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Daniel Defoe

Datum narození: 1660
Datum úmrtí: 24. duben 1731

Daniel Defoe [Dýfou] byl anglický spisovatel a novinář, představitel realismu.


„Strach z nebezpečí je tisíckrát větší, než nebezpečí samo.“

„Skutečnou velikostí je umění ovládnout sám sebe.“


„It is never too late to be wise.“ Robinson Crusoe

„The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.“

„Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised“

„Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.“

„Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.“ Robinson Crusoe

„I saw the Cloud, though I did not foresee the Storm.“ Moll Flanders


„Those people cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them because they see and covet what He has not given them. All of our discontents for what we want appear to me to spring from want of thankfulness for what we have.“ Robinson Crusoe

„Thus we never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.“ Robinson Crusoe

„I have since often observed, how incongruous and irrational the common temper of mankind is, especially of youth... that they are not ashamed to sin, and yet are ashamed to repent; not ashamed of the action for which they ought justly to be esteemed fools, but are ashamed of the returning, which only can make them be esteemed wise men.“ Robinson Crusoe

„I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent.“


„I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted : and this gave me sometimes such secret comforts, that I cannot express them; and which I take notice of here, to put those discontented people in mind of it, who cannot enjoy comfortably what God has given them, because they see and covet something that he has not given them. All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.“ Robinson Crusoe

„Today we love what tomorrow we hate,
today we seek what tomorrow we shun,
today we desire what tomorrow we fear,
nay, even tremble at the apprehensions of.“

„Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself when apparent to the eyes; and we find the burden of anxiety greater, by much, than the evil which we are anxious about :...“ Robinson Crusoe

„It put me upon reflecting how little repining there would be among mankind at any condition of life, if people would rather compare their condition with those that were worse, in order to be thankful, than be always comparing them with those which are better, to assist their murmurings and complaining.“ Robinson Crusoe

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