— Ta-Nehisi Coates writer, journalist, and educator 1975
Context: Resent the people trying to entrap your body and it can be destroyed.... The destroyers will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions. And destruction is merely the superlative form of a dominion whose prerogatives include friskings, detainings, beatings, and humiliations. All of this is common to black people. And all of this is old for black people. No one is held responsible. p. 9.
„But whoever imagines, upon this account, that masters rarely combine, is as“
— Ta-Nehisi Coates writer, journalist, and educator 1975
— George Henry Lewes British philosopher 1817 - 1878
Context: Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes. But those who have had ample opportunities of intimately knowing the growth of works in the minds of artists, will bear me out in saying that a vivid memory supplies the elements from a thousand different sources, most of which are quite beyond the power of localisation, the experience of yesterday being strangely intermingled with the dim suggestions of early years, the tones heard in childhood sounding through the diapason of sorrowing maturity; and all these kaleidoscopic fragments are recomposed into images that seem to have a corresponding reality of their own.
„Those people who recognise that imagination is reality's master, we call sages, and those who act upon it, we call artists.“
— Tom Robbins American writer 1936
Context: ... she recreated the mountains not as she had originally seen them but as she eventually chose to perceive them, not only a capacity to observe the world but a capacity to alter his or her observation of it — which, in the end, is the capacity to alter the world, itself. Those people who recognise that imagination is reality's master, we call "sages," and those who act upon it, we call "artists."
— Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: Nearly all creators of Utopia have resembled the man who has toothache, and therefore thinks happiness consists in not having toothache. They wanted to produce a perfect society by an endless continuation of something that had only been valuable because it was temporary. The wider course would be to say that there are certain lines along which humanity must move, the grand strategy is mapped out, but detailed prophecy is not our business. Whoever tries to imagine perfection simply reveals his own emptiness. "Why Socialists Don't Believe in Fun" http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/site/work/essays/fun.html, Tribune (20 December 1943)
„Imagination draws on memory. Memory and imagination combined can stage a Servants' Ball or even write a book, if that's what they want to do.“
— Thornton Wilder American playwright and novelist 1897 - 1975
— Alexander Hamilton Founding Father of the United States 1755 - 1804
Context: Good roads, canals, and navigable rivers, by diminishing the expense of carriage, put the remote parts of a country more nearly upon a level with those in the neighborhood of the town. They are, upon that account, the greatest of all improvements. They encourage the cultivation of the remote, which must always be the most extensive circle of the country. They are advantageous to the town, by breaking down the monopoly of the country in its neighborhood. They are advantageous, even to that part of the country. Though they introduce some rival commodities into the old market, they open many new markets to its produce. Monopoly, besides, is a great enemy to good management, which can never be universally established, but in consequence of that free and universal competition, which forces every body to have recourse to it for the sake of self-defence. It is not more than fifty years ago that some of the counties in the neighborhood of London petitioned the parliament against the extension of the turnpike roads into the remoter counties. Those remoter counties, they pretended, from the cheapness of labor, would be able to sell their grass and corn cheaper in the London market than themselves, and they would thereby reduce their rents, and ruin their cultivation. Their rents, however, have risen, and their cultivation has been improved since that time.
„I believe that the royal family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly.“
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
Statement in the House of Commons (24 July 1990) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=108162
„There are many good mechanical engineers; — there are also many good " businessmen ;"— but the two are rarely combined in one person.“
— Henry R. Towne American engineer 1844 - 1924
Context: To insure the best results, the organization of productive labor must be directed and controlled by persons having not only good executive ability, and possessing the practical familiarity of a mechanic or engineer with the goods produced and the processes employed, but having also, and equally, a practical knowledge of how to observe, record, analyze and compare essential facts in relation to wages, supplies, expense accounts, and all else that enters into or affects the economy of production and the cost of the product. There are many good mechanical engineers; — there are also many good " businessmen;"— but the two are rarely combined in one person. But this combination of qualities, together with at least some skill as an accountant, either in one person or more, is essential to the successful management of industrial works, and has its highest effectiveness if united in one person, who is thus qualified to supervise, either personally or through assistants, the operations of all departments of a business, and to subordinate each to the harmonious development of the whole. p. 428; Second paragraph
„The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful, and then only for a short while.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
The New Quotable Einstein
„Whoever uncouples the religious and the social life has not understood Jesus. Whoever sets any bounds for the reconstructive power of the religious life over the social relations and institutions of men, to that extent denies the faith of the Master.“
— Walter Rauschenbusch United States Baptist theologian 1861 - 1918
„Education is the master and politics is its servant. It is necessary to combine power with morality as well as with science and technology“
— Zakir Hussain (politician) 3rd President of India 1897 - 1969
In: p. 86.
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Chapter 11 (p. 123)
„Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.“
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
„The problems is mastered — insupportably
tiring when it was impending.
Deliverance accounts for what sounds like axiom. The Gordian knot need not be cut.“
— Marianne Moore American poet and writer 1887 - 1972
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„Poetry (like a grand personality) is a growth of many generations — many rare combinations.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.“
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
Context: If the United States haven't grown poets, on any scale of grandeur, it is certain that they import, print, and read more poetry than any equal number of people elsewhere — probably more than the rest of the world combined. Poetry (like a grand personality) is a growth of many generations — many rare combinations. To have great poets, there must be great audiences too. Complete Prose Works (1892), III. Notes Left Over 3. Ventures, on an Old Theme, p.324 http://books.google.com/books?id=UJA1AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA324