„The opposite of work is idleness. But very few of us know what to do with idleness. When you look at the way that we distribute our lives in general, you realize that in the periods in which we have a lot of money, we have very little time. And then when we finally have time, we have neither the money nor the health.“
TED: "How to run a company with (almost) no rules" https://www.ted.com/talks/ricardo_semler_how_to_run_a_company_with_almost_no_rules/ (October 2014)
„But as they all say if we sell our home what will we have for it, money, and what is the use of that money, money goes and after it is gone then where are we, beside we have all we want, what can we do with money except lose it, money to spend is not very welcome, if you have it and you try to spend it, well spending money is an anxiety, saving money is a comfort and a pleasure, economy is not a duty it is a comfort, avarice is an excitement, but spending money is nothing, money spent is money non-existent, money saved is money realised…“
— Gertrude Stein, kniha Paris France
Zdroj: Paris France (1940), p. 103
„When you are young and impecunious, society conditions you to exchange time for money, and this is quite as it should be. Very few people are hurt by having to work for a living. But as you become more affluent, it somehow is very, very difficult to reverse that process and begin trading money for time.“
— William H. Rehnquist Chief Justice of the United States 1924 - 2005
Quoted in Time magazine (13 June 1988).
Books, articles, and speeches
„When men in relationships have more money, we say they have the power. When women in relationships have more money, we say they are being used.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Zdroj: Why Men Are the Way They Are (1988), p. 218.
„We’re very lucky. You know, we have lots of things that we are very fortunate to have. You know, we have a house, you know? We have, you know, all these sort of nice things around us. And so, you know, we’re grateful for that because so many people don’t have that. We have, you know, relative stability and stuff like that. And, you know, lots of things that, you know, everyone would, you know, love to have.“
— Prince William, Duke of Cambridge a member of the British royal family 1982
Response to the question "What’s the coolest thing about being a prince?" in an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC News, as quoted in FishbowlNY (15 June 2007) http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/whats-the-coolest-thing-about-being-a-prince_b5228
„We know that you have a very arduous duty ahead of you. We hope you enjoy the best of health; if you go on looking as attractive as you do tonight, it will be very beneficial.“
— Joel Barnett, Baron Barnett British politician 1923 - 2014
Congratulating Margaret Thatcher on becoming leader of the opposition.
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.“
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross American psychiatrist 1926 - 2004
„It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
Standing by Words: Essays (2011), Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms (1982)
Kontext: It may be, then, that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.
„The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse.“
— Henry David Thoreau, kniha Life Without Principle
Life Without Principle (1863)
Kontext: The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse. If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated, he cheats himself.
„When we look back on the dangers we have been saved from, and reflect on the success we have been blessed with, it would be sinful either to be idle or to despair.“
— Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
The Crisis No. IV.
1770s, The American Crisis (1776–1783)
Kontext: You have too much at stake to hesitate. You ought not to think an hour upon the matter, but to spring to action at once. Other states have been invaded, have likewise driven off the invaders. Now our time and turn is come, and perhaps the finishing stroke is reserved for us. When we look back on the dangers we have been saved from, and reflect on the success we have been blessed with, it would be sinful either to be idle or to despair.
„When we buy new clothes not to keep ourselves warm but to look "well-dressed" we are not providing for any important need. We would not be sacrificing anything significant if we were to continue to wear our old clothes, and give the money to famine relief. By doing so, we would be preventing another person from starving. It follows from what I have said earlier that we ought to give money away, rather than spend it on clothes which we do not need to keep us warm. To do so is not charitable, or generous. Nor is it the kind of act which philosophers and theologians have called "supererogatory"“
— Peter Singer Australian philosopher 1946
an act which it would be good to do, but not wrong not to do. On the contrary, we ought to give the money away, and it is wrong not to do so.
Famine, Affluence, and Morality http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/1972----.htm, 1972.
„Which of us is not saying to himself
which of us has not been saying to himself all
I shall alter that when I have a little
We never shall have any more time. We
have, and we have always had, all the time
— Arnold Bennett English novelist 1867 - 1931
Zdroj: How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
„We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.“
— Beyoncé American singer, songwriter and actress 1981
"Beyoncé Wants to Change the Conversation", interview with Elle (4 April 2016) http://www.elle.com/fashion/a35286/beyonce-elle-cover-photos
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
III. Concerning myths; that they are divine, and why.
On the Gods and the Cosmos
Kontext: There is this first benefit from myths, that we have to search and do not have our minds idle.
That the myths are divine can be seen from those who have used them. Myths have been used by inspired poets, by the best of philosophers, by those who established the mysteries, and by the Gods themselves in oracles. But why the myths are divine it is the duty of philosophy to inquire. Since all existing things rejoice in that which is like them and reject that which is unlike, the stories about the Gods ought to be like the Gods, so that they may both be worthy of the divine essence and make the Gods well disposed to those who speak of them: which could only be done by means of myths.
„You have to look, and looking is so difficult. We are used to thinking. We reflect all the time, well or not, but people are not taught how to look. It takes a very long time.“
— Henri Cartier-Bresson French photographer 1908 - 2004
Zdroj: The Main Thing Is Looking: Interview with Alain Desvergnes (1979), p. 70
„Do you expect sincerity in man when hypocrisy is the very keynote of human nature? We are nurtured on it; we are schooled in it, we live by it; and we rarely realize it.“
— Rafael Sabatini, kniha Scaramouche
Book 3, Chapter 16
„At a time when, over and over again, we were told, "Forget it, you can't win", we were winning. We were winning in a very different way, because we were touching hearts. We were raising issues that, well, frankly, a lot of people didn't want to have raised.“
— Rick Santorum American politician 1958
Santorum in His Own Words
Wall Street Journal