Tan Foto

„Look at this face. Do you see my foolish hope?“

—  Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Quelle: The Joy Luck Club (1989), Ch. 16, pg. 283

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„Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

„We all do foolish things when we are in love. Don't we, your grace?“

—  Judith McNaught, buch Whitney, My Love

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Joe Armstrong Foto

„We can't do a list of 20 things. You can't do 20 things in parallel. Do one of them. Do the next.“

—  Joe Armstrong British computer scientist 1950 - 2019

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Gillian Flynn Foto

„Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you're really doing it to them.“

—  Gillian Flynn, buch Sharp Objects

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„The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.“

—  Benjamin Hoff, buch The Tao of Pooh

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„If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965

"1901", p. 76. Sometimes misquoted as "If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing". Sometimes misattributed to Bertrand Russell or Anatole France
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Bertrand Russell Foto

„ If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook (1949), entry for 1901
Sometimes misquoted as "If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing."
Sometimes misattributed to Anatole France
Note that Russell does say something similar in Marriage and Morals (1929): "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible."
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„The best thing you can do for the poor is.. not be one of them“

—  Andrew Matthews British writer 1948

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George S. Patton Foto

„Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945

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