„From the winter of 1821, when I first read Bentham, and especially from the commencement of the Westminster Review, I had what might truly be called an object in life; to be a reformer of the world. My conception of my own happiness was entirely identified with this object.“
— John Stuart Mill British philosopher and political economist 1806 - 1873
„It seems that I have spent my entire time trying to make life more rational and that it was all wasted effort.“
— Alfred Jules Ayer English philosopher 1910 - 1989
As quoted in The Observer (17 August 1986).
„Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.“
— William Lloyd Garrison American journalist 1805 - 1879
Context: Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage. The great mass of mankind shun the labor and responsibility of forming opinions for themselves. The question is not — what is true? but — what is popular? Not — what does God say? but — what says the public? Not — what is my opinion? but — what do others believe? Introductory Remarks
„The life that is worth living, and the only life that is worth living, is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Context: Of course, the worst of all lives is the vicious life; the life of a man who becomes a positive addition to the forces of evil in a community. Next to that and when I am speaking to people who, by birth and training and standing, ought to amount to a great deal, I have a right to say only second to it in criminality comes the life of mere vapid ease, the ignoble life of a man who desires nothing from his years but that they shall be led with the least effort, the least trouble, the greatest amount of physical enjoyment or intellectual enjoyment of a mere dilettante type. The life that is worth living, and the only life that is worth living, is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for.
„Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills.
It is not the effort nor the failure tires.
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.“
— William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984
"Missing Dates" (1937), line 1; cited from John Haffenden (ed.) The Complete Poems (London: Allen Lane, 2000) p. 79.
„There is no wasted effort. There is no wasted effort. It will all add to the path. It will all add to the journey. Somehow. You just can't even imagine how it will. But you just need to do things fully to the best of your ability. And you go towards the thing that you love. What you love to do.“
— Jennifer Beals American actress and a former teen model 1963
Interview at Chatelaine.com (February 2011) http://www.chatelaine.com/en/videos/26327--interview-with-jennifer-beals/.
„It's the ultimate chaos that generates partial chaos, but that chaos also is what revivifies life, because otherwise it would just be static.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„Now what we call “bourgeois,” when regarded as an element always to be found in human life, is nothing else than the search for a balance. It is the striving after a mean between the countless extremes and opposite that arise in human conduct.“
— Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962
„The strange American ardor for passing laws, the insane belief in regulation and punishment, plays into the hands of the reformers, most of them quacks themselves. Their efforts, even when honest, seldom accomplish any appreciable good.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: The strange American ardor for passing laws, the insane belief in regulation and punishment, plays into the hands of the reformers, most of them quacks themselves. Their efforts, even when honest, seldom accomplish any appreciable good. The Harrison Act, despite its cruel provisions, has not diminished drug addiction in the slightest. The Mormons, after years of persecution, are still Mormons, and one of them is now a power in the Senate. Socialism in the United States was not laid by the Espionage Act; it was laid by the fact that the socialists, during the war, got their fair share of the loot. Nor was the stately progress of osteopathy and chiropractic halted by the early efforts to put them down. Oppressive laws do not destroy minorities; they simply make bootleggers. Editorial in TheAmerican Mercury (May 1924), p. 26
„Life is a waste of time and time is a waste of life, so let's all get wasted and have the time of our lives.“
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
„I call the beginning of death the whole course of life, beginning with our birth, from which point we commence to die, and each moment of every day brings us nearer to our end.“
— Stefano Guazzo Italian writer 1530 - 1593
Della Morte, p. 529. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 275.