„An unlucky rich man is more capable of satisfying his desires and of riding out disaster when it strikes, but a lucky man is better off than him…He is the one who deserves to be described as happy. But until he is dead, you had better refrain from calling him happy, and just call him fortunate.“
Herodotus (trans. Robin Waterfield) The Histories Bk. 1, ch. 32, pp. 15-16.
— Solón Athenian legislator -638 - -558 př. n. l.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, kniha The Oak and the Calf
Solzhenitsyn here seems to be paraphrasing Sophocles who expresses similar ideas in Oedipus Rex. This is also a direct reference to Plutarch's line, "call no man fortunate until he is dead," from his "Parallel Lives".
The Oak and the Calf (1975)
„How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.“
— Adam Smith, kniha The Theory of Moral Sentiments
Section I, Chap. I.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Part I
„When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him Vandal. When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God we call him Sportsman.“
— Joseph Wood Krutch American writer, critic, and naturalist 1893 - 1970
The Great Chain of Life (1956), Chapter 9 "The Vandal and the Sportsman" http://books.google.com/books?id=Ydc0cooCB6QC&lpg=PA146&q="when+a+man+wantonly+destroys+one+of+the+works+of+man+we+call+him+vandal+when+he+wantonly+destroys+one+of+the+works+of+god+we+call+him+sportsman"#v=onepage. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2009, p. 148.
„"The cap'n is Wolf Larsen, or so men call him. I never heard his other name. But you better speak soft with him. He is mad this morning. The mate-" But he did not finish. The cook had glided in.“
— Jack London, kniha The Sea-Wolf
Zdroj: The Sea-Wolf (1904), Chapter Two
„What we call knowing a man's character, is knowing how he will act in such and such conditions. The better we know him the more surely we can prophesy. If we know him perfectly, we are certain.“
— James Anthony Froude, kniha The Nemesis of Faith
Fragments of Markham's notes
The Nemesis of Faith (1849)
Kontext: It is alike self-contradictory and contrary to experience, that a man of two goods should choose the lesser, knowing it at the time to be the lesser. Observe, I say, at the time of action. We are complex, and therefore, in our natural state, inconsistent, beings, and the opinion of this hour need not be the opinion of the next. It may be different before the temptation appear; it may return to be different after the temptation is passed; the nearness or distance of objects may alter their relative magnitude, or appetite or passion may obscure the reflecting power, and give a temporary impulsive force to a particular side of our nature. But, uniformly, given a particular condition of a man's nature, and given a number of possible courses, his action is as necessarily determined into the course best corresponding to that condition, as a bar of steel suspended between two magnets is determined towards the most powerful. It may go reluctantly, for it will still feel the attraction of the weaker magnet, but it will still obey the strongest, and must obey. What we call knowing a man's character, is knowing how he will act in such and such conditions. The better we know him the more surely we can prophesy. If we know him perfectly, we are certain.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, kniha The Cost of Discipleship
Zdroj: The Cost of Discipleship
„An idle man has a constant tendency to torpidity. He has adopted the Indian maxim — that it is better to walk than to run, and better to stand than to walk, and better to sit than to stand, and better to lie than to sit. He hugs himself into the notion, that God calls him to be quiet.“
— Richard Cecil (clergyman) British Evangelical Anglican priest and social reformer 1748 - 1810
Zdroj: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 345.
„Everyone points to the other man, who, according to him, is happier But the only one, who has the courage to declare that he is truly happy, is he who has relinquished all his passions and hungers from within.“
— Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993
Quotations from Gurudev’s teachings, Chinmya Mission Chicago
„He that always waits upon God is ready whenever He calls. Neglect not to set your accounts even; he is a happy man who to lives as that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.“
— Owen Feltham English writer 1602 - 1668
Zdroj: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 180.
„Just because one man calls him Allah and another calls him God is no reason for believers to be enemies.“
— Philippa Gregory, kniha The Constant Princess
Zdroj: The Constant Princess
„Of a rich man who was niggardly he said, "That man does not own his estate, but his estate owns him."“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (c. 200 A.D.), Book 4: The Academy
„Certainly this man, such as I have described him, this loner who is gifted with an active imagination, traversing forever the vast desert of men, has a loftier aim than that of a simple idler, an aim more general than the passing pleasure of circumstance. He is looking for what one might be allowed to call modernity; for no better word presents itself to express the idea in question. What concerns him is to release the poetry of fashion from its historical trappings, to draw the eternal out of the transient.“
— Charles Baudelaire, Le Peintre de la vie moderne
A coup sûr, cet homme, tel que je l'ai dépeint, ce solitaire doué d'une imagination active, toujours voyageant à travers le grand désert d'hommes, a un but plus élevé que celui d'un pur flâneur, un but plus général, autre que le plaisir fugitif de la circonstance. Il cherche ce quelque chose qu'on nous permettra d'appeler la modernité; car il ne se présente pas de meilleur mot pour exprimer l'idée en question. Il s'agit, pour lui, de dégager de la mode ce qu'elle peut contenir de poétique dans l'historique, de tirer l'éternel du transitoire.
IV: "La modernité" http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/La_Modernit%C3%A9
Le peintre de la vie moderne (1863)
„His wife had held him in her arms as if she could keep death away from him.
He had cried out, "My God, I am a dead man!"“
— Philip José Farmer American science fiction writer 1918 - 2009
Zdroj: The Riverworld series, To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971), Chapter 1 (p. 1; First lines, depicting the death of Sir Richard Francis Burton).
„One of [Mann's] many reasons for hating the Third Reich was that it forced him to be a better man than he really was.“
— Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939 - 2019
'Thomas Mann', p. 453
Essays and reviews, Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time (2007)
„A man from Bani Aslam came to Allah's Apostle while he was in the mosque and called (the Prophet ) saying, "O Allah's Apostle! I have committed illegal sexual intercourse." On that the Prophet turned his face from him to the other side, whereupon the man moved to the side towards which the Prophet had turned his face, and said, "O Allah's Apostle! I have committed illegal sexual intercourse." The Prophet turned his face (from him) to the other side whereupon the man moved to the side towards which the Prophet had turned his face, and repeated his statement. The Prophet turned his face (from him) to the other side again. The man moved again (and repeated his statement) for the fourth time. So when the man had given witness four times against himself, the Prophet called him and said, "Are you insane?" He replied, "No." The Prophet then said (to his companions), "Go and stone him to death." The man was a married one. Jabir bin 'Abdullah Al-Ansari said: I was one of those who stoned him. We stoned him at the Musalla ('Id praying place) in Medina. When the stones hit him with their sharp edges, he fled, but we caught him at Al-Harra and stoned him till he died.“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Narrated Abu Huraira
„No passion is stronger in the breast of man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.“
— Virginia Woolf, kniha Orlando: A Biography
Zdroj: Orlando: A Biography (1928), Ch. 3
Kontext: No passion is stronger in the breast of man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high. Whigs and Tories, Liberal party and Labour party — for what do they battle except their own prestige?