„Undershaft: You have made for yourself something that you call a morality or a religion or what not. It doesn't fit the facts. Well, scrap it. Scrap it and get one that does fit. That is what is wrong with the world at present. It scraps its obsolete steam engines and dynamos; but it wont scrap its old prejudices and its old moralities and its old religions and its old political constitutions. Whats the result? In machinery it does very well; but in morals and religion and politics it is working at a loss that brings it nearer bankruptcy every year.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
— Edward Young English poet 1683 - 1765
Satire I, l. 89.
„Secrets and sharing soda,
That's how our time began.
Love is a story told to a friend
It's second hand.“
— Joni Mitchell Canadian musician 1943
„It is a contradiction in terms and ideas to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second hand, either verbally or in writing.“
— Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
Context: It is a contradiction in terms and ideas to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication. After this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner, for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him.
„The world is what it is, which is to say, nothing much. This is what everyone learned yesterday, thanks to the formidable concert of opinion coming from radios, newspapers, and information agencies.“
— Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960
Context: The world is what it is, which is to say, nothing much. This is what everyone learned yesterday, thanks to the formidable concert of opinion coming from radios, newspapers, and information agencies. Indeed we are told, in the midst of hundreds of enthusiastic commentaries, that any average city can be wiped out by a bomb the size of a football. American, English, and French newspapers are filled with eloquent essays on the future, the past, the inventors, the cost, the peaceful incentives, the military advantages, and even the life-of-its-own character of the atom bomb. We can sum it up in one sentence: Our technical civilization has just reached its greatest level of savagery. We will have to choose, in the more or less near future, between collective suicide and the intelligent use of our scientific conquests. Meanwhile we think there is something indecent in celebrating a discovery whose use has caused the most formidable rage of destruction ever known to man. What will it bring to a world already given over to all the convulsions of violence, incapable of any control, indifferent to justice and the simple happiness of men — a world where science devotes itself to organized murder? No one but the most unrelenting idealists would dare to wonder.
— Yurii Andrukhovych Ukrainian writer, poet, essayist and translator 1960
„Our profession is concerned with three "aspects of the world". First, how people behave when they feel a need for information; second, characteristics of documentary information that constrain how we can manipulate it; and third, characteristics of the physical media that carry the information, whether they be static books or dynamic electronic networks.“
— Brian Campbell Vickery British information theorist 1918 - 2009
— Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 př. n. l.
l. 435, as translated by David Grene Variant translations: Among mortals second thoughts are the wisest. Second thoughts are ever wiser. Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
„Folklore is the perfect second skin. From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world.“
— Jane Yolen American speculative fiction and children's writer 1939
„“There isn’t any room,” said Joshua. “You travel back along the line of time and you don’t find the past, but another world, another bracket of consciousness. The earth would be the same, you see, or almost the same. Same trees, same rivers, same hills, but it wouldn’t be the world we know. Because it has lived a different life, it has developed differently. The second back of us is not the second back of us at all, but another second, a totally separate sector of time. We live in the same second all the time. We move along within the bracket of that second, that tiny bit of time that has been allotted to our particular world.”“
— Clifford D. Simak American writer, journalist 1904 - 1988
Chapter 7, “Aesop” (pp. 206-207)