„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
„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
Context: 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.
„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, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary
— Kenneth Tynan English theatre critic and writer 1927 - 1980
Context: 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. Review of The Necessity of Art (1959) by Ernest Fischer
„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
Context: 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. Lectures XIV and XV, "The Value of Saintliness"
„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, What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Context: 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.
„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.
— Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918