The populace is like the sea, motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze.Book XXVIII, sec. 27 (History of Rome)
From what little was known about the subject, insincerity itself was regarded as another form of psychosis but one which was exceedingly rare.raymond smullyan
Great occasions rally great principles, and brace the mind to a lofty bearing, a bearing that is even above itself. But trials that make no occasion at all, leave it to show the goodness and beauty it has in its own disposition. And here precisely is the superhuman glory of Christ as a character, that He is just as perfect, exhibits just as great a spirit in little trials as in great ones.horace bushnell
The widespread inability to understand technological artifacts as fabricated entities, as social and cultural phenomena, derives from the fact that in retrospect only those technologies that prove functional for a culture and can be integrated into everyday life are 'left over.' However, the perception of what is functional, successful and useful is itself the product of social and cultural--and last but not least--political and economic processes. Selection processes and abandoned products and product forms are usually not discussed.johannes grenzfurthner
The US, for historical reasons, mistrusts the concept of a welfare state, and this mistrust shows itself nakedly under present US government, which commits uncounted billions of the national wealth to what it calls defence, and is close-fisted in giving money to plans which would ameliorate the grinding poverty of a great part of its people. Quite simply, in Canada you could not get away with that.Robertson Davies
There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself.Havelock Ellis
New York is baffling in that it's a city that prides itself on being an absolute shithole. It's like there's nothing good here, people are proud of that, they're happy, 'Oh, it's overpriced, and it's overpopulated, and it stinks like piss, and comics! comics film specials here!' And they all open with a joke about, 'Yeah, you spend 8 thousand dollars a month for 9 square feet!' And you go, 'Well, why do you fucking live here?' Why do people stay here?.. But unfortunately, this is where comedy works where people are the most miserable.Doug Stanhope, No Refunds.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, in The History of Freedom in Antiquity (1877).
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright: at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.Proverbs 23:29-32.
Never anger made good guard for itself.william shakespeare
Erudition without pedantry is as a rare as wisdom itself.george sarton
I hold it equally impossible to know the parts without knowing the whole, and to know the whole without knowing the parts in detail. The eternity of things in itself or in God must also astonish our brief duration.Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 72 (1669)
Poetry , plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the human spirit trying to understand itself and make sense of our world.L. M. Elliott in L. M. Elliott (31 March 2009). Annie, Between the States. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-189095-6.
Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.Part I, Chapter I. (The Compleat Angler (1653-55))
We want the spirit of America to be efficient; we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency clear, disinterested thinking and fearless action along the right lines of thought. America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us; and it can consist of all of us only as our spirits are banded together in a common enterprise.(thomas) woodrow wilson
The appalling and shameful scene ("spectacle", Fr.) of disarray and illogicality that manifest itself in the thought and deeds of men, will no longer be seen, once these will possess an enlighten consciouness.african spir
Despair is like forward children, who, when you take away one of their playthings, throw the rest into the fire for madness. It grows angry with itself, turns its own executioner, and revenges its misfortunes on its own head.pierre charron
I am the last man in the world to say that the succor which is given us from America is not in itself something to rejoice at greatly. But I also say that I can see more in the knowledge that America is going to win a right to be at the conference table when the terms of peace are discussed…. It would have been a tragedy for mankind if America had not been there, and there with all her influence and power.D. Lloyd George, speech, at the Meeting of American Residents in London (April 12, 1917); reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 917.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness," — it is greatness itself.christian nestell bovee
The new perception is that the United States has entered a war with Islam itself. Terrorism is a tactic. You cannot eradicate it by declaring a war against it.Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the national board of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the National Press Club, Bush office is anti-Muslim, group says, July 17, 2007
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy.anatole france
Nobody would say the cowshed was heaven and nobody would say the inhuman torture of so many victims be called a revolution of the proletariat. ... A museum should be established to remind China of the follies and disasters that had fallen from 1966 to 1976. We cannot forget what had happened and history should not repeat itself.ba jin
New knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of this theory.Pope John Paul II, address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 22 October 1996
Music means itself.The Beautiful in Music (1854)
Werner Erhard's highly successful est cult is partly derived from Scientology. Erhard had some experience with Scientology in 1969. Then he worked for a while in Mind Dynamics, itself an offshoot of Jose Silva's Mind Control.Rodney Stark (1985). Religious movements: Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers. Paragon House Publishers. p. 167. ISBN 0913757438.
I love your silences, they are like mine. You are the only being before whom I am not distressed by my own silences. You have a vehement silence, one feels it is charged with essences, it is a strangely alive silence, like a trap open over a well, from which one can hear the secret murmur of the earth itself.anaïs nin
Once we can see how this question of freedom of the will has been vitiated by post-romantic philosophy, with its inbuilt tendency to laziness and boredom, we can also see how it came about that existentialism found itself in a hole of it’s own digging, and how the philosophical developments since then have amounted to walking in circles round that hole.colin wilson
To be unselfish, perfectly selfless , is salvation itself; for the man within dies, and God alone remains.Swami Vivekananda, in The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 4/Lectures and Discourses/Christ, the Messenger
Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.leon trotsky
Charity itself fulfills the law. And who can sever love from charity?william shakespeare