„Cato used to assert that wise men profited more by fools than fools by wise men; for that wise men avoided the faults of fools, but that fools would not imitate the good examples of wise men.“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Life of Marcus Cato
„Men all say, "We are wise"; but being driven forward and taken in a net, a trap, or a pitfall, they know not how to escape. Men all say, "We are wise"; but happening to choose the course of the Mean, they are not able to keep it for a round month.“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 př. n. l.
The Doctrine of the Mean
„When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: “Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world as it is.” Thus, at least, venerable and philanthropic old men now in their honoured graves used to talk to me when I was a boy. But since then I have grown up and have discovered that these philanthropic old men were telling lies. What has really happened is exactly the opposite of what they said would happen. They said that I should lose my ideals and begin to believe in the methods of practical politicians. Now, I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
"The Ethics of Elfland" https://www.ccel.org/ccel/chesterton/orthodoxy.vii.html in Delphi Works of G. K. Chesterton
„I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.“
— Edmund Hillary New Zealand mountaineer 1919 - 2008
As quoted in "Sir Edmund Hillary, a Pioneering Conquerer of Everest, Dies at 88" in The New York Times (online edition) (10 January 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/world/asia/11cnd-hillary.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all
„Who was it who said that a wise man speaks when he has something to say, but a fool speaks because he must?“
— Alastair Reynolds, kniha Chasm City
Chasm City (2001), Chapter 12 (p. 197).
„Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element are made for wise men to contemplate, and for fools to pass by without consideration.“
— Izaak Walton, kniha The Compleat Angler
The Compleat Angler (1653-1655), Part I, ch. 1.
„There's an old Greek proverb that says, "society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." If you don't like what's happening around you, what's happening to culture, what's happening to men and women, what people are becoming- get out there and start digging.“
— Jack Donovan American activist, editor and writer 1974
Becoming A Barbarian (2016), Pg 66
— Cato the Elder politician, writer and economist (0234-0149) -234 - -149 př. n. l.
Plutarch's Life of Cato Variant: Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.
„But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before: though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where.
Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no God; and this has never happened before
That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first Reason,
And then Money, and Power, and what they call Life, or Race, or Dialectic.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Choruses from The Rock (1934)
„Perhaps this is what really happens in life to most good men. They are not crucified. They simply pass through life and then die, and their passing influences just a few people to make them just a little happy.“
— Kenneth Rexroth American poet, writer, anarchist, academic and conscientious objector 1905 - 1982
More Classics Revisited (1989), Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers (p. 102)
— Ned Kelly Australian bushranger 1855 - 1880
Other quotes, On the rural people of Victoria, said during a speech to his hostages at Glenrowan.
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
„All this would happen very quickly if men desired their own happiness as ardently as they desired the misery of their neighbors.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1950s, What Desires Are Politically Important? (1950), Context: Killing an enemy in a modern war is a very expensive operation... It is obvious that modern war is not good business from a financial point of view. Although we won both the world wars, we should now be much richer if they had not occured. If men were actuated by self-interest, which they are not – except in the case of a few saints – the whole human race would cooperate. There would be no more wars, no more armies, no more navies, no more atom bombs. There would not be armies of propagandists employed in poisoning the minds of Nation A against Nation B, and reciprocally of Nation B against Nation A. There would not be armies of officials at frontiers to prevent the entry of foreign books and foreign ideas, however excellent in themselves. There would not be customs barriers to ensure the existence of many small enterprises where one big enterprise would be more economic. All this would happen very quickly if men desired their own happiness as ardently as they desired the misery of their neighbors. But, you will tell me, what is the use of these utopian dreams? Moralists will see to it that we do not become wholly selfish, and until we do the millennium will be impossible.
— Steven Erikson, kniha The Bonehunters
The Bonehunters (2006)
„I was thinking what a curious thing love is; only a sentiment, and yet it has power to make fools of men and slaves of women.“
— Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866)