„From the saints I must take the substance, not the accidents of their virtues.“
Journal of a Soul (1903)
Kontext: From the saints I must take the substance, not the accidents of their virtues. I am not St. Aloysius, nor must I seek holiness in his particular way, but according to the requirements of my own nature, my own character and the different conditions of my life. I must not be the dry, bloodless reproduction of a model, however perfect. God desires us to follow the examples of the saints by absorbing the vital sap of their virtues and turning it into our own life-blood, adapting it to our own individual capacities and particular circumstances. If St. Aloysius had been as I am, he would have become holy in a different way.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
„Detachment from everything is avbsolutely necessary for the saint's unification with God. The meaning of detachment is that one should be detached outwardly from accidents, and inwardly from compensation.“
— Abu Bakr al-Kalabadhi Sufi Maturidi scholar and Hanafi jurist
Zdroj: The Sayings and Teachings of the Great Mystics of Islam (2004), p. 83
„I believe in the communion of Saints.
And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass.“
— Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947
III Of the Ceremony of the Introit, "Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church".
Liber XV : The Gnostic Mass (1913)
Kontext: I believe in the communion of Saints.
And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass.
And I confess one Baptism of Wisdom, whereby we accomplish the Miracle of Incarnation.
And I confess my life one, individual and eternal that was, and is, and is to come.
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
Fear of Drowning By Numbers
„Then there are the addicts, the hunger addicts, the rage addicts, the poverty addicts, and power addicts, and the pure addicts who are addicted not to substances but to the oblivion and the tenderness the substances engender. An addict, if you don't mind me saying so, is like a saint. What is a saint but someone who has cut himself off, voluntarily, from the world's traffic and currency.“
— Jeet Thayil, kniha Narcopolis
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
Pt. I, ch. 1, sec. 2.
1920s, Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology (1929)
Kontext: In all philosophic theory there is an ultimate which is actual in virtue of its accidents. It is only then capable of characterization through its accidental embodiments, and apart from these accidents is devoid of actuality. In the philosophy of organism this ultimate is termed creativity; and God] is its primordial, non-temporal accident. In [[monistic philosophies, Spinoza's or absolute idealism, this ultimate is God, who is also equivalently termed The Absolute. In such monistic schemes, the ultimate is illegitimately allowed a final, eminent reality, beyond that ascribed to any of its accidents. In this general position the philosophy of organism seems to approximate more to some strains of Indian, or Chinese, thought, than to western Asiatic, or European, thought. One side makes process ultimate; the other side makes fact ultimate.
— Mario Puzo, The Godfather
Zdroj: The Godfather
„Sometimes I see myself reflected too closely in other men for comfort, and then I have an enormous wish to believe in the saints, in heroic virtue.“
— Graham Greene, kniha The End of the Affair
Bk. 1, ch. 1
The End of the Affair (1951)
„You venerate the saints, and you take pleasure in touching their relics. But you disregard their greatest legacy, the example of a blameless life. No devotion is more pleasing to Mary than the imitation of Mary's humility. No devotion is more acceptable and proper to the saints than striving to imitate their virtues.“
— Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian 1466 - 1536
The Erasmus Reader (1990), p. 144.
Handbook of the Christian Soldier (1503)
„Let us never forget that if we wish to die like the Saints we must live like them. Let us force ourselves to imitate their virtues, in particular humility and charity.“
— Théodore Guérin Catholic saint and nun from France 1798 - 1856
Letter to Sisters at Saint Mary's, 1848.
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), XI : The Practical Problem
„Cause grace and virtue are within
Prohibited degrees of kin;
And therefore no true saint allows
They shall be suffer'd to espouse.“
— Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras
Canto I, line 1293
Hudibras, Part III (1678)
„We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity.“
— George H. W. Bush American politician, 41st President of the United States 1924 - 2018
Inaugural Address (1989)
„The revolution must end and the republic must begin. In our constitution, right must take the place of duty, welfare that of virtue, and self-defense that of punishment. Everyone must be able to prevail and to live according to one’s own nature.“
— Georg Büchner, Danton's Death
Dantons Tod (Danton's Death) (1835)
„I find myself frequently maintaining to any young passer-by upon whose attention I can force myself that a genuinely creative career must like a milking stool stand on three legs. There must be accident, there must be sweat, there must be dissatisfaction. That one must work hard is too obvious for comment here. That one must be endowed with native dissatisfaction is very nearly as obvious, for it is the engine that drives you: dissatisfaction with the world and the arts as you find them, dissatisfaction with your own best efforts to capture the uncapturable. What is not so obvious is the support which one must gain from accident, from those dispositions of wind and stars over which one has no control.“
— Robert Ardrey, kniha Plays of Three Decades
Plays of Three Decades: Thunder Rock / Jeb / Shadow of Heroes (1968)
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„The world in which we live can be understood as a result of muddle and accident; but if it is the outcome of a deliberate purpose, the purpose must have been that of a fiend. For my part, I find accident a less painful and more plausible hypothesis.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Essay Do We Survive Death? (1936)
Kontext: It is only when we think abstractly that we have such a high opinion of man. Of men in the concrete, most of us think the vast majority very bad. Civilized states spend more than half their revenue on killing each other's citizens. Consider the long history of the activities inspired by moral fervour: human sacrifices, persecutions of heretics, witch-hunts, pogroms leading up to wholesale extermination by poison gases … Are these abominations, and the ethical doctrines by which they are prompted, really evidence of an intelligent Creator? And can we really wish that the men who practised them should live for ever? The world in which we live can be understood as a result of muddle and accident; but if it is the outcome of a deliberate purpose, the purpose must have been that of a fiend. For my part, I find accident a less painful and more plausible hypothesis.
„In the end, I must proclaim that no good can be achieved of false means. For the substance of our existence is not in the achievement, but in the method.“
— Brandon Sanderson, kniha The Way of Kings
Zdroj: The Way of Kings