— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
As quoted in Bernard Shaw : The Lure of Fantasy (1991) by Michael Holroyd
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„Discipline is, in a manner, nothing else but the art of inspiring the soldiers with greater fear of their officers than of the enemy.“
— Claude Adrien Helvétius French philosopher 1715 - 1771
Context: Discipline is, in a manner, nothing else but the art of inspiring the soldiers with greater fear of their officers than of the enemy. This fear has often the effect of courage: but it cannot prevail against the fierce and obstinate valor of people animated by fanaticism, or warm love of their country.
„A great department store, easily reached, open at all hours, is more like a good museum of art than any of the museums we have yet established.“
— John Cotton Dana American librarian and museum director 1856 - 1929
New York Times, March 16, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/arts/17iht-rartmuseums.html
— Marianne Williamson American writer 1952
Context: A miracle worker is an artist of the soul. There’s no higher art than living a good life. An artist informs the world of what’s available behind the masks we all wear. That’s what we’re all here to do. The reason so many of us are obsessed with becoming stars is because we’re not yet starring in our own lives. The cosmic spotlight isn’t pointed at you; it radiates from within you. Ch. 7 : Work, §3 : Personal Power
— Ernest Flagg American architect 1857 - 1947
„Our point of view on this question of the function of art is the same in all cases: there's no more an art of the insane than there is an art of dyspeptic people or the art of people with knee problems.“
— Jean Dubuffet sculptor from France 1901 - 1985
Quote of Dubuffet on 'Art brut', in 'Art Brut Preferred to the Cultural Arts' (1949); (trans. Joachim Neugroschel), in Mildred Glimcher, Jean Dubuffet: Towards an Alternative Reality, New York: Abbeville Press, 1987, p. 104
— Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727
Actually a statement by American advertising executive and author Howard W. Newton (1903–1951); attributions to Isaac are relatively recent, those to Howard date at least to Sylva Vol. 1-3 (1945), p. 57 https://books.google.com/books?id=-QUcAQAAMAAJ&q=%22Tact+is+the+knack+of+making+a+point+without+making+an+enemy%22&dq=%22Tact+is+the+knack+of+making+a+point+without+making+an+enemy%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=jtmwVJrZN43ksATPmID4BA&ved=0CNkBEOgBMCQ, where it is cited to an earlier publication in Redbook. Variant: Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
„In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 př. n. l.
Variant translations It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best.
„Few things are more shocking to those who practice the arts of success than the frank description of those arts.“
— Logan Pearsall Smith British American-born writer 1865 - 1946
“English Aphorists,” p. 123
„There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.“
— William Osler Canadian pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital 1849 - 1919
Context: There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language. <!-- p. 333
„The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: I want you to understand what has been done in the world to force men to think alike. It seems to me that if there is some infinite being who wants us to think alike he would have made us alike. Why did he not do so? Why did he make your brain so that you could not by any possibility be a Methodist? Why did he make yours so that you could not be a Catholic? And why did he make the brain of another so that he is an unbeliever — why the brain of another so that he became a Mohammedan — if he wanted us all to believe alike? After all, maybe Nature is good enough and grand enough and broad enough to give us the diversity born of liberty. Maybe, after all, it would not be best for us all to be just the same. What a stupid world, if everybody said yes to everything that everybody else might say. The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.