„Practise in everything a certain nonchalance that shall conceal design and show that what is done and said is done without effort and almost without thought.“
„The time will come, without my seeking it, that my words will almost serve as law. If I ask a certain thing, it will be done. If I don't want something, it will not be done. If I recommend a certain ambassador for a certain country, and then visit that country and that ambassador's office, he will greet me with the red carpet treatment.“
— Sun Myung Moon Korean religious leader 1920 - 2012
Statement of 1974-03-24, as quoted in Investigation of Korean-American Relations : Report of the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House Of Representatives (31 October 1978) http://www.allentwood.com/articles/conclufraser.html
„What's come to perfection perishes.
Things learned on earth we shall practise in heaven;
Works done least rapidly Art most cherishes.“
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Old Pictures in Florence, xvii.
„The great majority of men and women, in ordinary times, pass through life without ever contemplating or criticising, as a whole, either their own conditions or those of the world at large. They find themselves born into a certain place in society, and they accept what each day brings forth, without any effort of thought beyond what the immediate present requires. Almost as instinctively as the beasts of the field, they seek the satisfaction of the needs of the moment, without much forethought, and without considering that by sufficient effort the whole conditions of their lives could be changed.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Introduction, p. 4
— George Barlow
The Song of Abu Klea, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„As for the Rosenkavalier waltzes... how could I have done those without a thought of the laughing genius of Vienna?“
— Richard Strauss German composer and orchestra director 1864 - 1949
On Johann Strauss, page 77. Originally written in 1925.
— José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895
„But it cannot be done to you without your consent. If you permit it to be done, you you deserve it.“
— Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982
„Meditation is the emptying of the mind of the known. It cannot be done by thought or by the hidden prompting of thought, nor by desire in the form of prayer, nor through the self-effacing hypnotism of words, images, hopes, and vanities. All these have to come to an end, easily, without effort and choice, in the flame of awareness.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: Meditation is the emptying of the mind of all thought, for thought and feeling dissipate energy. They are repetitive, producing mechanical activities which are a necessary part of existence. But they are only part, and thought and feeling cannot possibly enter into the immensity of life. Quite a different approach is necessary, not the path of habit, association and the known; there must be freedom from these. Meditation is the emptying of the mind of the known. It cannot be done by thought or by the hidden prompting of thought, nor by desire in the form of prayer, nor through the self-effacing hypnotism of words, images, hopes, and vanities. All these have to come to an end, easily, without effort and choice, in the flame of awareness. p. 105
— Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies - Vol II
First attributed to Johnson 15 years posthumously in a footnote in William Seward's Biographiana (1799), but written in slightly different form in 1764, in a profile in The Scots Magazine of Charles Churchill. The Scots Magazine, Volume 26 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=y14AAAAAYAAJ&q=%22without+effort%22&redir_esc=y&hl=en#v=snippet&q=%22without%20effort%22&f=false Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/11/08/without-effort/, retrieved 17 May 2016
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther (King's namesake)
— Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 př. n. l.