— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
„Tell people that war is an evil, and they will laugh; for who does not know it? Tell them that patriotism is an evil, and most of them will agree, but with a reservation.“
Patriotism, or Peace? http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism,_or_Peace%3F (1896), translated by Nathan Haskell Dole
I have already several times expressed the thought that in our day the feeling of patriotism is an unnatural, irrational, and harmful feeling, and a cause of a great part of the ills from which mankind is suffering, and that, consequently, this feeling – should not be cultivated, as is now being done, but should, on the contrary, be suppressed and eradicated by all means available to rational men. Yet, strange to say – though it is undeniable that the universal armaments and destructive wars which are ruining the peoples result from that one feeling – all my arguments showing the backwardness, anachronism, and harmfulness of patriotism have been met, and are still met, either by silence, by intentional misinterpretation, or by a strange unvarying reply to the effect that only bad patriotism (Jingoism or Chauvinism) is evil, but that real good patriotism is a very elevated moral feeling, to condemn which is not only irrational but wicked.
What this real, good patriotism consists in, we are never told; or, if anything is said about it, instead of explanation we get declamatory, inflated phrases, or, finally, some other conception is substituted for patriotism – something which has nothing in common with the patriotism we all know, and from the results of which we all suffer so severely.
Patriotism and Government http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Patriotism_and_Government (1900)
Kontext: Tell people that war is an evil, and they will laugh; for who does not know it? Tell them that patriotism is an evil, and most of them will agree, but with a reservation. "Yes," they will say, "wrong patriotism is an evil; but there is another kind, the kind we hold." But just what this good patriotism is, no one explains.
— Eleanor Farjeon English children's writer 1881 - 1965
Gypsy and Ginger (1920)
„Why are they [people] more likely to listen to people who tell them they can't make changes than they are to people who tell them they can?“
— Donella Meadows American environmental scientist, teacher, and writer 1941 - 2001
Thinking in systems: A Primer (2008)
„Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?“
— Johann Kaspar Lavater Swiss poet 1741 - 1801
As quoted in What Billingsgate Thought: A Country Gentleman's Views on Snobbery (1919) by William Alexander Newman Dorland
„Is someone you know anorexic? A good joke would be to tell them that they're fat. They'll laugh because anorexic people aren't fat. HAHAH“
— Maddox American internet writer 1978
Pranks to try on people in the hospital! http://maddox.xmission.com/c.cgi?u=jokes
The Best Page in the Universe
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Credited to Shaw in the lead in to the mockumentary C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004) and other recent works, but this or slight variants of it are also sometimes attributed to W. C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, and Oscar Wilde. It might possibly be derived from Shaw's statement in John Bull's Other Island (1907): "My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world."
Another possibility is that it is derived from Shaw's characteristic of Mark Twain: "He has to put things in such a way as to make people who would otherwise hang him believe he is joking."
If you are going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. Otherwise, they'll kill you.
If you're going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. Otherwise, they'll kill you.
— Jakob Dylan singer and songwriter 1969
"Evil Is Alive And Well"
Seeing Things (2008)
Kontext: When midnight's done, and the day won't start,
And all I ever gave you was a broken heart,
It's hard to admit but it's easy to tell
That evil is alive and well.
— Ludovico Ariosto, kniha Orlando Furioso
Dunque Amor sempre rio non si ritrova:
Se spesso nuoce, anco talvolta giova.
Canto XXV, stanza 2 (tr. B. Reynolds)
Orlando Furioso (1532)
„Evil knows of the Good, but Good does not know of Evil. Knowledge of oneself is something only Evil has.“
— Franz Kafka, kniha The Blue Octavo Notebooks
The First Octavo Notebook https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gD981HZ190BUJF-3czZNX3DsFWvqp3cq-Z4QS4d-9gw/edit?hl=en
The Blue Octavo Notebooks (1954)
— John Hoole British translator 1727 - 1803
Book XXXVIII, line 327
Translations, Orlando Furioso of Ludovico Ariosto (1773)
„The sad truth of the matter is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be or do either evil or good.“
— Hannah Arendt, kniha The Life of the Mind
Zdroj: The Life of the Mind (1978), "Thinking".
— T. A. Waters American magician 1938 - 1998
Chapter 2 (p. 12)
The Probability Pad (1970)
— Allan Gurganus American novelist and story writer 1947
Varianta: Know something, sugar? Stories only happen to people who can tell them.
„Ultimately evil is done not so much by evil people, but by good people who do not know themselves and who do not probe deeply.“
— Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971
„If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?“
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, kniha Souostroví Gulag
The Gulag Archipelago (1973).
„Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.“
— Ayn Rand, kniha Atlas Shrugged
Zdroj: Atlas Shrugged
„I am one who tells the truth and exposes evil and seeks with Beauty for Beauty to set the world right.“
— W.E.B. Du Bois American sociologist, historian, activist and writer 1868 - 1963
„The burden of originality is one that most people don't want to accept. They'd rather sit in front of the TV and let that tell them what they're supposed to like, what they're supposed to buy, and what they're supposed to laugh at.“
— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969
„People don't believe what you tell them.
They rarely believe what you show them.
They often believe what their friends tell them.
They always believe what they tell themselves.“
— Seth Godin American entrepreneur, author and public speaker 1960