— Lin Yutang Chinese writer 1895 - 1976
„2168. 'Tis better for thee to be wise and not seem so, than to seem wise and not be so: Yet Men, for the most Part, desire and endeavor the contrary.“
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
„Some men are much better and wiser than others, but experience seems to show that hardly any man is so much better than or wiser than others that he can permanently stand the test of irresponsible power over them.“
— Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse British sociologist 1864 - 1929
Chapter IX, The Future Of Liberalism, p. 118.
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: The highfalutin aims of democracy, whether real or imaginary, are always assumed to be identical with its achievements. This, of course, is sheer hallucination. Not one of those aims, not even the aim of giving every adult a vote, has been realized. It has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good. 394
„In all companies there are more fools than wise men, and the greater part always gets the better of the wiser.“
— Francois Rabelais major French Renaissance writer 1494 - 1553
Chapter 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=wfRKAQAAIAAJ&q=%22En+toutes+compagnies+il+y+a+plus+de+folz+que+de+sages+et+la+plus+grande+partie+surmonte+tousjours+la+meilleure%22&pg=PA285#v=onepage.
— Harold Geneen American businessman 1910 - 1997
Managing, Chapter Ten (Acquisitions and Growth), p. 158.
„Where is the proof, said I, that daemons may not be subjected to the control of men? This truth may be distorted and debased in the minds of the ignorant. The dogmas of the vulgar, with regard to this subject, are glaringly absurd; but though these may justly be neglected by the wise, we are scarcely justified in totally rejecting the possibility that man may obtain supernatural aid.“
— Charles Brockden Brown American novelist, historian and editor 1771 - 1810
„But let them tell you what type of an Apostle or prophet God promised them. Was it a man from some of the enemy colleges and universities with an arm full of degrees coming from these institutions of learning of the enemy?Let them read their scriptures and see what type of man God promised to choose for a last messenger. How many of the prophets in the past were educated men of the civilization in which they were born before the call of God?“
— Elijah Muhammad American religious leader 1897 - 1975
„We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man.“
— Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926
Context: Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself, but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked: "Am I my brother's keeper?" That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society. Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality, but by the higher duty I owe to myself. What would you think of me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death?
„I want to see the ranks of employers throw up a man who will lead his men, making it the principal task of his life to be the mediator in all subjects affecting their work, whilst standing up, as he is entitled to do, for the order he represents. There can be no finer career for a young man than to go into business, not with the object only of making a fortune... but with the idea of making his contribution towards getting the whole of these relations on a firmer footing. There can be no finer work for men who, as boys, went out to France, and learnt what a British regiment was, than to try and get something of the spirit of the British regiment into their industry.“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Speech in Leeds (13 March 1925), quoted in On England, and Other Addresses (1926), pp. 68-69.
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
Context: We cannot make Events. Our Business is wisely to improve them. There has been much to do to confirm doubting Friends & fortify the Timid. It requires time to bring honest Men to think & determine alike even in important Matters. Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. Letter to Samuel Cooper (30 April 1776) http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2093
„No age is wanting in able men; it is the duty of wise masters to find them out, win them over, and get work done by means of them, without listening to the calumnies of selfish men against them.“
— Aurangzeb Sixth Mughal Emperor 1618 - 1707
Ruqat-i-Alamgiri, as quoted in Later Mughals : Volume II : 1719-1739 (1922) by Irvine William Irvine http://www.archive.org/details/latermughals02irviuoft
„The more truth you can get into any business, the better. Let the other side know the defects of yours, let them know how you are to be satisfied, let there be as little to be found as possible (I should say nothing), and if your business be an honest one, it will be best tended in this way.“
— Arthur Helps British writer 1813 - 1875
‘Truth’, Chapter I.
„In the old times, women did not get their lives written, though I don't doubt many of them were much better worth writing than the men's.“
— Harriet Beecher Stowe Abolitionist, author 1811 - 1896
The Pearl of Orr's Island : A Story of the Coast of Maine (1862).