„I'm sorry,' he says simply. 'People make mistakes, Gemma. We take the wrong action for the right reasons, and the right action for the wrong reasons.“

—  Libba Bray, buch The Sweet Far Thing

Quelle: The Sweet Far Thing

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Libba Bray
US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin 1964

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Buckminster Fuller Foto

„We must progress to the stage of doing all the right things for all the right reasons instead of doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons.“

—  Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983

From 1980s onwards, Cosmography (1992)

James Baldwin Foto

„It is true that two wrongs don't make a right, as we love to point out to the people we have wronged. But one wrong doesn't make a right, either.“

—  James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987

"Negroes Are Anti-Semitic Because They're Anti-White" http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/29/specials/baldwin-antisem.html in The New York Times (9 April 1967)
Kontext: It is true that two wrongs don't make a right, as we love to point out to the people we have wronged. But one wrong doesn't make a right, either. People who have been wronged will attempt to right the wrong; they would not be people if they didn't. They can rarely afford to be scrupulous about the means they will use. They will use such means as come to hand. Neither, in the main, will they distinguish one oppressor from another, nor see through to the root principle of their oppression.

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„Majorities are generally wrong, if only in their reasons for being right.“

—  George Saintsbury British literary critic 1845 - 1933

Quelle: A Last Vintage, p. 172.

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„We know now, if we know anything, that all the reasons for doing right, and all the reasons against doing wrong, are here in this world.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899

Is Divorce Wrong? (1889)
Kontext: Marriages are made by men and women; not by society; not by the state; not by the church; not by supernatural beings. By this time we should know that nothing is moral that does not tend to the well-being of sentient beings; that nothing is virtuous the result of which is not good. We know now, if we know anything, that all the reasons for doing right, and all the reasons against doing wrong, are here in this world.

Frank Herbert Foto

„Guessing right for the wrong reason does not merit scientific immortality.“

—  Stephen Jay Gould American evolutionary biologist 1941 - 2002

"The Godfather of Disaster", p. 379
Bully for Brontosaurus (1991)

Buckminster Fuller Foto

„Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.“

—  Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983

Aldo Leopold Foto

„Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.“

—  Aldo Leopold, buch A Sand County Almanac

"The Ecological Conscience" [1947]; Published in The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold, Susan L. Flader and J. Baird Callicott (eds.) 1991, p. 346.
1940s
Quelle: A Sand County Almanac
Kontext: The direction is clear, and the first step is to throw your weight around on matters of right and wrong in land-use. Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays. That philosophy is dead in human relations, and its funeral in land-relations is overdue.

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„The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.“

—  T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

Variante: The last act is the greatest treason. To do the right deed for the wrong reason.
Quelle: Murder in the Cathedral

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„I have not spoken to him directly. Here's the reason. Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he's gonna say all the right things to me. I'm not interested in words. I'm interested in actions.“

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

I would have fired BP chief by now, Obama says http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37566848/ns/disaster_in_the_gulf/ (June 8, 2010)
2010, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (April 2010)

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„In these matters, as often in our culture, it is far, far better to be wrong in a respectable way than to be right for the wrong reasons.“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith, buch The Great Crash, 1929

Quelle: The Great Crash, 1929 (1954 and 1997 https://openlibrary.org/books/OL25728842M/The_Great_Crash_1929), Chapter V, The Twilight of Illusion, Section VII, p. 85

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„Life is not meaningless for the man who considers certain actions wrong simply because they are wrong, whether or not they violate the law.“

—  Hyman George Rickover United States admiral 1900 - 1986

Thoughts on Man's Purpose in Life (1974)
Kontext: Life is not meaningless for the man who considers certain actions wrong simply because they are wrong, whether or not they violate the law. This kind of moral code gives a person a focus, a basis on which to conduct himself. Certainly there is a temptation to let go of morals in order to do the expedient thing. But there is also a tremendous power in standing by what is right. Principle and accomplishment need not be incompatible.
A common thread moves through all the principles I have discussed: It is the desire to improve oneself and one's surroundings by actively participating in life. Too many succumb to the emotional preference of the comfortable solution instead of the difficult one. It is easy to do nothing. And to do nothing is also an act; an act of indifference or cowardice.
A person must prepare himself intellectually and professionally and then use his powers to their fullest extent.

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