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„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.

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„People have always needed art: but why have they needed it?“

—  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

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„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"

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„What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.“

—  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.

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„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.

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