„My father often told me, “It is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.” I urge readers to use less than lethal means when safe and practicable, but at times there is not a satisfactory substitute for well-aimed lead going down range at high velocity.“
— James Wesley Rawles Survivalist-fiction author and blogger 1960
Zdroj: How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, Plume, New York (2009), p. 12.
„To have success in science, you need some luck.
But to succeed in science, you need a lot more than luck.“
— James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
Succeeding in Science: Some Rules of Thumb (1993)
Kontext: To have success in science, you need some luck.
But to succeed in science, you need a lot more than luck. And it's not enough to be smart — lots of people are very bright and get nowhere in life. In my view, you have to combine intelligence with a willingness not to follow conventions when they block your path forward.
— Carroll Quigley American historian 1910 - 1977
Oscar Iden Lecture Series, Lecture 3: "The State of Individuals" (1976)
„It’s better to die than to live in the knowledge that you’ve done something that needs forgiveness.“
— Andrzej Sapkowski, kniha Blood of Elves
Zdroj: Blood of Elves
— David Benioff, kniha City of Thieves
Zdroj: City of Thieves
„For all the advances of modern societies, traditional tribal communities may have better served the essential needs of people for emotional support, nutrition, and exercise than does contemporary society. We don’t need to return to the ways of our ancestors, but we do need to learn from them.“
— David Korten writer, sustainability advocate 1937
„Far better it is for you to say: "I am a sinner," than to say: "I have no need of religion." The empty can be filled, but the self-intoxicated have no room for God.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
Zdroj: Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
— Kenneth Tynan English theatre critic and writer 1927 - 1980
Review of The Necessity of Art (1959) by Ernest Fischer
Kontext: People have always needed art: but why have they needed it? And what shaped the forms by which they satisfied their need? … In the arts form tends to be conservative, and content to be revolutionary; it is novelty of content that precedes, demands and imposes novelty of form.
„We need better government, no doubt about it. But we also need better minds, better friendships, better marriages, better communities.“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
A Continuous Harmony (1972)
„Religions have approved themselves; they have ministered to sundry vital needs which they found reigning. When they violated other needs too strongly, or when other faiths came which served the same needs better, the first religions were supplanted.“
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Lectures XIV and XV, "The Value of Saintliness"
1900s, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
Kontext: The gods we stand by are the gods we need and can use, the gods whose demands on us are reinforcements of our demands on ourselves and on one another. What I then propose to do is, briefly stated, to test saintliness by common sense, to use human standards to help us decide how far the religious life commends itself as an ideal kind of human activity. … It is but the elimination of the humanly unfit, and the survival of the humanly fittest, applied to religious beliefs; and if we look at history candidly and without prejudice, we have to admit that no religion has ever in the long run established or proved itself in any other way. Religions have approved themselves; they have ministered to sundry vital needs which they found reigning. When they violated other needs too strongly, or when other faiths came which served the same needs better, the first religions were supplanted.
„If you can read and have more imagination than a doorknob, what need do you have for a 'movie version' of a novel?“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
Zdroj: What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Something About a Soldier (1940)
Kontext: Wars, for us, are either inevitable, or created. Whatever they are, they should not wholly vitiate art. What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.
„I'm constitutionally incapable of it. There's a special extra quality you need that is indefinable, and I know I don't have it. There's an equanimity, an impermeability and a courage that you need. There are some things in life you know it's better not to try.“
— Michael Gove British politician 1967
Quoted in Standpoint magazine http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/features-march-12-will-gove-go-all-the-way-to-no-10-iain-martin-michael-gove-conservatives-david-cameron (March 2012)
„Have no fear for giving in,
Have no fear for giving over.
You'd better know that in the end
It's better to say too much
Than never say what you need to say again.Even if your hands are shaking
And your faith is broken,
Even as the eyes are closing,
Do it with a heart wide open.“
— John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977
Song lyrics, From the film The Bucket List (2007)
„We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.“
— Joanne K. Rowling British novelist, author of the Harry Potter series 1965
Paraphrased variant: We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
Harvard address (2008)
„Then the case is the same in all the other arts for the orator and his rhetoric; there is no need to know the truth of the actual matters, but one merely needs to have discovered some device of persuasion which will make one appear to those who do not know to know better than those who know.“
— Platón Classical Greek philosopher -427 - -347 př. n. l.
„Which is why we have spouses and children and parents and colleagues and friends, because someone has to know us better than we know ourselves. We need them to tell us. We need them to say, "I know you, Al. You are not the kind of man who.“
— Richard Russo, kniha Straight Man
Zdroj: Straight Man
— Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918 - 2018