— James Richardson American poet 1950
Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten Second Essays (2001)
„But why don't you take him with you into the light?
He does not deserve the light, he deserves peace“
— Mikhail Bulgakov, kniha Mistr a Markétka
Zdroj: The Master and Margarita
„For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.“
— Walter Scott, kniha Ivanhoe
Zdroj: Ivanhoe (1819), Ch. 33, The Black Knight speaking to Locksley.
„That author, however, who has thought more than he has read, read more than he has written, and written more than he published, if he does not command success, has at least deserved it.“
— Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1777 - 1832
„People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things. I don't recall that I ever give the good Lord all that much cause to smile on me. But he did.“
— Cormac McCarthy, kniha No Country for Old Men
Zdroj: No Country for Old Men (2005)
„There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.“
— Michel De Montaigne, kniha Essays
Il n'est si homme de bien, qu'il mette à l'examen des loix toutes ses actions et pensées, qui ne soit pendable dix fois en sa vie.
Book III, Ch. 9
Essais (1595), Book III
Varianta: There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
„A minister of state is excusable for the harm he does when the helm of government has forced his hand in a storm; but in the calm he is guilty of all the good he does not do.“
— Voltaire, Le Siècle de Louis XIV
Un ministre est excusable du mal qu’il fait, lorsque le gouvernail de l’État est forcé dans sa main par les tempêtes; mais dans le calme il est coupable de tout le bien qu’il ne fait pas.
Le Siècle de Louis XIV, ch. VI: "État de la France jusqu’à la mort du cardinal Mazarin en 1661" (1752) Unsourced paraphrase or variant translation: Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
— José Rizal Filipino writer, ophthalmologist, polyglot and nationalist 1861 - 1896
„A reproach can only hurt if it hits the mark. Whoever knows that he does not deserve a reproach can treat it with contempt.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer, kniha Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life, p. 383 in Oxford University Press edition of Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays (1974)
„He's a highly talented guy. He does very good movies and he's not the sort of person who always talks bullshit. He does many, many things right. But he's also sick. Obsessed. He wants to make history, not movies. Anyone who wants to make history is stupid.“
— Klaus Kinski German actor 1926 - 1991
On Werner Herzog.
„Does a rake deserve to possess anything of worth, since he chases everything in skirts and then imagines he can successfully hide his shame by slandering [women in general]?“
— Christine de Pizan Italian French late medieval author 1365 - 1430
Zdroj: Der Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love
„That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good“
— Jean de La Bruyère, kniha Les Caractères
Les Caractères (1688), Du mérite personnel
Kontext: That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.
„Does man think because he has found that thinking pays?
Does he bring his children up because he has found it pays?“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, kniha Philosophical Investigations
Philosophical Investigations (1953)
„He also videotapes every painting he does to prove to people that he actually did it with his penis.“
— Pricasso Australian painter 1949
[Jani Meyer, Pricasso's creative party trick, Sunday Tribune, South Africa, 10 February 2008, 3, Independent Online]
„It was at that exact moment that I saw Peter walking down the hall toward me. He looked so good. He deserved his own background music.“
— Jenny Han, kniha To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Zdroj: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
„Whosoever is miserly with the gift of his knowledge deserves more blame than whosoever is miserly with his money, because the man miserly with his money fears exhausting what he has, but the one miserly with his science is with an object which does not become exhausted with use, and that he would lose nothing in sharing it.“
— Ibn Hazm Arab theologian 994 - 1064
— George Borrow, kniha Lavengro
Zdroj: Lavengro (1851), Ch. 68
„He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 př. n. l.