— Charles M. Schwab American capitalist and public official 1862 - 1939
„A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating“
As quoted in Shoptalk: learning to write with writers (1990), edited by Donald Morison Murray<!-- Cook Publishers -->
Kontext: A man is a fool not to put everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating. You're there now doing the thing on paper. You're not killing the goose, you're just producing an egg. So I don't worry about inspiration, or anything like that. It's a matter of just sitting down and working. I have never had the problem of a writing block. I've heard about it. I've felt reluctant to write on some days, for whole weeks, or sometimes even longer. I'd much rather go fishing, for example, or go sharpen pencils, or go swimming, or what not. But, later, coming back and reading what I have produced, I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, 'Well, now it's writing time and now I'll write.' There's no difference on paper between the two.
„Man is condemned to be free. Condemned because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does.“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
„The man of action is not the headstrong fool who rushes into danger with no thought for himself, but the man who puts into practice the things he knows.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
This Business of Living (1935-1950)
„If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
„God has given to Man an absolute right to take the lives of other animals, for any reasonable cause, such as the supply of food; but He has not given to Man the right to inflict pain, unless where necessary.“
— Lewis Carroll, kniha Sylvie and Bruno
Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893)
„Given the evidence at our disposal, only a fool would put any faith in the organic and the machine living harmoniously for the rest of time.“
— Alastair Reynolds, kniha House of Suns
Zdroj: House of Suns (2008), Chapter 38 (pp. 501-502)
— Sarvajna Kannada poet, pragmatist and philosopher
Flowers of Wisdom
„It was not given to the mother to know what her children needed for their life. Nor was it given to the rich man to know what he himself needed. Nor is it given to any man to know whether, when evening comes, he will need boots for his body or slippers for his corpse.“
— Leo Tolstoy, kniha What Men Live By
Zdroj: What Men Live By (1881), Ch. XII
Kontext: And the angel's body was bared, and he was clothed in light so that eye could not look on him; and his voice grew louder, as though it came not from him but from heaven above. And the angel said:
I have learnt that all men live not by care for themselves, but by love.
It was not given to the mother to know what her children needed for their life. Nor was it given to the rich man to know what he himself needed. Nor is it given to any man to know whether, when evening comes, he will need boots for his body or slippers for his corpse.
I remained alive when I was a man, not by care of myself, but because love was present in a passer-by, and because he and his wife pitied and loved me. The orphans remained alive, not because of their mother's care, but because there was love in the heart of a woman a stranger to them, who pitied and loved them. And all men live not by the thought they spend on their own welfare, but because love exists in man.
I knew before that God gave life to men and desires that they should live; now I understood more than that.
I understood that God does not wish men to live apart, and therefore he does not reveal to them what each one needs for himself; but he wishes them to live united, and therefore reveals to each of them what is necessary for all.
I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who has love, is in God, and God is in him, for God is love.
— Alan Bennett, Forty Years On
Act 2, p. 78.
Forty Years On (1972)
„For the educated man, there is a moment of his early acquaintanceship with Dante when he realizes that all he has slowly taught himself to enjoy in poetry is everything that Dante has grown out of.“
— Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939 - 2019
Essays and reviews, At the Pillars of Hercules (1979)
„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
Zdroj: Chasm City (2001), Chapter 12 (p. 197).
„Man is divine. He is also human and he has free will. And he is given the chance to exert that free will.“
— Benjamin Creme artist, author, esotericist 1922 - 2016
The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom (1980)
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Zdroj: Simone Weil : An Anthology (1986), Human Personality (1943), p. 59
Kontext: A modern factory reaches perhaps almost the limit of horror. Everybody in it is constantly harassed and kept on edge by the interference of extraneous wills while the soul is left in cold and desolate misery. What man needs is silence and warmth; what he is given is an icy pandemonium.
Physical labour may be painful, but it is not degrading as such. It is not art; it is not science; it is something else, possessing an exactly equal value with art and science, for it provides an equal opportunity to reach the impersonal stage of attention.
— Herbert Beerbohm Tree English actor and theatre manager 1852 - 1917
Quoted by Max Beerbohm in Hebert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art Collected by Max Beerbohm http://books.google.com/books?id=wM08AAAAIAAJ&q="A+man+never+knows+what+a+fool+he+is+until+he+hears+himself+imitated+by+one"&pg=PA312#v=onepage (1920).
„Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.“
— Viktor E. Frankl, kniha A přesto říci životu ano
Zdroj: Man's Search for Meaning
„At any particular moment in a man's life, he can say that everything he has done and not done, that has been done and not been done to him, has brought him to that moment. If he's being installed as Chieftain or receiving a Nobel Prize, that's a fulfilling notion. But if he's in a sleeping bag at ten thousand feet in a snowstorm, parked in the middle of a highway and waiting to freeze to death, the idea can make him feel calamitously stupid.“
— William Least Heat-Moon, kniha Blue Highways
Part Five, Chapter 3.
Blue Highways (1982)
„Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn't. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.“
— Horace Walpole English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician 1717 - 1797
„Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.“
— Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
„He treated me as a man… He did not let me feel for a moment that there was any difference in the color of our skins.“
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
About Abraham Lincoln (1864), as quoted in Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 https://books.google.com/books?id=cwVkgrvctCcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22Eric+Foner%22+%22Republicans%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiOwdup3aLLAhVK7SYKHZufDmUQ6AEIRjAH#v=onepage&q&f=false, by Eric Foner, p. 6
„A man who knows neither how to travel nor how to keep a journal has put together this travel journal. But at the moment of signing he is suddenly afraid. So he casts the first stone. Here.“
— Henri Michaux painter, poet, writer 1899 - 1984
Preface to Ecuador (1929)